WEAR GREEN ON MONDAY! UNIS, Hanoi Leading to Inspire

There was much about students leading their own learning this week. Since the beginning of the school year up till now, (and after) students have been cultivating their abilities in their learning gathering quality skills and capacity through their efforts. Having a growth mindset has been necessary for these achievements. This helped to produce a greater willingness to confront problems, take risks and develop resilience.

Grade 4 Field Trip to Hanoi Heritage Sites – Thursday, May 2

When we get back on Thursday the 2nd of May we hit the ground running with Book Week (days!!).
Here’s all the information you need to know:
Thursday 2nd May
Character Parade! (Fourth Graders are missing this because of our Hanoi Heritage Field Trip)
Send your child to school dressed as their favorite book character. We teachers will do this too! (For our school spirit)

On Thursday and Friday, there will be Mystery Readers. Let me know if you would like to be our Mystery Reader on Friday anytime between 8:40 – 10:00 or 10:30 – 11:00.

Friday 3rd May
MRISA assembly. Have your child wear his/her UNIS gear to support our Volleyball teams.
SCO book sale – more info in the Whole School Tin Tuc.

Personal Heritage

Where We Are In Place and Time
An inquiry into:
The relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.
To kick off our last unit of inquiry this week, 4C students delved into their personal heritage during which they explored their historical roots and compare their own personal experiences with other students in the classroom. Our classroom was transformed into a Personal Heritage Museum where artifacts were displayed. Each student – I mean Conservator – shared about the significance of their items. Museum visitors (other students) asked questions to insight the Conservators to build on what they already know.
Using a family history research can help foster the students continued historical inquiry and generate appropriate attitudes toward cultures different from their own. So please, continue the conversation at home and help answer questions that your child might have about his/her personal heritage.

Central Idea:
Heritage shapes who we are and what is passed onto future generations.
Lines of Inquiry
the different forms of heritage (form)
the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
how what we preserve influences future generations (perspective)

Dates to remember:
Monday, April 15: Celebration of Hung King Day – School Campus & Offices Closed
Friday, April 19: Discovery – Grade 4 Student – Led Conferences
Description: No classes, no ASAs & UMA for Discovery to Grade 4 students.
April 29 – May 1: Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day & International Labour Day

Systems Now

Implementing structures that enhance learning, your fourth grader continued to focus on many aspects of UNIS Hanoi’s core values of Responsibility, Community, and Learning.

Here are some highlights:

UOI: end-of-unit learning presentations on different body systems, how the systems work, and the effect our choices have on our body systems. Each student had an opportunity to reflect on their individual and group process skills and contribution.
Community – The whole grade 4 came together to learn from one another at a learning summit.
Responsibility – Students had to demonstrate responsibility skills, organizing all needed resources and moving to their designated location where they led their presentations in a very responsible manner.

SDG Guardians
Learning – A great deal of learning happened on the SDG Guardians’ field trip to the Hidden Gem Coffee for a Carrot Mob on Tuesday! The experience added depth to the Guardians’ understanding of one of their goals; ‘Partnerships beyond UNIS’
Community – The students investigated sustainable practices within our Hanoian community and connected with community members doing inspiring work while exploring ways to work together.
Responsibility – The trip to the Hidden Gem Café was to promote SDG 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. It was an inspiration to end plastic waste on our planet and encourage upscaling and reusing existing plastic objects.

Guest Animal: Pearl
Learning – On Tuesday, some of our classmates were involved in an excellent learning activity, inviting Pearl, a pony, to school. Students learned in a real context, what ponies look like, what they are used for, what makes them unique, how to ride them and much more.
Fun facts: Pound for pound, ponies are stronger than horses. Young ponies are called foals. As well as for riding, ponies are used in driving and working roles. Ponies are small horses. Well trained ponies are good for children while they are learning to ride.
Community – The visit of this animal certainly brought our local community and grade 4C&D together. Hanoi Pony Club brought skills and knowledge and shared an unforgettable experience with Pearl and the fourth graders at UNIS Hanoi!
Responsibility – How to care for such an animal and the responsibility we have to take care of all lives of land was elicited during the visit.

Dates to Remember
PE Starting March 27
Trampolining – Double lesson on Wednesdays
Students need to wear long sleeved tops (covering elbows), socks and tights/track pants (cover their knees) for trampolining.
Swimming – Fridays
Swimsuit, cap, goggles, towel as per normal.
Friday, March 29: UNIS ECC/ES Fun Sports Morning

Systems Specialist

This week was packed with organizational systems such as the Grades 4 and 5 Musical Concert, the ES Art Exhibition, the composition of a text that brought together many writing genres, and the putting together of our PE and Homeroom Units of Inquiry.

Thank you to all parents who came in to be part of our learning this week! Below are some videos and images that captured some of your child’s learning.

Systems in Place

Congratulations to 4C Walk-A-Champions on their successful Blue Dragon Walkathon achievement! This year, the ECC & ES students raised over 20,000 USD!

UoI&PE Collaboration
Central Idea
Our body systems are affected by our choices.

Lines of Inquiry
the different body systems (form)
how body systems work (effect)
the effect our choices have on our body systems (causation)

In PE the students have been designing their Fitness projects based on our current Unit of Inquiry.
Over the past weeks, the students participated in 18 activities to assess their level of fitness in different components:
Muscular Endurance –The ability of a muscle to repeat a movement many times, or to hold a particular position for an extended period of time.
Cardiovascular Endurance- The ability of the heart, lungs and vascular system to deliver oxygen-rich blood to working muscles during sustained physical activity.

Speed- The ability to move your body, or body part quickly
Muscular Strength- The amount of force a muscle or muscle group can exert against a heavy resistance.
Flexibility- The degree to which an individual muscle will lengthen.
Reaction Time-How quickly your brain can respond to a stimulus and initiate a response.
Coordination-The ability to use your body parts and senses together to produce smooth, efficient movements.
Agility- Ability to change your direction and the speed at which you’re traveling quickly and efficiently.

They then unpacked the Central Idea to see if they could match the station to the component of fitness. The students completed the circuit again with their new knowledge about the focus of the stations. The next step was to begin Fitness testing for the 9 components of fitness and to record their results.

The PE Project requires the students to choose a sport and identify the three components of fitness that they are going to focus on during the training phase. This was recorded in their Google Drive document.

The students designed their first training session using the guidelines below:

Each training session must have:

4-8 exercises (each session must include an exercise focusing on each of your CHIEF exercises) The information below is a guide to writing your sessions. They can change depending on the exercise you choose.
Cardiovascular Endurance- Time/Distance – must be longer than 6 minutes or 2KM
Muscular Endurance- Sets/Reps: 3-5 sets, 15-20 reps
Muscular Strength- Sets/Reps: 2-3 sets, 8-10 reps
Flexibility- Time/Distance: Hold each stretch/pose for 20-30 seconds
Speed- Sets & Time: 3-5 sets and Time each set.
Balance- Sets/Reps: 3-5 sets, 10-20 reps
Agility –Sets & Time: 3-5 sets and Time each set.
Coordination-Sets / Time: 3-5 sets or 5-10 minutes of practicing a skill
Reaction Time-Sets / Time: 3-5 sets or 5-10 minutes of practicing a skill

The PE teachers created a great resource to help the students plan their fitness sessions.
Ask your child to show you ideas of exercises that have been helping him/her design his/her sessions.

Open Classroom
Next week is time for our next open house! Unfortunately, the homerooms will not be available on Thursday because grade 4 teachers will be at an in-school training.
4C Open Classroom: Friday, March 15, 9:25 – 10:05 AM
Please note No open classrooms for G4 world language classes due to the concert.
Grade 4&5 Music Concert: Thursday, March 14 @ 9:00
No School on Monday, March 11

Have a pleasant weekend!

Systems Investigation

This week, your child has been involved in many investigations. She/He planned and carried out a microscope investigation to find out about the different types of human muscles, created a ‘system-design’ to protecting vital organs, and might have had even experimented on detecting CO2 in a limewater experiment. Also, 4C students interviewed their buddies about the Blue Dragon Walkathon! Within all of these, they analyzed their findings and started to draw conclusions. Subsequently, they will prepare ways to communicate their findings to others and hopefully take action from what they found out.

Investigating into Explanation Text Type
Your fourth grader has been investigating into what an explanation text is. The concept of Function which is one of the Unit of Inquiry conceptual understanding the students are developing – How body systems work – is enabling them to tell an audience how a body works or why something happens. At home, please continue to support your child by having her/him explain details and logically describe the stages in a process, such as a process of making cookies, getting dressed or ready for school, or why we blink when we sneeze.

Dates to Remember
Teachers Professional Development (No School for students): Monday, March 11
Grade 4 & Grade 5 Music Concert: Thursday, March 14⋅9:00 – 10:30am
UNIS Spring Fair: Sunday, March 17⋅11:00am – 3:00pm

Ongoing Systems

Mathematical System
Using the notice of a mathematical system – one that consists of a set of elements – the Grade 4 Team came up with a Learning Space to connect elements of math taught in class with what could be done at home. Thus, a great system to move math forward is to check out the link below to move your mathematician forward.
Math Moments

Buddy System
Our K2 buddies gave us an opportunity to synthesize our understanding of the two last units of inquiry: Child’s Rights and Social Enterprises. Listening to each group explain the steps they took to achieve success on Market Day was a way for your child to bring everything together. It was very insightful!


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

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!


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
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