The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who came to the Open Classrooms this week. The students were very proud to share with you their learning from our unit of inquiry and math. They worked very hard on preparing their experiments and presenting them like a scientist. Your feedback and presence is much appreciated. Find some photos of the action below.

Reminders

Grade 2-3 Music Concert Thursday March 21, 2019 in the Fine Arts Centre, doors open at 8:50

Grade 2-5 Art Exhibition March 12-22 in the Fine Arts Centre

Open Classrooms

Math

This week we looked at using place value to solve word problems and writing explanations for our mental math strategies.

Literacy

We started our new writing unit this week, procedural writing, otherwise known as “How to” writing. Students were given directions on how to make a cow mobile decoration. They had to read the directions and figure out how to put together the mobile. Afterwards, we had a discussion about why the mobiles looked different despite everyone having the same directions. Some ideas were, we didn’t read the directions carefully, while some used the written directions more than the picture of the finished product.

UOI

This week we worked very hard to prepare for the final assessment for How the World Works. The final assessment had to parts. The first part was a Seesaw post which described the experiments students had chosen, the states of matter, the change in states of matter, and the conclusion. The second part was presenting their experiment at Open Classrooms on Thursday. Next week, we will wrap up this unit of inquiry with some reflection and one more visit to the high school science lab!

No School Monday, Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

March 11th No School for students. Teacher Professional Development.

Grade 2-3 Music Concert March 21, 2019 in the Fine Arts Centre

Grade 2-5 Art Exhibition March 12-22 in the Fine Arts Centre

Open Classrooms

Please find the timetable for open classrooms below. Note the change for Friday. Due to Grade 2 and 3 Concert rehearsal on Friday students are unavailable for Open Classrooms. Additionally, specialist lessons are closed for open classrooms after lunch on Friday.

UOi

Students have been quite busy preparing for their Science Expo next Thursday. This week they selected two possible experiments to present. We had quite a messy and fun learning experience!

Math

We are continuing our work with place value with numbers up to 1000. Students are learning to add and subtract using 100s and 10s.

Literacy

This was the last week to publish our Information Reports. It is also the last week for reading non-fiction books. We will be moving to reading fiction again next week and writing persuasive texts. Be prepared to be on the look out for increased powers of persuasion.

Science fun!

Dear Parents,

The class spotted this beautiful butterfly on the way to PE this week. A definite sign of Spring?

Please find information about our learning this week and important reminders below.

Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on the following dates

Thursday March 14

13.45 – 14.30 Unit of Inquiry

How the World Works – Matter/Science

Your child will present their learning through an experiment and the scientific method.

The session will be broken into two parts.

During one part your child will present their learning through a demonstration and discussion.

During the other part your child will be an inquiry  and observe and learn through observing and discussing other experiments.

If you are attending this session please shadow your child in both parts of the session.

Friday March 15th

8.40-9.20 Math

Details about specialist lessons will be out before Open Classrooms.
We look forward to your participation.

March 11th No School for students. Teacher Professional Development.

UOI

This week in unit of inquiry we were lucky to have two visits to the middle school and high school science labs. On Monday morning, Mr. Russel taught us more about the properties of gas using sound waves, and showed us how a solid and dissolve into a liquid. On Thursday, Ms. Faye showed us about how the colors of flames can change based on what is burning. Also, students got to experience five difference experiments in each of the homerooms and EAL room. This is all a lead up to students conducting their own experiments, and the Science Expo on March 14th.

Math

This week we dived deep into our unit on place value. Ms. Beth came to teach us three new math games on Monday morning. We have been learning about place value up to three digits and how numbers changed when 10 or 100 is added or subtracted.

Literacy

Students are continuing to publish their information reports. They will look great when they are all finished. We also used our reading time to learn more about the three states of matter which we then shared with other students in a jigsaw activity.

 

 

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please read below to find out about our exciting week as scientists!

Reminders

Mondays are library day for our class. Please send in any finished books so students can check out some new titles.

UOI

We have really gotten into our unit of inquiry: How the World Works this week. Students visited the middle school science lab for a lesson in measuring pH using cabbage juice from Ms. Dore. We also set up a Bouncy Egg experiment in the classroom and learned that vinegar is an acid that will eat through the shell of an egg but not the membrane. We then tested whether a liquid can pass through the membrane by leaving the egg in water and green food coloring overnight. Ask us what our conclusion was! Next week we are looking forward to two more “in school field trips” to the middle and high school science labs, plus our our own in class experiments.

Math

This week we started to work with place value for numbers 0-100 and 100-900. Students used number lines to make jumps of ten up or ten down from any given number. They also wrote clues to find a number based on a description of where that number falls on the number line. There is a lot of language and thinking involved in this activity!

Literacy

Students are now publishing a draft an information report. We learned about editing and revising a report, and the rules for capitalization. Our class goal for the end of this school year is for everyone to be using capital and lower case letters correctly. We can do it!

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Reminders

Snack Sale on Monday, February 18. Students can bring 10,000 or 20,000 VND to buy a snack.

UOI

We have had a fun filled week starting our new unit of inquiry, How the World Works, Materials can be changed and used for different purposes. To provoke students questions and thinking, we made ice cream using very simple ingredients, and explored the characteristics of a variety of solids, liquids, and gases. Ask us what some of the properties are for each one.

Math

This week we wrapped up our work with fractions. Students applied what they have learned about fractions to write a fraction word problem about a flower that they created. In class, we talked about fractions of a shape, fractions of a set, and fractions of a length or distance. Are there any fractions at home to find or talk about?

Literacy

Students continue to draft their information reports. They are working very hard on editing their work for spelling, capitalization and punctuation. We also talked as a class about using facts in our writing and making sure not to include our opinions when writing an information report. Ask us about facts and opinions at home.

Buddies

We got to the chance to catch up with our awesome K1 Buddies on Thursday. This time we invited them to our classroom for some fun. Plus we had lots of left over flubber and play dough from our unit of inquiry this week!

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet with most of you on Wednesday and talk about your children, their learning, and how we can best support them in the second half of the school year. If you were not able to make it on Wednesday and would like to meet to discuss the first semester report cards please send me an email and we can arrange a time. Enjoy your Tet break everyone!

Reminders

Tet Holiday February 5-8, school resumes on Monday, February 11th.

UOI

This week we applied some of our learning from the How We Express Ourselves unit to the Tet celebrations happening around the school and community. Students released fish in the Middle School koi pond for Kitchen God Day on Monday. After they they followed the tradition of cleaning before Tet by deep cleaning our classroom. Students also learned how to roll their own spring rolls! A huge thank you to Ms. Hang and Ms. Ha for organizing all of the Tet activities and teaching us about our host country.

Literacy

Students used the elementary school online resources to research and gather information about an animal of their choice. The link to these resources can be found in the school email.

Tet Assembly and Dragon Dance!

Some photos from the fabulous Tet assembly and incredible Dragon Dance on Thursday morning.

 

The week of incredible field trips!

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all of the parents who came out this week to support us with our many field trips, we truly couldn’t go without you. Also, thank you to all parents for ensuring every student had the necessary gear and snacks to be successful on the field trips. It’s a real group effort for us to get out of the traditional classroom and into the community to learn from our host country and surroundings. Lots of photos below!

Reminders

  • Wednesday, Jan 30: Parent Teacher Conference, no school for children. (10:00 AM-6:00 PM) Please make your appointment on Veracross if you haven’t already.
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  4th Grade Market Day – 2nd grade can bring money in to purchase food, beverages, and handmade items as well as play games…all for great causes selected by fourth grade students. Max 60,000 VND
  • Thursday, 31 Jan: Tet Assembly, students invited to wear Vietnamese Ao Dai
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year! No School

New Unit of Inquiry start next week. Please talk about these concepts and vocabulary in your home language. Thank you.

Aquathon

Temple of Literature

Peach Blossom Walk

Water Puppets

In between the amazing field trips which extended our learning in our unit of inquiry, How We Express Ourselves-cultures express their creativity in many ways. We continued to read non-fiction books in our book clubs. Students began drafting their own information texts based on a topic they feel they are an expert on. Ask us what macro topic we picked and what our three micro topics are! In math, we problem solved a three act math task where we had to work out how may small bottles of ketchup we could fill with one big bottle of ketchup. It was quite challenging! Ask us how we solved the question!

 

 

Walkathon, Tet, Conferences.

Dear Parents,

Reminders

  • Tuesday, 22 Jan:  Field Trip to Temple of Literature (please bring a hat, suitable walking shoes, a snack and a water bottle)
  • Wednesday, 23 Jan: Walking Field Trip (please bring comfortable walking shoes, a water bottle, snack, and hat as usual)
  • Thursday, 24 Jan: Water Puppets with K1 Buddies (walking shoes)
  • Wednesday, Jan 30: Parent Teacher Conference, no school for children. (10:00 AM-6:00 PM)
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  4th Grade Market Day – 2nd grade can bring money in to purchase food, beverages, and handmade items as well as play games…all for great causes selected by fourth grade students
  • Thursday, 31 Jan: Tet Assembly, students invited to wear Vietnamese Ao Dai
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon (see below) – parent volunteers needed
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year!

The Week in Grade 2

UOI

This week students finished up their exploration presentations. They then presented their learning in the real world (to each other) and in the digital world (Seesaw). We practiced making responsible comments using the TAG protocol. Say something you liked; ask a question; make a suggestion for improvement. Next week, we dip into How We Express Ourselves-Cultures express their creativity in many ways. By focusing on the many ways Tet is celebrated in Vietnam.

Math

This week we concentrated on fractions. Students are learning fractions to the 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/3. We are also learning that fractions can be equal parts of a whole, describe a measurement, or a set of thing/people.

Literacy

We continued are focus on non-fiction reading and information text writing by asking questions and making predictions before we read. Students are also reading non-fiction books in their book clubs.

 

Happy New Year!

Dear Parents,

It’s been a wonderful week here in 2D, getting back into the rhythm of things and picking up where we left off in December. The students have all come back refreshed and full of energy from their winter holidays. I’ve really enjoyed hearing stories about the fun adventures students have had over the break as they have create their presentations. Hard to believe it’s only three more weeks until the Tet holiday!

Reminders

Monday Library Day

January 30th, Parent Teacher Conferences (No school for students)

January 31st, TET Assembly

February 1st, Blue Dragon Walkathon

February 4-8 TET Holiday, no school

Math

We started off the week asking how many unifix cubes we had on our classroom to review our addition strategies and how to cooperate as a class. Using place value, and a lot of communication skills we discovered that we havve 2,200 cubes in our class. The rest of the week was spent working with word problems. We read addition and subtraction word problems to find the key words, write equations, solve using at least two strategies, and writing the answer as a sentence. Next week: Fractions! (1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/3)

Literacy

This week we really dove into our non-fiction reading by reviewing the features of a non-fiction text. We played Jeopardy, had a book scavenger hunt, and read non-fiction to find the main idea and supporting facts. Since we are learning to write information reports we are transferring what we know about reading non-fiction into our writing. More to come!

UOI

Our unit of inquiry time this week was devoted to creating our individual exploration presentations using google slides. Students found pictures to use in their presentation (or uploaded their own) and wrote about the discoveries they made while exploring over winter break. This is a big project for us as we learn to use some of the tools available in google slides and type the text to explain our discoveries. Our work on this will go into next week so if you have any pictures at home from the break to use please email them to your child’s UNIS gmail account.

Buddies

We got to spend time with our buddies this week! It’s really incredible to see the bonds that have formed between these students and the leadership grade two students show to teach younger children skills and language. This time is so worthwhile!

 

Have a great winter break!

Dear Parents,

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.  Students have been discussing how they can be explorers over Winter Break, and are bringing home the following activity for your family:

If you have the opportunity to take any photos they can be uploaded to your child’s UNIS Hanoi gmail account. Just add a folder to the drive and upload them directly there. We can use the pictures in their presentations when we get back to school.

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. For a challenge, ask about elapsed time (how much time until our flight boards, or between breakfast and lunch) . 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. Students were introduced to Epic! (code: qje1501)  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.

Have a fantastic winter break!