Week 5: September 14-18

Greetings 5C Community,

5C students give dap to their newest classmates.

The highlight of the week was welcoming (and giving dap) to our newest classmate, Sihyun (Alice) Song! We are just waiting on Brent to arrive from the United States in October and our class will be complete.

As our first unit on identity ended this week, we completed a variety of assessments in all subject areas. We also took the standardized MAP test for reading, math and language usage. Next week students will review the data and set goals for individual learning pathways that they will share with parents at the learning conferences on October 1. 

In UOI, we concluded our investigation into our ‘identities’. Students reviewed all the work they have created about themselves to answer the question, “What do you know now that you didn’t know before about your identity?” One of the most powerful elements of their journey was the student’s ‘Where I’m From’ poems. I strongly encourage parents to ask their child to share it with them.

Students read each other’s poems.

In math, we have begun to identify and describe factors and multiples of whole numbers and use them to solve problems. We are currently working on the locker problem, which is worth a conversation with your child. See the pictures below.

In reading, we are coming to the end of our class novel; Operation Frog Effect. While working on their reflection skills, students have experienced how a person can make changes to improve their friendships and develop life skills such as thinking of others without judgements and making a difference in their community. 

In writing, students learned strategies for revising and editing their writing. On Monday, we will have a writing celebration where students share their revisions with the class. 

After all the hard work this week, the students took advantage of the cooling weather to unwind after their final MAP test.

Save the Date

  • Moon Festival: 24th September
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences: October 1st
  • October Break: October 10 – 18

Week 4: September 7 – 11

Greetings 5C Community,

This week Grade 5 kept busy with beginning-of-the-year assessments in both reading and math. Students have coped magnificently with the extra expectations on them, working independently and respectfully while teachers administered these important assessments. 

In Math, we wrapped up our place value unit with an assessment that students are bringing home to share with parents. Students were assessed on their ability to estimate and subtract large numbers. Next week, we will begin our multiplication and factors unit.

In Literacy, students have completed their DRA reading assessments. In reading, we practiced inferring and emotional responses by taking notes while listening to prerecorded chapters of Operation Frog Effect. In writing, students continued to revise their open genre writing tasks by ‘adding, removing, moving and substituting (ARMS)’ their drafts in readiness for publication. 

In UOI this week, students considered all the people, places and experiences that have gone into making them who they are and have written Where I’m From poems. Keep an eye on SeeSaw next week for the finished products! Our final task next week will be to wrap up the unit by revisiting our provocation question ‘Who Am I?’ and considering why our answers to this might have changed. 

MAPS Testing
We have three MAPS tests scheduled for the grade level next week. The reading test will take place on Tuesday, Math on Wednesday, and Language on Friday. The tests play an important role in determining your child’s educational needs this year, and I encourage you to have a chat with them about taking the tests seriously. MAPS tests are designed to get progressively more difficult. Your child is not expected (nor able) to get every question correct. This is why they are encouraged to do their best, and not to worry when they are unable to answer some questions. 

Dinner Time Talk

  • How many ATLs are there and what are they?
  • What is the difference between editing your writing and revising your writing?
  • What is the value of making estimates?

Save the Date

  • Reading MAP: Tuesday September 15
  • Dot Day: Tuesday September 15
  • Math MAP: Wednesday September 16
  • Language MAP: Friday September 18
  • October Break: October 10 – 18

Week 2: August 24-28

Welcome 5C Community

Special thanks to those who virtually attended back-to-school night on Thursday. For those who missed it, the most important thing that you can do to support your child is to read their weekly reflections on Seesaw and post a comment. It will give you insight into their school work, writing and thoughts. You can use this information to ask meaningful questions during dinner discussions. Rather than asking, “what did you do today?” You can ask, “What advice did the teacher give you during your writing conference?”

Now that we know what traits make up our identity (appearance, culture, beliefs), 5C spent the week reflecting on our personal identities. When asked about their religion, students were interested to learn how many different religions (or non-religions) were represented in the class. Next week, students will begin to look at how their identities are influenced by their interactions.

Students have been taking part in a wide variety of activities and games that focus their attention of 5 key mathematical norms:

In terms of mathematical concepts and skills, this week we reviewed place value and the “power of 10.” Next week, we will introduce claim, evidence and reasoning (CER), as a structure for explaining our thinking through modeling, numbers and words.

For reading, students have been listening to the teacher read a book called Operation Frog Effect, about a 5th grade class that is dealing with social issues, including a mean girl named Kayley. While they listen, students are expected to take notes on thinking habits that make all people better readers. This week we focused on visualizing, making connections, predictions and connections. Students also had several opportunities for independent reading.

For writing, students have enjoyed the choice of writing from any genre, including narratives, informational texts and graphic novels. Next week, students will learn how to revise their writing by adding, deleting, moving and changing words, sentences and paragraphs.

Student Council Representative
Congratulations to Gabe and Ngoci for being voted to represent 5C this year! Special consideration to Monir and Thao for also volunteering to serve the class and taking the risk of delivering a speech in front of the class.

Save the Dates

  • Vietnamese National Day 2 September
  • School Photos Monday 7th September
  • ASA and Youth Sport Sign up opened on the 26th August – sign your child up if you haven’t already.

Week 1: Aug 17-21

Greeting 5C Community,

Welcome to our first blog post of the year. We have had a wonderful time this week getting to know each other by engaging in team-building activities, developing routines that allow us to work safely and productively and diving into our first units of study. I feel very privileged to be working with your children.

This blog is the main form of communication between 5C and home. Each week I will post a brief overview of what we have done during the week as well as a preview of what to expect the following week. Reminders of important dates to save will be posted and updated. I add dinner time talk questions which are a great way to engage in conversations with your child about school.

Additionally, I like to post photos of 5C students hard at work and play!

Tin Tuc Weekly News
Our primary communication platform at UNIS Hanoi is the Tin Tuc weekly email.  Every Friday afternoon, you will receive Tin Tuc in your inbox, which contains information that is curated especially for you.  The Tin Tuc weekly news will contain links to news and blogs from the following: 

  • Your child’s homeroom and specialist blogs.  If you have more than one child, you will receive ONE email, with news from each of your child’s teachers. 
  • Your child’s school division (Elementary, Middle or High school)
  • Whole school news 

If you do not receive Tin Tuc this week, please send an email directly to tintuc@unishanoi.org  

SeeSaw – The student platform
This year students are using ‘Seesaw’ to share and communicate with families! Your child will post to Seesaw to share their learning. Seesaw is private; only people who are invited to view will see posts created by your child. It is also a great way for other members of your child’s extended family to share in what they are up to at school. If you have not already signed up, click here for access.

Housekeeping Hints
The following are a few reminders to ensure your child is able to participate fully in class.

Each day students should bring:

  • A mask with their name clearly attached
  • A hat to enjoy outside play
  • A reusable water bottle
  • A healthy snack for our morning recess
  • Personal headphones (a mic is optional, but important for clear recording)
  • A pencil case

I look forward to meeting you via Zoom, at our ‘Virtual Back-to-School Night’ on the evening of August 27th. You can also drop me an email at the following address cmoore@unishanoi.org I do not answer emails while I’m teaching, so if it is important, please contact the ES office.

Save the Date:
Back-to-School Night: Thursday 27th August (6pm)

Dinner Time Talk

  1. What is a “growth mindset?”
  2. What interesting facts did you learn about your G5 teachers during our first week?
  3. What connections might you make to the read-aloud book, Operation Frog Effect?
  4. Do you believe the following statement: “Answers are important, but they are not the math.”