5H at Homer Lake

posted May 1, 2018, 12:01 PM by James Carver

Students in Ms. Heider's 5th Grade class visited Homer Lake Forest Preserve to participate in a program built around the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students learned about basic survival skills, such as using a compass and building a shelter. They also hiked through the park observing plants and animals in their natural habitat. A few quotes from 5H: "Very educationally fun" (Sophia); "We learned about animals on the trail." (Maddy); "Avery, don't touch that." (Ms. Heider); "Best trip ever!" (Chloey); "I loved the little frogs." (Gracie)

New Yearś Fun in 2H

posted Jan 19, 2018, 2:44 PM by James Carver

Students in Ms. Hamiltonś second grade returned to school after winter break by welcoming in the New Year. They set New Yearś Resolutions for themselves here at school and at home. They made hats and blew blowers to celebrate the new year! And of course they had to eat confetti cookies and cupcakes to continue with the Newl Yearś theme.

4th Graders Give Hope for Christmas

posted Jan 19, 2018, 2:42 PM by James Carver

Our 4th grade students demonstrated their understanding of citizenship and caring by collecting items for Cunningham Children's Home. Students learned about the services provided at Cunningham and how their donations would go to help people in need. Great job, 4th grade - we are proud of you!


Student-Athlete Visit

posted Oct 26, 2017, 10:50 AM by James Carver

Student-athletes from Unity High School visited East for a special visit with classes. The athletes shared their experience balancing activities with academics, and the importance of focusing on schoolwork to set themselves up for success. They also read books, worked on projects, and shared stories with the younger students. Thank you student-athletes, as well as Ms. Heider and Mr. Hamilton, for arranging the afternoon!



2H's Pumpkin Masterpieces

posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:46 PM by James Carver

Students in Ms. Hamilton's 2nd Grade class were each given a pumpkin to decorate with their family. They had been reading a book together in class called The Pumpkin Elf. Their mission was to research ideas and show their creativity any way they chose. How did they like their task? As one student put it, "This is the coolest project ever!"

Heider's Helpers

posted Sep 26, 2017, 7:47 AM by James Carver

Ms. Heider's 5th Grade Class collected items for a fifth grade class at Sam Houston Elementary in Houston, Texas, to replace needed supplies that were lost due to Hurricane Harvey. They say they chose to do this as a way of helping their fellow fifth graders recover from a devastating hurricane. They learned that it's hard to lose almost everything due to a storm. Even more, they will continue to learn more about their adopted classroom as they exchange pen pal letters throughout the year with them. As one parent put it "Thanks for teaching our kids more than academics." Great job 5H!

5H Prairie Scientists

posted Sep 12, 2017, 10:24 AM by James Carver

Ms. Heider's 5th Grade class visited the UE prairie to collect specimens, then returned to their classroom to view cellular structures of their samples under microscopes. A great experience for the young scientists!

5H Trade Fair

posted May 1, 2017, 12:58 PM by James Carver

Ms. Heider's 5th grade class has been studying exploration and colonization in social studies.  One of the activities that brought people together was trade - money was not used.  This experience gave students a better understanding of trading, bartering, and the free enterprise system.








Flying High

posted Mar 21, 2017, 6:40 AM by James Carver

Second grade students Reese Frye and Tyler Stein in Ms. Hamilton's class went above and beyond their reading assignment. Both chose to work with an adult to make a kite like that in their story "Gloria Who Might Be My Best Friend." Reese and Tyler had a great time making their kites and are super-excited to try them out!

U of I Chemistry Visit

posted Mar 17, 2017, 3:11 PM by James Carver

Students from the chemistry department at the University of Illinois visited 3G this past week to teach the students about acids and bases.  They used ph test strips to test various liquids, wrote  messages in invisible ink, and they watched gloves expand due to the formation of gas.  Students loved their visit!

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