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!

Navigating the City

The students in Room 213 have been navigating their way around the city via the CTA this month. They planned out their routes, using various websites and apps, and decided the best use of their money when buying Ventra cards, passes and lunch. On one trip the students traveled to the southside to visit Kenwood Academy for a performance by a Jamaican Ensemble. Some of our bravest students even volunteered to show off their dancing skills on stage! On another trip the students students traveled to Steppenwolf Theater, where (thanks to a generous donation) they had the opportunity to see the play “Monster”. Students were able to discuss the themes of innocence, guilt, and accountability with lead actor, Daniel Kyri, and the rest of the cast. It was an amazing experience!

Principal Outing

Jacob A. won the Principal Outing at last years Spring Thaw. Dr. Albani and Ms. Sapieka took Jacob and 3 of his friends to the Kids Table. The students learned how to make a black bean tostada. It was a great day!

2015 LaSalle II Hour of Code

LaSalle II Hour of Code

From Ms Keane:

December 7-13 is, Computer Science Education Week and people all over the globe are participating in “Hour of Code” events. Depaul University organized an event and invited Ms Keane to bring a group from LaSalle II. Twenty-one third graders took a field trip to the Computer and Digital Media department at Depaul’s downtown campus for an Hour of Code.

Students learned that computers help us to tackle all sorts of tasks and to solve problems. Code is computer language and programming is writing code, the instructions that tell computers how to help us.

Everyone got to code with a few activities that had a Minecraft theme. If you are interested in learning more about the hour of code you can check out this site. https://hourofcode.com/us

You can also find the activities on the following sites: https://code.org/api/hour/begin/mc and http://codecombat.com/play.

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Connecting with the Community

From Ms Whitters:

Kindergarten Students have been learning about what makes up a community in our current unit of study Connecting with our Community.

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Students have been visited by many community helpers and had an exciting learning experience walking to several community places.

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Kindergarten students visited the local fire station, bakery and theater on their community walking trip.

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Fourth Grade Field Trip

Our fourth graders went on a field trip to Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook. We learned how to use a GPS and went on a treasure hunt through the forest preserve!

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Students also learned about invasive species and worked hard to clear out Tatarian Honeysuckle, which is not native to Illinois and quickly crowds out all other plant species. The weather was perfect, and we had a great time!

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¡Vámonos!

From Mr Espejo:

LaSalle 2 is getting ready for a new Spain trip! Last year we started our first exchange program with IES Ramiro de Maeztu, a public school in Madrid, Spain. It was a success! After hosting 20 students and 2 teachers from Spain, 12 students in the Spanish program and their two teachers traveled to Madrid for 10 days.

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Students attended classes and after school activities at Ramiro, spend time with their host families, and visited Madrid and the surrounding towns of Toledo and Córdoba.
Students had a blast and used their Spanish in a meaningful and authentic setting!

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September 22, we had our first informational meeting for the 2016 when students and families expressed a lot of interest! Our 2016 trip will take place in April, after hosting the Spanish group in March. We can’t wait for this next adventure!

Support the April 2015 trip to Spain!

http://fundraiser.equalexchange.coop/gifts-more/crafts/wooden-eyeglass-holder.html

It’s a busy time of year, so why not order some of your holiday gifts online to support our students going to Spain in April 2015? Don’t know what to get the postman? Or that neighbor or coworker who’s been there for you? Look no further! Equal Exchange offers unique gifts, coffee, and delicious chocolate.

Use our school page and help us earn an additional 25% of sales from now until December 31st.  Click on the link below, or copy and paste it into your browser.

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Museum of Science and Industry Field Trip

Last week Ms Waters and Ms Manas led a Museum of Science and Industry Field Trip for the first graders. Following are a few pictures and writings about their trip.

The museum still has favorite exhibits like the baby chicks that hatch while you watch, the idea factory that lets the kids experiment with simple machines and water.

Chicks Hatching

[testimonial name=”Eleanor” size=”medium” type=”bubble”]

My favorite part of the field trip is the idea factory. It is my favorite part because you get to play in the water and you can ride a bike to make water go up and you get to put balls in a tube that go to the factory. It is very fun.

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Idea Factory

Idea Factory Crane

If you haven’t been to the museum for a few years the U-505 submarine is in a new exhibit area which let’s you walk around it and check out its periscopes, bunk beds, and play a video game where you operate the ballast controls.

U505 Exhibit

U-505 Exhibit Photo

U505 Submarine Game

The museum has a Disney exhibit which runs until May that includes artifacts from Disney movies. It also includes drawing activities where everyone gets lessons on how to draw Mickey and Minnie.

Disney Exhibit

Drawing Mickey Mouse

This month the museum is displaying Christmas trees from around the world. They have trees decorated with ornaments typical of each country. The students examined these and picked one that they liked best.

[testimonial name=”Evan” size=”medium” type=”bubble”]

Today we went on a field trip to the museum. We saw trees from around the world. My favorite tree was from France. I liked the blinking Eiffel tower on the top. My favorite part of the trip was the air mister. It was fun and felt like a shower.

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Tree for Korea

[testimonial name=”Brian” size=”medium” type=”bubble”]

My favorite part of the field trip was when I got to see Christmas trees from around the world. My favorite tree was Japan. I like Japan Christmas trees because they have fans and ornaments that have a Buddha in them.

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Trees from Around the World

[testimonial name=”Garrett” size=”medium” type=”bubble”]

My favorite part of the field trip was the tornado exhibit. I really liked using the levers to control the speed of the tornado. My favorite tree was the American tree. This tree was unique because it had presents and it was the tallest.

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