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!

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Next week, December 10-14, grade 2 students will be exploring the different cultural celebrations that take place during December and January. We have a year-long unit of inquiry investigating what culture is, forms of cultural expression, the creation of cultural art forms, and an appreciation of various cultures. We have the wonderful opportunity to explore and learn about the different cultures in our community. Students will be experiencing different activities related to Hanukah, Christmas, New Years, Winter Solstice, etc…

For our How We Express Ourselves unit next week we are sending home a sheet that asks students to talk to their family about how they celebrate holidays at home. Please find the sheet and take some time to complete together and send back to school on Monday. This activity can be connected to any major holiday or celebration you may have, even if it’s not during December or January.

Reminders:

-UNIS Hanoi’s Winterfest 2018, on Friday 7 December from 17.00-19.00 in front of the old canteen

-Grades 2-3 Musical Production: Pirates Past Noon – Come and watch an exciting musical production by a cast composed of Grade 2 and Grade 3 students.  Saturday and Sunday at 3pm (8th and 9th of December)

-Winter Break 15  December to 6 January

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 explorations. Please note that this is not required, it’s only for those who would like to share their experiences and see what other members of our grade two community are exploring over the Winter Break.

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.

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. Another online site that I haven’t explored much of but comes highly recommended is Epic! students use the 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 Winter Break 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.

SDG Week and UN Day

Dear Parents,

This week in grade two, students were thinkers and caring as they inquired into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in a variety of activities.  First, inspired the the story of Sadako Sasaki–her struggle for life and dedication to peace–students set a goal of folding 1,000 peace cranes.   Next, led by the SDG Guardians, students contributed ideas for teaspoons of change. Students enjoyed celebrating kindness in the library.  Finally, in grade two, students inquired specifically into five SDGs:

SDG #3 Health and Well-Being: Students were involved in different games that provoked their thinking about exercise, nutrition and good medical care. During the games students learned about the major issues that Vietnam faces in relation to this SDG.

SDG #4 Quality Education: Students watched a video about schools around the world and compared the opportunities they have at UNIS to those of other children. In the spirit of gratitude, the students added to a Padlet what they love about going to UNIS.

SDG #5 Gender Equality:  Students watched a short video to show the reality of unequal pay between men and women. After a brief discussion, we went to the see the Gender Equality art exhibition in the art center. The art their inspired us to go back to the classroom and create our own art piece to support Gender Equality.

SDG #10 Reduced Inequalities:  Through the lens of math and word inquiry…as well as handfuls of Legos…students pondered the meaning of inequality and how there are different types of inequality in the world.

SDG #13 Climate Action:  Students explored the causes of climate change through video and discussion, then by exploring the classroom to create possible plastic alternatives.

The Soc Son Field Trip and More!

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much the cards, gifts, food, and other relaxing surprises for Teacher Appreciation Day this week. I truly love what I do and coming to school everyday is a pleasure. I look forward to continuing a great year teaching the students in 2D and getting to know all of you more.

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.

This could also be a fun classroom lesson: Nude Food Activity

Grade 2 Activity – Join in if you like!

If you have a skill in folding Origami Peace Cranes and would like to come and join the grade two students in reaching their goal of 1000 cranes so our wish for peace for all children of the world will come true- we’d love your help. Please join us on Tuesday, November 27 from 12:05-1:30 in folding cranes in rooms 137 and 138. We could use help folding and stringing if you are interested.

Reminders:

  • 26-30 November is our SDGweek – what will you do to bring a teaspoon of change?
  • 30 November United Nations Day – our community is encouraged to dress in national costume or a representation of their cultural identity.  Our class parents will be contacting you about our grade two UN Day lunch.
  • Student are released at 1.00pm on UN Day. Parents are able to take the children from the community lunch or they can go home the usual way.

Soc Son Field Trip

On Tuesday, students in grade two went on their first field trip of the year. We explored the area outside of Hanoi called Soc Son. Students observed many animals, mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. We also observed differences in the styles of houses compared to houses we see in the city. Students were intrepid explorers when they hiked up a steep “mountain” with their backpacks. It was challenging for many, but no one complained or gave up. I was very proud of them for being risk-takers and resilient. After the field trip many students reflected that the hike was their favorite part and they learned that it is really hard to climb mountains with a back pack but also very fun. I hope we have inspired some future explorers to get outside and experience nature first hand!

Math

This week we’ve been exploring time. We are learning to use analog clocks to tell time to the hour, quarter hour, and half hour. Go ahead and ask us what time it is!

Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

It was great to see so many parents at our open classrooms on Thursday and Friday. We had a huge turnout. The students were so happy that you could come to see them in the classroom. Find some photos below.

Reminders:

  • Tuesday 20 November:  Field Trip to Soc Son.  Students should come with sunscreen already applied and bring the following:
    • a hat
    • a backpack or bag
    • suitable walking shoes
    • a snack and water bottle
    • a packed lunch
  • 26-30 November is our SDG week – what will you do to bring a teaspoon of change?
  • 30 November United Nations Day – our community is encouraged to dress in national costume or a representation of their cultural identity.  Our class parents will be contacting you about our grade two UN Day lunch.
  • School begins at 8:10 AM

UOI

This week students went to their expert groups to continue researching and exploring their chosen area of the world, or space. Students also created and colored world maps to show how they might get from Hanoi to their destination. On Tuesday, Ms. Michelle came in to teach us how to use Google Earth. We had a look at Soc Son, or field trip destination on Tuesday.

Math

We have continued to build on our math skills by practicing multiple strategies to solving addition and subtraction problems. We are exploring various math tools to help us understand place value, such as bundles of 10 sticks, bead racks, and blocks.

Literacy

This week we have added another skill to our reading groups: clarifying new or interesting words. Students have are also planning and drafting response texts. We also learned more about the history of words by tracing the names of the days in English to ancient Norse mythology.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

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

Reminders

  • 26-30 November is our SDG week – what will you do to bring a teaspoon of change?
  • 30 November United Nations Day – our community is encouraged to dress in national costume or a representation of their cultural identity.  Our class parents will be contacting you about our grade two UN Day lunch.
  • The school day begins at 8:10 AM, please try to have students here at school and ready to by that time. Thank you.

Here is our Open Class Schedule for November 15 and 16.

Math

This week students continued to work on solving subtraction equations and words using multiple strategies. We are about to begin work with telling the time using digital and analog clocks to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.

Literacy

This week we practicing the reading skill of asking questions while we read using question words. We also drafted out our first response text.

UOI

Students chose and broke into their “expert groups” for inquiring into Where We Are in Place and Time-Exploration. Students chose between exploring on land. water, or space. We dove into our research using online library tools and non-fiction books. At the end of this week students should have chosen a topic to focus their inquiry. Ask us all about it!

Outdoor Play

On Thursday, students across the ES celebrated play by spending the morning with their buddies, outside, playing. Students had free choice between many exciting activities. I saw students who took responsibility, practicing patience, were risk-takers, communicators, listeners, problem solvers, and creative. Plus, the weather was cool and cloudy which was actually perfect.

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Curiosity, discovery, exploration!

Dear Parents,

This week we started our new unit of inquiry, Where We Are in Place and Time. Ask you child about the fun provocations we had this week at school. Last week, I posted the vocabulary letter for this unit, please have a look at it and discuss the central idea, lines of inquiry, and vocabulary with your child. The impact on their learning is substantial! Thank you!

Reminders:

  • No School on Thursday and Friday (1 and 2 November) due to Faculty/Staff professional development
  • 8 November 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 has a hat, wears sunscreen to school, and has a full water bottle.
  • 15-16 November Open Classroom Days
  • 26-30 November is our SDG week – what will you do to bring a teaspoon of change?
  • 30 November United Nations Day – our community is encouraged to dress in national costume or a representation of their cultural identity

UOI

This week we had three presentations to start our next unit. On Monday, we explored the UNIS campus with a map, on Tuesday Mr. Griffin, a high school English teacher, presented about his experience exploring the Himalaya Mountains in Nepal for a year. Wednesday, we were visited by a panel of explorers who made fantastic discoveries: Steve Irwin, Jane Goodall, Jacques Cousteau, and the Mars Rover.

Math

This week we learned about word problems and how to read a word problems to find out what information is important and what operation we need to do. We continue to practice solving equations with multiple strategies and tools. Ask us how to use an open number line!

Literacy

This week we continued our response writing by responding to a book, Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, and Peter Brown.

Dress Up Day Photos!

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please remember that next week there is no school for students on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd for staff professional development.

Next week we begin our new unit of inquiry Where We Are in Place and Time. Find more information about the unit and vocabulary to discuss at home in your native language. It’s really helpful for students to have an understanding of these concepts and vocabulary before and during the unit.

Dress Up Day – Next 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

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

 

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

 

  1. 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.

 

Talking points for teachers and parents to assist in this teachable moment…  

  • Remind students of their audience in the school (students, teachers, parents, community members,).

  • This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning.

  • We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choice may impact others within this community.

 

Thank you for taking the time to help our students understand these guidelines.

Our learning this week

UOI

Students worked this week to wrap up their evaluations of digital media and apps. They are finishing the unit by preparing a short presentations about one of the apps which they will post on Seesaw next week. Ask us more about how we can stay safe, respectful, and responsible online and how we use the traffic light system to rate the safety of a website: green-okay, yellow-needs adults supervision, red-not for me.

Math

This week we expanded our set of strategies for solving addition and subtraction equations by practicing how to use an open number line. Students worked all week playing games and activities that supported their math risk taking to try to new strategy. Ask us if we can use an open number to solve the following equation: 26+ 17=

Literacy

Our reading focus this week was making connections. Connections could be text to self, text to text, text to world. Students read in their book clubs this week and practiced their new strategy by writing their connections on a post it. For writing, we are continue to work on response writing. We wrote our first response as a class this week based on the short cartoon, Simon’s Cat, The Crow. Simon’s Cat videos are available on youtube and are very funny cartoons that the students absolutely enjoy. Check them out!

Buddies

We supported our K1 buddies this week at the Lower Elementary Assembly on Thursday. We stood with them on stage and read out our goals for working with our buddies, and what we are teaching our buddies, and learning from our buddies. See a couple of photos below.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

It’s been a wonderful week back after Fall Break. The students have returned smiling and full of stories about their adventures and activities. The weather has even given us a couple of cool, crisp days to remind us it is Fall in Hanoi. Please find some information and updates about our learning below.

Important Information

Monday is library exchange day but students are free to go to the library any day of the week and before or after school.

UN Day 

UN is about six weeks away. This is the biggest celebration of the year at UNIS Hanoi and this year it falls on Friday, November 30th. More information will be coming you way soon but the Advancement Office has asked that we post some information about what to wear on the day.

What should my child wear?

Every student is encouraged to either;

1) dress in their own national/cultural costume or,

2) adopt the national/cultural costume of a country to which they feel a special affinity through family, friends or having lived there or,

3) create a unique outfit to reflect their cultural identity through a blending of cultural attires from multiple home countries and/or places where they have grown up (eg. blending a Japanese Kimono with an Indian Sari).

Please note, fun and Fancy Dress costumes are not appropriate.

No school on November 1st (Thursday) and November 2nd (Friday) for staff professional development.

UOI

This weeks students put their digital literacy skills to work and began evaluating apps that we use in the classroom to enhance our communication, amplify our voice, and reflect on our learning. The four apps we evaluated are Gmail, Flipgrid, Padlet, and Seesaw. The students evaluate the positives and negatives of each app and discover the capabilities of each app through inquiry. They then describe how be safe, responsible, and respectful when using each app. This is leading up to our final assessment next week and the conclusion of the How We Organize Ourselves unit. (In two weeks time we begin our Where We Are in Place and Time Unit-Exploration!)

Math

Students learned about collecting and organizing data using a pictograph. They then interpreted their pictographs through writing. Students also explored using number lines as a math tool through games.

Literacy

We started our new reading and writing units this week. In reading, we are beginning our book clubs unit, which we will be doing throughout the year. Our first comprehension skill is making predictions based on the book and what we know or have read. The structure for our predictions is, “I think ……… because ………” In writing, we are working on crafting a response to a video, book, or visual in which we state an opinion and find reasons to support our opinion.

The First Week of October

Dear Parents,

Fall is in the air and we have arrived to the first vacation of the school year. It was a pleasure to meet with all of you on Monday and talk about your hopes and goals for your child this year in grade two. I look forward to a productive and fun year ahead. I’d also like to wish everyone a restful and safe Fall Break whether you are staying locally or traveling abroad.

Reminders

Our library exchange day is Monday, however students can exchange library books any day of the week. They just need to let me know and I can give them a library pass, or exchange during lunch recess.

Fall Break October 8-12. School is back on Monday, October 15.

Math

This week we have continued to learn new math games for addition and subtraction. The game that we played on Thursday is called 10 – Bump. The directions for how to play are on the side. 10 counters could be used in place of the Bead Rack (Rekenrek). Please find it attached below if you would like to play at home. We also continued our data handling by creating our own survey questions, collecting the data, and presenting it with a graph.

Literacy

This week students focused on using descriptive language in their writing using the descriptive bubble. Students read the book, That’s My Monster! and then drew their own monsters to write sentences about. Our class is participating in the Global Read Aloud by reading the book, A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold. Ask us what the book is about!

UOI

This week we continued our inquiry into being a digital citizen by learning about the Common Sense Media’s traffic lights to evaluate websites, video games, and movies. Ask us what the traffic lights and how we use them. We also continued to learn about new forms of digital technology like Padlet and Flipgrid. Lastly, we put pictures of different forms of digital technology in chronological order to see how technology has changed over time. Most of us had no idea what a cassette tape or a boombox were!!

Buddies

Our weekly visit with our K1 buddies was on the big playground, a real treat for the K1 students.