Third grade students in room 123 learned how rainbows are made. Students learned that rainbows are made when sunlight strikes water droplets in front of a person at a 42 degree angle. A rainbow is formed when white sunlight passes through water droplets in the sky acting like prisms. When we see sunlight shining on a bunch of water droplets, we see a rainbow. Isaac Newton proved that white sunlight is actually a combination of all the colors of a rainbow. You can find rainbows under waterfalls or even in the spray from a sprinkler! As an extension, students practiced creating their own rainbows at home using tools such as CD’s, flashlights, prisms, dish soap and water to find and create a rainbow!
Ramadan is a very special month in the Arab World and it is celebrated by the majority of Arabs and Muslims around the world. Ramadan is a holy month that features 30 days of fasting from dawn to dusk.
In our Arabic classroom, students are learning about Ramadan as an important part of the Arabic culture. This year students are learning about Ramdan via Edpuzzle. Students are also introduced to significant events that happened during Ramadan and how it is celebrated by Arabs. Some of the important events that happen during Ramadan are family gatherings for Iftaar time, the joyful media throughout the wholke month, Showing generous donations, decorations in the streets everywhere. Lanterns with different shapes are the main symbol for Ramadan that must be seen in every street. In our classroom, our in-person students will be making paper cuts lanterns and Remote learners will be decorating and coloring different lanterns via Jamboard to celebrate Ramadan as a part of the Arabic language culture.
Kindergarten friends in Room 108 have a chance to move our bodies while acting out the life cycle of a plant during our plant investigation unit. We are the roots! Later in the unit, we will have a chance to plant seeds in our school garden and watch nature in action.
The preschool students in Room 101 have just finished their Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Unit. On Wednesday, April 14th students learning in-person and learning at home were able to participate in a competition to see who could create the most unique thing using only recyclables and garbage. Those who did not participate were able to practice their listening skills and came up with questions or compliments for their classmates’ artwork.
5th grade has been busy studying Chemistry in our Chemical Magic unit. We had the opportunity to discover:
- If we could change worthless metal into gold?
- What do fireworks, rubber, and Silly Putty have in common?
- Why do some things explode?
If you are curious about any of those questions ASK A 5th GRADER!!
In one of our labs we discovered that mixing vinegar and salt together can make a penny shiny by removing the dull top layer. We have lots of shiny pennies! We also discovered that by combining different solutions together can cause chemical reactions or new substances to form. We made observations and recorded our data to see which caused a chemical reaction and then made a “mystery goo”. We even made an explosion in our own homes. Take a look at some of our pictures from our labs!
Students have been enjoy the art of juggling with our AMAZING student teacher, Ms. Palma. They have learned to “juggle” with two plastic bags or Kleenexes. Students were shown various moves and then created their own routines to share with the class. Ask your child to share their routine with you!
Every year on March 14th we celebrate Pi Day in Middle School at LaSalle II. This year it happened to fall around the time we were starting the hybrid schedule so it was a great time to celebrate the famous number and have some math fun! We started off by learning some facts about Pi, reading one of my favorite books, Circumference and the Dragon of Pi and playing our middle schoolers favorite game, Trust No One, to see what they learned. The second day of our celebration our students made some Pi Day Stained Art that turned out amazing!
In fourth grade, students are enjoying Read-Alouds of the novel City of Ember. During this time students tap into their thinking and make connections with their lives, the world and other texts. In class questioning, prompting and sentence stems have students filling up their Reading Response journals! Responding to reading increases comprehension and is a very important skill we work on in fourth grade.
The Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater celebrates Spain in America through performance, arts education, and community programs that bring the dance, music, and song of Spain to U. S. audiences. For over 45 years, the organization has shared the rich history and contemporary importance of culturally specific art, and maintains this commitment for artists, students, and art lovers the world over.
Due to our enthusiastic past partnerships, Ensemble Español selected LaSalle II for a free artist-in-residency to 3rd and 6th graders! They have been working with our artist-in-residence Amanda Saucedo, an Ensemble Español company dancer who serves as the Resident Teaching Artist and CPS All-City Performing Arts Program Spanish dance instructor. Students began the classes at the beginning of third quarter during remote learning and are continuing during hybrid. Each homeroom dances in a different room while their friends dance at home. Class begins with a warm-up followed by dance lessons and then ends with a yoga cool down. Pictured here are our third graders learning a jota from Galicia, Spain.
Beware, the ides of March are upon us, and so with them, the new SEL theme of the month: RESPECT! Visit this month’s Bitmoji classroom for videos, book read alouds, and more resources on how you can show respect to people, places, and things all around you. Take a peek at the bulletin board by the main office as well; welcome back students!!