The entire 6th grade class went on a field trip to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Laboratory. While there, we got to meet the director of the lab and many of the scientists that work there. Mrs. Larry and her co-workers gave us a wonderful tour of the lab. In each section of the lab, we got to meet a scientist that works there. The scientists explained to us what they do and they demonstrated how they use their equipment. The students got to apply what was learned in class to answer questions the scientists posed and to converse with them. At the end of the tour, the 6th graders, had the opportunity to perform two experiments in the EPA’s lab. The first experiment was chromatography or a separation of colors. The second experiment was a semi volatiles laboratory in which the students experiment with the weights of different elements. A great time was had by all!
Recently our 8th Grade students participated in the Cultural Kitchen. This is a program that is a part of the Hostelling International Chicago. Through an engaging curriculum, students gain cultural understanding, increase understanding of their world, and enhance research skills as they study a country of their choice.
Rooms 101, 103 and 104 went to Brookfield Zoo on March 16, 2018. We had so much fun! This trip was our second field trip of the year.
“We got to see the Dolphin Show,” said Bijou. The dolphins performed tricks and danced for us. Some of us even were in the “splash zone” and came home a little wet.
Children were able to see many animals, which included seals, sea otters, orangutans and giraffes.
“My favorite was the fish, they’re my favorite of all,” said Harper.” We were able to see dolphins, seals, sea otters and other fish.
“Go a bus. See monkeys,” said Robin.
We are so excited that our DonorsChoose.org proposal, “Help Us Zip Up the Year With the Zoo” was recently funded. We will have a visit from Animal Quest at the end of the year to learn about many new animals.
Students in 6th grade have been studying ancient civilizations this school year. Since they are currently studying ancient China, as an extension event, students will travel to Chinatown to visit the Chinese American Museum of Chicago. At the museum, students will learn about the rich history of migration from China to our great city of Chicago through the study of artifacts and oral history.
Following our museum tour, students will tour through Chinatown and visit a local restaurant where they will have the opportunity to try traditional Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.
Students in 4th and 5th grade had the opportunity to participate in the Chicago Blackhawks First Stride program. Students arrived to receive their Blackhawk credentials and were taken to the locker room where they found their name on their locker. Students were also taught how to ice skate and participated in classroom activities relating hockey to science, technology, engineering and math.
The students in 213 have been on several field trips over the last two years and have taken
notice of the number of people in need, who we encounter along the way. We discussed the
best ways for our class to help them out and decided to make “goody bags”. The teachers,
students and their families collected food items, socks, hats and toiletries to fill up “goody bags”.
The students took to the streets during Thanksgiving week and passed them out to those in
need in our community and downtown. It was a great experience for all involved! We will
continue to take bags with us on our future trips, just in case we see someone who could benefit from some additional goodies.
In October the kindergarten students learned how to be nature spies inside and outside the classroom. They read books about plants, animals, and fall. Students then took their new knowledge and curiosities to a Cook County Forest Preserve to explore nature first hand. The kids went on a nature hike looking for plants and animals. They learned about turtles and even got to touch one. During exploration time students were able to see more animals native to this area and play/work with each other in nature. It was an all around fun and authentic learning experience for the LaSalle II kindergarteners.
4th grade enjoyed a field trip to Fullersburg Woods to bond with our classmates through geocaching! We learned about satellites and gps and hunted for clues to a puzzle through the woods. We also learned about invasive species like honeysuckle and buckthorn and worked hard to clear an area of them. It was a gorgeous day, and we had a wonderful time in the woods!
Last Friday the 7th grade class attended the Loyola Retreat and Ecology Center (LUREC) in Woodstock, IL. They participated in a variety of games and team-building activities. Our school year is off to a great start with the 7th grade class and teachers all getting to know each other in such a fun way. Next year, the current 7th graders look forward to returning to LUREC to do the high ropes course!