Goodbye and Thank You

Dear Parents,

Thank you for an amazing year. It is a great honor for me to work alongside you to support your child. Thank you for entrusting your children to my care. It is especially meaningful to me this year since I have known some of your children since discovery or even younger. Thank you for all of your support. You have amazing kids.

Dear 4D students,

What an amazing year it has been. You have all grown so much. I am very proud of the kind, caring community we created this year and all of the successes you had as students. Thank you for all of the laughter throughout the year as well. Go in to Grade 5 knowing you are ready for it. You know how to manage your work, you know how to take on challenges you know how to get the best out of yourself and you know how to support your classmates. Enjoy your summer and then enjoy Grade 5.  I will miss you all. Luckily I have a whole list of recommended places to visit that you have given me. So I will remember you all along my trip.  Below is our class We Are From Poem.  All the best.


Ms. Mindy

We are from

We are from sitting on  comfortable sofas and lovely carpets

We are from disappearing pencils and the sound of the keyboard typing

We are  from the nicest classroom and the huge green field.

The smell of coffee and the ding of a chime

We are from “the person who got the magic scarp is…”  

And “that’s a dot”

We’re from Ms. Mindy and Ms. Thao

from Market day and Heritage museum  

We’re from golden time and must do tasks

From dancing Fridays and Silent Ball games

We are from blob trees and circle time

From number lines and arrays

Workshops and reflections

From work and

Friends and laughter

We are from all over the world

From everywhere and together here

We’re from Hanoi, Vietnam


From 4D

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4D Summer Reading Suggestions

As we are winding down our school year we spent some time this week reflecting on our favorite books of the year and giving each other recommendations. The students have recorded their top book recommendations of the year below. The class also voted on their top ten books, Their top picks are:

1. Wonder by RJ Palacio                                           6. Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

2.Timmy Failure by Stephan Pastis                            7. Off to Be the Wizard by Scott Meyer

3.Sisters by Raina Telgemeier                                   8. Tom Gates a Tiny Bit Lucky

4. Dork Diary by Rachel Renee Russell                      9. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

5 Star Wars Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown             10. The Land of Stories by Chris Colfer

If you are looking for good books to read over the summer our class list is a good place to start. Another great place to look is in the UNIS Hanoi Libguides 

Here you can find links to free online resources where you can access thousands of books over the summer. You will also see a link to The Million Minutes Reading Challenge, where students log their reading all summer long.  The students and classes that read the most minutes over the summer will earn prizes. Our goal is to have students read 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.  You can access these resources all summer long, even if you are moving on to a new school at the end of the year.

Upcoming Dates:

June 11: Class Party and Farewell Assembly

June 12: Last Day of School and half day

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May 27-31

What a great week it has been in 4D. For a fun way to end the year, the students have been organized into Hogwarts houses. The have been having a great time working to earn house points for their team. They earn points through various means such as keeping their area clean, helping each other, having good attitudes, answering math challenge questions and finishing tasks on time.

This week the students focused on completing the finishing touches for their Heritage Museum. We do hope that you will be able to join us at the Heritage Museum on Monday at 1:45.  Please remember to send a personal heritage item or picture of an item to school with your child on Monday if they haven’t brought it yet.

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Important End of Year Dates

It is hard to believe we are so close to the end of the year.  There are a couple of upcoming end of year events that we would like to invite you to. The students have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming Heritage Museum.  We would like to invite you to see their museum on June 3.

We will also be having a grade level pool party and shared lunch. The party will be on June 11. Please send your child to school that day with a swimsuit and a dish to share with the rest of the grade level. You are also invited to attend the class lunch from 10:30-12:00. The rest of the day will be just for students. This will be a fun way to celebrate the year. We are asking parents to bring a dish to share. Please sign up for what you will bring in this document. We will also need a few volunteers to help set up and clean up at the end. If you would like to volunteer for either please add your name to the document.

Other Important Dates:

May 31: Half Day for High School Graduation

June 6 from 9:30 to 11:00: Swim Extravaganza

June 11 at 1:15: Farewell Assembly

June 12: Last Day of School and half day


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May 13-17

Our Week in Review:
UOI: The students are continuing to work on their Heritage projects. This week the students focused on citing sources, finishing their information reports and creating scale models of their site.

Literacy: In addition to the reading and writing for our Heritage project, the students have also been working on book projects in their reading groups.

Math: In Math this week we continued to learn about equivalent fractions and adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

Game of the Week:
Fraction Golf

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May 6-10

Our Week in Review:

UOI/Literacy: The students have been working on their Heritage research project.They are learning how to take better notes and how to organize their notes according to their sources and guiding questions.

Math: For the Heritage research project the students are working on completing geometric tasks about their Heritage site such as identifying important geometric shapes, angles and lines of symmetry in their site. They also learned about ratio in order to draw their site to scale.

During Math sessions they have learned how music can teach us about fractions.They wrote songs in 4/4 time and recorded the fractions within the songs. They then learned to convert these fractions into decimals. Once they did that then they could code their songs into Scratch. Ask your child to play you their song sometime. They are pretty impressive.


Game of the Week:

Fraction Tracks:

Materials: Fraction track game board

Fraction Cards

Purpose: To improve at understanding equivalent fractions as well as adding fractions.



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Hanoi Heritage Field Trip and Reminders

On Thursday, the students had a wonderful field trip to various sites in Hanoi. The students were looking for examples of Hanoi’s Heritage.  Stay tuned to Seesaw to see what they observed.  Here is a short video of their adventure.

Important Reminders:

  • Next week the students will participate in Map testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Starting from next week students will have swimming on Wednesday instead of Friday.


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April 22-26

Our Week in Review:

The students have begun working on their combined Math, Literacy and UOI Heritage project.  In order to complete this project the students will build a Heritage site to scale, identify different geometric features of the site, research and then write an information report on it.

This week the students visited their world heritage site using VR goggles.  They then took notes on what they observed. They also have begun collecting research.

In Math they began taking a closer look at fractions. They learned about ordering fractions and equivalent fractions.

Game of the Week:
Purpose: To help students understand how to add fractions and to begin to see equivalent fractions.
Materials: Fraction Kit and fraction cards

Dates to Remember: 
Monday, April 29 – Wednesday, May 1: NO SCHOOL – Celebration of Vietnamese Victory Day and International Labour Day
Thursday, May 2: Grade 4 Trip to Hanoi Heritage Sites

Friday, May 3: Book Sale

Wishing you a very lovely long weekend!

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April 8-19

Our (2 weeks) in review:

UOI: The students have been exploring local Heritage.  They have learned about UNESCO and the criteria that UNESCO used to decide which sites should be considered world heritage sites. The students then use that criteria to write informative brochures about sites in Hanoi that should be preserved.  We will later visit some of these sites on a field trip and we will bring our brochures with us.

Reading/Writing: The students have been researching about a local heritage site. They are learning important research skills such as key word searches and synthesizing.They are then  using that research to write a information report.  The information reports are what they then copy into their brochures.

Math: The students spent the past two weeks learning about geometry and position. They will continue to learn about this in connection to our unit of inquiry. However during most Math sessions we will be studying fractions and decimals.

We will be studying the following:

  • Groups, objects, and areas can have fractional parts.
  • Any fraction can be named in many different ways.
  • The size of a fractional part is dependent on the size of the whole.
  • The values of fractions can be compared.


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March 25-29

Our new Unit of Inquiry

An inquiry into: The relationship between and the interconnectedness of individuals and civilizations, from local and global perspectives.

Central Idea: Our heritage shapes who we are now and what we pass on.

Lines of Inquiry

  • the different forms of heritage (form)
  • the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)
  • how what we preserve influences future generations (perspective)

Key concepts:  Heritage, Legacy, Influence

Learner Profile:

  • Knowledgeable  –  during this unit we draw children’s attention to the knowledge they are acquiring,
  • Communicator –  students must communicate effectively to their audience and use visuals of their choice

Approaches to learning:

  • Self-management Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Research Skills

Personal Artifacts

Thank you to all the students who brought in Personal Artifacts this week. It was wonderful to hear the stories behind the artifacts.

The activity was great in allowing the children to connect to the:

Lines of Inquiry

  • the different forms of heritage (form)
  • the connection between what is valued and what is preserved (connection)

Mathematics-during this unit of inquiry there are opportunities to connect with the following areas of mathematics

  • I can use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps
  • I can create symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes with and without digital technologies
  • I can use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths.
  • I can represent three-dimensional objects using drawings.
  • I can compare and describe features of two-dimensional shapes, including the special quadrilaterals


  • I can plan, draft and publish texts that inform the reader(Report text type)
  • I can use the proper structure, grammar and language features when writing texts that inform
  • I can understand the difference between the language of opinion and feeling and the language of factual reporting or recording
  • I can identify features of online texts that make them more readable.
  • I can use a range of software to construct, edit and publish texts using visual, print and audio elements
  • I can interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points
  • I can listen to and interact with other students, using a range of vocal effects, like pitch, pace, tone and volume to speak clearly

Our Week in Review:

UOI:  This week the students have begun their new unit in which we explore the idea that our heritage shapes who we are now and what we pass on.

Literacy: The students worked in their reading groups on their individual reading goals. They also explored different pre-fixes and suffixes related to our geometry unit.  In writing they did a final explanation writing for the previous unit of inquiry.

Math: In Math the students spent the week studying geometry. They sorted shapes according to different properties, identified different types of lines and angles and examined symmetry.

In other areas: The kids had a great day celebrating their health and sports. What a great way to end our Healthy Choices unit.


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