Thank you for coming to our Science Expo!

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, informational writing and math. They worked very hard on preparing their experiments and presenting them like a scientist. Your feedback and presence is much appreciated. Here’s a glimpse of our scientists in action:

 

Reminders:

  • Spring Fair Sunday March 17th
  • Grade 2-3 Music Concert March 21, 2019 in the Fine Arts Centre, doors open at 8:50; concert time is 9:00-10:30
  • Grade 2-5 Art Exhibition March 12-22 in the Fine Arts Centre
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Science Expo next week during Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

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

Spring Fair Sunday March 17th

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 next week Thursday March 14
You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on Thursday March 14. Unfortunately Ms. Keri will be involved in Professional Development on Friday 15th March so there will be no open classroom on this date.

12:05-12:45 Art
12:50-13:30 PE

We have made a slight change to the time posted last week to allow  students time to get organised after assembly.

14.00 – 15.00 Unit of Inquiry – 2B Homeroom Room 145

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 inquirer  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.

We look forward to your participation.

Science Experiments from this week:

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Scientists ask questions…lots of questions!

We have had a busy week in our 2B community!
Here are some questions you could ask your student about their learning this week:

  • What questions did you ask in science this week?
  • What are the states of matter?
  • What are the properties of solids?  liquids?  gases?
  • Can matter change from one state to another?  How?
  • How did you publish your information report?
  • Why do writers revise and edit their writing?
  • How do writers revise and edit their writing?
  • How does place value help us to work with large numbers?
  • Write a three-digit number for your child.  Ask them to name each place, tell you the value of each digit, then read the number.
  • Write a four-digit number for your child.  Ask the same questions!
  • What genre of books are you reading this week?
  • What reading comprehension strategies are you working on?
  • Tell me about the new class read aloud, Three Terrible Trins by Dick King-Smith

Open Classrooms

Dear Parents,

You are invited to share your child’s learning during open classrooms on Thursday March 14.  Here is the schedule:

12:05-12:45 Art
12:50-13:30 PE
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 inquirer and learn through observing, asking questions, and discussing other experiments.
If you are attending this session please shadow your child in both parts of the session.

Unfortunately Ms. Keri will be involved in Professional Development on Friday 15th March so there will be no open classroom on this date.

YEARBOOK  2018-2019 COVER COMPETITION – UNIS Hanoi in your eyes

Dear Students,

You are invited to join this year’s Yearbook Cover Design Competition!
Inspired by the Google Doodles, we would like you to create the UNIS Hanoi Doodles for the Yearbook cover this year. Let us know what UNIS Hanoi means to you by creating your own doodle from the UNIS Hanoi logo.
This invitation is open to all students from Grade 1 to Grade 12. We are happy to accept designs created in any formats: drawing, painting, digital (high definition file), scrapbooked collage… let your imagination go wild!
Students can submit multiple designs, there’s no limit to the number of entries. You can also team up with your friends, just be sure to list full names of all those involved and homerooms number if it is a team effort.
DEADLINE & SUBMISSION 
16:00 on Wednesday, April 10
  • Submit your design(s) at Advancement Office (Room 102, Admin Building) or share your digital file with yearbook@unishanoi.org.
  • If your creation is a drawing or painting, please clearly mark the envelope with your artwork with your FULL NAME & HOMEROOM
  • Please use the following naming convention for digital files: YB1819_Cover Contest_Your First Name Last Name_Homeroom (i.e. YB1819_Cover Contest_John Smith_5D)
The UNIS Hanoi logo is attached in this email. Click here to learn more about the Google doodles if you want some inspiration to start with.
We hope to receive many fun and colourful UNIS Hanoi doodles in your eyes.
Any questions? Contact yearbook@unishanoi.org
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Large Numbers

How many unifix cubes do we have in 2B?  Students are beginning an investigation into numbers larger than 100.

In Science, students used the Scientific Method to conduct a class experiment:

Our visit to the middle school science lab, hosted by fabulous MS science teacher Ms. Dore, was fantastic as you have seen on Seesaw.  Ms. Dore introduced safety in the labs as students created a rainbow with cabbage juice and a variety of solids and liquids. Ask your student why there are no laps in the lab!  Next week, students will visit two new labs and conduct several experiments in their classrooms as well.

In English, students continue to read nonfiction texts and write information reports.  On Friday students will select their favorite draft to take through the publishing process.

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Matter matters!

This week we welcomed Margaux and her family to our 2B and UNIS communities.  We have had a great week catching up after Tet and and getting to know Margaux.

UOI

Students began an inquiry into matter by noticing characterstics and asking questions like scientists. Students were caring and curious as they performed their first scientific experiment in a group.  After enjoying the results of their experiment (ice cream!) they documented their understanding of the experiment by writing a scientific procedure.  Next week students will clarify their understanding of the characteristics of the different states of matter, complete some experiments in the Middle School and do whole class experiments. Exciting!

A glimpse of our investigations:

Students investigated the word “inquire”:

Math

Students continue to investigate fractions and the different ways they can be represented.  Students demonstrated their understanding of numerators and denominators in an end of unit activity.

Next week the focus will be on representing place value of our base 10 system. In particular we will be exploring numbers up to 1000.

For your interest this video explains the Why’s behind the changes in teaching and learning of mathematics. Video

English

Over the last few weeks students planned and drafted information reports on a topic that they are knowledgeable in. In the coming weeks, students will select one piece of writing to take through the publishing process.

Reminders

Please send in all walkathon money.

Next Monday (Feb 18) we are having the ES Snack SalePlease remind your students to bring 10,000 to 20,000VND to school purchase snacks 

The aquathlon is coming soon. Here is a video of last years if you would like to sign up.  2018 AQUATHLON

3 March – Sunday – Aquathon –SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019 SIGN UP CLOSES 17 FEBRUARY 2019

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Chúc Mừng Năm Mới

Dear Parents,

Enjoy your week celebrating the new year and I greatly enjoyed the time and conversations we had at the conferences last Wednesday.

Sincerely,

Ms. Keri

 

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Celebrating the Festival of Tet

Students have inquired into forms of cultural expression during Tet through our field trip and a variety of activities such as creating Li Xi, Cao Doi, and masks as well as dancing Mua Sap.  Through these experiences, students were able to appreciate how these forms of expression show the values of our beautiful host country of Vietnam.  Did you know that Monday is the Kitchen God Day?  Ask your student about how Vietnamese people prepare for Tet on this day.

 

In math, students are practicing fluency in number facts to 20 through games.  Ask your student to teach you 1,2,3 Salute! or Number Battle!  Students continue investigating fractions through area and linear models.

In reading, students continue to use nonfiction text features to identify parts of a text they are interested in reading.  In writing, the first drafts of our first information reports are almost finished.  Students wrote interesting opening and closing statements, and carefully organized their ideas into paragraphs.

In Science, Grade Two will start a new unit of inquiry into How the World Works the week of January 29. The concepts below will be taught in class, however, it would be of great assistance to help your child become familiar with the main unit components and vocabulary in order to maximize their learning experiences and make connections in class.

This is especially important for non mother-tongue English speaking students. Please translate the following into your child’s mother tongue in order to develop their linguistic abilities and foster their conceptual development.

Any extra reading, websites, films or learning experiences you may give your child in their mother tongue to compliment this unit, would be extremely valuable.

Central Idea:  Materials can be changed and used for different purposes.

Inquiry into:

  • How materials behave (form)
  • How materials can change (change)
  • Why materials are manipulated to suit a certain purpose (causation)
Vocabulary:
  • prediction, materials, experiment, procedure, property, method, matter, hypothesis, conclusion, observation, diagram, solid, liquid, gas, evidence, state, temperature, reversible, irreversible
  • to change, to heat, to cool, to freeze, to melt, to observe
  • REMINDERS
  • *please turn in your Walkathon forms as soon as possible
  • Wednesday, 30 Jan:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school for ES students.  Please sign up on Veracross.
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  Tet Assembly – students are invited to wear Ao Dai (and bring a change of clothes)
  • 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
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon (see below) – parent volunteers needed
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year!
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Focus on Non-Fiction + Walkathon

In reading, we continue to focus on nonfiction by using our comprehension strategies of asking questions and making connections before, during, and after we read.  Students investigated how to read nonfiction by using text features such as the table of contents and index. Throughout the week, students are using these strategies to share their thoughts and ideas with each other.

In writing, students brainstormed topics they are knowledgeable about to write an informational report. After selecting a topic they are passionate about, they focused on the structure of a report by using a graphic organizer to plan their micro-topics and details.  With help from a partner, writers are beginning to draft their information reports.

Our inquiry into fractions has produced some interesting examples and non-examples of fraction area models.  Check your students’ Seesaw for more information.

Students discussed the importance of maps as a tool for exploration.  They drew bird’s eye view maps of our ES courtyard, playground, and sports facilities:

Reminders:

  • Monday, 21 8:40-11:00:  Walking Field Trip (please bring a hat and suitable walking shoes)
  • Tuesday, 22 Jan:  Field Trip to Temple of Literature (please bring a hat, suitable walking shoes, water bottle, and snack)
  • Wednesday, 30 Jan:  Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school for ES students
  • Thursday, 31 Jan:  Tet Assembly – students are invited to wear Ao Dai (and bring a change of clothes)
  • 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
  • Friday, 1 Feb 1:15-3:00:  Blue Dragon Walkathon (see below) – parent volunteers needed
  • 2-10 Feb:  Tet Holiday – Happy Lunar New Year!

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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Starting off 2019

To be ready for learning in 2019, 2B students reflected on our community values through a cooperative activity with Legos.  Students worked independently, in a small group, in a large group, and as a class to create Lego sculptures.  Here’s a glimpse of our process:

 

Working together can be challenging and fun…and can have fantastic results.  Following is a photo of our 2B Super Dogs Rainbow Surfboard:

This complex structure was described by students as “3 small dogs and 1 large dog surfing on a giant surfboard with an engine powered by rainbow crystals with a turtle at the back.There is a swimming pool, a fishing spot, and a sign of the dog on the surfboard. There is water hitting the surfboard and also a slide.”

After completing the activity, students reflected on the activity and set goals. (check Seesaw for their reflection).

In math this week, students began an inquiry into fractions and word problems.  In English, our classroom library is full of nonfiction books, which is the focus of our reading.  Using our knowledge of nonfiction text features, students started to investigate the structure of an information report.  Next week, students will begin writing reports on topics they are passionate about.  Finally, students published their winter break exploration in the real and digital worlds.

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Enjoy your winter break!

Dear Families,

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:

 

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: dys5508)  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.

What I hope most of all is that you and your family find the time to enjoy one another, to have some fun. Happy holidays!

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