September 25

Greetings 5D Community,

Today we wrapped up a highly provoking week in fifth grade. We kicked things off on Monday by crowning Queen Mirabel with the birthright to govern our 5D monarchy. Some learning targets were achieved, but a lotmore fun was had than originally planned. On Tuesday, the class had to come to grips with a poisoned queen, and the power vacuum ensured anarchy for the day. The learning targets were very much ignored in favour of gaming and socialising across the grade level. On Wednesday, ‘Faithful Brewster, Mighty Leader’ asserted his power over the class. His strict dictatorship quickly made up for lost time as he ensured that all learning targets were achieved. Unfortunately, the power soon went to the Faithful Leader’s head, and he was overthrown. A sense of balance was regained on Thursday as the class began voicing their opinions and voting. A president was elected and laws were established. Next, the class chose to employ their democratic right to protest by selecting an important issue and designing protest signs. We capped off the day with a democracy protest that highlighted vital issues ranging from Black Lives Matter, Climate Change, LGBTQI+ rights, Gender Equality and Gun Violence. This morning, 5D took everything learned over the past week and established their own system of governance for the classroom. Be sure to speak with your child about how we have decided to govern ourselves in 5D this year.

In literacy next week, we plan to begin our new reading groups. Students will be split into groups according to their reading level and assigned a book based around the theme of migration (the theme of our next G5 unit). In math, we will continue to examine multiples and factors. Now that the beginning of year assessments are out of the way, we will also take some time next week to establish learning goals before our Learning Conferences which take place next Thursday.

Last Call for a Class Parent

“The SCO needs a few more Class Parents to help coordinate parents for activities that the teachers may need help with – for example, the teacher may ask the Class Parent to help recruit volunteers to accompany kids on a field trip, or organize an end of the year party. Being a class parent is a great and fun way to get involved with the school, support your child’s teacher and connect with other parents in your child’s class. 

Please do know that SCO is there for you to support. Because we are Stronger Together! If you’re interested in any of these roles, have any questions, and want to know more, please email Thank you for considering volunteering your time this year!”

Dinner Time Talk

  • Which governing system do you think is the most effective? Why?
  • How does the governing system in 5D work?
  • What are the factors of 12?

Save the Date

  • Learning Conferences: October 1st
  • October Break: October 10th – 18th


September 18

Greetings 5D Community,

On Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming Seongwoo to 5D. Now we are just waiting on Charlo to arrive from Canada, and then our class will be complete. 

This week 5D have continued to hone their perseverance and commitment by undertaking their MAPS tests with a positive attitude all week long. We have also been busy finishing up our identity unit in preparation for the governance unit which begins on Monday.

In UOI students have been putting the final touches on their speeches. Their goal: to speak for a couple of minutes about who they are. Today, most students shot their videos in the Maker Space, and completed a reflection to show how their learning has developed throughout the unit. Keep an eye on Seesaw over the next few days for their final thoughts about the unit. 

In math students were introduced to the CER (claim, evidence, support) model for thinking through and laying out their math work. We tackled some multiplication problems, and modeled our thinking with the CER template. We also began honing our estimation skills by estimating how many students are currently enrolled at UNIS.  Next week we will continue to explore multiples and factors. 

In literacy we’ve been busy reading Operation Frog Effect. Students have continued reflecting and making emotional connections to the book. Next week the plan is to finish up the book before we establish reading groups around leveled texts related to migration. Our writing focus for the week has been poetry, and you should begin to see finished identity poems appearing on their Seesaw pages soon. 

Save the Date

  • September 21: International Day of Peace (dress in white & blue)
  • 24th September: Moon Festival
  • October 1st: Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 10 – 18: October Break

Dinner Time Talk

  • What is being celebrated internationally on Monday? (International Day of Peace) 
  • What decisions do you get to make?
  • Read me, or tell me about your ‘I am from’ poem

September 11, 2020

Greetings 5D Community,

This week Grade Five have been kept very busy with our beginning of the year assessments in both reading and math. 

In math we wrapped up our place value unit and began exploring multiples with some fun multiplication activities Next week we will begin our multiplication and factors unit in earnest by ‘identifying and describing factors and multiples of whole numbers and use them to solve problems’.

In literacy, most students have completed their DRA reading assessments. In reading, we practiced inferring by taking notes while listening to prerecorded chapters of Operation Frog Effect. In writing, students continued to ‘add, remove, move and substitute’ our open genre writing tasks in readiness for publication. 

In UOI this week, we have continued to explore our identities by designing identity icebergs and filling them with our identity traits. We explored beliefs and values in the book I Am Human by Susan Verde, before considering, discussing and recording our own values and beliefs. Next week we aim to wrap up the unit by revisiting our provocation question ‘Who Am I?’

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

  • Who are you?
  • How does Macbeth feel about being the new king? 
  • Which times tables do you find the most challenging?

Save the Date

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

September 4th

Greetings 5D Community,

The highlight for many students this week was the ‘teacher passion’ rotations, where students spent one period each day learning a specific skill from a different teacher. These special classes included art, music, chess, cooking, drama and macrame. 


Now that students have learned a little more about their teacher’s identities (interests, hobbies and passions), next week we plan to dive deeper into who we are by considering our cultures, values and beliefs. I encourage you to discuss these points together as a family over the weekend in readiness for some 5D class discussions next week.


During reading time, Operation Frog Effect has continued to enthrall us with a social drama set in a 5th grade classroom. This week we practiced making inferences. Next week, the focus will be on writing emotional responses to the text.

During writing time, students have continued to write in their genre of choice. Our focus this week was on revising and editing. We also inquired into adjectives and read an excerpt from Roald Dahl, a master of adding detail with adjectives. Finally, the class applied their learning by adding adjectives to their own writing pieces. 


In math this week we have continued our inquiry into place value by developing our estimation and rounding skills, as well as our ability to multiply numbers by 10, 100 & 1000. Next week we will begin an inquiry into factors and multiples. Students will also complete a ‘Beginning of the Year’ math assessment.

Dinnertime Discussion

  • Which ‘teacher passion’ rotation was your favorite?
  • What do you value (types of books, music, family time, etc) and why?
  • What’s the difference between an inference and a prediction?
  • What happened to King Duncan in Macbeth?

Save the Date

  • Monday September 7: Class Photos
  • Monday September 7: First day of ASAs

Friday August 28

Greetings 5D Community

Many thanks to everyone who virtually attended back to school night on Thursday. It was wonderful to have so many of you join me for the session. In case you missed it, (or if you simply want to relive the adventure), I have popped a recording here. Also, if you have not yet checked out the Flipgrid, you can do that here.

I am still searching for a class parent for the year. If you were considering taking up the position, but were hesitant to make a move – now’s your chance! Please send me a quick email if you feel like helping out.


Now that we know what traits make up our identity (appearance, culture, beliefs etc.) 5D 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.

This week, we also began looking at what influences our identities, and how we choose to share and express ourselves. We created mind-maps of all the different things that influence our identity, before choosing specific elements of our own personal identities to share. Next week, students will meet with a variety of G5 teachers to learn how they choose to express themselves. Students will have the option to take part in four of the following six activities that will be run over the week: art with Ms Tina, string craft with Ms Linh, chess with Mr Nathan, drama with Mr Brewster, cooking with Ms Huong and music with Mr Charlie. 

“Nothing of me is original.

I am the combined effort 

of everyone I’ve ever known”

– Chuck Palahniuk

Maths Objectives:

Over the past two weeks, students have been taking part in a variety of activities and games that focus their attention on six key mathematical norms:

This week we began a review of place value, which will also continue into next week. Students will now begin to consider the relationship between different place values, and how we can use this knowledge to help us make flexible calculations. 


Objectives for Reading:

  • Class Novel “Operation Frog Effect”.
  • Main focus: looking at different genres of writing
  • Skill focus: questioning, reflecting and note-taking.

Objectives for Writing:

  • Exploring the process of revision
  • Show evidence of revisions in written work.
  • Identify revisions writers make, including self.

Student Council Representative

Congratulations to Joon Hoo for being voted to represent 5D this year. Special thanks to Mohau for his speech, and coming in a very close 2nd in the votes.

A Book To Share

We don’t eat our classmates

Typing Practice

If your child would like to practice their typing skills at home, they have an account to a site called Typing.Com. To access the site, they need to login with their school Google account details.

Save the Dates

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

Welcome to the 5D Blog

Greeting 5D Community,

Welcome to our first blog post of the year. It’s been a wonderful week of getting to know one another. We’ve been busy drawing portraits, developing essential agreements, discussing similarities and engaging in many team-building activities throughout the week. We’ve also spent some time developing routines before diving into our first math, literacy and UOI units for the year. We have a wonderful class of students in 5D this year, and I am excited about the year ahead. 

This blog will be the main form of communication between 5D and home each week. My goal is to post a brief overview reflecting on the week that was, along with a few points about what lies ahead.

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  

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 are not already signed up, please do so now

  1. Click on this link here
  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 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.

A Quick Reminder

Each day students must have with them:  

  • A mask
  • A hat to enjoy outside play. 
  • A reusable water bottle. 
  • A healthy snack
  • Personal headphones (a mic is optional, but important for clear recording). 
  • A pencil case 

Back to School Night

Our virtual ‘Back to School Night’ will take place next Thursday, August 27th at 6pm  on Zoom. Please keep an eye on your inbox this week for more information. 

Save the Date:

Thursday 27th August – Back to School Night

Dinner Time Talk

  • What have you learned about the teachers in Grade Five this year?
  • What design did you draw on your Mandala?
  • What is the difference between a topic and a genre?