Fifth Grade Kicks off Kindness Month

In an effort to promote friendship, generosity and consideration, the 5th grade is focusing on kindness in the month of March. Students are starting the month by recognizing acts of everyday kindness and providing the “kind donors” with cards. We will be watching TED Talks, listening to podcasts and discussing kindness in today’s world throughout the month. Watch out for acts from our Kindness Ninjas as we learn about this important quality.

Women’s History Month

Students in 4th grade are kicking off Women’s History Month by commemorating, studying and celebrating the vital role of women in American and world history. Each student researched and presented about an amazing woman in history.

It’s a Language Explosion in Room 103!

The students in room 103 have spent all year working on our communication skills and we are making huge gains! We have so many students that began the year using very few words that are now labeling items, identifying letters, and using our words to ask for what we need! We use a number of ways to communicate in our classroom such as visual exchanges, core communication boards, AAC devices, and even some sign language. All of these means of communication combine to make a classroom that is inclusive of everyone and that gives every student a way to communicate. We can’t wait to continue watching all of our friends learn, grow, and communicate!

Pi Day!

March 14 marks Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical sign pi. Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, March 14 was selected because the numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi, and it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday—the perfect pi-incidence.

LaSalle II Middle School math students were busy this March celebrating Pi Week! During Pi Week, math students were able to make discoveries related to the extraordinary number pi (π)! Students participated in the following activities: decorating Pi Day t-shirts that they wore on Pi Day (3/14), watching videos about Pi, completing a discovery activity involving circles, drawing a Pi City skyline, completing a creative research project about Pi facts, working on a collaborative Pi poster in small groups, and much more! We even had a digit competition where the student in each class who memorized the most digits of pi went home with a apple PIE!

 

8th Grade Winners:

  • 8A: Maeve M. (146 digits)
  • 8B: Juan F. (32 digits)

7th Grade:

  • 7A: Najia B. (178 digits)
  • 7B:  Erin W. (56 digits)

6th Grade:

  • 6A: Ellie G. (152 digits)
  • 6B:  Brady A. (102 digits)

Middle School Buddies

 

Middle school students teamed up with the pre-K classes to organize activity stations related to their unit on Pets. The pre-K students listened to a story about “Joe”, made animals out of Play-doh, identified and counted sea animals in the squishy aquariums, made a paper dog and found animals in the mud and gave them baths. The pre-K students ended the day with high fives from their middle school buddies. They will team up again, before spring break, for their unit on buildings.

Leadership Day at The Holocaust Museum

We would like to congratulate and recognize Sydney, Christina, and Juan for their leadership and perseverance. They were nominated and then selected to participate in Leadership Day at The Holocaust Museum. They worked with other 7th and 8th graders, from schools throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, to come up with ideas to promote equality and human rights and to solve problems in their school and community. They presented their ideas to an audience of over 200 peers and adults. They also got the opportunity to listen to, meet and ask questions of keynote speaker, David Hogg. It was an excellent opportunity for them to learn more about how to stand up, speak up, listen and make a difference.

Social Emotional Learning

The students in Ms. Anderson’s class, along with other K-3 classes, have been identifying and discussing feelings. We have been using a feelings chart to identify how we feel daily, and introducing different tools such as glitter jars and deep breathing exercises to cope with our emotions. One tool you can try at home is a deep breathing exercise called, “Take 5 Breathing” or “5 Finger Breathing.” Hold out one hand in front of you and use your index finger from the opposite hand to trace your hand one finger at a time. Take a deep breath in as you trace up, and breathe out as you move your finger down. This is a calming strategy that can be used anywhere.

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss

7th and 8th Grade Math Station Fridays

There is no surprise that our LaSalle II middle school students are very unique and exceptional.  Our students are hard-working and work at different levels. To meet students at their needs, we have implemented Station Fridays in seventh and eighth grade.  Typically, these stations are similar week to week and include a game station, computer station, and teacher station. The students enjoy working through games such as the 24 Game to work on their numerical fluency.  They are even allowed to use dry-erase markers on Mrs. Guillaume’s desks! The computer station could consist of academic resources IXL or Khan Academy, or a math game or vocabulary review. Lastly, the teacher station is with Mrs. Guillaume and can range from pushing students to work on higher level Algebra, geometry or statistics, or filling in gaps that will help the students better understand grade-level concepts.  The best part is that it is completely differentiated to the student’s need! Next Friday, ask a seventh or eighth grader what they did during Station Friday.

4th Grade Mi Ciudad Projects

Students in 4th grade showcased their understanding of 2nd quarter’s theme: En la Ciudad by designing and building a 2D or 3D model based on their own city, our city of study (Buenos Aires) or a fictional city. The students used their city models to discuss with their classmates the various activities to do, places to visit in their city, and the ways to travel to different city spots (transportation). The students did a phenomenal job creating unique city models and both myself and their peers enjoyed hearing students’ presentations!

Bring Culture Into Classrooms

While ushering in the Lunar New Year, LaSalle II Chinese language students began their annual Chinese dance training with Lingling Pao, the artist-in-residence. Upon hearing the news that the Chinese dance training would soon begin, every student, whether boy or girl, in a lower or upper grade, eagerly wanted to find out which day would be theirs to participate in dance class.  This is the fifth year our students are participating in this program, Bringing Culture Into Classrooms.