The Last Full Week…

Dear Parents,

It’s hard for me to believe, but we are nearly finished with another school year. Looking back at the year, I have many great memories of all the fun, learning, and adventures we shared in grade two. This morning we had our Move Up Morning and I was so relieved and pleased when everyone came back to 2D excited about their new classes and teachers for next year. For those who are moving on to new schools and countries I wish you all the best. Thank you to everyone for your support this year. It truly makes a difference when we have a strong community!

Reminders

On Monday be aware that I will send home nearly all your child’s school books and work. We will keep one book to work in.

Leavers Assembly – Tuesday 11th June 1.15 – 1.45pm Sports Centre

Wednesday last school day finishes at 12.00 noon

All leveled home readers back on Monday. No readers sent home after Monday.

Read A Million Minutes!

UNIS Hanoi Reads Summer 2019

If everyone reads for just 30 minutes a day, at least five days a week in the long holiday (14 June – 13 August 2019), together we can read for a million minutes!

You can read anything! Listening to an audiobook while you travel counts as “reading” as well.

Students who read the most will be rewarded. The grade that reads for the most minutes will get a unique prize. If we succeed in reaching the million minutes mark for the school.

Click below to input your minutes.

1 Million Minutes of Reading

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Reminders

  • Paper Towel Rolls-please send these to school next week for an important project the first week of June.
  • Swimming Extravaganza Wednesday, June 5th 9:30-11:00
  • PE is back to normal next week:  Swimming Monday and Thursday, Trampoline on Wednesday
  • Friday is moving-up morning
  • Grade 2 Year-End Party: Grade 2 will celebrate their end of year party on June 7 from 1:45-3:00. What we need from parents at this point is a snack for G2 to share at 1:45. We think activities will start at 2:00 but will be finalizing those early in the week. An email will follow with the details and your children will also inform you.Snacks should be “nude food”. We’d like to keep with the sustainability of our school which means little or no plastic and rubbish. Name a plate or any containers so we can get them back to you.

    Parents are welcome to the snack if you are keen.

UOI

This week we appreciated some cultural forms of expression by creating our own Chinese inspired dragon paintings. They turned out amazing! We also reflected back on the cultural iceberg model and chose aspects that especially important to us and explained why. This is in preparation for our final assessment next week. Ask us about our identity and how the iceberg model is important to us.

Math

This week we continued our work with multiplication through the use of arrays, skip counting, repeated addition, and making equal groups.

Literacy

We began our work with poetry by finding and reading rhyming poems. We also practiced more readers theatre, and continued creating writing.

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Please find some important information and updates below.

Reminders

PE Next Week Only-Monday Trampoline (long pants, socks, long sleeves) and Wednesday Swimming, Thursday Swimming. Change due to sports centre being booked from Wednesday on for graduation preparation.

Paper Towel Rolls-please send these to school next week for an important project the first week of June.

May 31st Early Release-Students go home at 11:30 because of High School Graduation.

Swimming Extravangza Wednesday, June 5th 9:30-11:00

Epic! This is only for your information. I do not intend to advertise for this product, but we do have free access for the students at school and they really enjoy this website for reading material.

UOI

Grade Two is finishing the year by wrapping up our year long unit of inquiry; How We Express Ourselves, Cultures Express Creativity in Many Ways. We began by reviewing the central ideas and lines of inquiry. Students also looked back at their individual cultural icebergs to review the aspects of culture that are seen (food, clothes, music) and aspects that are unseen (values, sense of time, sense of fairness). The provocation this week was learning about mandalas and then creating them using fresh flowers and leaves. They were so beautiful!

Math

This week we continued to learn about arrays and multiplication. We also added some work with measuring volume and length. Busy, busy!

Literacy

Students are having a blast with are our narrative writing unit. They are applying the writing skills that we have learned this year to authoring original, creative stories. We also started oral story telling by watching a great version of, The Big Carrot. Ask you child about the story. We even found time to begin Reader’s Theatre on Wednesday! Poetry is coming soon! If any parents are interested in sharing a story with the class let me know and we can find a time! English not required, we embrace all languages!!

Buddies

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the snack sale on Monday. It all went very smoothly and the kids were as happy as ever to buy their yummy snacks. Some parents have asked about an end of year party in grade two. We are still discussing possible events and will get back to you as soon as possible. There will be something towards the end of the school year!

Reminders

Paper Towel Rolls Please! We are planning an activity in a couple of week that requires paper towel rolls, please send them to school. Thank you.

HOT HOT HOT! The heat is back so please make sure that your child comes to school with a hat and water bottle everyday. I am doing my best to encourage constant hydration.

Friday, May 31st, Early Dismissal for high school graduation. Classes dismissed at 11:30.

UOI

This week we had our final assessment for our Sharing the Planet. Our central idea for this unit has been, People Take Actions to Share Limited Resources. Students created an action plan to solve a problem that they see here at UNIS, listed what various perspectives on the problem might be, and then came up with possible solutions and tangible actions to solve the problem. I must admit, I have been absolutely blown away by everyone’s high level of engagement and excitement with this assessment. Students identified numerous problems on campus ranging from littering to wasting drinking water. Many decided to take action by simply setting a good example, being an upstander and saying something when they see bad behavior, or educating others through information sheets on the playground. Ask you child about their action plan and find some photos below. Please reinforce the idea that action does not stop because the assessment is over, it can carry on outside of school. As always, if you have any photos or action that is happening at home please send them to me. I am happy to share them with the class.

Here is a link to a Padlet where students have posted about their actions.

Math

This week we started our work with multiplication through the use of arrays and repeated addition.

Literacy

This week we started our final (and maybe most exciting) reading and writing unit for the school year. We are learning all about narratives, through oral storytelling, read alouds, readers theatre, with some poetry thrown in for fun.

Snack Sale Monday

Dear Parents,

We have had a full week of thoughtful, and action inspiring UOI activities related to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene. Students might be fired up to take some action at home and I would appreciate any photos or messages related to their SDG inspired activism. Thank you in advance. Please find some important reminders below.

Reminders

Snack Sale Monday. It’s our turn to bring the snacks! Please find a message from the SCO below regarding how to contribute to the snack sale.

UOI

This week we had an on campus tour of the new canteen building by Mr. Duc. He pointed out all of the innovative features of the building that support sustainability on our campus. Ask us what some of the features are! We also looked at world maps which show water scarcity in regions of the planet. The class noted that there is a difference for countries located close to the equator and in the southern hemisphere. Do you have any ideas why?

Math

This week we reviewed some of our math strategies and wrapped our work with shapes. We are moving on to using arrays as a foundation for multiplicative thinking next week!

Literacy

Our persuasive writing unit is about to finish up and we will soon be learning about creative story writing, oral storytelling, and poetry. This will be a fun way to finish off our reading and writing workshops in grade two!

 

 

Book Week!

Dear Parents,

The very short week has been full of fun Book Week activities and surprises. Please find some photos of the fun below.

Reminders

Library Exchange days are Monday. Ms. Monica is allowing students to check out more books but please remember to return books when you are finished with them.

Swimming will start twice a week from next week. The new swim days will be Monday and Thursday!

Book Week

Please find some photos of our amazing costumes and celebration of reading. We even had a mystery reader visit our class. Can you find who it is?

Math

We reviewed our learning on 3D shapes by visualizing each shape and then mentally counting up the vertices, edges, and faces. We had to request the amount of clay and sticks to construct each shape.

Water Water Everywhere

Dear Parents,

This week we have had a field trip, an on campus field trip, and visited Grade 5 Exhibition on top of all the amazing learning that happens everyday! It must be time for a long weekend… Please find important reminders and photos below.

Reminders

No School April 29, 30, and May 1. See you back on Thursday, May 2.

Book Character Dress Up Day Thursday May 2. At assembly on Thursday morning students are welcome to dress as a favorite book character. Please remember that the character should truly represent a book character; not a Halloween costume. Additionally, as a UN school we do welcome any weapons or depictions of weapons as school. If you child would rather not dress up that is perfectly fine as well.

UOI

This week students started off by visiting the school’s water treatment facilities and learned about how water is stored and treated at UNIS. We learned that 60,000 liters of water are used everyday on our campus! Ask us how the water in the drinking fountains is treated to kill any germs! We also started to answer some of questions by doing intensive research on the internet. Then on Thursday, we visited an art exhibitions where materials were turned into art and other functional pieces. So cool!

Math

This week we spent a lot of time learning about the properties of 3D shapes. We needed a lot of vocabulary to describe each shape. Ask us about faces, edges, and vertices! We also learned a cool new card game. Oh No! 99. Find the rules to play in a photo below.

Literacy

This week we began drafting our persuasive texts using our OREO graphic organizers. We also learned about inference. We learned that we use inference everyday when we combine clues with things that we already know. You can start to help us by finding examples of inference in our books.

 

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

Thank you very much for your participation and support during Student Led Conferences. As a teacher, I was extremely proud of all the students in 2D during the process of preparing for the conferences and listening to them today. Their self-management skills and confidence were on full display! Please find some important messages and information below.

Reminders

Grade Two Field Trip on Thursday, April 25th. We are going to see an art exhibition of up-cycled materials. This trip was arranged with the help of our art teachers and it supports our current Sharing the Planet unit of inquiry.

Send any used and unwanted books to school. We are collecting them for the annual Book Sale. All languages are welcome.

No School April 29, 30 and May 1.

PE-please remember to send a long sleeve shirt and long pants, plus socks, to school for trampolining on Mondays, and Wednesdays. Swim gear on Thursdays. This will go until the end of the school year.

Message from School Counselor

Dear Parents of G2 Students,

Over the next few weeks our D-2 School Counselor, Kris Bezzerides, will begin a series of lessons about Body Safety. One of the main goals for these lessons is to provide our children with knowledge and teach protective behaviors in regards to their bodies and their right to be safe.

These lessons are age – appropriate and non-threatening. They are designed to empower students.

A typical series of lessons will include:

Keeping Our Bodies Safe

Safe Touch /Comfortable and Uncomfortable Feelings
Trusted Adults

Please see Ms. Bezzerides (kbezzerides@unishanoi.org)  if you have any questions about these lessons or how to talk with your children about this topic at home.

Additional resources for parents can be found at

Math

This week students moved into identifying and classifying 3D shapes. Students are learning about how to count the number of faces, vertices, and edges of 3D shapes.

Literacy

Students practiced their speaking and listening skills this week when we used a program which measures the volume of our voices. Students practiced changing the volume of their voices so that they can speak with a stronger voice when talking to a larger group. Many students were surprised by how speaking louder requires more air!

UOI

The class made a very important decision to guide their inquiry into limited resources. After a vote, we decided to focus on our learning on SDG #6 Clean Water and Sanitation. Students are now going to begin and in depth focus on the issues providing clean water and sanitation around the world, reasons why water is considered a limited resource, and actions we can take to share and preserve our water supply. Any ideas or knowledge you have on this subject is most welcome! Please discuss this with your child or send me an email if there is something you’d like to share with the class.

Student Led Conferences

Here are some photos from today.

 

The Week in 2D

Dear Parents,

We have had a great week back at school after our relaxing and fun spring break. This month there are several important dates and Vietnamese national holidays to be aware of. Please find the reminders below along with some photos and information about our learning this week.

Reminders

No School Monday, April 15th

Student Led Conferences on Friday, April 19th. Please book your time on Veracross and remember that your child will lead you through the conference at your scheduled time.

Send any used and unwanted books to school. We are collecting them for the annual Book Sale. All languages are welcome.

No School April 29, 30 and May 1.

PE-please remember to send a long sleeve shirt and long pants, plus socks, to school for trampolining on Mondays, and Wednesdays. Swim gear on Thursdays. This will go until the end of the school year.

UOI

This week we delved deeper into Sharing the Planet and the actions people take to share limited resources, by experiencing four of the Sustainable Development Goals. Students in grade two got to experience first hand the issues of Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation, Good Health and Well-being, and Global Climate. Students in 2D on the limited resources connected to each of these SDGs. Ask us about the experiences and limited resources at home.

Math

This week we started a new unit on Geometry by learning about 2D shapes. We learned the names of shapes and how to classify them based on the number of sides and corners each shape has. Ask us how many sides and corners a circle has!

Literacy

We continued to practice our powers of persuasion by learning to plan a persuasive text using an OREO model. Then we created a list of topics we could write about using the areas of home, school, and world as a guide. Ask us what topics we thought of to write about persuasively for home. (maybe a later bedtime, maybe getting a new pet…) In reading, we practiced visualizing when we read. An important skill for all good readers.

 

Spring Break

Dear Parents,

Reminders and Information

Spring Break, no school from April 1-5, see you back here on Monday, April 9.

Swimming

Mr. Martin Hamilton has asked me to remind all parents that children require a doctor’s note to be excused from swimming. The school believes that all children should be swimming if they are well enough to attend school. Please see the link below for more information.

ES Swimming Expectations

New Unit of Inquiry

Please find information and vocabulary for our new unit below.

Sports Day

We were so lucky with the air and weather on Friday! Everything came together at the last minute so the students could get out and have some fun. It was a fantastic morning. I didn’t get many photos, but here is a picture of everyone warming up for the action!

Math

This week we wrapped up our unit looking at how to use place value in our addition and subtraction work. Of course we never truly leave any of work with number. It continues throughout the year. After Spring Break we are looking forward to a change of pace with a unit in geometry and shapes.

Literacy

This week we started our new writing genre, persuasive writing. Students used an example to find persuasive adjectives that they could also use in their writing. In reading, we practiced thinking while we read. Thinking while we read means stopping to ask questions, make predictions, infer, make connections, and summarize.

UOI

We started to unpack our new unit of inquiry, Sharing the Planet-People Take Actions to Share Limited Resources. Students brainstormed a list of resources that we share with everyone on our planet. We then put those responses into a wordle and created the image below. As you can see, the resources students mentioned most were: The SDGs, air, water, land, schools, and trees. Our next activity was look at the concept of fairness. We played a game in class that was intentionally designed to be unfair. They provoked a lot of discussion.