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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!