Entries by Lauren Albani

4th Grade STEM Activities

Students in 4th grade recently participated in part 2 of the Chicago Blackhawks First Stride program. In addition to getting some great exercise and learning skating techniques on the ice, students were engaged in a classroom STEM activity with LEGO Education Solutions. Students used LEGO bricks, motors, and an online programming tool to ignite their […]

Welcome to our visitors from Beijing! 

Our exchange students from the Beijing Foreign Language School arrived last week and we are so excited they are here! This week they visited the John Hancock building, the Chicago Art Institute, the Shedd Aquarium, and City Hall. A huge thank you to Ms. Aquino for all of her planning and to our families for […]

4th Grade Multi-Media Cityscapes

  The the 4th grade class created cityscapes inspired by the work of Rob Dunlavey. Their creations were based on dry media design details for the architectural elements, and also the study of perspective and proportion. For the background sky element, they used watercolor in either warm or cool tones and collaged planetary and wind […]

1st Graders Visit the Museum! 

First grade students visited Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry during the month of December. Students learned about the museums beloved annual celebration of of more than 50 trees and displays representing the holiday traditions from cultures around the globe. Students also experienced thrilling museum exhibits featuring hands-on learning and state of the art technology. […]

Analyzing Historical Maps in 7th Grade Social Studies

The 7th grade students are completing document based writing.  They are looking at historical maps and determining what these maps tell you about the map maker – his or her understanding of geography, what their culture was like and their purpose for creating it. Here is a sample of work from one of our students, […]

Fitnessgram in PE

We just finished the Fitnessgram testing in Physical Education so we decided to give the kids a chance to take a break from the norm and we are playing different “creative” group games. For the next few classes, we have taken the CHOPPED approach. For those that are unfamiliar with the television show, Chopped is […]

Student Fundraiser

Two of our students, Lucy L. and Vaeda V. showed their giving spirit byt raising money for LaSalle II at a recent community event. The money will be used towards helping to cover field trips costs of students in need.

A Trip to Steppenwolf Theater

After reading the novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” in class, the middle school students in 213 went to see the play at Steppenwolf Theater. Following the play, the students were also able to participate in a discussion with the actors. The novel and play were both thought-provoking, funny and sad […]

Multiplication Madness in Room 120

Learning how to multiply and divide are the most important math skills that third graders learn. During the month of November, students in Room 120 have been very busy learning multiplication strategies and practicing fast facts every day! For a few days, they actually changed their name to a multiplication problem! Children were able to […]