Week 10 – 22nd to 26th of October

Welcome 5B Community

G5 at the Vietnam Women’s Museum

Field Trip to Vietnam Women’s Museum

The opportunity to get out and about as a class or whole grade is extremely valuable. Students were able to visit the famous Vietnam Women’s Museum and take a tour around artifacts that connected to migration. One of the exhibits was about the traditional clothing of Vietnamese women. This demonstrated one aspect of how change affects cultures and customs when urban migration occurs. The main exhibit allowed students to listen to stories of Vietnamese women, who moved from the country into the city to live and work, whilst saving their money to send home to the family they left behind.

This week 5B continued to craft their migration stories. Ensuring they had all the elements required to make their presentations next Tuesday a success. This has been a wonderful journey for students, especially those looking into the histories of their ancestors and places that students feel especially connected to.

Migration has always played a vital role in bringing change to the world. Some of the causes that have moved students are the most are the ones of forced migration. This has also been the hardest for students to understand as most of them have never had to face situations that have left them countryless. A great deal of empathy has been gained by exploring the various elements associated with migration. All G5 teachers are looking forward to each and every G5 student’s presentation. We hope you will be able to join us.

This week we had Ms Beth come in to show 5B some math routines they can use and apply when solving math problems. Solving the equations themselves was not the purpose of these lessons. Learning to make a claim (hypothesis), represent their thinking using a range of models and then explaining the process to a partner. The more students practice explaining the process of solving a mathematical problem, the more confident mathematicians they will become.

5B also learnt how to moderate their math assessments this week. This is where students are given assessments (without names) and asked to identify whether the work has met, exceeded or is approaching the standard. We call this peer assessment. Students also moderate their own work alongside the teacher. This is a powerful tool. It enables students to have a clear understanding of what is needed, what areas they could improve upon and makes them responsible for their own learning.

Reading, reading and more reading. Students are now beginning to understand the importance of punctuation. 5B have been working on identifying punctuation actions and how punctuation can easily change the meaning of a text. Below are some of the examples students discussed.

Even Magazines can get it Wrong

Save the Dates and Reminders:
Monday, October 29th – All Grade 5 homerooms bake sale items needed
Thursday, November 1st-2nd – Faculty/Staff Professional Development Day (No School or ASAs for ES)
Thursday, November 15th-16th – ES Open Classrooms
Friday, December 7th – UN day – What traditional clothing will your child wear?

Dinner Table Talk

  • What is the symbol for multiplication when solving an algebraic problem?
  • What is an integer?
  • What math element have you got for your migration story?
  • What colour was the prawn Ms Tina’s daughter caught in NZ?
  • How easy is it to write simple instructions to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

A Letter from ES Office

Dress Up Day – Next Wednesday, October 31st

Our Elementary Student Council has decided to support the Middle School and High School Spirit Week by participating in a fun dress up day next Wednesday, October 31st.  

In an effort to enjoy the dress up day at UNIS Hanoi appropriately, respectfully and in accordance with school rules, we ask that students use the following guidelines when selecting a costume:

Costumes should not completely obscure a student’s identity. Staff members must be able to identify students.  Eg. Full face masks should not be worn.

Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of costume.  Costumes should not be frightening or gory. Remember that UNIS student ages range from 3-18. Costumes should be appropriate for the full school community.

  • Fake weapons are not allowed. No military-style costumes.
  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, heritage, or religion are not permitted.
  • Costumes should not hinder a student’s ability to participate in their classes, including P.E. Costumes may not disrupt learning or present issues of safety.
  • Students wearing questionable costumes will be asked to change into normal school attire. A change of clothing for all students is required.  
  • Talking points for teachers and parents to assist in this teachable moment…  

Remind students of their audience in the school (students, teachers, parents, community members,). This is a school—what may be appropriate in pop culture or the media may not be appropriate for a place of learning. We are a community, and we want students to think about how their costume choice may impact others within this community.

Thank you for taking the time to help our students understand these guidelines.

Kind regards,

The week that was;

In mathematics, the art of proposing a question must be held of higher value than solving it. – Georg Ferdinand Ludwig Philipp Cantor

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