“Pi” Week at LaSalle II!

LaSalle II middle school students celebrated “Pi Week” the week of March 12th !

3.14 is the approximation of the number pi, which is why we celebrate typically on March 14th, but due to PARCC testing we were able to celebrate the entire week! During the week, students were able to discover all about the number pi (π). Students participated in the following activities: making Pi Shirts, watching videos about Pi, completing a discovery activity involving circles, making Pi cities, completed a research project about the number Pi, and more. We even had a digit competition where the two students in each class who memorized the most digits of pi, went home with a PIE!

8th Grade:
8A: Julia S. (71 digits) and Olivia Q. (44 digits)
8B: Isreal M. (172 digits) and Manuel R. (100 digits)

7th Grade:
7A: Souhaila B. (113 digits) and Monica C. (83 digits)
7B: Elliot D. (157 digits) and Jackson A. (34 digits)

6th Grade:
6A: Ellie M. (112 digits) and Nadiyah B. (43 digits)
6B: Najia B.(48 digits) and Joaquin I. (3. ∞)

You Be the Chemist

The You Be the Chemist team competed last weekend at North Park University. Nora L. took 5th place out of 52 students and will be moving on to the State competition. The Demonstration team, composed of Alex V., Grant L., Kania W., and Robert Z., took second place out of 26 teams on their understanding of chemistry knowledge and demonstration.

Learning about Pets in Room 103

Pre-K Room 103 is having a great time learning about pets! We have been focusing on a different pet each week (fish, cat, dog, bird, etc.) and learning all about that animal. We have read books about pets, done puzzles, sang songs, practiced identifying each type of pet, made art projects, and much more! One of our favorite parts of our ‘Pets’ unit so far has been welcoming our very own classroom pet- Fishy! We talked about the rules of having a fish and are learning how to care for our fish. We can’t wait to continue learning all about pets!

Mystery Science in 5th Grade

​Students in 5th grade have been engaged in a new science program called Mystery Science. Each class period, students are presented with a mystery and then conduct experiments to answer the mystery question. Students are currently in an introduction to chemistry unit. Taking notes from the Alchemists, students first tried to find out if magic potions are real as they attempted to turn something steel into copper. Next, students created experiments that could be used to determine if household food items are acidic. They used their test to explore different chemical reactions that resulted when combined with various acids. It’s been messy and quite smelly in our classroom for a couple of weeks for sure, but the conversations students are having about science are inspiring! If you see a 5th grader, ask them what they’re learning. Maybe they’ll even have a magic potion for you!

Science in 4th Grade

The 4th grade participated in the Colorful Chemistry Lab at the Science and Industry Museum! Students observed the different states of matter and learned about chemical reactions. This hands on lesson in a working science lab gave students a formal experience in chemistry using science inquiry.

Verb Changes

Some students from room 102 made a verbs charades game to play in Ms. Waters’ first grade classroom. They enjoyed making up the words and even added nouns to challenge them. If the students picked a noun, they had to put it back. This is a picture of all of the students playing the game together. They had a lot of fun acting out action verbs. At the end, all of the students added a verb to the game for next time.

New PE Games

We recently split the PE classes as the Gym is rather small for two classes. Classes rotate between the gym and the “small Gym”. It has been an exciting 5 week’s in PE. Students have been learning new games such as Battleship, Hungry Hungry Hippo and a variety of parachute games. Ask your child what they have been doing in PE. I am looking forward to sharing more new and exciting games with the students!

Amazing Authors

Second grade students have begun work on the informational text unit in Writer’s Workshop. Each student has chosen an animal to write an all about book about. Students are using books from the school library and will do research in the computer lab during computer time. Students will learn important facts about their animal, while learning about the components of non-fiction informational text.

Students will include a table of contents, index and glossary in their books, as well as an about the author section. Students will continue to work on these books through January, then they will publish their texts and place them in the class library for others to read.

Learning About Habitats

Kindergarten students completed an animal unit on hibernation, migration and adaptation. Students created a family project, presenting facts about their animal of choice within each animals habitat. Students thoroughly enjoyed sharing their interesting facts and discussing all the fantastic habitats created.

Learning about the Water Cycle

Students in third grade created a story board to describe the major stages of the water cycle. Stories were written in first person as students described each stage as if they were a raindrop. They described the precipitation stage as the moment they fall from the sky as rain, sleet, snow, or hail. As they run-off mountains and hills, they collect in oceans, rivers, and lakes.

The warmth of the sun causes the water that has accumulated to turn from a liquid into a gas. Water droplets rise to the sky, condense, and eventually, make clouds. The water cycle then repeats itself!