Specials: May Do #2

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 Mrs. Gochis at jgochis@usd232.org

Book Read Aloud:

Mrs. Gochis reads My Crayons Talk by Patricia Hubbard

Watch Video Here

Drawing Prompts:

Draw a piece of fruit in outer space

Draw a rainstorm of sprinkles

Draw a walking taco

Draw a cookie with googly eyes instead of chocolate chips

Draw a pineapple rollerblading

Demo Videos:

Shaving Cream Paper Marbling (2nd-5th grades or work with your sibling!)

Materials: Shaving cream, food coloring, ruler or used gift card, pan, paper

Watch Video Here

How to Draw a Dragon Eye (4th-5th grade)

Materials: Paper, pencil, markers

Watch Video Here

Make your own Memory Game (K-5th grades)

Materials: Paper, any materials you have at home

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: You're probably eating a lot...remind your parents to keep scanning their receipts for Box Tops. The money goes to our school to purchase supplies.

Coping Skills: It's hard to spend so much time with parents or your siblings and not get mad or frustrated. That's okay! Now is a great time to work on your coping skills. Try to remember what we talked about in class before. Listen to "The Good Egg" and try out one of the strategies from the book. What ones make you feel better? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWx8R4l3orE

Mindfulness: Keep watching these videos and practice mindfulness every day! https://youtu.be/HB16XYD2huo

Library: Mrs. Barcus

Contact information- jbarcus@usd232.org

Celebrate Reading- April is National Poetry Month. Enjoy a fun and silly poem at https://www.poetry4kids.com/

Poetry Heart Map- A heart map contains all the people, places, things or ideas that you hold close to your heart. Create a heart map to celebrate what is special to you.

1. Take out a piece of paper and a writing utensil or go outside with your chalk and draw a big heart.

2. Fill the heart with things that you love. Write and/or draw about your favorite people, places, activities and things that you love.

3. Share your heart with someone close to you and/or take a picture and send it to Mrs. Barcus at jbarcus@usd232.org

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


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MUSIC: Mrs. Martin

You can contact me at smartin@usd232.org


1. The Music Show Episode #1-The Beat


Now that you know about the beat, see if you can find your heartbeat when your acting Presto (running outside, jumping on a trampoline, riding a bike) or when you are acting Largo (lying on your bed, reading a book, walking).

Listen to a favorite song and find the steady beat.

2. Go on an fast/slow egg hunt. Write the words presto and largo several times to practice writing. Cut out the words and place in plastic eggs. Have someone hide them around the house. When you find an egg, practice reading Presto/Largo and move fast/slow to find the next egg. Make it more fun by adding candy ;)

1st-5th: We're Going on an Egg Rhythm Hunt

Write your own 4 beat rhythms (or copy the ones below to cut out). Put them inside plastic eggs. Have an egg hunt in your house or outside. When you find a hidden egg, clap and count the rhythms for your parents/siblings. Then find the next one. How many did you find? If you put candy or treats inside your eggs, can you arrange them in a rhythm?


West African Drumming:

Learn about the music from West Africa and the many percussion instruments/grooves you can create using a mixer board.


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! :)

Baby Shark & Peanut Butter Jelly

Baby Shark and Peanut Butter Jelly read aloud 3rd-5th graders can you figure out how to play baby shark on your recorder? If so, video record yourself and drop it to me in an email. I'd love to hear it. :)

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.

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. I have already received a couple messages showing me a family jumping jack challenge and a really cool new dance that someone came up with!

Here are a few of my favorite GoNoodle activities. You can find them all on YouTube and don't even have to have a GoNoodle account (but it is fun to keep track of your movement progress if you do have an account!).

Get everyone to join you! The more the sillier!

Click here to try "Fabio's Meatball Run"

Run, jump, duck and dodge with Fabio the moose as he delivers meatballs to his GrandMoose.

Click here to "Get Yo Body Movin'" with KooKoo KangaRoo

These guys are some of my FAVORITES on GoNoodle!

Click here for a "Pump It Up" workout

If you are looking for a real workout to get your heart pumping these are the guys for you!

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Contact Mrs. Hrabik by email at

Fun for the whole family-Catapulting Peeps!

Have you had enough Peeps, are they beginning to dry out? Here's a fun activity for you to try with your whole family. It's a Catapulting Peeps! Marshmallow Peeps Game. You will need craft sticks, rubber bands, and a plastic spoon to create a catapult. Then you use your catapult to fling Peeps into baskets or buckets or bowls.

Click the links below to see how to create a catapult and how to play Catapulting Peeps!

Grades 2, 3, 4, 5 Tynker: A kid's coding website

Tynker:Coding for kids

Tynker is a coding website for kids ages 5 to high school. Belmont students in grades 2 - 5 are registered with their class. Sign in using your school email and password. The first link takes you to the Tynker website. Picture directions on how to sign in are below the link.

Take a Code Break - Encryption with Ashton Kutcher & Mia Gil Epson

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, they showed encryption using the Caesar Cipher Wheel from the Code.org website. Questions? Email me, lsmithhrabik@usd232.org

Click below to sign up to Take A Code Break