Unified Arts Weekly Update

Art - Guidance - Music - Phys.Ed/Health - Technology/Library

April 13th to April 17th

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Activities, Resources, and Opportunities

The following resources and suggested activities are being provided to assist you with various learning activities and opportunities. Please consider having your child/ children participate in any of the below activities that spark an interest in them. These are some great activities to keep a student engaged and learning.

Art: Mr. Arthers

Guidance: Mr. Schriver

Music: Mr. Viera

Phys.Ed/Health: Mr. Gaw

Technology/Library: Mrs. Jarret

Earthday Birthday Art

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Greetings from the counselor

PCES/PCMS students and families I hope this letter finds you doing your best. I

know you have been working hard to stay safe and sane in these times, so I

thought that I could help by giving some more fun ideas and activities you can

do to help pass the time with a little fun.

First is to remember to work on your breathing and relaxation/meditation.

Simply practicing for five minutes a day has shown to lower anxiety and help in

our ability to get ourselves to a better place. I hope that some of you have tried

to do the walking meditation we talked about last week and perhaps even been

writing about what you have experienced. If you would like to share what you

have seen/heard please feel free to email me your experiences. I would love to

hear about them.

There are many activities you can do as a family that are fun. I have included

more mandalas for you guys to work on together. This time I tried to pick some

that both parents and kids can enjoy. I found a site that has over 300 Pokemon

mandalas and thought they would be great for both. Some of you parents may

remember playing it as a kid and coloring the pictures could bring back some

great memories to share with your child.

Another great activity could be to create a music playlist with songs that just

make you feel great or gives you energy or makes you laugh. Include songs that

your parents pick too so you can all enjoy them together. We may not always

like each others choices but watching the joy songs bring to each other can

teach us a lot and you never know when you might hear something new that you

like too.

Creating a family meal together is another wonderful way to build memories

together and offers a chance to practice new and fun skills. After the meal is

made and you begin to sit down to eat, spend the first five minutes not talking,

just listen to the sounds and smells around you. You helped make that

wonderful smell. Then, talk about what your day was like, what were the best

parts, what were somethings you would like to change/do differently next time.

Parents, I want to take a little time to talk about internet safety. With all of our

work being done online as well as a lot of their free time it is important to talk

with your student about being safe online. Discuss cyberbullying, not putting

personal information on every page that requests it. Most importantly, talk with

them. Be open to their questions, their concerns. Let them know your own

worries and how you will be there for them.

There are countless pages and videos out there that talk about these issues,

read/watch them together and discuss what you saw.

If you have questions you can always contact me through email at

jschriver@sad4.org or by calling my google voice number at (575)323-0856.

This is a free number, if made through a cell phone.

Mr. Schriver

K - 2 Music - My Dog Rags

My Dog Rags

Here’s an activity that we started before we started our distance learning. You’re going to have to move around a bit, so make sure you have a bit of room on either side of you! Here’s a quick video of me showing you the motions, and then a recording of the song for you to do the motions with.

See the video below!

Mr. Viera

My Dog Rags Motions
My Dog Rags

3 - 4 Music

The cup song is a really fun and easy way to play music at home. All you need is a plastic cup! Here’s a video showing how to play the song. Start slowly until you’ve learned all the moves, then you can try doing it a little bit faster.

You can send a video of you playing the cup song to my email: eviera@sad4.org

Mr. Viera

The Easiest Cup Song Tutorial

4 - 6 Music - Rapping!

Learning about new styles of music can be intimidating. Here’s a quick video on basic rapping that hopefully will have you spitting out rhymes in no time.

Email me your written rhymes: eviera@sad4.org

Mr. Viera

Intro to End Rhymes


This week's PE/Health challenge is to step outside of your comfort zone.

Come up with an age appropriate activity that you have never done before. As the weather continues to improve consider what activities you can do by yourself. Try and find an activity that you can sustain for a minimum of 30 minutes.

When you have completed the activity as yourself some questions i.e. What benefits did I get from the activity? What would I do differently next time? Can I adapt the activity to include social distancing? Is this a seasonal activity or something that could be done year round? Suggestions might include: hiking, biking, raking leaves, tidying up around the yard, or gardening.

Be creative and have fun!

Mr. Gaw

Technology/Library -- Try Lightbot

Lightbot: https://lightbot.com/hour-of-code.html

If using a desktop computer, you may have to click on the Flash icon to allow Adobe’s Flash player to run. This will be confirmed in a pop-up message. Once you press “allow”, Lightbot will begin.

Lightbot is also available on your iPads through Self-service.

Lightbot has a series of challenges that require you to move the robot and lighten the dark blue surfaces using turn, move, and light icons. When run, your robot will do what you asked it to do...but is it what you want it to do? You can continue to adjust your code until that level is successfully navigated. To remove an icon from your “steps”, click on it. You can also drag icons to the program panes.

CodeHour has 20 levels. In additional Programming Puzzles features 50 levels and 20 challenge starts to collect for when you want more of a challenge! Anyone in grades K-12 can play, have fun, and learn real programming logic!

There are no in-app purchases in Lightbot!

Have fun!

Mrs. J

Technology/Library - Make a Rube Goldberg Model!

Have you ever heard of Rube Goldberg?

Rube Goldberg was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. Goldberg is best known for his popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets performing simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways. (Rube Goldberg Machine, n.d.)

Create a Rube Goldberg (RG) Model using materials you may have around your house. See the video below for an example!


1 Students sketch out your RG project beforehand either on paper or google draw.

2 Students gather materials around their house.

3. Collaborate with your family on the project.

4. Students use your iPad or a phone to video your project.

5. Post your project on our padlet wall: https://padlet.com/kjarret/4yus6qx8dah1

Mrs. J

Reference: Wikipedia contributors. (2020, April 3). Rube Goldberg machine. In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:08, April 8, 2020, from https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Rube_Goldberg_machine&oldid=948861719

Rube Goldberg: The TRASH Machine