Room 103 has just begun our Winter Unit and we are so excited! This month we will be reading some classics, such as, “The Mitten,” “The Gingerbread Man,” and “The Snowy Day.” We will be making our own snowmen with students’ faces and names on them. We are also exploring the sensory components of Winter: Cinnamon playdoh, fake snow in our sensory bin, cotton ball sensory bottles and making our own snowflakes! For a special winter treat, Mr. Ben comes every Friday to play music, this month all the songs are Winter Themed!
Students in Mrs. Quagliano’s classroom read The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds. This is a story about a boy named Jerome who collects words instead of things. He collects all kinds of words and sorts them into different categories. At the end of the story Jerome releases the words on a high hill for the children below him to collect and learn from. The quote at the end of the story says, “Reach for your own words, tell the world who you are and how you will make it better.” Students collected words to describe themselves and created pictures to be displayed in the room.
Student led conferences were a time for parents to celebrate their child’s success. Students were able to show their parents many aspects of their learning and what they have accomplished in school thus far. It was special to see the students learn autonomously and take ownership of their classroom.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the students in Room 120 created their own heritage projects! These third graders researched and created posters with beautiful pictures. During our presentations, we learned about our classmates’ heritage, the languages we speak, and some of the traditions our families have. Some other things we learned about each other were our family hobbies, interests, foods we love, and our family values. It was a fun activity and we really learned a lot about each other and some cool history about traditions and ethnic foods.
In October the 8th grade students made their way via CTA to attend “The Brothers Size” at Steppenwolf Theater. Playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney shared the complex bonds of brotherhood, told through the unique experiences of three African American males, two of which were brothers. McCraney used poetry, music and Yoruba mythology to describe the fight between freedom and the need to belong somewhere, to something, to someone. It was an emotional play, which sparked much conversation among the 8th graders and their teachers.
We are grateful to be back in school! We are grateful for our amazing LaSalle II community! We are grateful for an excellent education for our students to ensure their future successes! This, and other gratitudes, are what we will focus on for our SEL theme of the month. Often times we get bogged down in the little problems of everyday life and forget to appreciate everything that we DO have. Practice gratitude everyday by saying one thing for which you are grateful when you wake up and/or go to sleep. Let’s all model gratitude for our students, children, and ourselves. Happy November and Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Mrs. Sosa’s 4th graders have learned to access google docs! They wrote their story in the google doc instead of their writing journals. Then they shared their google doc with Mrs. Sosa. Students talked about how this platform makes editing, conferencing and making revisions much easier when getting ready to publish a writing piece. For many students getting to type their writing is a turning point for their actual writing quality and motivation.
Last Friday, 6th grade students participated in a 2 hour Intro to Communications workshop at The Second City. Students played improv games which help them relate to and communicate more effectively with those around them. The kids all had a great time showing off their more dramatic sides and making each other laugh, as you can see from their group photo!
Ms. Hoefle’s 6th Grade science classes spent a mild and sunny morning in late May weeding, mulching and planting in the Wolcott side playground. The 6th Graders planted vegetable plants and seeds, such as tomatoes and carrots, in the white planter boxes. They also planted some native plants, like the stinky Nodding Onion which gave Chicago it’s name, in one of the large garden areas near the playground. The kids had a lot of fun with the mud and worms they found. They didn’t even mind pulling weeds! They ended the morning with dirty hands and warm smiles.
After exploring artists and styles of both French Impressionism and Spanish Cubism, students were challenged to select a local or global theme and demonstrate it through their own artwork. Students selected themes ranging from: pollution, climate change, poaching, domestic violence, depression, religious intolerance and many more. Students presented their artwork in the target language to their respective classes, and then participated in a gallery walk where they had the opportunity to see and discuss their peers’ artwork in the other language class. We are extremely proud of their creativity, insightfulness, and collaboration demonstrated through this project! Happy graduation to our 2019 8th grade class!