Student Activities at Home!

Hey Roadrunners!  

Bored at home?  Looking for some fun activities to do at home?  Well you’ve come to the right place!  

Everyday you can come here to find a new idea for the day.  It may be a craft project or a way you can help out first responders or your neighbor.

May 19-21, 2020: Forgiveness and Honesty

We are ten days away from the end of our school year!  

If you are all caught up on your school work, you may want to take a look at these slides about Forgiveness and Honesty and, to have a conversation with yourself or others, use the questions that follow.  

  1.  Yin and Yang:  We are so critical of ourselves, that’s why I love this exercise!  Nobody likes their yearbook photo.

  2. Identity Alignment:  Do we walk the walk?  Do posts reflect and represent the person we are?


Keep working hard, Roadrunners!  You are Resilient!

May 11 and 12, 2020: Respect and Commitment

This week is our fourth week of online learning.  Have you developed a routine?  Are you showing up and doing what it is expected of you in each of your classes?  Do you respect yourself enough to show determination not to be defeated by this and other situations? Have you made a commitment to yourself, and others who are affected by your choices, to do what is required of you? 

Watch the videos below and consider the points made in the questions that follow.  Of course, I don’t expect you to answer the questions, just think about them.

May 8, 2020: Heartfelt Thanks for Our Heroes

I bet most of you know where Methodist Hospital is!  Heck, I bet many of you have been in the ER or one of the patient rooms.  

For that reason, JRMS is creating and sending messages of gratitude and thanks to our frontline caregivers and letters of encouragement to patients who are isolated and without family.  Doctors and nurses staff the hospital, but so do:

  • Lab technicians and scientists
  •  Aides and nursing assistants
  • Office staff & administration
  • Social workers 
  • Patient transportation
  • Sterilization techs
  • Security staff
  • Communications operators
  • Materials technicians
  • Pharmacists
  • Quality control staff
  • Chaplains

Any and all of these essential workers would love to get a creative note, card, poem, or artwork.  

Need some help with ideas?  Look here!  Secondary Resource Folder 


Projects should include:

-Message of gratitude to our healthcare professionals OR -Well-wishes to patients who are unable to see family or visitors -Your first AND last name AND Grade level
Projects should NOT include:
-Home address, email or phone numbers
All submissions must be received by May 20, 2020. Send them to Mrs. Poppers in Synergy mail or share it with me through Google Docs or Google Slides at
All entries will be entered for prizes!!


May 7, 2020: Just a reminder…..MotherÅ› Day is THIS Sunday!

My mom lives in South Texas, so on Monday I realized MotherÅ› Day is May 10.  Hopefully, my card, delivered through snail mail, will arrive on time!

You can dazzle your mom or someone special to you this Sunday with some of these make-ahead gifts, proving how thoughtful you are for being prepared

Happy Cinco De Mayo!!  May 5, 2020

Why are these people celebrating?  Because Mexicans were victorious when others had counted them out! No one expected them to win, but the Mexicans beat the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  Celebrated today in the United States, it usually involves eating Mexican food, parades, and parties.  

Here are some activities you can do to create your own festive Cinco de Mayo.

Want to make paper flowers? If you’re like me, you need written directions and visuals are helpful, too.  Here is the tutorial from YouTube!

Use the step-by-step directions below to easily create beautiful tissue paper flowers. These are a great art project for other holidays too! Click on the thumbnails to enlarge the photograph.

Tissue Flower - Step One

Materials for each flower:

1 pipe cleaner

4-10 cut pieces of tissue paper (the amount & size of the paper is dependent upon how large you want your flower) In the photos used, 8 pieces were cut approximately 10" x 10"). 

Tissue Flower - Step Two

After selecting the number of pieces of tissue paper you want to use, line up all pieces at one end.


Tissue Flower - Step Three

Begin folding the paper, alternating directions, like a fan.

Tissue Flower - Step Four

For best results, make small, uniformed-sized folds.


After you are done folding, find the center of your paper and attach the pipe cleaner to the paper. (The flat side of the paper should be touching your thumb, with the folds facing up.)
Tissue Flower - Step Five


Using a pair of scissors, cut off a small amount off each end. You can either cut it to a point or rounded end. (The flower here is cut to a point.)
Tissue Flower - Step Six Tissue Flower - Step Seven


You are now ready to begin pulling each individual paper layer towards the center of your flower.

 Tissue Flower - Step Eight


Be sure to do this very slowly and carefully because the tissue paper can easily rip.


Tissue Flower - Step Nine

Your flower is now done! You will want to do a little fine-tuning, moving the paper to make it look like a continuous line around the flower.


Papel Picado: Mexican Paper Cutting

Time needed: 10-15 minutes

Materials: Tissue paper, white construction paper, scissors, string for hanging.Papel picado is a traditional Mexican art form used in almost all Mexican celebrations. It is a beautiful decoration that is made in the same way that you would make snowflake cutouts. Basically, students will fold tissue paper and make different cuts. When they open up their paper, they should have patterns of symmetrical shapes. Use some string to hang up your decorations 

Easy Paper Bag Piñatas

Time needed: 20-30 minutes

Materials: Paper bags, tissue paper, glue, string, scissors, piñata filling (candy, peanuts, small toys, etc.).A celebration isn’t a true Mexican celebration without a piñata, but have you ever tried making a real piñata? Unless you’re super crafty (and patient), making a piñata the traditional way will have you running to your local party store to buy one that’s already made.

With these easy paper bag piñatas, students will fill their regular brown paper bags and decorate them with tissue paper. Have them glue on fringes and streamers made from different colors of tissue paper. Add a little string to hang them up and you can bust them open.


Picture Books

Time needed: 5 minutes

Materials: Books!

You can’t go wrong with picture books. They’re great visual aids for cultural learning and usually introduce new vocabulary words that are relevant to your topic. Here are some great options that talk about Cinco de Mayo and/or Mexican culture.

“Fiesta Time (Celebrating Cinco de Mayo)” by Sandi Hill

3. “Marco’s Cinco de Mayo” by Lisa Bullard

."Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Hat Dance (Stories to Celebrate)” by Alma F. Ada and F. Isabel Campoy

5. “Off We Go to Mexico” by Laurie Krebs

Mexican Hat Dance + Mariachi Maracas Craft

Time needed: 25 minutes

Materials: Mexican Hat Dance song and tutorial, plastic Easter eggs, plastic spoons, rice, tape.

Maracas are a traditional Mexican instrument that can be easily made from dollar store purchases. All you need to do is fill plastic Easter eggs with rice. Then cradle the egg between two spoons so that the curved parts are quite literally “spooning” the egg.

Tape the spoons to the egg and the handles together and you have some Mexican maracas! Once your maracas are made, you can teach students the Jarabe Tapatío (Mexican Hat Dance). It can be complicated for some less coordinated people, but an easy tutorial can help become masters of the baile (dance).


If you are like me, I have been thinking about all of the essential workers, and how much they are sacrificing to take care of the needs of others.  I also feel empathy for all of the patients at Methodist and the older folks in nursing facilities who can’t have any visitors.

These people are affected by the pandemic every single day.  Let’s try to brighten their day with these small acts of kindness.

Here’s what you can do!  

Artwork / notes of encouragement for staff members who continue to come to serve the most vulnerable in our community, despite personal risk. 

Artwork / notes of encouragement for patients (currently, patients cannot receive visitors, so many are feeling isolated).

Artwork / notes of encouragement for Bruceville Terrace Skilled Nursing Facility Residents (visitors are not permitted at this time).

The easiest way to do this is to use Google Docs or Google Slides, make a nice card or piece of artwork, and then send it to me, Mrs. Laura Poppers, through Google.  I will print them out and deliver them to the hospital and nursing home.

May 1, 2020:
Two May Day Celebrations


Today is a holiday

Celebrating workers’ rights

Huerta’s and Chavez’ fights

For health, pay, and safety 
or farmworkers to live safely
So give a cheer today 
For workers’ rights to stay!

Beginning on 1 May 1886, there was a general strike for the eight hour workday.  Before that, employers could make their employees work 10-14 hours a day.  Thanks to unions, we have a 40-hour work week, sick time, paid vacations, health care and many other workers’ benefits.

This is a day celebrated in many countries through protests, marches, and a day off.

How can we celebrate?  

Acknowledge the hard work of all workers in the United States.  Say thank you today for working and 
serving our country.

May Day has its roots in astronomy. We’re (about) halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice!  So we celebrate everything Spring!  As with many early holidays, May Day was rooted in agriculture, a celebration of planting and growth.  Flowers are a big part of May Day, and traditionally there would be a pole, decorated with flowers and ribbons, used as a game.  

From the Old Farmers’ Almanac, I found some activities for the day or weekend:


Why not celebrate May Day? Here are some joyful May Day traditions marking the return of spring and the renewed gift of life. 

1.Among the many superstitions associated with May Day was the belief that washing the face with dew on the morning of May 1 would beautify the skin and bring good luck. We say, go ahead! Walk outside and sprinkle your face with the morning dew (or snow!). 

2. On May 1, people in Britain welcome spring by “Bringing in the May,” or gathering cuttings of flowering trees for their homes. Bring in branches of forsythia, magnolia, redbud, lilac, or flowering branches in your region!

3.Make that May Day Basket of flowers! Get the kids involved. We like this little fellow’s homemade basket which he’s probably leaving for mom (shhh!).

4.May 1 in Hawaii is called “Lei Day,” and people make pretty handmade    leis. Leis are garlands or wreaths that are often made with native   Hawaiian flowers and leaves. Nowadays, they are given as a symbol of greeting, farewell, affection, celebration, or honor, in the spirit of aloha. Make a lei or a garland for yourself or your mother!

5. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May bush, which typically was a thorn bush or branch decorated with flowers and ribbons. Create your own May bush or tree! Just decorate with colored ribbons!

April 30, 2020: April is National Poetry Month

Poetry is musical and magical.  It paints pictures with words and shows us new ways of looking at life and the beauty that surrounds us in everyday things.  It is also freeing as a writing genre because there are few rules.  Poetry can rhyme, but it doesn’t have to.  It can be silly or serious.  It can tell a story or show respect.  It can expose raw emotion or surprise you. Poetry is what you create, what flows from your brain and heart.  Why don’t you try a few?

Let’s start with a Haiku.  This is probably something with which you are familiar.   It follows a pattern of 5-7-5, is a Japanese form of poetry, and usually is about nature.

Irises stand tall Bird on a wire

Orange blossoms delight my nose Watches the squirrel nibble 

Springtime comes alive! On unburied nuts

Now you give it a try!

Another easy one to try is a diamante!  It makes a diamond shape and describes two opposites.  Here is the pattern and two examples.

Some ideas you might want to try are: puppy/kitten, science/math, friend/foe, school/home.  Any opposites will do.

Another type of fun poem is a limerick.  

A limerick has a beat to it because it follows a pattern and rhyme scheme.  

Here are a couple of other examples:

April 29, 2020:  International Dance Day 

What makes you happy?  If you are like me, dancing makes you feel upbeat and energized and lifts your spirits.  Dance is an expression of our selves, our interpretation of music in our world.

Dance expresses culture.  I love our Multicultural Show every year because it features many different dances from cultures around the world.  Hands and hips move to show expression or tell a story.  Traditional dances for weddings and other rites of passage help us celebrate who we are.

Today’s idea is to THROW A DANCE PARTY!

1. Make a playlist.
2. Contact all of your friends.

3. You can host it on Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or Houseparty—whatever you feel most comfortable on and whatever your parents allow.  

4. Send out the invitation to the party!

5. Have a good time!

April 28, 2020: SUPERHERO Day!

During this time of COVID-19, not all SUPERHEROES wear capes or costumes!  Our everyday heroes are our doctors and nurses, ambulance drivers, all healthcare workers, safety personnel, grocery store workers, and all of our essential employees.  If you know someone showing up to work every day, supporting the needs of the public, be sure to show appreciation.  

Delivery drivers are another essential service, risking their lives to fulfill the needs of others. Amazon, DoorDash, and UPS drivers are just a few who serve us, or do what we don’t want to do.   How about putting together a few treats to show gratitude?  Click HERE for ideas!


Got a story to tell?  It’s National Tell A Story Day!


According to the National Tell A Story website, “It does not matter if the story is a short story or a long story, fiction or nonfiction, a tall tale or folklore. Seek the storytellers in your life and encourage them to regale you with stories. As you listen, record them in some way. This is a day for them all.”

Celebrate today by visiting with a family member or close friend.  Ask them to recall a favorite memory or a traditional family celebration.

Get a few family members together and start a fiction story.   Go around in a circle, each person adding a sentence to the story.  

Go on Mad Takes

You can make up your own silly stories and even print them!

Sometimes if you tell a story, it means you are not telling the truth.  It means that you are exaggerating or making it up.  Honesty is a character trait that can continually be improved upon.   

We can look at our daily lives and identify where we can be more honest.

Here’s a video about that.


Hey  Roadrunners!  Today, April 24th, is National Arbor Day!


Arbor Day?  What the heck is that?  Arbor means tree.  Really. Arbor comes directly from the Latin arbor. Simply enough, it means "tree." 

An activity for today is to go out and do some bark rubbings and study their differences, color them, or create something unique.

Plant a tree!  Over 1.6 billion trees are planted every year.  Breathe!!

Or you could get creative and write a poem in appreciation of a tree just like Joyce Kilmer’s poem above.  If you do write a poem, I’d love to read it, so send it to me in Google Docs!

Hey Roadrunners! April 23rd is National Picnic Day and World Book Day!  

Here are a couple of ideas to help celebrate!
Make a picnic for your family or go pick up your lunch and use it for your picnic.  Some suggestions for picnic food are: Sandwiches, pies, hard-boiled eggs, sausage rolls and chicken drumsticks are considered classic picnic treats for a reason - they're all finger foods that travel well. Layer up a picnic baguette with salami, spinach, basil, pesto and mozzarella for a mouthwatering bite with or create a colourful veggie rainbow sandwich.

2. Put down your blanket, and eat your picnic in the backyard or walk to your neighborhood park.  If you leave your house, be sure to practice safe, social distancing of six feet.

3. Take a book with you to your picnic.  Maybe take some picture books, comics, anime, or a current book you are reading to your picnic to enjoy after your picnic.  Read the book or read a favorite passage to your picnic partners.

4. Recommend to others your favorite book or series on social media.
Read a picture book to a young sibling.

6. Join the Library Google Classroom (doltjw4) and find cool things to read AND enter the drawing for a free Yearbook!

7. Get your Sac Public Library card online and get INSTANT access to free ebooks to read for fun and for a better life! Click HERE!

8. Participate in a virtual library program with a younger sibling. Click HERE!



4/22: Happy Earth Day, Roadrunners!

Fifty years ago today, April 22, 1970, millions of people took to the streets to honor and protect the earth with the very first Earth Day!

What can you do today to make a difference for our earth? 

Here are some ideas!
1. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up trash.  Trash on the ground today is trash in the ocean tomorrow.
2. Take the renewable resource or not quiz down below. Click HERE.
3.  Go on a nature scavenger hunt!  Get the BINGO card HERE.

4.  Gather art supplies.  Go for a walk and gather different materials you could use for a collage or another type of art project.

5.  Want more ideas?  Click HERE

4/21:  Make Your Own Mask

There are two different options, and neither require actual sewing.  Make one for yourself; then make them for others!

Option 1: Bandana, Scarf, or Towel + 2 Elastic Bands + A Paper Towel (1 Minute)

Click on the link below for instructions!

We recommend adding a disposable paper towel between the mask layers each time that you wear it.


Option 2: T-Shirt, Scissors, and a Paper Towel (2 Minutes)

Important: How To Clean Any Homemade Mask


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