Specials: May Do #7

More Specials activities for you to BE engaged

Along with the quarter choice board, your Specials teachers will share even more fun activities and practice in this newsletter!

ART: Mrs. Gochis

Contact or send pictures of finished artwork to Mrs. Gochis - jgochis@usd232.org

Drawing Prompts:

Draw an eye with tree branches for lashes

Draw a plant with a face

Reinvent your favorite team’s logo

Draw the moon howling at a wolf

Draw a can of soda pouring out rainbows

Demo Videos:

Paper Weaving (K-5th grades)

Materials: Paper (newspaper, construction paper, drawn or painted on paper, magazines, etc), scissors

Watch Video Here

Bake Tie-Dye Cookies! (K-5th grades)

Ingredients: Butter, sugar, flour, food coloring, paper, pencil

Watch Video Here

Dandelion Squish Drawing (K-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, dandelions, markers, colored pencils or crayons

Watch Video Here

Floral Wallpaper Painting (K-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, paint, paintbrush

Watch Video Here

Draw a 3D Cake! (2nd-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, pencil, permanent marker, markers, crayons, water, paintbrush

Watch Video Here

Coloring Books:

If you have a printer, click on the links, print out and color!

Romero Britto Coloring Book

Jen Stark Coloring Book

COUNSELOR: Miss Arbaugh

How to contact Miss Arbaugh: narbaugh@usd232.org

If you want to Zoom one-on-one with me, have your parents send me an email.

More activities:

Community Service: Collect pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Resources: Create a calming corner for at home! https://thecounselingteacher.com/2020/05/diy-calm-down-corner-for-your-home.html

Be a good friend: Check out this super short video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FlhKfke1ik

Library: Mrs. Barcus

Contact information- jbarcus@usd232.org

Storytime with Mrs. Barcus- Click on the following link so we can enjoy a book together...


Summer Reading- There are so many opportunities to keep reading over the summer. Here are a few to keep in mind. :)

  • Johnson County Library- Click on the following link, https://www.jocolibrary.org/, to learn about all the upcoming events at the Johnson County Library.
  • Barnes and Noble- Click on the following link, https://www.thoughtco.com/barnes-and-noble-summer-reading-program-for-kids-1356824, to learn about the upcoming Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program.
  • Next Great Read Bookmark- Click and download the Next Great Read Bookmark below to watch over 100 book trailers. Simply scan the QR code on the bookmark and enjoy! What was your favorite book trailer?
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Vegetable Orchestra Performance

Take a look how they turn vegetables into instruments to create an orchestra!

MUSIC: Mrs. Martin

You can contact me at smartin@usd232.org

Fun websites to check out over Summer:

How a trumpet is made: http://www.viewpure.com/GYxf-_SbCS0?start=0&end=0

How a Carrot recorder is made: Isn't that fun! http://www.viewpure.com/E3Msi24KKHo?

There's a Vegetable Orchestra:


Homerun. http://www.viewpure.com/0FLVPlKPn_c?start=0&end=0

Singing Solfege Scale. http://www.viewpure.com/kK_yQN83kUA?start=0&end=0

Recorder songs to try:

Au Claire de Lune:


Suo Gan


Ahrirang Korean Folk Song


Ode to Joy-Beethoven


3rd/4th/5th Hand Game/Body percussion Games

Bim Bum -body percussion movement song


Sevens (clapping game-tricky pattern)


Slide (clapping game)


Alpha Four (body percussion-fun & tricky!)



Prodigies Musical Lessons:


Visual Musical Minds



You need something to use as mallets (pencils) to play on. Grab four different sounds: canned good, empty milk jug filled with beans/rice, box and plastic container. You will need to decide which shape is which sound. Circle-canned good, square-milk jug, triangle-box and the letter X as the plastic container. Try two sounds first. It moves quick. Grab a brother/sister to each pick a different sound shape to play. If you're ready for a challenge try three, then try all four.

See if you can play the following instrument play along videos with your homemade sounds.

Jumping Bee Play Along-Easy:


Jumping Egg Play Along-Easy:


Can-Can Play Along:


Alla Turka Play Along:


William Tell Play Along:


Radetzky March Play Along:


Choir Students: You can sing along with the links below from our choral festival literature. If you're feeling like a super singer, send me a video of you singing a song! I'd love to see you! :)

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Choir Music- Shenandoah

Shenandoah video

Choir Music-Ton The!

Ton The! I love this one!!

Choir Music-Ho Ho Watanay

start video at 1:35.


You can contact Mrs. Koester at dkoester@usd232.org

If you are looking for even MORE fun things to do, ask mom or dad to follow me on Twitter at @DawnKoester1 where I have found a million different easy, fun activities.

Here are a few more things you can try over the summer. Remember to be active each day and to get your heart rate up. You could make your own stethoscope like we used at school; all you need is a funnel and a cardboard tube!

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Contact Mrs. Hrabik by email at

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Summer STEM Activities Bucket List To Do Outside

Check out these fun outside STEM activities including making a gigantic bubble, bottle rockets, and a wind power STEM challenge using Lego. Clicking on the links in this website will lead you to explore other STEM activities. It's a fun website for children of all ages.

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

It’s never too early to encourage kids to pursue education and activities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It’s important to set future generations up for success as careers in these fields continue to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there will be 10,567 STEM professionals in the workforce by 2028.

This guide features summer camps (check availability/cancellation status), websites, competitions, apps, and career resources for students in elementary school to high school. The gender gap is slowly shrinking in these fields as more initiatives crop up, including organizations such as Girls Who Code, but since women are still vastly underrepresented, we’ve included STEM activities specifically for girls and young women.

I hope this guide inspires kids and teens to use their problem solving skills to find answers to impossible challenges and help shape a better future.

Take a Code Break - with film and television actress, Yara Shahidi, and the inventor of Google Sheets, Fuzzy Khosrowshahi

Computer science is super fun because it is creative and playful. Whether it’s solving a puzzle, coding art, or designing an app, you can learn it all during this hour of code. You can join live every Wednesday at noon with the founder of Code.org and special guests for coding fun. If you can't join live, you can watch previous week's recording. Also, when you sign up, Code.org will send you follow up activities from the week's hour. This week, welcome film and television actress, Yara Shahidi, and the inventor of Google Sheets, Fuzzy Khosrowshahi. Learn about variables and how computer programs store and process information at Code.org Questions? Email me, lsmithhrabik@usd232.org

Click below to sign up to Take A Code Break