Fractions and Rovers

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math: We round off fractions by skip counting in unit fractions. We must keep in mind that fractions represent values and that these values can be plotted and read just like whole numbers on a number line. Choral counting by fractions also reinforces this concept. Some kids are also making connections to mixed numbers and improper fractions.

UOI: We continue to explore our solar system through the lens of technology. The ways in which our understanding of our place in the universe changes as technology and knowledge advances. The kids built their own rovers in the Makers Space as we look into current exploration projects focused on Mars.

COMMUNITY

Wishing everyone a cool weekend!

Astronauts and Assessments

Dear parents,

COMMUNITY

Book week costumes: A few pics from the book costume parade. Some very creative costumes!

LEARNING

UOI: What a great treat for Grade 3!  Mr Phạm Tuân was Vietnam’s first astronaut👨‍🚀 and the very first Asian person in space. 🌌What a truly impressive human. ☄This week we have started to look into our Solar System and generate wonderings to further our inquiry.

Testing and Assessment: With MAPs, this has been a very heavy assessment week. The kids were incredibly focused and invested and we applaud them for their effort.

Have a restful weekend!

PYPx and Book Character Costumes

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math- We have just commenced our unit on fractions. The kids have created their own fraction strips and have started to make connections between different fractions.

UOI- The kids have completed their summative pieces in Art class with Ms Vicky. They will now reflect on their process as an artist and quality of their art.

RESPONSIBILITY

PYPx- The kids were wonderful inquirers and participated enthusiastically. Lots of questions were asked and lots of of actions considered.

COMMUNITY

Book Character Dress-up Day- As part of our Book Week celebrations, On Thursday (2nd May), we encourage the kids to come to school dressed as their favorite book character.

Used Book Sale: 3B will attend the used book sale on Friday (3rd May).

Have a relaxing super-long weekend!

Student Led Conferences

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Student Led Conferences: Thank-you to all of you able to attend the SLCs. The kids of course did a fantastic job and are incredibly proud of their learning this year. Well done all.

COMMUNITY

Buddies: The kids shared their artistic knowledge and helped their buddies create their own Van Gogh Sunflowers and Keith Haring street art inspired pieces.

RESPONSIBILITY

Earth Day: It’s Earth Day this Monday. To acknowledge the day, we encourage the kids to come in dressed in something green.

 Happy weekend!

Personification and Used Books

Dear Parents,

LEARNING

Literacy: We continue with the line of inquiry ‘The elements of narrative’.

Big idea: As writers, we can show not just tell. We acted out various emotions, and using our senses, made a list of of observations. The kids then practiced rewriting some ‘boring’ descriptions.

Big Idea: I can use figurative to make my writing more engaging. Using the color chart and picture prompts, we practiced using personification to add depth to our descriptions.

Big Idea: When I describe a character, I am creating an image for my reader. Mr David introduced us to ‘Eggula’ and modeling a detailed description, the kids created a portrait of the character. The similarity of the images created tells us that the written description is effective.

UOI: We had more visiting artists – Mr David (photography) and Ms Emma (pottery) sharing their experiences, reflections and creations as artists. Lots of tips, tricks and inspiration to carry us toward the final unit assessment.

COMMUNITY:

Book Drive: The baskets are sitting in the classroom ready for donations.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

 

Sports Day and Skittles

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math: We have been continuing our work on the variety of representations of multiplication and making connections to other operations. We have also explored a problem posed by Ms. Beth and are working to improve our ability to persevere through problems and on showing, recording and tracking our mathematical thinking.

UOI: We had a couple of guest speakers this week. Ms Nitasha and Mr Adrian shared their experiences and reflections as artists. Ms Nitasha as a dancer and Mr. Adrian as a visual artist. We have so much talent and creativity in our UNIS community!

 COMMUNITY

Sports Day: Mother Nature was kind enough to help us out today. She not only cleared the air for us, but she also managed to turn the rain off just in time for events. The kids were such principled risk-takers and gave all events a really good go! Well done.

Have a relaxing Spring break!

Opening Lines and Street Art

Dear Parents,

LEARNING

Literacy– Our current line of inquiry is ‘Writing an engaging narrative’ and we continue to examine what it takes to hook a reader in. We have looked looked into examples of opening lines from well known children’s literature and have co-compiled a list of possible ways to open a narrative. We have recorded examples of really successful ones to help guide our own creative writing.

Ways to open a narrative:

  • Describe the setting
  • Begin with an action
  • Start with a problem/mystery/question
  • Describe a character
  • Open with a character thinking or giving their opinion
  • Open with dialogue (speaking)
  • Talk directly to your reader
  • Describe a feeling
  • Start with a sound

UOI: We continue with looking into how artists communicate their ideas. We looked into the work of Keith Haring and his use of line, color, symbol (form) and space (public spaces). The kids have created very bold Keith Haring inspired pieces.

Art Field Trip: Some snaps from our art field trip today

Enjoy the Weekend!

 

 

 

 

Narrative and Van Gogh

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Literacy: Narrative and Description- We continue to inquire into what make a narrative engaging and inspiring. We are using Stephen Graham’s description matrix to guide our reading and writing of descriptive narrative.

UOI: The color of Van Gogh- We will spend the next week focusing on our line of inquiry- “Artists communicate their ideas in a variety of ways.” We look to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his use of color to communicate his personal narrative and appreciation of genre (impressionism) and subject matter (everyday life). We have started our own sunflowers and look to nature and light to engage with color. A high quality digital collection of his work is available through Google Arts and Culture.

COMMUNITY

Open Classrooms- Thank-you to those you able to find some time to spend with the kids and I. The kids love to show what they can do and what they will need to focus on next. And the extra hands, ears and heads in the room is always greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the UNIS Spring Fair on Sunday!

Open Classrooms and Art Reflections

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Open Classrooms: (Thursday 14th – Friday 15th March) 

Parents are invited to share in our learning during open classrooms next week (Thursday & Friday)

  • 3B times are:
    • Thursday 10:30 – 11:10 (Literacy)
    • Friday 10:30 – 11:10 (Maths)
  • No open classrooms after lunch
  • No open classroom for World language because of concert rehearsal.
  • No open classrooms for Music because of concert rehearsal.

UOI: We have commenced our new unit. Our central idea is:Art is a reflective process that can be presented and interpreted in different ways”. 

Some responses to the prompt ‘what is art?’ elicited some thoughtful reflections:

  • Art is a mindful and creative thing
  • Art is a way to refresh your mind
  • Art is something we can all do
  • Art is fun
  • Art is culture
  • Art can make you dream
  • Art can get you thinking
  • Art expresses the artist’s feelings and thoughts

We have also considered the reflections of some famous artists:

Literacy: We continue our inquiry into suffixes. We are working with word sums, practicing identifying base words, and testing and tweaking a flowchart to help us uncover suffix spelling patterns and rules- it’s so much more engaging when the kids notice the complexity/inconsistencies/logic and sometimes bonkers nature of the English language.

Happy long weekend for the kiddies! (no school on Monday)

 

 

Division and Infographics

Dear parents,

LEARNING

Math: We continue our investigation into division. Students need to Interpret whole number quotients of whole numbers, e.g., interpret 56 ÷ 8 as the number of objects in each share when 56 objects are partitioned equally into 8 shares (How many in each group?), or as a number of shares when 56 objects are partitioned into equal shares of 8 objects each (How many groups are there/can you make?). The distinction is an important one, especially in the application of word problems.

UOI: To conclude the unit, the kids have researched, designed and produced infographics to highlight their particular issue. A final edit is needed before we share our messages with others.

 

COMMUNITY


Buddies: We worked with our buddies to create pieces Inspired by Google Doodles for the UNIS Hanoi yearbook cover competition.

Happy Weekend!