Entries by Lauren Albani

Learning about Character Traits

Students in third grade read a biography called The Man Who Invented Basketball. They learned about James Naismith and his tough love and tough life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They used a graphic organizer to write about key moments in his life, major accomplishments, and the power of perseverance. Students worked together […]

Black History Month Projects

Second grade has been learning about famous African Americans throughout the month of February. In addition to learning about people like Marian Anderson, Wilma Rudolph, Duke Ellington and others, students also chose an African American person to research. They shared their new knowledge and doll replicas with each other last week! Below is a sample […]

Pi Day in Middle School

March 14 marked Pi Day, an annual celebration of the mathematical sign pi. Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, March 14 was selected because the numerical date (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi, and it also happens to be Albert Einstein’s birthday—the perfect pi-incidence. Sixth graders participated in Pi Week and all middle school math students participated in […]

Learning about Animals in PreK

The friends in PreK 103 have spent the last month exploring all things ANIMALS! We even went on a fun field trip to the Shedd Aquarium. We participated in interactive read alouds using Picture Exchange Communication Systems and felt story boards. Our stories included: “Goodnight, Gorilla,” “”I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean,” “Brown Bear, […]

Culinary Arts in French

Middle school students studying French went to Alliance Française this month for a scrumptious field trip. The students worked with a French culinary instructor to make a delicious French meal that included a salad with home-made vinaigrette, Croque-Monsieur sandwiches, and Madeleine cookies. The students did an awesome job cooking and at the end were able […]

4th Grade Mi Ciudad Projects

Students in 4th grade showcased their understanding of 2nd quarter’s theme: En la Ciudad by designing and building a 3D model based on Chicago, our city of study (Buenos Aires) or a fictional city. The students used their city models to discuss with their classmates the various activities to do, places to visit in their […]

6th and 7th Grade Career Week

Last week, 6th and 7th grade students heard from 24 different professions and professionals across many fields of work and from a diversity of backgrounds. Students were exposed to a variety of paths which could take them to college, training programs, and more on their way to a future career. Hopefully they will be thinking […]

March SEL Theme: Perseverance and Grit!

As the winter draws to a close, we look to focus on perseverance and grit this March, since we can all probably use a little bit of those to get us to spring break! Perseverance, defined as persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success, and grit, courage and resolve/strength of character, […]

1000 Days in School!

With careful calculations, 5th grade discovered that by this time in the school year, the students academic careers (k-5th grade) is 1,000 days long! We spent the afternoon of February 14th celebrating this!. Students attempted a 1,000 piece puzzle, a STEM activity with 1,000 toothpicks and marshmallows and tried to come up with 1,000 memories. […]