March 22

Important Information and Dates:

  • March 29 (Friday) Sports Morning! Wear House Shirt, Trainers/Runners & Hat. Bring Water Bottle with a name & snack
  • April 1-5th: Spring Break- No School
  • April 15 (Monday)- No School, Vietnamese Holiday
  • April 29th-May 1st- No school, Vietnamese Holiday

Questions to ask your child:

  • What are different spelling patterns for long vowel sounds?
  • What kinds of interesting words have you found to improve your writing?
  • What are you most proud of about the concert? How long did you practice for? What was easy and hard?
  • What was your favorite part of the field trip?
  • What are different strategies for division? Show me 3 ways to divide 96 by 6.
  • What style is Keith Haring famous for? What did you do to ‘try out’ his style?’
  • What is 479-81?  What are some ways we can figure it out?
  • What was your favorite painting or style in the Van Gogh exhibition. How were the paintings organized in each slide show? What were some themes?
  • What did you notice about the street art we observed? If there was a message, what might it be?
  • Can you teach me how to play some multiplication games? (5’s and 10’s, Landgrab, Array Bingo, etc.) How do games help you practice, and eventually, know your facts?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are do you need to improve in math? What are some things we can do to help you improve?

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March 15

Important Information and Dates:

  • March 21st (Thursday), 9:00am – 10:30am – Music Concert
  • March 22nd (Friday) Field Trip—Bring a packed lunch!
  • April 1-5th: Spring Break- No School
  • April 15 (Monday)- No School, Vietnamese Holiday
  • April 29th-May 1st- No school, Vietnamese Holiday

Questions to ask your child:

  • What kind of writing are you beginning to work on now? What excited you about narrative writing? What makes you nervous? What experience do you already have with it?
  • How can we improve our writing? What kinds of details can we add?
  • How are you preparing for the concert? What can I expect to see? What do you want me to pay special attention to?
  • What did you do during Open Classrooms? What was the purpose?
  • How can we ‘zoom in’ on art? What kinds of things might I notice?
  • What are some of Van Gogh’s famous paintings? What did you do to ‘try out’ his style?’
  • What is 731-81?  What are some ways we can figure it out?
  • What are some ways we can model multiplication? How can we model division? How are they related to each other? How are they connected to addition and subtraction?
  • Can you teach me how to play some multiplication games? How do games help you practice, and eventually, know your facts?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are do you need to improve in math? What are some things we can do to help you improve?
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March 8th

Important Information and Dates:

  • March 11: No School – Teacher Work Day
  •  March 13-14: Open Classrooms–More details here and down below!
  • March 21st (Thursday), 9:00am – 10:30am – Music Concert

Questions to ask your child:

  • Where is Antarctica? Why is it special? What are some interesting things you learnt from Ms. Laura as she shared about her Journey?
  • What are gender stereotypes? How are you stereotyped? How are others stereotyped? how does that make you feel?
  • What are you hoping I will notice at Open Classrooms next week?
  • How will you take action in sharing your infographic? Can I help you by sharing on my own social media pages?
  • What are you doing in your specialist classes right now?
  • What does subject-verb agreement mean? How is it related to plurals and tenses?
  • How did your final persuasive piece turn out? What are you proud of in this genre? What do you still want to improve in writing?
  • What is 436-69?  What are some ways we can figure it out?
  • What are some ways we can model multiplication? How can we model division? How are they related to each other? How are they connected to addition and subtraction?
  • What do you think art is? What makes art ‘good’ or ‘bad.’
  • What are you hoping to learn about in your unit on How We Express Ourselves through the arts?
  • Can you teach me how to play Land Grab? How does that help you practice multiplication and learn about area?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are do you need to improve in math? What are some things we can do to help you improve?
  • What did you enjoy about the Grade 5 Inventor’s Gallery? What impressed or inspired you? What would you like to work more with?

Open Classrooms Next Week:

 

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March 1st

Important Information and Dates:

  • March 3 (Sunday): AQUATHLON 
  • March 11: No School – Teacher Work Day
  •  March 13-14: Open Classrooms–More details to come! 
  • March 21st (Thursday), 9:00am – 10:30am – Music Concert

Questions to ask your child:

  • What are different ways to express multiplication? What is an array?
  • What games and choices do you have in math this week?
  • What does subject-verb agreement mean?
  • What is grammar? What kinds of things does this include?
  • What kinds of choices can we make as consumers that are better for people and the environment?
  • How do you play Splat? Array Bingo?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are do you need to improve in math? What are some things we can do to help you improve?
  • What are you writing about right now?
  • How are you working to become a better writer?
  • What are some routines we practice in class?

Ask your child to tell you about these pictures! 

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February 15

Important Information and Dates:

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you learn about Chula on our visit? How does this help us in our Unit of Inquiry?
  • What kinds of choices can we make as consumers that are better for people and the environment?
  • What is a chain story? How did doing one together help you learn about grammar and linking sentences?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are do you need to improve in math? What are some things we can do to help you improve?
  • What are different ways to express multiplication?
  • What is the structure of a persuasive text? How does using emotive language help improve a persuasive piece?
  • What does this mean?: “We rise by lifting each other up.”

Here’s Mr. Garry from the SCO collecting the paper bags that students made during the provocation at the beginning of our current Unit of Inquiry. The SCO will be using the students’ excellent bags for upcoming events including snack sales and the Spring Fair. There were about 300 bags in total so he was delighted at both the quantity and the quality of the students’ efforts.

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Enjoy Tet!

Important Information and Dates:

  • February 4-8:  No School for Tet Holiday!
  • Tuesday, February 12: Field Trip (Tentative)
  • Thursday, Friday, February 14 & 15: ISA testing…Sleep well, eat a big breakfast!
  • March 3 (Sunday): Aquathlon  (More details below)

Questions to ask your child:

  • What are some different ways that people celebrate New Year? How can understanding this help us to become better global citizens?
  • What kinds of choices can we make as consumers that are better for people and the environment?
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are some of your mental math strategies? what games can you play to practice those?
  • What is an array? What is multiplication? What math activities have you done to learn about it?
  • What is the difference between 3×5 and 5×3?
  • What is the structure of a persuasive text? What are some things you are trying to improve upon in your writing?
  • What kind of learning or practice will you do over the break?

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January 25

Important Information and Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 1st: Blue Dragon Walkathon: More details below
  • February 4-8:  No School for Tet Holiday!
  • March 3 (Sunday): Aquathlon  (More details below)

Questions to ask your child:

  • What have you learned about Iqbal in your lessons with Mr. Dylan?
  • What is fair trade?
  • How did we use bananas to learn about fair trade?
  • What did you enjoy about the field trip to the Water Puppet Theater? How can we relate that to our Who We Are unit about understanding people’s beliefs and values?
  • What does it mean to be a ‘good buddy?’
  • What are you working on with your reading group?
  • What books are you reading? What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • What are some of your mental math strategies?
  • What is an array? What is multiplication? What math activities have you done to learn about it?
  • What is the structure of a persuasive text? What are some things you are trying to improve upon in your writing?

Friday, February 1st @ 1:15 pmUNIS Hanoi Blue Dragon WALKATHON

We hope you are getting excited to come together and support the Blue Dragon Foundation! 

Blue Dragon is an organization that supports young people in crisis throughout Vietnam. This organization works to help children living on the streets of Hanoi, children with disabilities, children from very poor families, and victims of human trafficking. Blue Dragon’s dedicated staff aid over 1,500 of the most vulnerable girls and boys in Vietnam.

You now have the sponsorship form to support your child as they walk to raise money to help other children in Vietnam. Please use the sponsorship form and send in your donations after the Walkathon. Cash donations can be submitted to your homeroom teacher OR donations can be made directly to Blue Dragon via their website. Students are welcome to invite friends and family abroad to support this worthy organization.

Donate to Blue Dragon

If donations are made directly on the Blue Dragon website, please write “UNIS Walkathon” in the message section (so donations can be tracked). Example:

 

 

 

 

 

Aquathlon, Sunday March 3

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January 18

Important Information:

  • Thursday, January 24th: Field Trip with our K1 buddies to the Water Puppet Theater. We will connect this to our Who We Are unit as we reflect on how learning about other cultures’ traditions can help us become better global citizens.
  • Wednesday, January 30th: Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 1st: Blue Dragon Walkathon: Learn More Below
  • February 4-8:  No School for Tet Holiday!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What is Blue Dragon? How do they help children? How can we support them?
  • What is our new Unit of Inquiry about?
  • Why have you been talking about and doing activities about bananas, paper bags and carpets? What do these have to do with your new Unit of Inquiry?
  • How have you supported your K1 buddies lately?
  • What book are you reading independently?
  • What are you reading in reading groups?
  • What is Ms. Jenny reading to you?
  • Has you reading level changed recently? How? Why?
  • What have we been practicing in math this week? What activities and games have we done? What mental strategies have you improved?
  • How do we round numbers to the nearest decuple or 100?
  • How can we use bar models to solve problems?
  • Why is it important to write every day? What am I good at in writing? What do I need to improve?

Walk-a-Thon for

Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation

On Friday, February 1st, 2019

1:15 pm- 3:00 pm

“Thanks to the great support of the United Nations International School of Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) through the Elementary School Walkathon, many disadvantaged children in rural Bac Ninh were able to attend school in the 2017-2018 school year. With the 17,707 USD raised by the Walkathon, school fees and insurance were paid, and children were supplied with uniforms, books and stationery items.”

See more about Blue Dragon and how this wonderful organization benefits so many children in Vietnam here.  

  • Rescued 810 people from trafficking
  • Represented 73 people in court cases
  • Sent 4,972 kids back to school & training
  • Provided shelter to 667 girls & boys
  • Placed 279 teens in jobs
  • Served 512,560 meals
  • Built 100 homes for families
  • Reunited 520 runaways with their families
  • Obtained legal papers for 11,634 people
  • Played 2,565 games of soccer!

 

This year we’re hoping to raise even more money and help even more children.

You will receive a Sponsorship (pledge) form from your ES child,

So get ready to walk or run for fun and a great cause!

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Enjoy the break!

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!

3C READS!!!

  • Do you read on a boat? Do you read near a moat? Do you read in a tree? Do you read by the sea? Please take a picture of your child reading over the holiday…I’ll print and add to our 3C Reads wall!

Farewell to Max and his wonderful family. Please stay in touch. You will be missed! 

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December 7

Questions to ask your child:

  • What have you learned about making efficient graphs? How have you become better at making graphs?
  • What are important features of graphs?
  • What kinds of things should you post on See Saw?
  • When you post on SeeSaw, what should you include in addition to just posting a picture of your work?
  • What might we do over the next month or so that can represent our values and beliefs?
  • What is Hanukkuh? How and why is it celebrated?
  • How can we show respect for our classmates? What are my strengths in this area? What do I need to work on?
  • What books have you read this week?
  • What books have Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • 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 learner profile do you think you have shown most this week? Which one do you want to show more often?
  • What are some ways that people and organizations are trying to help animals?
  • How is a report organized? What topics are you going to tell about in your animal report?
  • How are you a global citizen? Are you part of the pollution or the solution?Reminders: 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!
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Happy UN Day!

 

Questions to ask your child:

  • 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?
  • What are important features of graphs?
  • 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, as a family, can do together to make a difference?
  • What items were on your list of reasons why Earth is special (and shouldn’t be ‘cleared’)? —This is in reference to Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth?
  • 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 books have you read this week?
  • What books have Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • 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 learner profile do you think you have shown most this week? Which one do you want to show more often?
  • What did you make your graph about? What did you do well? What could you improve? What did you learn about making bar graphs?
  • What was your favorite part of UN Day? What does UN Day mean to you?
  • What do you know about the United Nations?

Reminders: 

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!

Pictures to share and discuss with your child: (please click arrows to see the whole album)

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November 23

Reminders: 

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!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What’s the main idea of the chapter or book you are reading? What are the supporting details?
  • What have you been working on in your Guided Reading group?
  • 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?
  • What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • 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?
  • When you played the Ladder Game in math, how many digits did you work with and why?
  • 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!

UPCOMING EVENTS

  •  A Plastic Ocean Movie, Tuesday, November 27th @ 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)
    What:  FREE community screening
    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.
  • UN Day, November 30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed! Don’t forget to wear something that represents your country!

Pictures to share and discuss with your child: (please click arrows to see the whole album)

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Reminders: 

***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.

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!

Questions to ask your child:

  • Who is Ryan Deboodt? Why does he do what he does? How does his work help endangered animals?
  • What are some of the ways that students in our class ‘celebrate’ losing a tooth?
  • 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?
  • What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • Have you changed your reading book this week?
  • What happened in A Boy Called Bat this week? How did it end? How did Bat ‘grow’ in this book?
  • What new chapter book has Ms. Jenny started to read aloud?
  • 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!

Pictures to share and discuss with your child: (please click arrows to see the whole album)

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November 9

Reminders: 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!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What books have you read this week?
  • What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • 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?
  • Tell me about an animal adaptation you have discovered.
  • What keyboard shortcuts have you learned on your computer?
  • What are some UOI vocabulary words that you have worked on?
  • What animal have you chosen to do your animal report on?
  • What 3-ask math task did you do? What did you learn about making high and low estimates?
  • What is Diwali? Why is it celebrated?
  • What kind of learning happened on Outdoor Play Day?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • ES Open Classrooms, November  15-16  Detailed Information
    You’re invited to join us on these days for some very active learning with your child.
  • UN Day, November 30th
    Please plan to join us for this amazing celebration…it is not to be missed!

Pictures to share and discuss with your child:

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October 31

Reminders: 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!

Questions to ask your child:

  • What books have you read this week? What books has Ms. Jenny read to you?
  • What are the new Essential Agreements? How were they decided? Do you think the behavior in the classroom has improved?
  • What did Mr. Dylan talk about this week? What does it mean to be in green, red, yellow and blue zones?
  • What happened in A Boy Called Bat this week?
  • What genre of writing have we begun? What did you write about for your pre-assessment?
  • How do we use the G3 Learning Space in class? How can you use it at home? What can be found there?
  • What is our new Unit if Inquiry about? What have you done so far?
  • Did any of your friends dress up on Halloween? What did they dress as?

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • International Outdoor Classroom Day, Thursday, November 8th
    We will be doing several learning activities outside!
  • 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!

The Grade 3 Team:

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