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!

Preschool Buddy Program

Our preschool students have started a buddy program this year with upper grade students. Our AM students have 5th grade reading buddies and our PM class has 6th grade math buddies. The experience provides children with stimulating opportunities for learning and skill development. We have already seen the positive effects such as increased turn taking, listening, sharing knowledge, helping one another, and completing a task.

Rock Painting

The ability to S.O.A.R is only as strong as the community that supports it.  We foster an environment of:

  • Safety so our students become appropriate risk takers
  • encourage an environment of Ownership so they become partners in their own learning
  • encourage them to persevere and Achieve
  • and that they Respect diversity making LaSalle II a place of acceptance where every student is important.

The LaSalle II Rock Garden brings those ideals together as our 7th grade students paint their rocks into a diverse collection that will represent the unity of the LaSalle II community.

Collagraph Printing

8th Grade studied printmaking and focused on collagraph printing. Student began by created images by collaging cut card board pieces, this became their printing plate. The plate images ranged from abstract, architectural, nature inspired, or human/animal form. Students learned about traditional printing techniques and proper material terms. Then we printred the plates with block printing ink and produced some really great prints!

Congratulations Christopher P.!

Christopher P., an 8th grader, was featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with the GE Fallonventions. He was selected to present his invention from the Invention Convention that he created last school. He also competed at the National Competition in Washington D.C. with his invention last Spring. You can view the segment by clicking the link below. We are so proud of you!

You can view the segment by clicking the link below.

WGN Teacher of the Month- Mr. Taff

Mr. Taff, our middle school science teacher, was selected as the WGN Teacher of the Month. He was nominated by one of our 8th grade students, Gene M. and was recently featured on the morning news. You can view the segment by clicking the link below. We are so lucky to have him on staff here at LaSalle II!

 

You can watch the segment by clicking the link below.

Science teacher connects with students in middle school classroom

6th Grade Trip to Second City

Last Friday 6th grade attended a class at The Second City to work on team-building, communication, collaboration, creativity, and just plain fun! They participated in a number of interactive games and learned more about each other and themselves. The 6th graders bring back new knowledge about how to talk with their peers and teachers, actively listen, and think outside the box.

Halloween Craft Fun

The lucky third grade students in Room 120 had a fun-filled afternoon on Halloween.  Parent volunteers came in and helped the students create Halloween crafts, play games and write Halloween Poetry.  The students were creative and had a lot of fun! The students got to dress up and brought things to share like stickers, pencils, plastic fangs and book marks.  Mrs. Baird was very thankful for all the parents that came in that day to chip in!