Week 15 is another winner in 5A!

Greetings 5A Community

It has been another super busy week for all the students of 5A as we head towards the last two weeks of school before the break. Mr. Charlie knew it was going to be a cracking week when he found that Blake was his avocado sock twin!

Following last week’s celebration of Duong’s birthday, week 15 started with another birthday celebration for Helena who bought in some delicious cupcakes for us to enjoy. A very happy birthday to you both and I hope that you had fun celebrating with your friends.

UOI

Students continue to prepare for their Migrant Museum Monologues and have all now chosen a migrant character to research in-depth. During our Toolbox time on Monday, we were lucky to be treated to four wonderful but emotional migration stories from members of our own community. Ms. Barbara from the Middle School talked to us about the history of migration within Cyprus; Mr. Ole told us about his family’s experiences as Jewish people living in Denmark during the Second World War who fled to Sweden, Ms. Nguyen told us about her experiences moving from the Vietnamese countryside to Hanoi and how this example of urban migration changed her life entirely; Ms. Linh shared her experiences of moving from Hanoi to Russia as a young child and moving around the country following her father’s postings. A huge thank you to these four presenters who shared these stories with us.

Literacy

We continue to work on our narrative stories and spent time this week considering how authors create mood in their writing. We used ToyStory as an example and watched an example of a trailer that was edited to make it look like a horror movie. Simple elements and choices made created an entirely different atmosphere and tone which the students then tried to apply in their own work.

Maths

Students have been linking their understanding of multiplication using an array with solving division problems and coupled this with skills that they learned from our Tech Guru Mr Big C! Checkout SeeSaw to see this amazing new skill that the kids have acquired which is going to be invaluable going forward. 

Solutions rather than problems

We had a great conversation this week about some of the problems that exist in the World. We realised that we are all aware of many of them and are inundated with them in the news. We decided that we wanted to start looking at the other side of the coin, focussing instead on what the many solutions to these problems are or could be. With this in mind, we watched a couple of really inspiring videos that showed us how some amazing people are dealing with some of the issues that our World faces. The students really responded positively to these videos and I will make sure to continue sharing these going forward.

Save the Dates

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Thursday, December 12 – Winter Service Fair (5 – 7 pm)

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break

 

 

Go Team 5A in Week 14!

Greetings 5A Community.

A very special thank you to those parents who were able to attended our open classrooms on Tuesday. I hope that you were able to get an interesting insight into how your children are spending their days and how and what they are learning. If you were not able to come in on Tuesday, you are always welcome to come and visit the classroom and to see us in action during the day – just let me know if you would like to visit and we can set something up. 

UOI

This week, we have been sharing stories of migration from different settings to try and support the students in making their Migration Museum Character choice. We read The Journey, The Name Jar and a short biography about Albert Einstein, as well as watching a very moving short video about Deng Thiat Adut, a Sudanese refugee who moved to Australia and became an attorney representing migrants. On Friday, students made their final choices and are now going to prepare themselves for the upcoming Museum presentation. 

Math

Students have been working hard to extend their understanding of division by taking on the School Fundraiser problem, which required them to divide large numbers of donuts across different numbers of classrooms. Students worked in collaborative partnerships and presented their work on some fantastic posters. Next week, we are going to see how we can use our multiplication skills to solve any division problem.

Literacy

As we continue to build up our understanding of Narrative writing, students have continued practicing their descriptive writing skills, focussing specifically on setting and character. Next week, we will be considering how authors set the mood of their stories and how they can build tension towards a climactic moment in their tale. 

Save the

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is salience when thinking about the illustrations in picture books?
  • If you have a collection of rectangles of different sizes, and place them alongside each other in different configurations, does the area of the total shape ever change? How about the perimeter? Why? 
  • Who have you chosen for your Migration Museum Character?

Lucky week number 13 in 5A

Greetings 5A Community

Field-trip to Women’s Museum

Our field trip to the Women’s Museum this morning was a clear highlight of our unit so far. The grade level learned a great deal about urban migration here in Vietnam. We were shown a number of personal stories from Vietnmaese women, who have made their way from small villages into Hanoi, to work as street vendors. I encourage you to follow up with your children at home this weekend by enquiring about some of the push and pull factors related to migration. 

UOI

In class this week, we have been looking at some of the vocabulary linked to our unit, specifically related to migration, push and pull factors, and the difference between forced and voluntary migration.  We have also read books about the migration experience, and begun a list of push and pull factors related to the stories we are reading. Next week we will continue our inquiries by examining our key concepts (change & perspective) in a little more detail. Students will also commit to a migrant story that they will retell at the Migration Museum on Wednesday, December 11.

Maths

In Maths, we have started to investigate division, using our base 10 blocks to help us visualise what is actually happening when we divide. Students had started to make connections between multiplication strategies and division strategies and used this knowledge to investigate the difference between partitive and quotitive division. We will continue to investigate this further next week as we introduce a fantastic method for solving division problems using an open array. 

Literacy

In literacy, we have continued to pull apart the traditional narrative story arc, identifying different aspects of it as well as focussing in on some of the areas more closely. We identified an opportunity to add detail to the setting of the story of the Three Little Pigs and students used their creative writing skills to paint a rich picture for this description. Keep your eyes on SeeSaw for when we share these. 

Open Classrooms 

A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. 

You are warmly invited to see what learning looks like in 5A;

Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5A are

  • 8:30 am Music
  • 9:25 am World languages

Homeroom times for 5A are

  • 10:35 am Maths
  • 11:30 am Literacy

Lock-down drill

Health and safety are one of our highest priorities at UNIS Hanoi.  We regularly practice evacuation drills with our students and staff to be sure that we can evacuate our campus quickly in case of an emergency.  

On Monday 18th November, we will be practicing a ‘lockdown drill’ inside the school.  This is an essential drill to practice in case there are times when it is safer to lock our students and staff inside the buildings – for examples, when there may be an intruder on campus.  

We have already spent time talking with the students about this and have practiced the procedure a number of times in class. Students are aware that this will be a practice and we have reiterated the following messages in our conversations:

  • That we should always listen to an authority figure for safety information
  • Practice means being prepared – knowing what to do keeps us as safe as possible
  • This is a ‘just-in-case’ plan – it’s like wearing a helmet when we ride our bikes. We wear helmets and knee pads when we skateboard. We don’t expect to fall, but if we do, we’ll be protected. Then we don’t have to worry. We can just ride our bikes and boards and not even think about falling, because we have the situation covered.

Naturally, if you have any questions or concerns in advance of Monday, please don’t hesitate contacting me via email.

Save the Dates

Monday 18th November – School Lock Down Drill

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Wednesday 11th December – Migration Museum

Friday 13th December – Last day of school before Winter Break. 

Dinner time talk

  • What is the difference between partitive and quotitive division?
  • What are some of the Push and Pull factors for Vietnamese women who sell their products on the streets of Hanoi?
  • What do you think the base of the word migration is?

 

High AQI ‘Dozen’ worry 5A in Week 12.

                                                  Welcome 5A Community

UOI

Our Migration unit kicked off this week with a provoking provocation. Students experience the difficulties associated with trying to immigrate into different make believe countries. Students were granted visas depending on the criteria of each country. Reading the ‘Provocation Reflections’ students posted via their ‘Seesaw’ platform, uncovered a range of feelings and thoughts. This was a very emotive provocation, designed to elicit questions.

The rest of the week has been focused on exposing students to migration stories from around the world and preparing students to think about a migrant they would like to focus on for their post assessment.

Next week we’ll look into push and pull factors and the many reasons behind these factors.

Literacy

As we embark on our new writing genre – Narrative text types. 5B spent time with Angela Brienza (Literacy coach) and Monica Mayer (Librarian) learning about visual literacy and literary devices. It is a privilege to have experts to help support the development of writing skills. 

Word Inquiry

Students have been developing their understanding of words associated with migration through word inquiries.

The basis of a word inquiry is to investigate unfamiliar words through by stepping through a process;

1.What does the word mean?

2.How is it built? 

*Identify any bases or affixes with a word sum

3.What other related words can be found? (hypothesize) 

*Morphological relations: words with the same structure and meaning

*Etymological relations: the word’s origin (word history)

4.What are the sounds that matter?

Home Learning

Reading responses are well underway. Please feel free to read what students have been writing and engage the in conversation via the comment icon. A reminder that the book your child chooses is their choice. However, your child should be encouraged to choose a range of genres and reading resources i.e articles, poetry, manuals and reports etc.

Math

5A students have continued to solve increasingly complex multiplication problems and build a deeper understanding of what is happening with multiplication. As we continue to build strategies, students realized that doubling and halving can be a useful way to quickly solve some problems. We then took this knowledge and related it back to the area model as we took our learning outside and used pavement chalk to make further discoveries. Next week, we will dive head-long into the wonderful world of division.  

Important Reminders

With the year well underway, students are beginning to feel the pressure of being able to organise themselves. Many are forgetting to check their daily schedules the night before. This has had an effect on students being ill-prepared for classes. A growing concern is the number of times musical instruments are left at home, or at school and as students only have instrumental class once a week, this will have a grave impact on their performances. If you have not yet signed a permission form for your child to bring home their instrument, please do so. This will allow your child to practice at home. Also note that if your child brings home their chromebook, it must come back to school the following day. 

Open Classrooms 

A reminder that Open Classrooms are designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. 

You are warmly invited to see what learning looks like in 5A;

Tuesday 19th November

Specialists classes for 5A are

  • 8:30 am Music
  • 9:25 am World languages

Homeroom times for 5A are

  • 10:35 am Maths
  • 11:30 am Guidance

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No SchoolSave the dates.

Dinner Talk Time

  • How are the words Migrate, immigrant, emigrant related to each other?
  • How would you use doubling and halving to solve the problem 14 x 15?
  • What do you understand by the term story goal?

Spook-tacular week 11 in 5A

Welcome 5A Community

UOI

As we come to the end of our current UOI (governance), students have been busy creating their assessment projects. On Friday, all the students presented their final products to the class. Final grades and feedback will appear on SeeSaw in the next few days. In the meantime, enjoy a sneak preview of examples of some of their work. Well done to everyone in the class – you all did a great job!

Next week students will embark on a new UOI 

Where we are in place and time – Migration

An inquiry into 

  • Migration occurs for many reasons (causation)
  • How migration results in change for individuals and cultures (change)
  • Perspectives related to migration (perspective)

Sharing your own family’s migration story will support your child’s understanding of the elements above that drive the inquiry. Perhaps you could consider being a guest speaker; we would love to listen to a migration experience that you or someone you know has been through.

Literacy

This week 5A continued to work on the elements of a discussion text as we started to deconstruct example texts looking for specific language features, before reconstructing parts of new discussions as a full class, in partnerships and as individuals. Next week, students will be asked to write a final discussion assessment to end the unit and I am very excited to see the amount of growth that I know all students have made. 

Next week we will also embark on a new text type; Narratives. This is a familiar text type for students and I am looking forward to developing a number of skills students already have, along with introducing new elements such as writing from a particular point of view, crafting social messages and exploring emotive language.

Math

We have continued to discover what is actually happening to numbers when we multiply them together by developing our understanding of open arrays and how we can set them up. Next week, students are going to use their skills to solve another contextualized investigation and will start to link the open array to the ‘traditional’ multiplication algorithm.

Open Classrooms 

Open Classrooms is designed as a structure that allows us to promote understanding of our programme and to strengthen relationships with our parent community. A detailed schedule will be sent via the ES office and posted on our blog in due course. We look forward to welcoming you all to our classroom on Tuesday 19th November to come and see what learning looks like in 5A.

Save the

Monday 11th November – Professional Development Day – No School

Tuesday 19th November – Open Classrooms

Friday 14th December – First day of winter break – No School

Dinner time chat

  • What do you understand by the phrase With Power comes Responsibility?
  • Why is 20 x 33 the same as 10 x 66?
  • What is a new word that you learned in your guided reading group this week?