December 10-14

Our Week in Review:

UOI: This week the students chose a child right that they want to focus on for their Social Enterprise. After the break they will be put into groups and begin planning for Market Day.

We also had a learning summit where students presented on a topic of choice to a group of peers. They presented in a variety of formats. Some of them created digital books, others created movies, some used coding and others made slideshows. The students demonstrated significant improvement on their presentation skills.

Literacy:  The students wrote response texts about one of the books they read for their reading challenge.  They shared these book responses during our reading party on Friday. We then voted on our top 4D book choices to read during the holidays.

1. Amal Unbound                                         6. Guinness World Record Book 2019

2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules          7. Hank Zipzer series

3. Weird but True series                               8. Wonder

4. Wayside School series                             9. The Mysterious Benedict Society series

5.  Harry Potter Series                                 10. Princess Cora and the Crocodile


Math: We practiced adding with decimals. We applied these skills to our problem solving in which we planned what to purchase for the class party.

Websites/Games of the Week: Lemonade Stand . and the app

Purpose:  Both of these games introduce students to the concept of profit and market forces. They also use addition and subtraction skills.

The students were introduced to lemonade stand this week and will be introduced to pizza shop after the break.  If your children play the game, please ask them questions such as:

Why did you set the price to what you did? What do you think affected your profit?  Did the sunny weather help you sell more lemonade or less? What decisions did you make to help you make more profit?



December 3-7

Here are some pictures of our week.


Our Week in Review:

Literacy: In reading we stared a new reading challenge.  We are calling it the 10 for 10 challenge.  The goal is to get students reading regularly and excited about reading as we head off to the holidays. The students should be reading their normal 20 minutes of reading a night. They need to keep track of the number of pages they read in the night as well as what happened in the section they read.  At school they will have additional daily reading time as well as time to log their reading in Biblionasium.  If they reach their goal of 10,000 pages over 10 days by next Friday, we will have a class book party.  I will provide some cookies and drinks. You are welcome to send something to school as well but you aren’t required to. The students should bring in their favorite book that they have been reading. We will share our recommendations with each other and celebrate reading.






Math: Our focus in small groups this week was on being able to describe the chance and probability of an event occurring. In our problem solving sessions we focused on adding and subtracting and multiplying.

Math Problem of the Week

Our problem this week would be a good one to repeat at home. The students were told they had won $200 (but they also repeated the activity with either a million or a thousand dollars).  They then got to spend the money on toys of their choice.  They kept track of their money using a budgeting form.  Then they repeated the activity but this time they spent the money on helping children access their child rights.  This problem had some great Math and could also spark some really interesting family conversations.

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United Nations Global Goals Week

We had a wonderful week of learning about and taking action toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  We had guest speakers from UNICEF, Save the Children, and two high school service learning groups.  One was focused on using micro-finance to support disadvantaged farmers and the other was focused on gender equity. The students are starting to form ideas of how we can take action to help children access their rights.  Our culmination of the week was todays UN Day.  Thank you all for making it a memorable celebration of both our diversity and our unity toward achieving common goals. Below are a few photos of the week.

Game of the Week: Decimal Dice to 10


  • 2 dice
  • Something to write with

Purpose: To practice adding and subtracting decimals


Thank you

Thank you all for your generous gifts and kind words on Teachers Day. I was completely overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness. I hope to one day travel to the places you recommended and send you a photo when I get there.  Thank you again.

Tuesday also happened to be International Children’s Day. In honor of that and in line with our unit on Child’s Rights, we created a video about the UN Rights of the Child.

Our Week in Review:

UOI: We continued to focus on the big ideas of equity and  “what circumstances affect our access to rights”.  The children finished creating infographics which represented data relating to equity. Please view their Seesaw posts to see their infographics.

Literacy: The students are continuing to focus on information reports.

Math: In whole class lessons the students continued to focus on using data. In small group rotations they had the following learning focuses.

  • adding decimals
  • comparing decimals
  • introduction to decimals
  • finding a missing number in a number sentence

Game of the Week:

Cover Two

Purpose: To improve the child’s understanding of decimals and to practice adding decimals.

Materials: 2 dice, grid paper, markers or colored pencils

Important Upcoming Events:

  • Next week is UN SDG week.  We have several exciting events planned such as visiting guest speakers and events with our buddies.
  • November 30th is UN Day. You will be receiving more information about this event via e-mail and the Tin Tuc.

November 12-16

Thank you everyone who was able to make it to our open classrooms this week.  It was wonderful to have you in class. I apologize that I was not able to take very many pictures.

If, you were like me and were unable to make it your child’s class but would like to visit sometime, please send me an e-mail. I would be happy to invite you into the classroom at a convenient time for you.

Here are some photos from our week


Our Week in Review:

Math: In our whole group Math sessions we have been working on how to use graphs to display data.  Next week we will look at how to represent data using infographics. During our small group Math rotations, students focused on the following:

  • understanding the value of decimals
  • adding decimals
  • understanding number patterns
  • finding the missing number in a number sentence

Literacy:  In reading and writing the students are learning about information reports. They are focusing on identifying important information in their text.  In writing workshop times they attended the following workshops

  • use of articles (a, an)
  • Writing correct sentences (by identifying the subject and predicate)
  • writing in third person
  • how to write a correct paragraph

UOI: Students focused on how circumstances (both good and bad) can affect a child’s access to child rights.


November 4-9

I would like to invite you to our open classrooms next Thursday and Friday. You will be receiving more information about this event from the school shortly. The highlighted times below are when the class is available for you to visit. Please let me know if you can not make one of the times but would like to see the class in action. We can arrange an alternate time and date.

Our Week in Review:

Literacy:  The students have continued to work in small reading and writing groups according to their individual needs. They have also been studying word structures by breaking apart new unit words such as “opportunities” and “equity”. They study a brief history of the word.  Then they find the different suffixes in the word. Finally they try to figure out how adding the suffix changes or doesn’t change the spelling of the word.  By looking at words in this way they can spell a great deal of words without having to memorize the spelling of each word individually. Their vocabulary also great expands.

Here is a video that helps explain it.

UOI:  The students have been exploring what child rights are and what circumstances might make it hard for a child to access a right.

Math: This week the students were focused on number and pattern.  The workshops they attended were.:

  • I can use manipulatives to explain odd and even
  • I can write numbers in decimals and compare the value of different decimals
  • I can find the missing number in a number sentence
  • I can use multiplication in number patterns

Game of the Week: Get to Zero 

Purpose: To practice subtracting with regrouping from 999.

Materials: 3 dice, paper and pencil

Website of the Week:

Literacy planet is a fun engaging site that gives students opportunities to practice grammar.  This week the students have been using it to play “Word Mania” which is a word forming game that helps improve students spelling and understanding of word structures.

October 29-31

Our Week in Review:

UOI: This week we began our new UOI.  The central idea is “Children’s rights and responsibilities exist to enable equitable opportunities.”  The lines of Inquiry are:

  • Circumstances that determine a child’s access to opportunities
  • The role of social responsibility and action
  • Children’s rights and equity

This week the students began to think about our new unit.  In their process journal they recorded ideas of what being a child means to them. In Flipgrid they also responded to questions about what action they have already taken to support children and if they had a . superpower what would they do to help children. Take a look at some of their responses here and feel free to comment. (If you are unable to login please have your child use their school e-mail account)

Math: This week the students practiced reflecting on their Math goals and setting new goals.  You can see their Seesaw posts to view their reflections from this week.  They also practiced solving algebraic equations by using hands on equations kits.

Literacy: In reading this week the students met with their reading groups and continued to focus on their individualized reading focus. In writing they are beginning a new writing genre. We are beginning to learn how to write Information Reports.  This week the students wrote a pre-assessment where they could report on any topic they like. I will use this writing to give them feedback and guide their instruction.

Website of the Week:

This week the students were introduced to Microbits which is a micro computer that allows students to use coding to create a variety of physical projects. Please ask your child what are some of the things they were able to make the Microbit do.  Next week they will begin to design a solution to the Global Goals Microbit Challenge.  The students don’t have Microbits at home but they can practice coding on the microbit website and they can have a look through the website to see what projects are possible.

Here are some photos from the week:

October 22-26

Our Week in Review:

UOI:  This week the students were introduced to the concept of a social enterprises. We had guest speakers from Keep Hanoi Clean and KOTO speak to us about what it means to be a Social Enterprise.  By the end of the week the students defined what a social enterprise is and explained how it is the same and different from a business.

Literacy:  In writing, the students attended writing workshops and created a finished copy of their rock story. Most of the finished copies should be on Seesaw this week or next. In reading they focused on identifying the main idea and supporting details of their text.

Math: The students are continuing to review place value and number.  They are also beginning to learn about pattern and function.  This week several of the focus groups worked with function machines and solving algebraic equations. Next week the rest of the class will be introduced to these concepts. If you would like to practice at home next week feel free to. I will send home some worksheets the students could use if they like.

Game of the Week: Calculator Go Fish

Purpose: Practice place value into the thousands

Add and subtract into the thousands

Materials: 2 calculators

Photos from this week:

Dates to remember
October 28: Sunday of Service 
October 29: Snack Sale
November 1 & 2: Faculty/Staff Professional Development – No Classes or Activities for Students
November 26 – 30: UN Week
November 30: UN Day

October 22-26

Our Week in Review:


Before October break our class finished our unit on “How the World Works”.  This week we are circling back to our year long unit “How We Express Ourselves.” The students did this through developing an I time proposal. They explored different options of what they might want to create during I time. They then looked at how they would want to present that information.  Next they attended a workshop to learn about that presentation style.  Next week we will move on to our new Unit of Inquiry but the students will continue to work on their I time projects and attend presentation workshops once a week.
Math:  Students worked on adding into the thousands place and solving problems in different ways by solving the 3 Act Task “The Arcade”. They then spent the rest of the week in targeted Math groups consolidating their understanding of Math concepts that they needed to practice. The concepts they practiced were:

  • decomposing (breaking apart) and composing numbers in different ways
  • subtraction with regrouping
  • solving problems with missing information
  • rounding to different place values

Literacy: Students finished their narrative rock story.  They attended various workshops based on their learning needs.  Some examples of workshops they attended are:  I can write…

  • a simple sentence
  • write compound and complex sentences
  • write transition words
  • paragraphs
  • a good introduction
  • strong verbs

They then peer conferenced and revised their writing.

In reading they worked in reading groups on reading fluency and comprehension.  They also completed their first Biblionasium Reading Challenge. The class goal was to read a total of 2,500 minutes as a class in one week. We almost reached the goal but didn’t quite make it. Next week will see if we can complete our class goal.  The children are encouraged to read for 20 minutes a night in any language. They can then log their minutes at school.

Website of the Week: 

Tinkercad is a free app that can be used to create 3D designs.  Students can later print their designs using the schools 3D printer.

Here are photos for the week

October 2-5

It was wonderful to speak to all of you about your child during our Parent Teacher Conferences on Monday. I look forward to continuing our partnership throughout the year.


Our week in Review

Math: We continued to work on targeted math concepts for each students.  Our targeted instruction this week included: Rounding, breaking numbers apart in different ways, applying our understanding of number into the millions place, counting forward and backwards over the thousands place.

Literacy: In writing we learned how to write a good introduction. We learned how to plan out a problem and solution to a narrative story. We continued to work on sentence structure and spelling. In reading we worked in our reading groups to choose appropriate books and improve our comprehension.

UOI:  We designed an experiment that demonstrated the students understanding of the unit.

Game of the Week: Race up the Rounding ladder

Purpose: To improve at rounding to a given place value

Materials: Rounding ladder game board and number cards

Alternatively you could create a board by drawing a ladder with 20 rungs.  The number cards could be replaced by rolling a dice 3 times on each turn to create a number

At parent teacher conferences several of you asked for recommendations of good Math apps. After doing some research I would recommend the following.

Website and App of the week:


Polyup is a free and open computational thinking playground where students can experiment with numbers and functions. Students will “mod”, or modify, a variety of expressions, equations, and algorithms to solve mathematical puzzles. It is available on the web and runs on any device, including Chromebooks, phones, and tablets.