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Next week, December 10-14 grade 2 students will be exploring the different cultural celebrations that take place during December and January. We have a year-long unit of inquiry investigating what culture is, forms of cultural expression, the creation of cultural art forms, and an appreciation of various cultures. We have the wonderful opportunity to explore and learn about the different cultures in our community. Students will be experiencing different activities related to Hanukah, Christmas, New Years, Winter Solstice, etc…
As we head into the holiday I just want to share a couple of thoughts and ideas to continue the learning:
Unit of Inquiry: We will continue with our exploration unit through the holidays and have created a padlet that you can use to share your holiday adventures with the whole of grade 2. Upload a picture, and a little note so we can share in the holiday explorations.
Mathematics: Continue practicing time, looking at both a digital and analog clock- this could happen in a train station, airport, anywhere! Time is everywhere. Students need to be able to express time using the language of quarter past, half past, and a quarter to the hour. Also, playing some math games with a deck of cards or a pair of dice are easy to pack along in the suitcase. Keeping those basic facts to 20 in mind, and building towards being fluent in number is key. After the holidays we will venture into fractions, so if you happen to find yourself in the kitchen having some experiences in the kitchen measuring and using fractions would be a great support for your child.
Literacy: There are several great websites that offer free stories online. Students can also read/access Raz-Kids during the holidays to keep up their reading. Storyline online has an amazing amount of stories read by some famous actors in the US. Another online site that I haven’t explored much of but comes highly recommended is Epic! students use the code: izv6246 to have access to thousands of books online- what a great resource! On Epic! books can be read to students, or students can read them. There are also learning videos and a lot of other cool stuff. Another idea is to have a travel journal. Students can keep track of their travels, feelings, and adventures over the holidays. A great way to foster a love of journaling and mindfulness, students can draw or sketch sights, and thoughts as well.
What I hope most of all is that you and your family find the time to enjoy one another, to have some fun. I am off to New Zealand’s South Island for three weeks of adventure with friends and I cannot wait! Happy early holidays!
-UNIS Hanoi’s Winterfest 2018, on Friday 7 December from 17.00-19.00 in front of the old canteen
-Grades 2-3 Musical Production: Pirates Past Noon – Come and watch an exciting musical production by a cast composed of Grade 2 and Grade 3 students. Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (8th and 9th of December)
-Winter Break 15 December to 6 January