Happy Holidays!


Dear parents,

Thank-you for your support and great vibes this first part of the year- And now it’s time for some well earned relaxation and reflection!

From 3B, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!











Data and Conservation

Dear parents,


In Math, we are reading, designing, collecting and communicating data. We designed surveys and went out to collect the information to turn into bar graphs.

We focus now on our third line of inquiry on the conservation of our natural world. We have have inquired into a number of effective NGOs and what we can do individually and collectively to support conservation efforts.

A local NGO is Hanoi Pet Rescue co-founded by Van’s family. Members of the UNIS community have volunteered and offered their support from time to time. Please see this link if you are interested in learning more about the great work that they do protecting our animal friends.


Grade 1 and Grade 3 are both looking into the conservation of animals. During our buddy time, we supported our buddies in the writing of their information booklets by sharing our knowledge about endangered animals.


The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie. If your child is interested, they can grab a permission form from me on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!

UN Day

Dear parents,

Happy UN Day!

What truly wonderful day of celebration, diversity and unity.

A special thank-you to our parent volunteers for getting us organized (and fed) today.

Have a peaceful weekend!

Fibonacci and Oceans of Plastic

Dear parents of 3B,


Literacy: We are moving on from the structure of an information report to adding the necessary supporting details. We made a connection to prior reading lessons on asking questions of the text as a strategy to strengthen our writing.


Math: Happy Fibonacci Day! This day, November 23, recognizes the importance of the Fibonacci sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) in mathematics and our everyday lives. We investigated the numerical pattern and had a go creating a visual model in the form of the Fibonacci Spiral.

We also made connection to the idea of place value and scale and – creating place value collages to represent a four digit number with accurate scaling.


A plastic of Ocean: As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.
Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 
What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening
When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +
Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10
Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help
Theatre will open at 4.50pm – free seating. However, Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.
Happy Weekend to all!

Global Goals Week and Endangered Primates

Dear parents of 3B,


🌍 UN Global Goals Week: In the lead up to SDG week, we are asking the kids to bring in unneeded T-shirts we can up-cycle into bags. Adult or child size T-shirts will do.  Please, if we can have the kids with their shirts ready for Monday (19th Nov).

UOI: We have focused on habitat loss and the variety of effects on wildlife. We will spend the next week on our third line of inquiry: “The effect of conservation on living things.” 🌳🦒🦏

Literacy: Information Report is our current text type. We are looking into the structure and feature of information reports and making connections to our research gathering and note-taking skills.

Open Classrooms: Thank-you for those parents able to pop in to join our Math and UOI lessons this week. The kids love having you around to share in their learning, and the extra collaboration in the room was certainly appreciated.

Ryan Deboodt: We had wildlife photographer Ryan Deboodt sharing the amazing footage he has captured of Vietnam’s highly endangered primates🐒. The footage was very moving. The kids were able to see the power of wildlife photography as a tool of advocacy in the fight to protect the world’s most endangered animals. The fact that these primates are also Vietnam was also very impactful.

Have a restful weekend 💆🏻

Diwali and Outdoor Classrooms

Dear Parents of 3B,


We continue our ‘Sharing the Planet’ unit inquiring into animals and the struggle to share our habitats. Our week has focused on particular animal adaptations. The kids already have so much knowledge and passion for the unit. 


Happy Diwali!  One of our students shared her knowledge of this special festival. If you celebrate a special festival or event in your culture, please encourage the kids to share with the class, or let me know and I can facilitate connections in class. The learning that came out of this sharing was really valuable.

For International Outdoor Classroom Day; a “global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play” the kids spent some time playing outside with their buddies. It enjoyed by all and helped strengthen the wonderful relationships our kids already share with one another.

Dates to Remember: Elementary School Open Classroom
Grade 3 warmly invites you to our Elementary School Open Classrooms – next Thursday and Friday, 15th-16th  November.

Below is a schedule for 3B indicating which lessons are open for you to enter and observe:

Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing many of you in our learning space next week!


Math Buddies and Little Inventors

Dear Parents of 3B,

During our buddy session, we celebrated Global Math Week by sharing some of the Math games we play in grade 3 and vice versa. It was wonderful watching all the kids in expert mode.

Little Inventors: The kids have finally completed their compound machines. There was a great deal of trial and error, but we have been rewarded with some weird and wacky inventions. Next, we will work on capturing their knowledge and process with more formal written reflections next week.


Enjoy the cooler weather this weekend!

Dear parents of 3B,


UOI: Simple machines and forces continue to be our focus. After the break, learners will begin to design and construct their compound machines. Below is the rubric we will be using to assess their final projects.

Math: We continue to build our repertoire of math games to support our number ability and memory. See below for a list of math games you can easily play at home.

Place Value War

Number Battle

Number Tic Tac Toe

To Ten/From Ten Card Game- Ask you children about this one.

Literacy: We continue to look at the different features of a procedural text, with a particular emphasis on word choice. We have looked into adverbs, and how we can use adverbs to make our instructions very clear and more informative.

We will return to school in a week’s time,

enjoy this week as a family. Read, relax, reconnect!

Looking forward to seeing everyone safe and sound on Monday October, 15.

Day of Math and Design Thinking

Dear Parents of 3B,

Big Idea: Procedural texts have specific features and details to help guide readers make or do things.

Big Idea: We can use the Design Thinking Process to think about, make and improve a machine.

Math: Grade 3 Whole Day Math Rotations
Big Idea: Measurement allows us to understand the form of a variety of objects and spaces.


Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Friday 5th October – G3 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30

Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Happy weekend!


Dear Parents of 3B,

Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here


As we continue to inquire into simple machines, a focus on forces and how this concept connects to objects, was a focus of our Friday UOI. Classes rotated through all Grade 3 classes to learn about friction, air resistance, tension and Newton’s Laws of Motion.



Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)

Friday 5th October – G3 Math Coffee Morning with Ms Beth 8:30 – 9:30

Monday 8th – 12th October – Autumn Break

Enjoy your weekend!