Maker Faire

Welcome to 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Spring Break   

April 13-17, 2020

Virtual Classrooms

School is Open


The Genius Hour Adventures



Morning Guest Read-Alouds:  9:00 a.m.

Monday and Wednesday begin with a Guest read-aloud as we

share some favorite stories with our children.

MAKER FAIRE:     Calling all Tinkers and Thinkers

Please scroll down and see the resources and links for all students to use.  As Tinkers and Thinkers students can choose what we are sharing or they CAN CREATE something that they are passionate about.

9:30 a.m.  Maker Faire

TINKERS AND THINKERS:  Independent student work

Imagine, Create, Design, Explore, Discover, and Dream 

                                      K/1       Busy Builders Let’s Go

                                      2/3      Creature Creators

                                      4/5      The Gamers

Embedded in this Maker Faire concept is the fact that our students will read, write, research, and analyze the impact of their project asking, “Why is this important?”   “How do you know?” 

Along the way our students will dream, imagine, explore and discover all the things that they can do!

It builds confidence in students as they revisit, revise and refine their thinking and work.  THINKING IS MESSY and you will observe that students will collaborate and share their ideas with each other they will reflect and self-assess their own work.  Below you will find lots of links that our children can do independently

Please take a two minute video clip of your child’s project and send it to me or ABrown  or through dojo to your child’s classroom teacher so we can post our students Maker Faire projects on our school website,

Each day, Monday through Friday, our Tinkers and Thinkers will be involved during the morning in their design and create some awesome projects.  We can’t wait to share them with you!

11:30 a.m.: Lunch

12:30-2:00 p.m.  


We’re sharing some ideas that we’ll hope you’ll enjoy!

We hope that you can choose one day to come and play

Monday    12:30-2:00 p.m.

The Otter Cinema

Family Movie

Watch your favorite movie with your family

Tuesday    12:30-2:00 p.m. 

Dancing:  You Tube videos for families to have some fun and to try something different:   India, China, Mexico and USA rock and roll or please share a special dance that you and your family would like to show!  We promise lots of belly laughs when you try to do these dances




United States


And here’s more dance routines that you can use for the Talent Show video if you like:


Family Talent Show   K-2

Have you ever thought about all the hidden talents that you possess?  We would like you to share them with all of us .  Please create a two minute video clip of your family that we’ll post on our school website.  These are the family memories that you will cherish for a lifetime


Family Talent Show   3-5

Can you sing or dance?   Tell a funny joke?  Do you have a passion for sports?  Can you and your family show all of us how to play a game or dance to your favorite song?   Please design a two minute video clip of you and your family that you can share with all of us because we want you to have memories that will last for a hundred years.


Sports Night

Get those muscles moving and let’s do some workouts – spring has arrived!



Kindergarten and First Grade

Milkshake – Koo Koo Kanga Roo | GoNoodle 

Frozen 2: Make Your Move | GoNoodle

Grades 2 and 3

ZUMBA KIDS – OLD TOWN ROAD – Lil Nas X Ft. Billy Ray Cyrus


Grades 4 and 5
KIDS WORKOUT ! Full 25 min exercise routine program for kids and parents lose weight 2019

Kids workout 1 Beginners

We hope you enjoyed the activities that we wanted to share with all of you.  The most important gifts and blessings that we have are the people we love our family, our friends

Thank you so very much and know how truly grateful we are to be a small part of some of the moments that we hope brought lots of belly laughs and lots of smiles along the way to all of you this week…….be safe and well, stay strong….sending hugs from all of us to all of you!


April 13-17, 2020


Calling all BUSY BUILDER engineers!!!  Let’s build a city! What are some of the structures we find in our community? There are buildings, houses, bridges, railroads…maybe even castles? Can you build one?

The materials are right in your home! We can use toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls, popsicle sticks, index cards, water bottles, straws, toothpicks, and so much more! Just use your imagination! We cannot wait to see what you come up with! You can use tape, string, glue, markers, paint, or whatever other material you need to build. Make sure to take a picture and send it to Mrs. Rodriguez on her hydroponics google classroom page or on your class dojo. We will all share our amazing structures the week of 4/20!  Go have some fun! 

     Be sure to keep your structures in a safe place. When we get back to school we can put all of our structures together and build one big city community! Below are some photos and websites to help you get off to a good start!

How to Make a Toilet Paper Roll House – Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

How to make Toilet Paper Roll Castles? DIY

How to Build the Eiffel Tower: An Engineering Project for Kids

Ancient Greek Architecture STEM Challenge & Activities

4 Engineering Challenges for Kids (Cups, Craft Sticks, and Cubes!)

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks

Popsicle Stick Architecture | The popsicle stick creations o…

Popsicle Stick Bridges | Kari

35 Fun DIY Engineering Projects for Kids

STEM Building Challenge for Kids: LEGO Duplo and Pool Noodle Marble Run | Lego activities, Lego for kids, Stem activities

Straw Bridges | Stem projects for kids, Stem projects, Stem activities

The Suspension Bridge Engineering Project

10+ Homemade Building Themed Toilet Paper Roll Crafts


April 13-17, 2020

Creature Creators GRADE 2 and 3

Calling all creators! Ever wonder what an animal with a lion body, a pigeon beak, a dolphin tail, and owl eyes would look like? Well now is the time to find out!

Get ready to discover a new species…one that YOU create! While you can’t travel to faraway lands in the hopes of finding a new species right now, you can use what you know about plant and animal adaptation to create a new species of your own! 

Your task is to design and create a new species using different animal and plant adaptations (can be either physical (body parts) or behavioral (what they do). 

  1. Use the planning worksheet attached to help you brainstorm your new species! Answer the following questions:
  • What is the name of the animal?
  • Where will the animal live? 
  • What are the physical features of this creature?(Think! Why are these features needed in this habitat? Example: If it lives in the ocean, what would it need on its body?)
  • What will it eat? 
  • How will it breathe (lungs, gills, etc.)? 
  • How does it move (legs, fins, flippers, wings, etc.)? 
  • What type of body covering will it have (scales, fur, feathers, skin)?
  • What cool things does it do?
  • What does this creature do during the day? Or is it nocturnal?
  • Does this creature have any natural predators?

2. Build your new species! You can use cardboard, paper, art supplies….anything around the house! 

You will be asked to take a photo or video of the final project. Information of where to send in the documents will follow. Submissions are due by April 20th. 


Animal Adaptations Videos:

Animal Coverings:

Animal Body Parts:

Examples of adaptations that help in different habitats:


April 13-17, 2020

GRADE 4/GRADE 5: The Gamers

Calling all GAMERS. . .

Get ready to host a family game night. The best part is, it’s a game that was created by you!

Your task is to design and build a game that you can play with your family

-Think of the design for the game. 

  – Will it be a card game, board game, . . .?

– Will it model an existing game? (Monopoly, Battleship, etc)

– How many people will be able to play?

– What age group is best for this game?

– Think of a theme for the game.

                  – Will I choose a topic I’m interested in learning about?

                  – Will I choose a topic of something I’ve been learning about in school?

                  – Will my topic be something that expresses my talents?

   – Create your game.

– What materials do I have at home that I can use?

– Should I draw or print my cards/ instructions?

– How can I make sure my game is created neatly? 

– What are the rules of the game? Create a rules sheet.

Here are some resources to help spark some ideas:

You will be asked to take a photo or video of the final project. Information of where to send in the documents will follow. Submissions are due by April 20th. 

Samples of Completed Games