Week 9 in 4B

UN Day

Just a reminder about UN Day next Monday -21 October

OVERVIEW TIMETABLE FOR UN DAY:
8:10 – 10.00  Class activities based on the SDG’s
11.00 – 12.00 UN DAY CELEBRATION ASSEMBLY (with guest speakers and student performances)
12.00 Community Lunch
13.00 Early Dismissal for all students.
What should the students wear?
    • Dress in their own national/cultural costume or
    • Adopt the national dress of the flag they are carrying, or
    • Adopt the national/cultural costume of a country to which they feel a special affinity through family, friends or having lived there or,
    • Create a unique outfit to reflect their cultural identity through a blending of cultural attires from multiple home countries and/or places where they have grown up (eg. blending a Japanese Kimono with an Indian Sari).

 NOTE: Fun and Fancy Dress costumes or national football shirts are not appropriate.

Buddies this Week

The children had a great time teaching their buddies how to ride a skateboard.

 

UOI

This week we completed a great whole class experiment to investigate weathering from wind.

 

Yesterday 4B set up a sand experiment. First, we tried to have a flat surface and blew a fan at it to scatter the sand and move it to the bottom of the tray. But that experiment did not work. We made a small mountain with are hands and let the fan blow all day. At the end of the day only half of the mountain remained since the wind weathered the mountain. The next day we came back and the mountain was a flat surface again.

by Valerie

Yesterday, our class did a sand weathering experiment. The first thing we did was place sand in a black tray and shape a mountain with the sand. Then we took a fan and put it behind the black tray. It took a really long time for the mountain to slowly break. We learnt that the more the fan blew, the more the sand got dry and that helped the mountain to break faster. I really enjoyed doing that experiment because I learnt a lot of things from the experiment about weathering and erosion.

by Minh

Week 8 in 4B

Week 8 in 4B

This week we have continued to investigate:

  • Whole Number in .Maths
  • Writing Procedures in English
  • Weathering and Erosion as part of our current UOI

Here is an example of an activity that we completed this week. The children were given a picture and were asked to use their knowledge to make statements related to weathering.

I think water has seeped into the cracks and the water has frozen. When water freezes it expands.I can see cracks in  the rocks.

Guest Speakers in 4B

 

 

What is a Makerspace?

There are many different ways to define a Makerspace but essentially it is;

A place where people can come together to use, and learn to use materials as well as develop creative projects. Makerspaces promote learning through play and can be created in a classroom, a library or even in a stand alone building. The important idea is that it is a place that can be used for a range of activities with changing and flexible educational goals and creative purposes. Makerspaces;

  • Foster play, exploration and participatory learning
  • Facilitate informal learning opportunities where connections between home, school, and community are enabled and encouraged.
  • Collaborative learning where educators and students pool their skills and knowledge and share in the tasks of teaching and learning;
  • Develop a culture of creating as opposed to consuming

Reference: Makerspaces Australia

http://makerspacesaustralia.weebly.com/what-is-a-makerspace.html

Advantages of Makerspaces

  • Builds Perseverance – Failure Is a Lesson, Not an End
  • Inspires Further Investigations
  • Encourages Rethinking the Concept
  • Teaches Basic Problem Solving
  • Helps Students Focus
  • Engages Minds and Encouraging Questions
  • Provides a Way of Expression and Conversation
  • Provides a Connection between Lessons and the Real World
  • Facilitates Ideas and Innovation Instead of Rote Memory

Reference: The Tech Edvocate

https://www.thetechedvocate.org/10-reasons-to-create-makerspaces-in-your-school/

Have a great holiday break and I look forward to hearing what the children did during their holidays.

Week 7 in 4B

PE- From the  Pe teachers

“Grade 4 will begin their skateboarding unit on October 1st. This unit will run until November 1st.

All students must wear sport shoes. If a student wears sandals, crocs, or other inappropriate footwear, they will not be able to participate in the skateboarding activities.

Students are allowed to bring their own skateboards, helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads for this unit.

Maths

  • This week our focus  has been on looking at the the concept of “Expanded Notation” –

– use place value to partition numbers of up to five digits and recognise this as ‘expanded notation’, eg 67 012 is 60 000 + 7000 + 10 + 2

Buddies with 1B

In Buddies we wrote some amazing Peace  Poems

Reading

We have been working hard in our Guided Reading Groups this week with a focus on improving fluency.

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion, Chemical Weather and Plate Tectonics

Math Tips:

War (Variants)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Monday 30 September – ES Learning Conversations (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 5 – 13th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

Week 6 in 4B

Week 6 in 4B

This week we have completed some amazing science experiments about weathering as part of our current UOI.

 

Whole Numbers 

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at the area of Whole Numbers in Mathematics.

Outcomes

  • uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas
  • checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used
  • applies place value to order, read and represent numbers of up to five digits

Content

Recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of thousands (ACMNA072)

  • apply an understanding of place value to read and write numbers of up to five digits
  • arrange numbers of up to five digits in ascending and descending order
  • state the place value of digits in numbers of up to five digits
  • pose and answer questions that extend understanding of numbers, eg ‘What happens if I rearrange the digits in the number 12 345?’, ‘How can I rearrange the digits to make the largest number?’ (Communicating, Reasoning)
  • use place value to partition numbers of up to five digits and recognise this as ‘expanded notation’, eg 67 012 is 60 000 + 7000 + 10 + 2
  • partition numbers of up to five digits in non-standard forms, eg 67 000 as 50 000 + 17 000
  • round numbers to the nearest ten, hundred, thousand or ten thousand

Background Information

The convention for writing numbers of more than four digits requires that numerals have a space (and not a comma) to the left of each group of three digits when counting from the units column, eg 16 234. No space is used in a four-digit number, eg 6234.

Language

Students should be able to communicate using the following language: largest number, smallest number, ascending order, descending order, digit, ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, place value, expanded notation, round to.

 

Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences

Dear Elementary Families,

You are warmly invited to attend our first Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences of the year, being held on Monday 30th September, 2019, from 10.00 – 18.00.  

The structure this year, is different to previous years, as we bring the most important voices into the Learning Conversations – the students. Please make sure you bring your child to the conference. 

 Please note that there will be no regular classes on this day for your children as teachers will be conducting individual student-parent-teacher conferences all day.  They will return home with you after the conference.  

 Student-Parent-Teacher Conferences (Learning Conversations) are a time for:

  • Sharing information regarding how your child has settled into the new school year
  • Finding out about the goals your child and his/her teacher(s) have set for their learning. 
  • Sharing your hopes for the year ahead (please think about these ahead of time)

As we know, the importance of a strong home-school relationship is a strong factor in students’ academic success. Our intention is to establish a strong partnership with all families and for us to better understand the unique gifts, talents, and needs of each of our students. Please make it your priority to attend with your child

 Appointments with Homeroom and Learning Support teachers will be 15 minutes in duration. Appointments with specialist teachers (PE, Art, Music, World Languages etc) will be 5 minutes in duration (due to the high numbers of students that they teach).

If your child is receiving support from a Counselor and/or EAL teacher, you may be contacted by those teachers for additional appointments.

 Appointment scheduling will be done through Veracross, our student information management system. The bookings will open on Monday 23rd September at 08:00 and will close on Friday 27th September at 17.00.

 Instructions on how to schedule appointments have been attached to this email. Link to sign up: https://portals.veracross.com/unishanoi

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Learning Conversations.

 Warmly,

Megan Brazil

Week 5 in 4B

Week 5 in pictures and videos

Moon Festival

 

During our Unit of  Inquiry work into How The World Works we looked at the different types of rocks and how each is formed. We watched a great documentary which helped the students understand Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks.

It is worth watching if you have time : Click here

RAZ-This week the students have continued to use the Reading program called RAZ. Children have been matched  to an appropriate independent reading level. Please see below for information about this excellent program

www.raz-kids.com

Username: dlogue6

Students should know their simple RAZ password

  • 400+ eBooks and open-book eQuizzes, with new books added every month
  • Students can listen to books for modeled fluency, read books for practice, and then record themselves reading so teachers can monitor progress
  • Every leveled eBook has an accompanying eQuiz to test reading comprehension
  • The motivational “Raz Rocket” gets students excited about reading and strengthens the school-to-home connection
  • On top of being accessible 24/7 via the Web, Raz-Kids also delivers reading access through its free apps, meaning your students can read and take quizzes on their iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets.
  • All student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.

Next Week:

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion and Weathering

Maths- Each and every one of us is a Mathematician

Writing –To Instruct: Scientific Procedure (write) Signs, manuals, recipes, experiments, directions, timetables, instructions, poster

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday 14th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Friday 30 September – ES Parent, Student and  Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

REQUEST:

Thank you to the parents who have sent in headphones. If not, could you please can you send  in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They need to have a built in microphone like the image below. They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

 

Week 4 in 4B

Week 4 in 4B

Unit of Inquiry

On Wednesday the students were involved in 3 provocations to help them to “Tune Into” our new Unit of Inquiry.

In the first activity they used the Virtual Reality Goggles and the VR App Earth to explore the surface of some famous places around the world-Mt Everest, The Grand Canyon and Uluru.

In the second activity they completed the Visible Thinking routine of See, Think and Wonder to investigate a number of images about the Earths Surface.

In the third activity they were provided with a plastic tray, soil , rocks, and sticks and asked to create a landscape.

 

Here are the details of our new Unit of Inquiry

Central Idea:

Earth’s surface changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry:

  • Characteristics of the Earth’s surface
  • Factors that change Earth’s surface 
  • Impact of Earth’s changes 

Key Concepts:

Form, Change, Causation

 

Back to School Presentation

Back to School Presentation

Important Dates

  • September 12 Moon Festival- Students and teachers wear Ao Dai. These can be purchased downtown.
  • Professional Development Day – No Classes or Activities

Week 3 in 4B

Week 3 in 4B

Buddies

On Thursday we met our Grade 1 Buddies from 1B. We had a great time getting to know our new friends. Look out for a See Saw post about each students new buddy.

 

Makerspace

Here is a great set of photographs from visit last week to the Makerspace (images courtesy of Mr Neal)

Back to School Night

Given our shared commitment to successful partnerships between parents and our school, we warmly invite you to attend your child’s Back To School Night presentations on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 where you will have the opportunity to hear from homeroom and specialist teachers about the year ahead. All Back To School Night presentations from Discovery to Grade 5, will be shared on one evening only.

The programme will run as follows:

6.00 – 6.30pm                   Homeroom Presentation  (session1)    4B Classroom

6.35 – 7.05pm .                 Homeroom Presentation  (session 1 repeated)  4B Classroom

Ongoing from 6.00pm – 7.30pm

Specialist Teacher Information  Ly Thai To Learning Centre (B08b) (above canteen)

You are invited to attend an information session hosted by your child’s homeroom teacher, as well as to visit your child’s specialist teachers. All homeroom presentations will be available via the homeroom blog after the evening has concluded. A bell will ring at the end of each session to ensure that everyone has enough time to get to the next presentation of the evening.

At our Back To School evening, you can expect that your child’s teachers will share with you a range of information including:

  • Important members of your child’s educational team, and their contact details
  • Methods of communication between school and home (Blogs, email, ES Tin Tuc, etc)
  • What’s different to the previous grade & highlights for this year
  • Key areas of focus in Language, Mathematics and Units of Inquiry
  • Important aspects of your child’s schedule
  • Home learning as it relates to your child’s grade level
  • How to best support your child’s learning this year in partnership with the school

Our specialist teachers look forward to meeting you in the Ly Thai To Learning Centre (Building 8B –  above the canteen). Here you will find teachers from EAL (English as an Additional Language), Library, Technology, Physical Education, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, World Languages and our Student Support Services Team (Learning Support, Counseling & Speech-Language Pathology) as well as representatives from our Co-Curricular office, school store and Primary Years Programme coordinator.

Important Dates

  • September 2 is a holiday- no school on Monday.
  • September 5 is Back to School Night-please meet in 4B at either time
  • September 12 Moon Festival- Students and teachers wear Ao Dai. These can be purchased downtown.

Week 2 in 4B

Week 2 in 4B  – School Photos Tuesday 27 August

4B had another amazing week of learning. We spent a considerable amount of time investigating the type of learning environment that we want to create this year. On Monday, the children completed a “bus stop” activity to record their ideas about things that would help them be successful learners in the year ahead. After recording their ideas we categorized them into one of three areas: Student, Teacher or Environment.

We then completed a “Pair Share” activity to create our Essential Agreements:

04B Essential Agreements

  • We agree to use inside voices.
  • We agree to listen to each other and take turns.
  • We agree to respect each other by being kind, caring and inclusive.
  • We agree to be open-minded.
  • We agree to try our best and never give up.
  • We agree to be focused.

Ms Angela Visits  4B

On Monday Ms Angela, our new Literacy coach visited 4B. She read an excellent book about words called  “The Word Collector”and did a Structured Word Inquiry activity with the students.

SWI is about understanding larger patterns across words, i.e., shared roots/bases/families, as much as understanding the evolution and structure of one word. Students learn investigative tools to understand new vocabulary, and so they can apply SWI across every discipline. When students use roots or a word’s structure to understand new vocabulary in a content area such as math or history, they are applying their SWI understanding, exposure, and skillset.

 

Makerspace

On Tuesday we visited the UNIS Makerspace and Mr Neal. We had an amazing time completing a challenge task using cups.

 

Maths

Over the coming weeks the students will be involved in a Maths  Inquiry with the big idea:

Each and every one of us is a mathematician.

Central Idea: There are ways that mathematicians think and share ideas.

Lines of Inquiry:

There are eight mathematical practices.

We will have certain routines in our class when we think about mathematics.

Our classroom is a mathematical community.

Sharing our thinking helps our learning.

 

 

SEE SAW

Dear Families,

This year we are will continue to use Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/558-865-581
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

REQUEST:

Please can you send you child in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

Have a great weekend

David Logue

 

Week 1 in 4B

Week one in 4B

Welcome to 4B. My name is David Logue and I look forward to teaching your child this year.
My school contact details are dlogue@unishanoi.org

It has been wonderful getting to know all the boys and girls in 4B this week. We have spent a considerable amount of time establishing a sense of class community.

On the first day of school we shared holiday stories, interviewed other members of the class and completed a number of Math challenges working in pairs. It was wonderful to see the students working together in such an open minded manner. The returning students made the new class members instantly feel a part of the UNIS community.

On Thursday we completed a PMI (pluses, minuses and interesting things chart) to record our feelings about Day 1. We then worked in teams to complete a number of word and maths problems.

We also created a personal “portrait” to represent our individual characteristics.  It was great fun leaning about each other in this visual form. Hopefully ours will turn out similar to the ones below.

Today we were excited to participate in our first PE lesson with Mr Matt. We have also enjoyed our specialist lessons in World Languages and Art. In the morning session 4B had fun working in Mr Darren’s class as part of our “getting to know each other” activities. Next week we are looking forward to completing  a Scavenger Hunt using iPads to locate various places around the school.

HEADPHONES

ALL 4B students need a pair of headphones that they can keep at school for use with the Chromebooks and Ipads. Please send them in as soon as possible.

SEE SAW

Dear Families,

This year we are will continue to use Seesaw to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; you’ll only see posts created by your child.

Please Sign Up Now

  1. Click on this link: https://app.seesaw.me/s/558-865-581
  2. Choose your child from the list
  3. Create your account
  4. Once I approve you, you can see content from your child

After you sign up, download the free Seesaw Family app and sign in. You can also access Seesaw from a computer at https://app.seesaw.me.

P.S. If you used Seesaw last year or have more than one child using Seesaw, follow the link above, then click the ‘Sign in’ tab at the top of the screen. You do not need to create a new account.

Thank you for supporting your child’s learning!

David Logue