Upcoming Sharing the Planet and Reflections on How the World Works

Dear Parents,

Wow, can you believe we just got back from holiday two weeks ago? The beach in Phuket seems a distant memory as we plow forward in our learning. Throughout SDG and leading into UN Day we focused our learning towards how humans are changing the environment and what can we do to stop those changes. We have been reading a book together about Greta Thunberg and how she has taken action on Climate Action, Global Goal #13. We also looked at how when we plant more trees we are preventing runoff that pollutes our oceans and hurts the fish. This week we are wrapping up our unit on How the World Works and moving into Sharing the Planet with a focus on Equity and Children’s Rights.

In the coming days, we’ll be launching our upcoming Unit of Inquiry, Sharing the Planet. We’ll be exploring the central idea that access to opportunities affects equity for all children. We’ll be inquiring into the rights of children, the circumstances that determine a child’s opportunity, and our responsibility towards equity.

Tuesday, we’ll be putting students into random groups where they’ll experience strikingly different perspectives of equity depending on the ‘luck of the draw’. We anticipate kids will raise compelling questions and might come home disappointed (or delighted) at the lot they’ve drawn. We encourage you to reflect together over dinner that evening.

Grateful, as ever, for your support!

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Ideas for the Holiday

Hi All,

Next week is our October holiday, and while some of us may be heading off to the beach and others may just be enjoying the cooler weather in Hanoi- one thing is for sure- we want to keep learning! Nothing is better than curling up with a good book under the umbrella or laying on the couch- so be sure to have a couple of good books you’ve been eager to read.

Also, pack a deck of playing cards in the suitcase! So many fun math games can be played- here are the rules to Oh No! 99

Oh No, 99!

Overview: While older elementary students are typically engaged with larger whole numbers, many still need and benefit from practice with mental addition and subtraction of smaller numbers. In this two-person card game, players attempt to force their partner to be the one to push their jointly accumulating score above 99.

The game provides practice with adding and subtracting while also giving students the chance to think strategically.

Materials Needed: A deck of playing cards (jokers removed) for each pair of students.

Card Values and Operations:

Aces: add 1

Jacks: subtract 10

Queens: wild cards that can represent any other card in the deck

Kings: add zero

All others (2–10): add their face value

Directions for Playing the Game:

  1. One player shuffles the cards and deals four cards to each player. The undealt cards remain in a stack, face down.
  2. Players take turns playing one card at a time, adding or subtracting the value of their card to or from their jointly accumulating score.
  3. Each time a player plays a card, he or she must replace it with the top card on the face-down stack.
  4. Play continues until one player forces his or her partner to go over the score of 99.
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