Systems

Hope you all had a great Tet Break, once again, Happy New Lunar Year!

THE HUMAN BODY SYSTEMS
Fourth Graders delve right into the human body with provocations led by their teachers as soon as we got back from Tet break. Through this Unit of Inquiry, they will develop an understanding of the central idea:

Our body systems are affected by our choices

For them to further develop their knowledge about several main structures and important systems that keep the body alive, the following lines of inquiry will be explored:
The different body systems (form – what does it look like?)
How body systems work (function – what makes them function?)
The effect our choices have on our body systems (causation – what causes it to happen?)


The human body consists of several organ systems. Each system is made up of organs and other body structures that work together to perform a specific function. Most scientists divide the body into 11 systems. At home, you and your child can further discover what the systems are, how they function and even conduct experiments to see how a chosen activity affects a chosen system(s).
More Human Body Systems Provocation Pictures and Videos

Systems for the Greater Good – Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation
As you know constructing and sustaining an effective system requires collaborators that one can always count on. You, our UNIS Parents, are the ones who make us stand out when it comes to serving our community and living our school’s vision and mission! The role that UNIS Hanoi plays in keeping underprivileged children safe and allowing them to gain access to basic rights such as education and protection is crucial and goes a long way!
Thus, your sponsorship, contributions, and support for our annual Blue Dragon Walkathon are very much appreciated! Our class’ students, 4C UNITED, were the main organizer of this year’s Blue Dragon Walkathon. We are hoping to be role models by being the class with the most donations. If you are thinking of contributing to a system for the greater good, we are still accepting donations until next week Friday.

Again, many thanks!

Go!

Grade 4 Market Day

The Grade 4 Market Day was a success yesterday!
Please congratulate your fourth grader on this astonishing achievement and milestone for this grade level! Each and every child developed crucial skills that are necessary for future academic and personal successes!

What a fabulous way to welcome the New Year!

Get Set

You are all invited to attend Grade 4 Market Day on Thursday, January 31. Market Day is a fun event where our grade 4 students sell goods and services and use the money they raise to support an action of their choice.

Market Day will be open from 12:30-1:30.

As we work up towards Market Day (next Thursday) the students are starting to talk about when and how they will get everything produced and ready in time. With Wednesday being a student free day at school (parent-teacher conferences) many are talking about meeting together at one location to make their products to sell on this day.

Some points that might help clarify any questions you may have:

– the students are encouraged to work together as a group as much as possible (no one student should be in charge of making 5 loaves of bread worth of sandwiches).

– I am giving a designated member from each group a “bank loan”. The groups are to use this money to buy the supplies they need. They should return to me (the bank) the receipts and change. If they go over I will send home the balance when I receive the receipt.

– When the students meet at one house please make sure there is parent supervision.

– Items for Market Day can be brought into school throughout the week. Any food products need to come in on Thursday morning (fridge space is not available).

– the students are emailing parents to request permission on where to meet up as a group. Please email me if there is any confusion.

Thank you so much for all of your support in helping the students get set for the “Grade 4 Event of the Year!”.

Dates to remember
January 30: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
Wednesday, January 30⋅10:00am – 6:00pm
During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend. Please note:- There will be no school for ES students – There are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students For more details please contact the Elementary school office at elementary@unishanoi.org
January 31: Grade 4 Market Day
February 1: Blue Dragon Walkathon Annual ES Service Learning Event
February 2 – 10: Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) – School Campus & Offices Closed

Be Prepared!

There are many important events coming up soon and all through the rest of the school year. Along with being prepared, your fourth grader has also been thinking: purpose, plan and prioritize.

The students are busy preparing for Market Day which will be on January 31 from 12:00-1:30. As mentioned in last week’s blog post, Market Day is a very exciting and valuable opportunity for the students to learn to work in groups, compromise, be responsible and organize themselves. It is common that at some point during this process students could become frustrated with their group. We work to guide students through that process so that by the end of the unit they have learned valuable social and organizational skills. Please do keep in contact with any questions or concerns that may arise.

It is also important to note that in a week’s time your child may be receiving a loan from UNIS to purchase supplies for Market Day. This will be dependent on what they are selling. If you purchase any supplies with your own money please keep the receipt or write a record. We want to make sure the students are keeping track of all of their costs. Again if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Math – Plan

For the students to be successful, they needed to consider many aspects of their learning and plan quantifiable goals. Knowing how important Math is for their businesses, Ms. Beth, our Math Enrichment coach, came in to entice your child with how we see, interpret and develop a relationship with numbers that are not only about calculations but also a fascinating set of ideas that can enrich our world. Ask your child how he/she is planning to use math in his/her group’s Market Day plan.

 

Blue Dragon Walkathon 2019


Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

Be Prepared : – )
January 30: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
Wednesday, January 30⋅10:00am – 6:00pm
During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend. Please note:- There will be no school for ES students – There are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students For more details please contact the Elementary school office at elementary@unishanoi.org
January 31: Grade 4 Market Day
February 1: Blue Dragon Walkathon Annual ES Service Learning Event
February 2 – 10: Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) – School Campus & Offices Closed

Wishing you a very pleasant weekend!

Happy New Year 2019!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fabulous and reinvigorating Winter Break and that you are ready for a productive second semester and a New Year packed with growth and positive memories!
Starting the year off is our Grade 4 Market Day which is coming up on Thursday, 31st of January. Your child has been working in a group to prepare for this Grade 4 big event. Ask your child to talk about how the groups were formed, their focused Sustainable Development, and mostly their Social Enterprise. You can extend your child’s thinking by asking what the group’s purpose is, which organization they are supporting and which child’s right(s) and SDG they are hoping to achieve. There is much to learn from this process.

Just before the break, for your fourth grader to understand the idea of a product, considering market forces, supply and demand, a target market, and a client’s criteria, they engaged in a challenge to design a Multiplication Game for Ms. Mindy and Ms. Ronke. The students followed a design cycle and worked with a partner for the challenge. The outcome of their products was impressive! You are welcome to come in and have a go at playing a multiplication game designed by your child and his/her partner.

Having our Buddy Class on Thursday was a great way to kick off the year! The buddies continued their Child’s Right Superheroes and Super Power stories. Using a software, Comic Life on their iPads, 4C students use features of narrative text to jointly construct a Heroes for Change story, edit and publish written text, and select, edit and place visual, print elements in their comic. This is an ongoing task. Look forward to reading their published stories soon!

Dates to remember
January 30: ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No Classes or Activities for ES)
Wednesday, January 30⋅10:00am – 6:00pm
During your individual time with the teachers, you will be able to discuss your child’s strengths and challenges, hear how they have settled into class and together set goals for their development. The meeting is between the parents and teachers. Students are not expected to attend.Please note:- There will be no school for ES students – There are no ASAs/Aquatics Academy for ES Students For more details please contact the Elementary school office at elementary@unishanoi.org
January 31: Grade 4 Market Day
February 1: Blue Dragon Walkathon Annual ES Service Learning Event
February 2 – 10: Tet Holiday (Lunar New Year) – School Campus & Offices Closed

Celebration of Learning

Learning Summit
Grade 4C&D had a Learning Summit on yesterday, Thursday and today. As Thinkers, they exercised initiative in applying their thinking skills critically and creatively and made reasoned decisions in the way they chose to express and communicate their learning. They were able to revisit and reconnect with our How We Express Ourselves unit of inquiry. In so doing, they acquired in-depth knowledge and developed understanding across a broad range of disciplines such as math, writing, reading, and social issues that have local and global significance – Child’s Rights. Also, they considered how best to use their strengths by choosing the presentations skills and tools that allowed them to best express themselves.

The students harnessed their inner drive for success to consolidate their conceptual understanding and applied their knowledge and ideas. This empowered them to share their personalized learning. The Learning Summit format is designed for students to concentrate on their personal needs and abilities of both individual students and whole communities, we have been able to create an environment that fosters success.

Good Life Goals

Your fourth grader has been seizing opportunities to develop a concrete understanding of how we share our planet, knowing that they as children have rights and responsibilities that can enable equitable opportunities. The Good Life Goals and Teaspoons of Change certainly make the goals more accessible to achieve and encourage us all to become an active and effective global citizen.

A good follow-up from our Uniquely UNIS Global Goals Week, which cumulated in UN Day Celebration, was the visit of the creator of Teaspoons of Change, d’Arcy Lunn. He did several workshops with the students and our UNIS community. A highlight was the workshop he led with the Guardians of the SDGs. They started the day by creating personal stories as change agents – knowing that the stories we share about who are are and why we care can be a powerful tool for bringing people together. Please share a story of what an experience that could qualify you as a global citizen.

Your child listened to a talk by Dr. Nary Ly, who is a Khmer Rouge survivor, a Ph.D./scientist (degree from France) and also the first female Olympian marathon runner from Cambodia.
Dr. Ly has now written an autobiography in response to a popular demand (since the Rio) and has been giving many speeches and inspirational talks to children and adults around the world.
Her story is especially inspirational to young girls and boys as she would speak about the importance of peace and security, education, physical exercise, but above all, importance of setting a goal and striving for your dreams against all the odds.
We are so lucky to have such an inspirational speaker present her story to the Grade 4 students and teachers today.

Information Report Writing
Students investigated into features of a report text.

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018.
Habitat for Humanity service group Movie Permission

Come and watch an exciting musical production- Pirates Past Noon – by a cast composed of Grade 2 and Grade 3 students
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9 3:00 – 4:00pm
Theatre, Center for the Arts, UNIS Hanoi
Tickets are on sale at the Centre for the Arts Office (B10).

Math Tips
Have your child identify factors of numbers that are multipsimply10.
Does your fourth grader use knowledge of multiplication combinations and how to multiply by a multiple of 10 to identify factors of larger numbers? (“I know that 8 x 3 = 24, so both 80 and 30 are factors of 240.”)
Play Factor Bingo!
(You may want to make copies or simple recreate these factor bingo cards M15-223uiv7)
This game provides students with practice in identifying the factors of numbers that are multiples of 10, as well as recognizing multiplication combinations in the context of a division situation. (240 / ____ = 40)
Choose a number (100 180, 200, 60, 360, 450, 720, 150, 770, 630, 420, 300, 240, 550, 750, 400, 330, 810 and have a wild card)
Ask your child to tell you some numbers on the Factor Bingo Gameboard that are factors of that number. For example, the number chosen is 240. What numbers are factors of 240. You know that 2 is a factor because it’s an even number. So 20 is a factor.
Let your child choose one of the factors to cover with a counter. Keep playing until a player has covered five numbers in a row – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. BINGO!

Uniquely UNIS Global Goals


To celebrate UN Day and think of ways to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, your fourth grader engaged in many activities all through the week. This action-driven week cumulated in UN DAY and, as a class, we read The Rise of the Plate PioneerZ comic book, and students worked in groups. As a family, please read the book and discuss the important message that leads to collectively ending extreme poverty, tackling climate change, and fighting inequalities, paving the way for a better and more sustainable future for all by 2030. Have a discussion on a definition of a Plate Pioneer and which Globals Goals would it help achieve.

Hope to see you all on Tuesday or Wednesday at the Teaspoons of Change workshops.
Please visit Teaspoons of Change website to ‘get your feet wet’.

Thank you for your support and contribution in making today’s UN Day lunch great!

Perspectives

It was Children’s Day on November 20 (and coincidentally, Vietnamese Teacher Appreciation Day), a perfect time to investigate further into Children’s Rights and Equity Circumstances. This was a unique opportunity for your fourth grader to discuss the rights of a child in-depth and express a point of view. It is important and will help their understanding if they are given situations to discuss and continue to identify different points of view in regards to privileges, securities, and responsibilities. Thus, we hope you will continue the discussions at home. Ask your child about the most important child’s rights to her/him. This will broaden their thinking and make them aware that the same situation can be viewed from different perspectives.

One of the activities that allowed Grade 4C United students to become aware that facts can be interpreted in different ways was a Virtual Reality exploration of Syrian Refugee Camp. As a class, we began to develop an understanding that a variety of opinions on an issue may be valid when we compare points of view.


Here is the Synopsis of the Virtual Reality screening:
The Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan is home to over 80,000 Syrians fleeing war and violence. Half of these are children. Clouds Over Sidra is the story of a 12-year-old girl who has lived there since the summer of 2013. The film follows her to school, to her makeshift tent and even to the football pitch.

Cloud over Sidra was initially created to support the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for partnerships to build resilience in vulnerable communities. It’s the first-ever film shot in virtual reality for the UN, using the medium to generate greater empathy and new perspectives on people living in conditions of great vulnerability. Its powerful capacity to allow anyone on a global scale experience life within a refugee camp has the ability to inspire the message of hope among not only the millions displaced but also those motivated to act.

To learn more, please visit: SDG ACTION CAMPAIGN

This will be reinforced all through next week as it is UNIQUELY UNIS HANOI – UN GLOBAL GOALS WEEK. I would like to take this opportunity to give a shout out to Mattias Forsberg, Emil’s dad, who will be coming in on Monday to do workshops with the whole Grade 4 students and teachers on Child’s Rights and Social Enterprises.

More photos from this week

Math Tips:
Here is a game that helps students practice subtracting from 999. They are encouraged to check each player’s work and provide feedback for mistakes. Remember, mistakes are awesome and they make our brain grow!
Get to Zero
Practice Subtracting from 999

Dates to Remember
UN GLOBAL GOALS WEEK – November 26 – 30
UN DAY – November 30

Open Classrooms

Thank you to all parents who came in to be part of our learning yesterday and today!

With the aim to create an ideal learning environment for your child – a student who will hopefully solve some of our world’s issues as an adult – is given a great deal of autonomy to self-direct the learning. It would be great to hear back from you about your experience at our Open Classroom. What were the most important characteristics of learning? What are the most positive, memorable experiences? There is always room for improvement, what might that be?