Some market day play for the holidays…

Hi everyone

I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday! While you are away please encourage your students to have a go on the websites below.

See you in 2019!

Websites/Games of the Week: 

Lemonade Stand . and the app https://motionmathgames.com/motion-math-pizza/

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?


What has been happening in 4A?

Monday morning’s in 4A are our time for reflecting on our goals and thinking about our next steps to keep us learning and moving forward. I have been so proud of the progress the students are making as they think about their own progress and set themselves goals that are becoming increasingly more specific and measurable. I hope you have enjoyed seeing their reflections each week as they post them on Seesaw!

This past week the students reflected on their progress in math according to the different learning intentions that we have been focusing on. They used a chart called a “Gradual Increase of Independence Math”. This is a chart that they used at the beginning of the year to communicate what their level of understanding is. It was exciting to watch them realize how much new knowledge they have gained! They used these charts to create their new math goals and I have used them to guide my teaching group focus. 

Math: Our whole class focus in math this week was on being able to describe the chance and probability of an event occurring.

The outcomes for these lessons are:

  • Describe possible everyday events and order their chances of occurring (ACMSP092)
  • Identify everyday events where one occurring cannot happen if the other happens (ACMSP093)
  • Identify events where the chance of one occurring will not be affected by the occurrence of the other (ACMSP094)

The class enjoyed creating a human continuum and showing their thinking for each of the scenarios given. Part of the learning included the students learning how to play the game Farkle. Please have them explain it to you!

Reading and Writing: The students were introduced to report writing this week, focusing on recognising the features, including writing in the third person. In reading the class continued with their read-aloud of “Amal Unbound”, even being able to enjoy Bobby reading them a chapter or two. The book has allowed us to make some links to the SDG’s as well as different Child Right’s. We are eagerly anticipating finishing the book on Monday…look out for some great reflections, reviews, and response next week!


Child Rights: As we continue to investigate the Child Rights and the different circumstances that influence a child’s access to them. We have been lucky to have many visitors to speak to us over the last few weeks, including many of the high school students who represent different service learning projects. On Friday we had Dr. Nary Ly come to speak to us. Dr. Ly is a Khmer Rouge survivor, a Ph.D./scientist (degree from France) and also the first female Olympian marathon runner from Cambodia. Her talk gave the students a fascinating insight into how much you can achieve if you have resilience, persistence and true passion for the goals you wish to achieve. I look forward to hearing how this has influenced their ideas in what SDG and Child Right they wish to inquire further into.

Coming up:

The UNIS High School Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group are planning an Elementary School Movie Night on December 13th, 2018. The Habitat for Humanity Service Learning group raises money through fundraising events for the Habitat for Humanity organization. This money is used to build and repair homes in sustainable communities around Vietnam.

As part of fundraising, a movie night has been planned for students in grades 3- 5. The students will be able to watch CoCo, a family-friendly Disney movie. Students will be asked to bring 100,000 VND for the movie and a bag of popcorn each to enjoy the movie.

Students also have the option to buy other snacks and drinks during the intermission. The price of a pizza slice will be 50,000 VND and drinks will be 20,000 VND. All profits will go directly to funding an upcoming house build.

Please see the file below for further details.




UN Day 2018

Thank you everyone for your contributions to a great UN Day! Have a happy and safe weekend!

Our Class of MANY Nations:

Our Flag Bearers!

You’re The Voice by John Farnham:


So much has been going on…

Thank you, everyone, for the generous and thoughtful gifts I received on Teacher Appreciation Day! It was a lovely treat to come back to!

On Tuesday it was International Children’s Day. In honor of that and in line with our unit on Child’s Rights, 4D organized a grade 4 movie to be created about the UN Rights of the Child. We hope you enjoy it!

Our Week in Review:

UOI: We continued to focus on the big ideas of equity and  “what circumstances affect our access to rights”.  We focused on continuing to connect the child rights to the SDG’s as well as looking at the text, “If the World Were A Village of 100 People”.

Literacy: The students are continuing to focus on information reports. They were lucky enough to have Ms Fiona Hamilton in class this week who led them through a number of lessons focusing on Structured Word Inquiries. They were looking specifically at suffixes and prefixes and how they join with a base to create words.

Math: In whole class lessons the students continued to focus on using data and applied their understanding as they worked in small groups to create infographics on data from the book “If the World Were A Village of 100 People”. They then presented these to the whole class.

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.



Let’s Go To The Movies: “A Plastic Ocean”

Dear Parents,

Next week in our school is “SDG Week” –  focusing on connecting our student’s learning on the UN Sustainable Development Goals,  in the lead up to our school’s UN Day celebration.  Around the dinner table, ask your child about the SDG’s and what they are learning about them.

As part of our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, we will be hosting a free community screening of “A Plastic Ocean” on Tuesday 27th November at 5.00pm.  The movie is in English, with Vietnamese subtitles.

Movie Trailer:  A Plastic Ocean 

What:  “A Plastic Ocean” documentary – FREE community screening

When:  Tuesday 27th November, 5.00pm (running time – 1 hour 42 minutes)

Who:  UNIS Hanoi students, families, teachers – 7 years +

Where:  Theatre, Centre for Arts, B10

Why:  To raise awareness of the issue of pollution being created by single use plastics and what we can do to help

Theatre will open at 4.50pm – free seating.

Elementary students will NOT be allowed to attend unless accompanied by an adult.

The UNIS Hanoi school store will host a ‘pop up’ shop showcasing and selling all of our recycled and environmentally sustainable products for families who wish to take immediate action to reduce their use of plastics.

Please join with us in taking action for the children who will be attending UNIS and living on our planet many generations from now….. this local and global problem needs us all to act now.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,

Megan Brazil


Kính gửi Phụ huynh,

Tuần tới được gọi là “Tuần lễ hành động vì các Mục tiêu Phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc” tại trường UNIS. Trong suốt thời gian này, các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Liên hiệp quốc sẽ được lồng ghép vào nội dung học tập ở trường. Đây cũng là bước chuẩn bị cho lễ kỷ niệm Ngày Liên hiệp quốc sắp tới. Phụ huynh có thể hỏi các con, trong khi ăn tối, về Các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững này và các con đã học được những gì về các mục tiêu này.

Cũng là một phần trong Cam kết thực hiện các mục tiêu phát triển bền vững của Nhà trường, Nhà trường sẽ tổ chức buổi chiếu phim miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng vào ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều; bộ phim có tiêu đề là “Đại Dương Nhựa”, phim Tiếng Anh, có phụ đề Tiếng Việt.

Phụ huynh có thể xem bản giới thiệu phim tại đây.

Tên phim: Phim tài liệu “Đại Dương Nhựa” – buổi chiếu miễn phí phục vụ cộng đồng

Thời gian: Ngày 27 tháng 11 lúc 5:00 chiều (độ dài phim: 1 tiếng 42 phút)

Đối tượng: Học sinh, phụ huynh, giáo viên UNIS (phim dành cho đối tượng trên 7 tuổi)

Địa điểm: Rạp hát, Trung tâm Nghệ thuật, B10, UNIS

Lý do chiếu phim: Nhằm nâng cao nhận thức của cộng đồng về vấn đề ô nhiễm do việc sử dụng các sản phẩm nhựa dùng một lần gây ra và khuyến khích hành động của cá nhân để giúp giảm thiểu vấn đề này.

Rạp hát sẽ mở cửa lúc 4:50 chiều, phụ huynh có thể tùy chọn ghế ngồi.

Học sinh Tiểu học chỉ có thể tham dự nếu có người lớn đi kèm.

Cửa hàng của Trường UNIS sẽ có gian hàng tạm thời ngay tại buổi chiếu phim để trưng bày và bán các sản phẩm tái chế và các sản phẩm bền vững cho môi trường. Phụ huynh có thể mua các sản phẩm này để giảm thiểu ngay việc sử dụng sản phẩm nhựa.

Hãy cùng chung tay với Nhà trường để cùng hành động vì trẻ em UNIS tương lại và trẻ em sống trên hành tinh của chúng ta và nhiều thế hệ mai sau ngay từ bây giờ. Chúng ta cần hành động ngay từ hôm nay để giải quyết vấn đề vừa mang tính địa phương và toàn cầu này.

Nhà trường Phụ huynh có thể sắp xếp thời gian để tham dự buổi chiếu phim.

Trân trọng,

Megan Brazil

Hiệu trưởng trường Tiểu học UNIS.



Open House is THIS week!

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 busy working on their Writer’s Workshop where they have been writing a narrative. Many students are on their way to publishing their first stories. We are beginning to learn how to write Information Reports and I am using the pre-assessments they wrote, where they could report on any topic they like, to give them feedback and guide their instruction.

Website of the Week: 


Next week the students will be introduced to Microbits. Microbits is a micro computer that allows students to use coding to create a variety of physical projects. The goal is that 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.

UOI: Over the last few weeks 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

Students have been able to gain an understanding of what a social enterprise is as well as how the child rights are connected to the different SDG’s. They have been introduced to UNICEF and the work they do and this week will look at the different circumstances that alter the access children have to their rights.

We continue to come back to the question:

“As students of the UN and IB, what is our responsibility?”

Math: This week the students will be focusing on number and pattern.  The workshops they may attend are.:

  • 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

Open House Schedule This week:

Please come to our open classrooms this Thursday and Friday. The highlighted times below are when the class is available for you to visit.



We Will Miss You Lin!

Today we very sadly farewelled Lin as she leaves Hanoi to move back to Japan. We look forward to keeping in touch throughout the rest of the year!

Thank you to everyone who brought in gifts, cards, food, and snacks that allowed us to send off Lin with a lot of LAUGHS and FUN!




Week 6

Soc Son, SDG Week, Buddies, parent teacher conference preparation, science experiments…it has been a busy week! I look forward to seeing you all on Monday at parent teacher conferences! The focus of these conferences is to go over the accomplishments and goals of your child. If you have anything in particular you would like to discuss please send me an email prior so I can try and be more prepared time is utilized well. If you are unable to come or would prefer to meet before or after school on a different day please let me know, I will try and accommodate if possible.

Upcoming events to remember:

  • Saturday 29 June – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday October 1st – Parent Teacher Conferences No Students At School
  • Thursday October 4th – Youth Sports Festival 2 – 5.30pm @ St Pauls American School
  • October 8 – 12 – Autumn Break No Students At School


Thank you to Cortney (Omar’s mum) and Andy (Orlo’s dad) for joining us for the day!

BUDDIES: SDG Superheroes!





Happy International Day of Peace!


Today the students formed small groups to create short movies on Flipgrid to share with our Peace Crane Project partner school, Belgrano Day School, in Argentina. We have folded peace cranes and written letters and will be posting our parcel to the school soon. We are looking forward to hearing from them at some stage throughout the year. Feel free to check out our videos by asking your child to log you in 🙂

Upcoming events to remember:

  • Tuesday 25 June – grade 4 field trip to Soc Son
  • Saturday 29 June – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday October 1st – Parent Teacher Conferences No Students At School
  • Thursday October 4th – Youth Sports Festival 2 – 5.30pm @ St Pauls American School
  • October 8 – 12 – Autumn Break No Students At School
Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we 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 Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here


Completing their brainstorming and planning for some and starting to write drafts for others…all part of the Writers Workshop process. They are looking at memories of their lives so far and those small moments that they can use to write an entertaining piece. I am looking forward to reading their first drafts!

The students were focusing this week on how to “interpret ideas and information in spoken texts and listen for key points in order to carry out tasks and use information to share and extend ideas and information”. They watched non-fiction presentations on the layers of the earth and used instructional videos to guide them in creating models. Have a look on their Seesaw to see their results!

This week we started a new form of inquiry called Structured Word Inquiry. The purpose and goal of word inquiries is that “using a structured inquiry process, not open, unguided inquiry, to develop a deep and comprehensive understanding of our spelling system. It is the common goal of teaching students about the logic of the English spelling system by following scientific process, aided by specific tools”. This week we focused on looking at the word PLAY to understand the criteria for understanding if words belong in the same family.


The class read aloud was chosen by Emily this week and is titled “The Girl Behind the Glass” by Jane Kelley.



In math this week the students focused on continuing to expand their skills in working with number, focusing on using number lines to solve word problems. They also were introduced to NAPE which is a grading tool for them to guide them in including specifics and details when solving problem solving challenges. NAPE stands for Novice, Apprentice, Practitioner and Expert and the students are working towards completing problems to a practitioner or expert level.

Game of the Week: Strike it out


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