Specials: May Do #4

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

Book Read Aloud:

Mrs. Gochis reads Vincent van Gogh’s Cat by the Second Grade Class of East Washington Academy in Muncie, Indiana

Watch Video Here

Drawing Prompts:

Draw a cabin on top of a cloud

Draw a marker painting

Draw a sweater made out of candy

Draw a pair of scissors running

Draw a squirt fun squirting paint

Demo Videos:

Optical Illusion Cube Tessellation (4th-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, pencil, colored pencil or crayons

Watch Video Here

Japanese Notan (2nd-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, construction paper, scissors, glue

Watch Video Here

Texture Rubbing Collage (K-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, textured items (go on a scavenger hunt!), unwrapped crayons, scissors, glue

Watch Video Here

Make Your Own Rock Alphabet! (K-2nd grades)

Materials: Small flat rocks (26-30 of them), paint, paint brush, water

Watch Video Here

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: Have you gone on a lot of walks? My dog and I have! We use this super simple app, WoofTrax, that helps raise money for organizations that help homeless dogs. I'm walking for Always and Furever since that is where I adopted my pup from. Have your parents check it out! https://www.wooftrax.com/

Resources: Second Step has many different resources available. https://www.secondstep.org/covid19support

Mindfulness: Check out mindfulness with the Royals! You can even try yoga with Sluggerrr https://www.mlb.com/royals/community/royals-respond/mindfulness-mondays

Library: Mrs. Barcus

Contact information- jbarcus@usd232.org

William Allen White Voting- Attention 3rd- 5th graders, if you have read at least two WAW nominated books this school year, you have the opportunity to vote for the award. Please click on the following link- https://forms.gle/HWor1cJHsSTWwRje9 . Voting must be completed by Monday, April 27th. Happy voting! :)

Poetry- Celebrate the end of poetry month with these fun activities.

1. Let’s go on a Poetry Walk! Go outside and enjoy a walk observing all the sights, sounds, and smells of nature. After your walk, have fun writing an acrostic poem about spring. How do you create an acrostic poem?

  • First, write the word, spring, going vertically as shown below.
  • Then, each line of your poem must start with first letter of the line.

(For example, S- Soaking up the sun.)

  • Finally, share your poem with a friend or family member. I’m so proud of you!


2. Poetry Machine- Be creative and try writing different types of poetry on-line at https://www.poetrygames.org/poetry-machine/

Storytime with Mrs. Barcus- Click on the following link so we can enjoy a book together…http://www.viewpure.com/bynf15w_Qtw?start=0&end=0

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Musical book selection of the week!

Froggy Builds a Treehouse

MUSIC: Mrs. Martin

You can contact me at smartin@usd232.org

SONG OF THE WEEK: You know what's awesome? You are!

Everything is Awesome: http://www.viewpure.com/oK19iX3L87w?start=0&end=0

Upcycle your own instrument: Post to Seesaw or send your pictures/videos to my email. :)


Other ideas for creating your own upcycled instruments:



Look for some video assignments from me on your classroom SeeSaw on how we are going to make an iMovie Music Program!! I'd love you all to be a part of our video program! Email me with questions, my email is smartin@usd232.org.

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! :)

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.

Sadly, we do not get to have our end of the year celebration of Field Day BUT...there is a virtual National Field Day on May 8th that we can all be a part of! Just click on the link below to get you and your family signed up (I have already signed Belmont up). You will be emailed lots of different activities to practice to be prepared for the big day. The WHOLE family can participate!

Remember the pathways in our halls at school? How about designing some on your driveway? All you need is some chalk and a little imagination. If you need some more ideas, I have included an idea sheet for you below. Zig-zag your pathway back and forth on your driveway like in the Motion Lab or create one on the sidewalk for the neighbors to use, as well!

Remember, if you have a great idea of something fun for all of us to do, please feel free to send me a video or an email explaining how to do it. I would LOVE to see what you are coming up with to stay active. You can even send videos or pictures of you doing one of the listed activities.

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Contact Mrs. Hrabik by email at

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Who is Rube Goldberg?

Rube Goldberg was an American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor, and his work is a classic example of the melding of art and science. Goldberg began his career as an engineer, and later became a cartoonist who drew elaborate illustrations of contraptions made up of pulleys, cups, birds, balloons, and watering cans that were designed to solve a simple task such as opening a window or setting an alarm clock. Interestingly, Goldberg only drew the pictures, and never built any of his inventions. However, these pictures have since served as inspiration for makers and builders who want the challenge of making wild inventions to solve everyday problems.

Steps for creating a Rube Goldberg contraption

Step 1: Get Inspired

First things first, you’ll want to watch some Rube Goldberg contraptions in action to get inspired. There are video buttons below to watch Mythbusters create a contraption, an easy example of a Rube Goldberg contraption, and a how to create a Rube Goldberg.

Step 2: Solve a Problem

Next, come up with a simple problem that you’re trying to solve. For example:

  • Ring a Bell
  • Pop a Balloon
  • Open a Door
  • Shut a window
  • Put out a candle

Once you have a problem sorted out (and don’t worry – you can change this later if you want), gather supplies…

Step 3: Gather Supplies

Collect a bucket-full of supplies and then lay them out so they’re easily seen. These can largely be found in your home or classroom — start with what you have! You will most likely start with some of these basics, and then forage your home or classroom for more supplies as you go. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Things that Roll

  • Marbles
  • Balls: Tennis, Baseball, Bowling, etc.
  • Toy Cars
  • Dominoes
  • Skateboard
  • Roller Skate
  • Mousetrap

Things that Move

  • Mousetrap
  • Dominoes
  • Toaster
  • Fan


  • Toy Train Tracks
  • Marble Runs
  • Books
  • Trays
  • PVC pipe
  • Plastic tubing
  • Gutters


  • Cardboard
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboard Rolls
  • Plastic Water Bottles
  • Cans
  • Aluminum Foil

Household Materials

  • Chopsticks
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Ruler
  • Wooden Blocks
  • Bowl
  • String
  • Tape
  • Sand
  • Pins
  • Hammer
  • Balloons
  • Water
  • Fan
  • Vinegar and Baking Soda

Step 4: Build Your Machine!

Once you have the supplies ready, start building. While the Mythbuster's video (and others like it) includes some pretty complex machines and concepts, keep this simple to begin your contraption. The basic concept that you're exploring is that of a chain reaction, so anything that tips something else over (and so on) is what you’re going for to create your contraption.

Take a Code Break - Simulations and Data With Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft

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, we’ll learn to simulate or estimate the spread of a disease, visualize the data, and see how computer science is revolutionizing medicine. Questions? Email me, lsmithhrabik@usd232.org

Click below to sign up to Take A Code Break