Analyzing Historical Maps in 7th Grade Social Studies

The 7th grade students are completing document based writing.  They are looking at historical maps and determining what these maps tell you about the map maker – his or her understanding of geography, what their culture was like and their purpose for creating it. Here is a sample of work from one of our students, Naija B.

 

“A map says to you. Read me carefully, follow me closely, doubt me not…I am the earth in the palm of your hand” Said once by Beryl Markham. A map leads you to your destination, your target. All your answers are on a map. Read closely, look closely, and follow closely. Your questions are solved. What guides you is not your mind but a map, There are some rough roads, you might hesitate to find where you want to go, You might be puzzled and confused. Do not use an app but instead use something that is a challenge because once you’ve accomplished this test you will feel like you’ve come to your home, your destination. These maps show who is the main source, the main center. A map will also show you directions, your geography, who is in it. In one of the pictures, there are traders, their kings, there are rulers, there are also many different surroundings in a map like land, the map can show you were sources of water are like an ocean, also can show you land or grass. There are many different traits, people, and other kinds of things. A map is everything, What you see, What you follow, and what you do.”

Fitnessgram in PE

We just finished the Fitnessgram testing in Physical Education so we decided to give the kids a chance to take a break from the norm and we are playing different “creative” group games. For the next few classes, we have taken the CHOPPED approach. For those that are unfamiliar with the television show, Chopped is a show that brings together chefs to compete against each other by cooking a meal for different judges. The only thing is that the chefs do not know the ingredients until it is time to cook. We have taken that approach in P.E. Students are put into groups and will work together to create a game using different pieces of equipment. They must also create rules and a scoring system for the game. When time expires, groups will be selected to explain and demonstrate their game and to the rest of the class.

Student Fundraiser

Two of our students, Lucy L. and Vaeda V. showed their giving spirit byt raising money for LaSalle II at a recent community event. The money will be used towards helping to cover field trips costs of students in need.

Learning about Native Americans in 2nd Grade

The second grade had been learning about Native Americans. Students made representations of Native American homes, clothing, and artifacts. They also wrote paragraphs to describe their project in full.

 

 

A Trip to Steppenwolf Theater

After reading the novel, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” in class, the middle school students in 213 went to see the play at Steppenwolf Theater. Following the play, the students were also able to participate in a discussion with the actors. The novel and play were both thought-provoking, funny and sad all at the same time. The experience forced all of us to examine how we “look” at one another and the importance of empathy.

Multiplication Madness in Room 120

Learning how to multiply and divide are the most important math skills that third graders learn. During the month of November, students in Room 120 have been very busy learning multiplication strategies and practicing fast facts every day! For a few days, they actually changed their name to a multiplication problem! Children were able to learn their fast facts by quizzing each other with flash cards, playing many games, making charts and more! They are well on their way to becoming multiplication masters!

CPS Volunteer Policy

We love our volunteers at LaSalle II and our school would just not be the same without you! We appreciate the time and support that all of you give to LaSalle II and we want you to be able to continue as a volunteer this school year. As we have mentioned, CPS has a new volunteer application. If you plan on volunteering at the school this school year (chaperone a field trip, volunteer at an event, volunteer in a classroom, etc) you must complete the CPS volunteer application online. It takes less than 5 minutes!

 

Step 1:
Visit cpsvolunteers.org and click the “Complete a Volunteer Application” button.

 

Step 2:
Fill out the application. Parents will be asked if they are applying as a Level I or Level II volunteer. Most LaSalle II parents will be Level II volunteers.

 

Step 3:
You will receive a confirmation email that CPS received your application.

 

Step 4:
Bring your drivers license or state issued ID to the Main Office so that the office staff can make a copy. Once this step is completed, we can approve you as a volunteer.

 

We are asking all parents (and caregivers if they plan on volunteering) to complete this process so you can be ready should a volunteer opportunity arise. Thank you for your participation in this process and thank you for helping LaSalle II!

SY18-19 Open Houses for Prospective Families

We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2019-2020 school year. Open Houses will be held at 4pm on the dates listed below. The tours will start in the Main Lobby of the school at 1148 N Honore St.

Tours are planned on the following dates:

  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3

Please note that we do not have availability for private tours or for tours in the summer, so please make sure to attend one of these dates if you are interested in attending.

SY18-19 Open Houses for Prospective Families

We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2018-2019 school year. Open Houses will be held at 4pm on the dates listed below. The tours will start in the Main Lobby of the school at 1148 N Honore St.

Tours are planned on the following dates:

  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4

Please note that we do not have availability for private tours, so please make sure to attend one of these dates if you are interested in visiting the school.

Storyboards in 8th Grade

In our eighth literacy class, the students are currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird. The core of this narrative focuses on essential themes such as courage, race, discrimination, fairness, and justice. Through the readings and discussions, students are examining the heart of our democratic society. One in which strives to provide “equal rights for all” and “special privileges” for none. The narrative takes place in a small southern town in the early 1930s. Therefore, in social studies, students are also exploring the era of the Great Depression.

 

In eighth grade, students are using storyboards as a way to blend their creativity and analytical thinking skills to discuss this timeless masterpiece.  Storyboards are a powerful way for students to visually present and discuss information. In small groups, students created storyboards to help them keep track of the important events and characters in the novel..  By sharing and discussing their storyboards with their peers, students not only had an opportunity to verbalize thoughts but further synthesize their understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird.

 

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