Milton Elementary School Related Arts Team
Hello, M.E.S. families! As we reach the end of this school year, I can't help but reflect on what an unusual school year it has been! We started the school year in a "new to us" building and are ending it remotely! Both situations brought up new challenges and new opportunities!
I am hoping that you had a chance to explore the lessons I shared during your time at home over the last several weeks. For the last two weeks of school, I create a virtual classroom for you to explore some of my favorite apps, sites, and activities. While school is still in session, you will still be able to access the #ScratchAtHome and Scratch Jr. Coding Challenges. After school lets out, this virtual classroom will be available from my website mestech.org, but the links and activities will change.
I wish you all a wonderful summer. I am hopeful that I will see you all in the fall. To my graduating fifth graders, best of luck in middle school. Keep working hard and following your passions!
Dear M.E.S. artists,
As we try and navigate through these uncertain times, don’t forget to take time out this summer to try and notice the beauty around you and maybe even create a little of your own. One of the projects that I shared (with kindergarten and first grade) during remote learning at home was inspired by a wonderful book called “Maybe Something Beautiful.” It’s a story about a young artist who tries to create something beautiful wherever she goes. I’m including the link to the Youtube read-aloud version of the book “Maybe Something Beautiful” https://safeYouTube.net/w/9DI5 and also another book called Anywhere Artist https://safeYouTube.net/w/Z5PI. I hope that you find a moment to experience these two great books!
Every difficulty provides an opportunity to learn something. During this time, I learned how to record and post remote learning art lessons. I also learned how to make and edit movies with iMovie. Here are some of the other things that I learned during this time that I shared with my students during our remote learning art lessons. We learned how to:
- make watercolor paint with watercolor markers (my favorite) (4 & 5)
- make animal eye prints with Styrofoam plates and markers (4 & 5)
- make collages with junk mail (2 & 3)
- add texture to drawings with puffy paint (4 & 5)
- make sculptures with materials found in nature (2 & 3)
- make a 3-dimensional fan fold (2 & 3)
- use multi-media (crayons & watercolor) (K & 1)
- make unique colored papers (everyone)
- make paper sculptures (everyone)
Wishing you a summer of continued learning!
I hope that you are all safe and healthy and know that I miss being at Milton Elementary and seeing you! I want to thank you all for using the Clever website and checking out the links from the Related Arts teachers. Good for you for keeping busy and staying positive with your schoolwork. Please check out the BINGO card on the Library page on Clever to give yourself a reading challenge—can you complete a row? If so, have a grown-up take a picture of your completed row and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send it to me on Schoology. I would love to see what you have been up to with your reading.
There are many great Ebook and audiobook resources on the Library page to take advantage of during this time. Reading an Ebook or listening to an audiobook are different experiences than being able to hold a physical book but provide an alternate way of reading if you are looking for a new book to read. Audiobooks can be fun to listen to as a family and also provide opportunities to discuss what you are reading about in the book.
If your child has library books at home, these books can be returned to the school the week of June 15th when you pick up your supplies from school. Until we meet again in school, take care of yourselves and your families, and know that I miss you, and I am thinking of you.
Wow! This year has flown by. Throughout the year, we worked on Moving Safely in Space, Teamwork, Sportsmanship, Throwing and Catching, Tracking Objects, held our annual Winter Wonderland and we were even able to use the Rock Wall! While remotelLearning, we incorporated Physical Education with Math and Reading. I hope you all enjoyed your Field Day activities!!
I would like to wish our 5th graders good luck as they move on to middle school. I look forward to seeing everyone this fall. All of your PE Lessons from our remote learning are still on my website if you are looking for some activities to do this summer.
Hello, Milton Elementary Students. I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to work with you this year. Although during the last three months we have had remote learning, I have still enjoyed putting your music lessons together.
I am looking forward to seeing you in the new school year, hopefully in our music classroom.
Looking back over the year, we have enjoyed many learning opportunities with Expression, Form, Rhythm, Melody, Timbre, and Texture. Our chorus students gave a wonderful performance in the Winter Concert and enjoyed two field trips where we made others so happy with our enthusiastic singing. I’m excited about doing that again next year!
Enjoy your time off this summer. Play an instrument. Sing a song. Enjoy your favorite music!!