Bonjour LaSalle II!

This year at LaSalle II we took French to a new level by practicing French deeply. We have spent some more time on each unit in order to enhance long term learning. We believe that this “Deep practice” has deepen the students’ understanding of the language and allowed for oral and written communication in class. This has led students more students led learning and leadership. Please encourage your child to keep practicing over the summer, “with Languagenut and Powerspeak.”

We also recently went to “Kids’ Table” where students were able to make a very old French dish called “galette.” Galette is a term used in French cuisine to designate various types of flat round or freeform crusty cakes. Students were able to make a “pomme galette”, with “la crème fouette” home made whip cream.

2nd Grade Entomologists

Second Grade has been turned into an Entomology Laboratory! We have been busy studying a few of the many millions of insects on our planet. Some insects we have in the classroom include mealworms, silkworms, ladybugs, caterpillars, and an ant farm. We have come to know firsthand the life sequences of all these insects. In our lab students observe structures and behaviors, discuss their findings, and ask questions. Students continue to be amazed daily by all of the changes they continue to observe and take a lot of pride in providing daily needs for each of our insects and making sure our Entomology Laboratory is thriving!

1st Grade Art

1st graders created paper cut collages inspired by Henri Matisse. We studied positive & negative space, color contrast, and juxtaposition. They used both the positive & negative pieces to create interesting and balanced compositions. We also used bright colored shapes to contrast with the black background.

Learning about Kimonos

Students in room 123 created their own kimonos after reading Suki’s Kimono this week. Before creating and designing their own, students learned about the history of Kimonos. Originally, kimonos translated into clothing in Japanese. Recently, the word has been used to describe traditional Japanese clothing. They are made of material that is suitable for all weathers. Traditional kimonos are worn to funerals, weddings, festivals, and tea ceremonies in Japan. Kimonos have represented different people over the years. The colors and designs have represented political class, warriors, and leaders. The ribbon worn around the kimono is called an obi. It is one big ribbon that is folded and adjusted to form a bow on the back.

Writing Workshop in 1st Grade

Writing Workshop is a model for writing instruction and practice in the classroom. During the workshop time, students learn to write through varied activities. Writing Workshop exposes First grade students to the organization and thought required to create a story, write about a favorite topic, or share information and opinions. First graders in Room 109 are learning how to independently plan and write an opinion piece of writing. They are developing an understanding of how to form strong opinions, how to structure an argument with a main idea and details, and how to express their personal thought and ideas.

Middle School Math

The sixth and seventh graders are currently working on a project to conclude our statistics units. The 6th graders are doing a study on the student population at LaSalle II, and were able to choose a topic of their choice. The students developed statistical questions to learn more about LaSalle II students. They came up with a plan, collected data, analyzed it, and made different types of graphs. Questions vary based on student interest, but include: “How far do LaSalle II students live from school?”, “How many hours per week do LaSalle II students spend on homework?”, “How old are parents of sixth grade students at LaSalle II?” and “How many after-school activities do LaSalle II students participate in?” As students finish their graphs they will be drawing conclusions and presenting their information to their classmates.

The 7th graders tracked specific activities outside of school, and are analyzing their own data. The activities included: watching television, playing video games, exercising and internet usage. They collected the data and broke it up by population to be able to analyze the data in a variety of ways. Each student was given a population and activity, where they made graphs, found measures of centers, and made inferences. Additionally, they compared the data with other students and made conclusions based on their classmates and the data collected.

If you are ever on the second floor, feel free to check out our data displays and analyses, which will be displayed soon, to find out valuable information about our amazing LaSalle II students!

The “Week Of The Young Child”

Room 101 will be celebrating the “Week Of The Young Child” April 24th – April 28th.

“What is the Week of the Young Child™? The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association, with nearly 80,000 members and a network of over 300 local, state, and regional Affiliates.

 

The purpose of the Week of the Young Child™ is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

 

NAEYC first established the Week of the Young Child™ in 1971, recognizing that the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. The Week of the Young Child™ is a time to plan how we—as citizens of a community, of a state, and of a nation—will better meet the needs of all young children and their families.”

 

We will celebrate the following days:

  • April 24, 2017 “Music Monday” – We will dance at our morning circle times.
  • April 25, 2017 “Tasty Tuesday” – We read a book about vegetables.
  • April 26, 2017 “Work Together Wednesday”- We will work to create buildings as a group.
  • April 27, 2017 “Artsy Thursday” – We will use a variety of media to create art work.
  • April 28, 2017 – “Family Friday” – We will send home a parent and child activity for our families to do together.

We are looking forward to celebrating our youngest learners! 

7th Grade Invention Convention

The 7th grade explored the design cycle with an Invention Convention. Each student examined their surroundings to identify a “problem” and developed several avenues to solve it. The students then created a prototype and worked with their peers to identify the aspects of their solution. The students continued to develop their solutions into working prototypes.
Our imaginative students created original solutions to such problems as, stinky shoes, remote hockey practice dummies, key holders, messy dog eating, magnetic hair band, and a crimper for your tape. Our inventors participated in a 7th grade Convention and the top 10 will represent LaSalle II at the CSIC (Chicago Students Invention Convention) citywide competition at Clemente High School on April 1st.
1st Place Participants: Andrew W.
Willem P.
Christopher P.
Luke M.

2nd Place Participants: Kira S.
Amelia L.
Nora H.
Jadah C.

3rd Place Participants: Lesly G.
Dylan O.

Abstract Watercolor in 1st Grade

Room 115 recently worked on abstract watercolor. The students masked off areas of 3″x3″ watercolor paper with a resist (rubber cement), then painted individual squares by wetting small pieces of bleeding tissue paper in the areas not masked. Tissue was removed resulting in unique color concentration and flow. Each artist selected an abstract fireworks graphic for interpretive reproduction in marker on the white space now preserved by the masking fluid. Yellow watercolor paints applied last with a dry brush.

Learning Labs in 4th Grade Science

Fourth grade students took science to a whole new level when they attended two learning labs at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students learned Newton’s Laws and experimented in the Colorful Chemistry lab. Through observation and hands on activities 4th grade students left with a wealth of new scientific knowledge!