Happy Holidays All!

Last week 3D were able to meet d’Arcy Lunn, one of the founders of the Teaspoon of Change movement. What a passionate educator! Check out the website: https://teaspoonsofchange.org/

 

3D had fun watching this last week and figuring out what was happening linked to the music:

Our last session with our K1 Buddies for 2018 was spent reading Winter holiday themed stories chosen by 3D:

Today students posted their StP Presentation videos and commented on each others with 2 Stars and a Wish. They have a printed copy of their report to take home. Please take a look and ask them about the process of researching, sorting of information, compiling a report and presenting to an audience.

What does your family value? Are you celebrating anything over the break? What do you do that is special? What traditions do you have? 

  • Please take 3-5 pictures to share as part of our Who We Are unit!

Ms. Thuy and I wish you all a happy and safe holiday. Seasons Greetings to all. See you in 2019!

Happy UN Day Everyone!

Last week Mr. Dylan came in to work more with 3D on developing their understanding and skills with “Zones of Regulation”.

On Wednesday, as part of our SDG Week, G3 students continued to make t-shirt bags.

On Thursday our bipeds were finally finished and we put them out in our own, “Jurassic Park” display. Take a look here.

Some questions you could ask your child from this week:
Describe what it means to be in the Green, Yellow, Blue or Red ‘Zones.’ When are you in those zones? How do you change zones?
How do we make sense of information when solving problems?
How are the SDG’s related to each other?
What is a ‘teaspoon of change’ that we can do together to make a difference?  Teaspoon of Change Email

Thank you to everyone for a wonderful UN Day. A few photos can be found here and a video here: https://youtu.be/2gTLrlZ79no

Sometimes, in our morning Community Time, we discuss a question, justifying our choice of answer. This week we considered the question: “Should penguins be moved to the North Pole?” Yes/No and why? Here is some of our thinking:

Yes No
-when the Antarctic melts they can use the North Pole
-if they move to the North their population might be able to grow bigger
– maybe there would be a little more food for them as it is a little warmer there
– If the penguins go to the North Pole they might get attacked by polar bears
– the climate change might mean it gets warmer there and they might die because they are not used to that climate
– the penguins might get lost as it’s a new habitat for them; they might not be able to find food that easily and might starve

In Maths on Monday we looked at a pattern problem and tried to figure out the next steps in the pattern.

 

On Tuesday we wore blue in support of UNICEF’s World Children’s Day. Ms. Beth came in during maths time and challenged us even more about the pattern – could we find how many dots the 10th layer would have? She also taught us another fun maths card game.

 

 

On Wednesday we learned how to turn an old t-shirt into a useful bag. We need MORE old t-shirts next week so we can teach other grades!

Today we celebrated Fibonacci Day. Students asked that I share the videos and information we looked at: Artful Maths  and Interesting Facts About Fibonacci Sequence.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What’s the main idea of the chapter or book you are reading? What are the supporting details?
  • What are some things that impact animals and the environment? Which of those are caused by humans and which are natural? Which are positive and which are negative?
  • What animal have you chosen to do your animal report on? How is the research going? What sources are you using so far?
  • What math games have you played this week? How do you modify them to make them challenging, but not TOO challenging?
  • What books have you read this week?
  • Have you changed your reading book this week? What books have you checked out from the library! (Parents, this is part of their weekly reading menu expectations….if your child is not bringing home books, please let me know!)
  • What have you discovered about working with odd and even numbers?  (even + even, odd + odd, even + odd , even – even, odd – odd, even – odd, odd – even )
  • What learner profile do you think you have shown most this week? Which one do you want to show more often?
  • Can you teach me how to play the Ladder Game?
  • What are possessive nouns? How do you know a noun is possessive? Prove it in a sentence.
  • How do you make a tote bag out of a T-shirt? Do you feel prepared to teach others? If not, how can I help you feel more confident?
  • How does making tote bags out of T-shirts support the SDG’s?
  • What is the Fibonacci Sequence and where can I find it? Prove it to me!
REMINDERS and UPCOMING EVENTS
Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  We will 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 Picnic on Thursday, November 29th. Put simply, Nude Food Day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information, click here.
Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean
What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening, in English with subtitles in Vietnamese
When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – suitable for ages 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.
Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.
***Please have your child bring an old T-shirt to school by next Wednesday. We will be recycling old T-shirts into handbags as an activity for UN week. G3’s will learn this next week and teach others the following week. Bigger shirts work best

Grade 3 were SUPER lucky this week to listen to a guest speaker: Ryan Deboodt. Ryan is a wildlife photographer and cinematographer, based in Vietnam, whose work has been published by National Geographic. He created the incredible video of Hang Son Doong Cave. Check out his website here. Ryan shared some of his photos and videos, and answered many of the students’ questions.

Thank you to all those who were able to attend one or more of the “Open Classroom” sessions this week. The children so enjoyed being able to share their school world with you. Hopefully the sessions gave you some insight into what we do, why we do it and how we do it.

The Maker Space was a hive of activity with students challenged to create a new bipedal animal and go through the Design Cycle of Think, Make, Improve. We are not done yet!

In maths, students were able to share their thinking and strategies of how to solve 350-149 and then showed guests some of the games they have been playing to improve their maths skills.

Request:
***Please have your child bring an old T-shirt to school by next Wednesday – extras willingly accepted! We will be recycling old T-shirts into handbags as an activity for UN week. G3’s will learn how to do this next week and teach others the following week. Bigger shirts work best.

Check out the G3 Learning Space for more details about what we’re working on and ideas how to support your child’s learning at home!

Encourage your child to continue their research of their chosen animal and to maybe complete the StP Vocabulary activity that is in their UoI folder in their Google Drive.

Questions to ask your child:

  • Who is Ryan Deboodt? Why does he do what he does? How does his work help endangered animals?
  • What have you been working on in your Guided Reading group?
  • What are some different adaptions that animals have to help them survive? What adaptions do humans have them make them unique?
  • What animal have you chosen to do your animal report on? How is the research going? What sources are you using so far?
  • What math games have you played this week? How do you modify them to make them challenging, but not TOO challenging.
  • What are you making in the Makerspace? What challenges do you face when designing your biped? What are your next steps?
  • What books have you read this week?
  • Have you changed your reading book this week?
  • What challenges you when adding and subtracting large numbers mentally?
  • What learner profile do you think you have shown most this week? Which one do you want to show more often?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • UN Day, November 30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

This week 3D have spent some time exploring animal adaptations. Lots of collaboration, reading, explaining, connecting, negotiating and cooperating was needed. Students said they had had to be communicators, thinkers and inquirers and got to share their prior knowledge.

The Outside Play Day on Thursday was thoroughly enjoyed by all of the students. Click on the link to see photos.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What books have you read this week? Have you changed your reading book this week?
  • What happened in A Boy Called Bat this week?
  • What have you been working on in your Guided Reading group?
  • What is choral counting? Can you show me and explain about patterns?
  • What are some ways you can show me to solve 200-174? (or some other 3 digit number equation)
  • Tell me about an animal adaptation you have discovered.
  • What’s a Word Family?
  • How can a long /a/ sound be made in a word?

Interested in exploring some maths at home? Take a look at James Tanton’s Exploding Dots. 3D had a little play a while ago with the 1-2 Machine (in Mechania, Island 1, station 1). Great for helping to develop an understanding of place value.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • ES Open Classrooms, November  15-16
    More details via email

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • UN Day, November  30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

Wondering what your child could do to support their learning over the long weekend? Ask them to explore the links in “Sharing the Planet” on the G3 Learning Space (under uoi). What can they find out about Endangered animals and the reasons they are threatened?

Dear Parents,
On Thursday November 8th, the Elementary School will participate in international Outdoor Classroom Day.  Weather permitting, the students will be outside from 8:10-10:25.  To help make this day successful, please make sure that your child:
-wears sunscreen to school
-has a hat
-has a full water bottle
-has a change of clothes in a reusable, labelled bag
https://outdoorclassroomday.com/

Thank you for your support!
ES Teachers

The highlights of our week this week were sharing our machine creations with our K1 Buddies (and the other G3 classes) and our 3C & 3D assembly. Take a look:

In more news, we have started using a G3 Learning Space . For more details about what we’re working on and ideas how to support your child’s learning at home follow the link.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What books have you read this week?
  • Why are we reading A Boy Called Bat? What is interesting about the character? What do you think will happen in this book?
  • How did the Makerfaire go? What went well? What surprised you?
  • How did you feel on stage when presenting for assembly? Are you comfortable, shy, etc.?
  • What Procedural Text have you been working on? What would you like to write one about? What are the qualities of a good procedural text?
  • How do we use the G3 Learning Space in class? How can you use it at home? What can be found there?
  • How did you use the design process to improve your simple machine?
  • How do we organize our Literacy and Maths times? (menus, choice, teacher meetings)
  • What did you do in your Reading Group this week? What skill are you working on?
  • How to you play Contig Jr.?
  • What do we mean when we say “it takes 3 to prove it to me?”
  • What strategies do you have for estimating length?
  • What are some different ways you could solve 60-24? How can you show this on an open or Empty Number Line?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Snack Sale – Monday, October 29th 
  • Dress Up Day – Wednesday, October 31st
    Our Elementary Student Council has decided to support the Middle School and High School Spirit Week by participating in a fun dress up day next Wednesday October 31st.

In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

  1. Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  Eg.  Full face masks should not be worn.

  2. Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume.  Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.

  3. Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.

  4. Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.

  5. Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.

Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. A change of clothing for all students is required.

  • Staff Professional Development Day, November 1-2
    No School! (for kids)
  • ES Open Classrooms, November  15-16
    More details will come later!
  • UN Day, November  30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration……it is not to be missed!

Maths games and more!

It was lovely to meet so many parents this week for Parent Teacher Conferences and find out more about the children in my care. I look forward to continuing to work with you to support and guide your child’s learning this school year.

This morning saw a number of 3D parents attend the Grade 3 Maths Coffee Morning – and have FUN! Here are some of the maths games 3D have been playing in class. Each can be adapted to make the game easier or harder.

  • Salute  Need: 3 people & pack of cards (no picture cards needed). 2 players pick up a card each without looking. “Captain” calls “SALUTE” and players place card on forehead so others can see. “Captain” calls total amount. First player to say value of own card wins BOTH cards. Overall winner = player at end with most cards (or highest value of cards)
  • Number Battle   Need: 2 people & pack of cards. Picture cards=12. Shuffle pack. Decide if highest or lowest value wins. Each player takes 2 cards: “1,2,3 SHOW!” Players turn over cards and add (or subtract) their own. Overall winner = player at end with most or least cards (or highest/lowest value of all cards)
  • Target Number: Group of 2, 3 or 4 players. Decide on TARGET number (12, 18, 24). Take turns rolling four 1 to 10 dice or flipping over 4 cards from a pack. All players try to make the TARGET number from results of the four dice or cards. First person to make it shouts TARGET! Then must explain their calculation.

In literacy time 3D have continued working on writing a procedure and also had a go at collectively dictating one. Check out the videos here.

Another maker challenge this week was to create a pulley.
For the end of this unit, students will be working in groups to design and create something using at least 2 simple machines. They will need to explain the forces involved and their design process. Most started today with some designing and testing of possible materials.

If you need some inspiration of what to do with your child over Fall break check out THISAnd please send me a video if you do one yourselves. Have fun!

Catapult Creations

This week lots of time has again been spent in the Design Cycle: Thinking, Making, Fixing and Improving, over and over again. Check out photos and videos of 3D in action here making catapults that can launch a marshmallow .

In literacy time 3D have begun to look at Procedural Text – its structure and key language features. There was much hilarity when we watched a Sesame Street video of the Cookie Monster being shown “How To Make a Sandwich“. The step by step instructions had been forgotten!

Today was a Maths Measurement Day with students finding out about angles, length, weight, capacity and volume. Check out lots of photos here.

Reminders:

Monday 1st October – Parent Teacher Conferences (no school for ES students)
Friday 5th October – Grade 3 Parents’ Maths Coffee Morning 8:30-9:30am