• Below please find all of your past assignments that have been posted during 2019-2020 remote learning school year. 

    These projects can be used as extra work for anyone that is interested.  



    Week 1 Art & STEAM

    March 16-20 (Due by March 20th)


    Art- Kindergarten - 2nd Grade- Step-by-Step Art 

    Select one of the step-by-step drawings attached  (drawing prompts) to duplicate. You may copy it exactly as is, change colors, or add any personal touches that you feel fit.  This can be produced on any size paper using any materials that you find at home. (Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, paper… the choice is all yours.) 

    Drawing Prompts

    STEAM- Preschool - 1st Grade Traps

    Since St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner I thought it would be a perfect time to have the students create a leprechaun trap.  The method of "trapping" is to prevent something from escaping from a place. Students can explore the science behind engineering a successful trap.  Below are a few pictures of basic traps. You may use any materials you have at home to create these. They do not need to be fancy at all, however, if you would like to decorate them please feel free to do so.  You can use simple items like a pencil and string for the pull and a cereal box for the trap. Please keep it simple.


    Art- 3rd Grade- Art Essay

    Research a famous artist of your choosing.  Write 4-5 sentences detailing what you found. For example, include birth and death date, what country they are from, type of artwork they are best known for and any other details you feel are important.   

    Art- 4th- 6th Grades Art Essay

    Research a famous artist of your choosing.  Write 1-2 paragraphs detailing what you found. For example, include birth and death date, what country they are from, type of artwork they are best known for and any other details you feel are important.  


    STEAM- 2nd - 6th Grade Airplane Challenge

    Students are learning about forces and motion in science class.  A basic description of this is as follows:

    force is a push or pull on an object. Forces usually cannot be seen but their effects can. An object in motion continues in motion in the same direction and with the same speed unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Friction is a force that slows down the motion of a moving object.

    This week's activity is to have the students make a paper airplane and test fly it.  I have attached a how-to video to help assist in this activity. Please feel free to use this one or any others to create your own airplane. 



    Week 2 Art & STEAM

    March 23-27 (Due by March 27th)


    Art- Kindergarten - 2nd Grade Storybook

    Draw a picture of a scene from your favorite book. Be creative, add magazine clippings, newspaper, found objects and more.  The sky's the limit on your creativity. Write a sentence on the back of your completed work describing that scene.

    This can be produced on any size paper using any materials that you find at home.  (Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, paper… the choice is all yours.) 

    STEAM- Preschool Nature Art

    Welcome to “N” week!  This week you have been exploring all new and exciting things that start with the letter ”N.”  Your STEAM assignment is to create a piece of art using items you can find in nature. We talk about the changing seasons in science class and a perfect way to discover these changes is by exploring nature in your very own backyard.  Take a look at all of the wonderful things that are starting to bloom and grow. Gather items and arrange them in a way that creates a picture or just a beautiful design. You can place them on the grass, patio, driveway, or make it permanent and glue your discoveries to a piece of cardboard.  The choice is yours. 


    STEAM- Kindergarten Tallest Tower Challenge

    This week's STEAM lesson will challenge you to create the tallest tower you can with your choice of materials.  We are studying measurement in math class and challenge you to build something that is taller than you are! Send me a picture of you standing next to your completed tower.  Try your best, it is all about the process not the success. 


    Tallest Tower

    This challenge can be repeated many times with a variety of materials!

    • Choose materials: Craft sticks, paper or plastic cups (easier), pipe cleaners (harder), wooden planks/dominoes, building blocks, a deck of cards, or even biodegradable packing peanuts are all options. Set the timer! 
    • Extra challenge (Optional): Adding a 5-minute time constraint can transform the way you approach the problem.
    • Measure it: Stand next to your tower and see how well you did.  Is it taller than you? Were you successful? How long did it take you to achieve your goal?

    HAVE FUN!!!! 😁

    STEAM-1st Grade Shadow Puppets

    We have been studying the science of light in STEAM over the past few weeks.  Your children have watched videos on how light travels, explored the way a prism can break apart light, and discovered how light can be seen on water molecules when using a laser pointer and lysol.  This week's STEAM assignment is designed to test the theory that light can not travel through an opaque object. The 1st graders were taught the difference between objects that are transparent (see through: glass), translucent (partially see through: wax paper), and opaque (not see through: cardboard).

    Lesson:  Remind your children that the basic science behind shadows is that an opaque object is blocking a light source from shining through it. You can test this by going outside in the sunlight.  Your body blocks the light from shining on the ground in front of you thus making a shadow. Look around at the trees and you can see the same principle: sunlight can't shine through a tree so it casts a shadow.

    Now try looking at something that's not opaque, like a window. They will see that a transparent item will allow light to pass through it so there is no shadow created.

    If you're indoors, the light in the room or a flashlight can be used to cast a shadow on the wall or floor -- or even the ceiling!  

    To test this theory further, you will be making “Shadow Puppets.”  

    1-Draw an object of your choosing on a piece of paper or cardstock and cut it out as best as you can.  

    2-Tape the object onto a stick, bamboo skewer, straw, popsicle stick or a pen/pencil; whatever you have will do the trick.  

    3-Go into a dark place and set up a flashlight or phone light so that it is projecting at the wall and hold each puppet between the light source and the wall to make a “shadow puppet.” 


    4- OPTIONAL: Make a bunch of different ones and have fun creating new adventures.  You can even test different materials to see what ones are transparent, translucent or opaque.  



    STEAM- 2nd Grade 2 week assignment (Due April 3rd) House Design

    This is a two week project.  Take your time and be creative.  

    We have been looking at maps of the world and studying the seven different continents in STEAM.  This two week STEAM challenge is to create a 2D map of your dream house. Draw each room and floor using as much detail and creativity as you can think of.  Add multiple floors, interesting furniture, slides, a helicopter pad, even a pool, the options are limitless. Below is an example:



    ART- 3rd-6th Grade- Famous Artwork

    Select one piece of art from the artist that you researched and try to duplicate it in any way of your choosing.  You may copy it exactly as is, change colors, or add any personal touches that you feel fit. This can be produced on any size paper using any materials that you find at home.  (Markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint, paper… the choice is all yours.) 




    Who doesn’t like to build a fort?  Who hasn’t built a fort before? Now is the time to put your skills of fort building to the test.  To create a safe and successful fort you need to plan, problem-solve, critically and creatively think, and most importantly use your imagination.

    The challenge:

    To build a stable structure entirely using materials of your choosing to house ONE of the following:

    Option 1- Large Fort: Must be large enough to hold a person

    Option 2- Medium Fort: Must be large enough to hold a stuffed animal

    Option 3- Small Fort: Must be large enough to hold an action figure, shopkin or any small toy.  


    The structure must be completely freestanding.  ANY items can be used to create these forts. Couch pillows and sheets, cardboard, pots & pans, popsicle sticks, newspaper, rubberbands, string, bottles, clothing...ANYTHING!!

    1- Brainstorm: Draw a diagram of what you think your fort will look like.  Label the materials that you think you will be using.

    2- Build: It is time to create your fort!  Take a picture of your completed work.

    3- Reflection: You will be required to fill out a reflection packet following the completion of your fort.  This packet is posted on Google Classroom.


    Experiment with different shapes to find the ones that create the most stable structures.  Triangles are better than squares, for example, so think about cross bracing any square or rectangles in your structure.  This means putting an extra beam between the diagonal corners of a square shape. 


    Week 3

    Week 3 March 30th- April 3rd (Due by April 3rd) 


    Preschool - 1st Grade 

    Option 1/Art- American Flag

    Everyday you receive the morning announcements from Mrs. Gadaleta.  At the end of these announcements she has everyone stop what they are doing to say the Pledge of Allegiance as a school.  I thought it would be a good idea to have the students create a flag to salute during the pledge. You may draw and color it, make it out of cut paper, sew one out of fabric or create it out of found objects. Again, the options are endless.  


    Option 2/STEAM- Balancing Robots  

    Materials for Balancing Robot: 

    • Paper or white cardstock
    • Scissors
    • Two pennies
    • Scotch tape or removable poster putty
    • Crayons, markers, or colored pencils
    • Robot printable

    Print out the robot printable on a sheet of paper or white cardstock, and color the robots. (You can find the printable below “balancing robot” or click the link above in the materials list “robot printable.”) 

    Cut out the robots.  Parents you may need to assist some of the children with this step.

    To make the robot balance you’ll want to stick two pennies onto the hands of the robot. You can use tape to do this or a removable poster putty which gives kids a chance to explore balance by moving the pennies to various locations on the robot.


    Tape the two robots together so that the completed project is double sided.  Then experiment with balancing your robot on all different objects.

    robots  robots


    Balancing Robot


    Week 4 April 6th-9th (Due by April 9th) 


    Preschool- 2nd Grade


    Option 1/ Art- Chagall-

    How to Paint like Marc Chagall  

    Marc Chagall (Born July 6, 1887 – Died March 28, 1985) was a famous artist known for his work in cubism and expressionism.  



    Cubism is a style of art which aims to show all of the possible viewpoints of a person or an object all at once. It is called Cubism because the items represented in the artworks look like they are made out of cubes and other geometrical shapes.  Pablo Picasso is one of the most famous artists representing cubism. Here is a link for examples and details of Cubism. ( Cubist ) 

    Expressionism presents the world how the artist feels it, not how it is scientifically. The art looks to get an emotional effect, and transmits personal moods and ideas. Expressionist artists sought to express emotional experience rather than physical reality.  Here is a link for examples and details of Expressionism. ( expressionist paintings. ) 

    This art assignment challenges you to make a piece of art that tells the viewer a story that is filled with emotion.  If you take a look at the examples of Chagall’s paintings you can see that he is telling many stories at once. He also rotated his paintings while he worked to change the perspective for the viewer.  

    You can copy the painting that I have included with step-by-step instructions, or you can create your own masterpiece.  

    The only rule is to rotate your work as you go. You may use any materials you want to create your art.

    Experiment with materials in your home.  For example:

    1-Draw in crayon, then add watercolor.  While the paint is still wet sprinkle salt on it to create texture and depth.  If you do not have watercolor, try mixing some food coloring with water. You can also create your own watercolor using tempera or acrylic paints by simply adding water.

    2-Draw in pencil only and add shadows through shading.

    3-Paint with coffee!!  It really works😆

    Step-by-Step Example: (See below or click the link... chagall)


    Option 2/ STEAM- Catapult Launcher-

    A catapult is a type of machine used to throw objects a great distance. Your challenge is to design a mini catapult out of objects found in or around your home.


    Choose materials: You can use anything you want.  Here are a few options to try: Paper towel rolls, binder clips, rubber bands, plastic spoons, pipe cleaners, index cards, tape, paper clips, craft sticks, pompoms, and paper.

    Test it:  Launch different types of materials and see which one goes the furthest. Examples: pompoms, rolled up paper, marshmallows, M&M’s, skittles, mini pinecones, pebbles

    Make it more challenging: Have a target that has to be hit or a tower that can be knocked down.

    Do a little research and see all the different types of catapults that you can create.  Here is a simple one:



    3rd - 6th Grade


    Option 2/ STEAM- Maze-  

    Challenging Maze

    Have you ever played with a Labyrinth?  Now is your chance to make your own maze out of found objects. 

    Choose your materials: You may use anything that you can find around the house. Shoebox/cardboard box for the base, modeling clay/play-dough, paper towel rolls with holes cut in the sides, straws or even Legos. The choices are endless.  Make sure the base of your maze as a lip or side-walls to prevent the ball from rolling out. Secure the internal walls of your maze with glue or tape.

    maze   maze

    Test it: Once your maze is complete select an item to test it with.  You can use a small ball, marble, or even a rolled up piece of paper.  See how well you do!



    WEEK 5 April 20th-24th (Due by April 24th) 

    Preschool- 2nd Grade


    Option 1/ Art- Spring Flowers-

    Now that spring has sprung and it is warming up outside, it is time to take a look at all of the beautiful flowers that are popping up.  Look around your house and see what you can find. Draw a picture of the flowers using all the vibrant colors they have. Use markers, crayons or paint.  You can make them out of cut paper or items found around the house. You know that in the art room I recycle and reuse EVERYTHING!! See what you can come up with to recreate the flowers you see.  See some examples below.




    Option 2/ STEAM- Straw Rockets-

    This week's challenge is to make a straw rocket.  In physics, force is a push or pull on an object. A force can cause an object to accelerate, slow down, remain in place, or change shape.  You will apply an “air force” by blowing into a straw and seeing how far your rocket can go. 


    Materials: Straw, paper, tape or glue and markers 


    1. Print out the rocket template. Color the rockets and cut them out. 

    Choose from these templates or create your own:  free rocket template  or  Free Printable Rocket Template

    1. Roll a piece of paper to fit loosely over a straw.  Fold the top of the paper and place a piece of tape or glue to hold the fold in place.


    1. Tape the roll of paper to the back of the rocket. 
    2. Slip a straw into the roll of paper, and you’re ready to launch! 
    3. Give your straw a big puff of air, and watch it take off!


    3rd - 6th Grade


    Option 1/ Art- Pilkey-

    David Murray "Dav" Pilkey Jr. is an American cartoonist, author and illustrator of children's literature. Pilkey is best known as the author and illustrator of the children's book series Captain Underpants and the children's graphic novel series Dog Man. 

    Your assignment is to watch one of his how-to videos and see if you can recreate one of his popular storybook characters.  Click the link Dav Pilkey and enjoy!!

    Once completed please send pictures to kmcnish@efsk-6.org.


    Option 2/ STEAM- Boat Challenge-  


    There are two primary forces acting on this science experiment. The first force is gravityGravity is trying to pull the tin foil and pennies downward. The force of buoyancy is pushing the boat toward the surface. The gravitational force is determined by the weight of the tin foil and the weight of the pennies in the boat. The force of buoyancy is the weight of the water displaced by the boat. Your boat will continue to float as long as the force of buoyancy is greater than the force of gravity and you do not overload the boat so it will tip over or leak.

    In this science experiment you will be designing a tin foil boat that will hold the greatest number of pennies. 

    Materials: Tin Foil, pennies, water and a bowl/sink/tub

    1. Cut a piece of tin foil whatever size you would like.
    2. Fold up the sides of the boat so it will not sink and hold a cargo of pennies.
    3. Place the boat in the bowl of water. Begin adding pennies for the boat's cargo.
    4. See how many pennies your boat can carry before it sinks.
    5. Try different ways to distribute the weight of the pennies on your boat so you can carry the maximum number.



    WEEK 6 April 27th- May 1st (Due by May 1st)


    Preschool- 2nd Grade 

    Option 1/ Art/STEAM- Recycled Art-


    In celebration of Earth Day last week I thought it was a great time for all of you to create a project using recycled materials.  In the art room I always teach you the importance of not wasting materials.  I ask for donations such as newspapers, paper towel tubes, containers and cardboard.  These donations are always turned into beautiful art work.  Now it is your turn to go through your recycling bins and create something new. For example, turn a milk carton into a planter, a paper towel tube into a butterfly, a can into a pencil cup, make a bridge or skyscraper out of cardboard and cans, the sky's the limit on what you can make!  

    Examples below:

    art   art  


    4th - 6th Grade

    Art/STEAM- Recycled Art-

    In celebration of Earth Day last week I thought it was a great time for all of you to create a project using recycled materials.  In the art room I always teach you the importance of not wasting materials.  I ask for donations such as newspapers, paper towel tubes, containers and cardboard.  These donations are always turned into beautiful art work.  Now it is your turn to go through your recycling bins and create something new. For example, turn a milk carton into a planter, a paper towel tube into a butterfly, a can into a pencil cup, a bridge or skyscraper out of cardboard and cans, the sky's the limit on what you can make!  

    Examples below:

    art art


    WEEK 7 May 4th- May 8th (Due by May 8th)


    Preschool- 2nd Grade 

    Option 1/ Art/ Paint like Michelangelo-

    Michelangelo was a very famous painter, sculptor, and inventor and is well-known for his work on the Sistine Chapel.  Even though we just call him Michelangelo his full name was Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. Michelangelo spent four years working on the dome of the Sistine Chapel.  That is a seriously long time for one painting! He stood and laid down on a scaffold and painted over his head.   


    Your assignment is to tape a piece of paper to the bottom of a table or chair, lie on your back like Michelangelo, and create your own masterpiece. 



    Option 2/ STEAM/ Bridges-

    Building a successful bridge is a great way to test your engineering ability.  There are several types of bridges that are built depending on the weight load they must carry and what type of land they will be built on.  Feel free to watch this link to learn more about the importance of a strong bridge. 




    You are challenged to construct your own bridge using any materials you can find around your home.  

    1- You will need to determine where the best place to build your bridge is, that will offer the best support, and what materials are needed to support an object.  

    2- Requirements:

    • The bridge needs to be freestanding 
    • The bridge needs to hold an object of your choosing



    3rd Grade- Favorite Things/Acrostic Poetry

    Possible Topics:



    Creating Art

    Playing an Instrument


    Riding your Bike

    Going to the Beach

    Pets/ Favorite Animal

    Being Outdoors




    • Select a topic for your poem.  
    • Pick one word that describes it best to create your poem from.  Each letter should give specific details about your favorite thing.
    • Decorate your poem using colors and details to visually describe your favorite thing best.  You can use the materials of your choice, markers, colored pencils, crayons, paint or create a Google Slide, Doc or Drawing
    • Here are a few examples:

    1   1


    4th - 6th Grade

    Option 1 Art/ Warm & Cool Names-


    Write your name in script on a blank piece of paper.  Trace over it in a warm color of your choosing.  Trace around your name varying in warm colors until you think it is big enough.  Then switch to cool colors and continue to trace, alternating between cool colors.  Think about name placement and how to create a more visual pleasing piece of art. 

    Take a look at the examples below:



    WEEK 8 May 11th- May 15th (Due by May 15th)

    Preschool- 3rd Grade & 5th Grade

    Option 1/ Art- Paint Like Seurat-

    Artist Georges Seurat was the developer of a very scientific way of painting known as pointillism. He used tiny dots of pure color, side by side, to build form in his paintings. These tiny dots of paint, when side by side, give the viewer’s eye a chance to blend the color, rather than having the colors readily blended on the canvas. 


    Check out this video explaining how dot painting works:)


    Your assignment is to create a picture using only dots.  You can apply paint with a q-tip or simply use a marker to create an image completely out of dots.



    Option 2/ STEAM- Homemade Pan Flute -


    Sound travels in waves and can be heard by the vibrations it makes.  As you blow across the straw, the air in the straw vibrates. So what you are actually hearing is the air inside of the straw, not the flute itself. You can change the pitch by changing the length of the straw. A long straw produces a low note. A short straw produces a high note.

    Materials: Paper/Cardstock, straws, tape or hot glue, markers


    1- Take straws and cut them into varying lengths. You may cut them at any lengths you would like, as long as they are all different, from small to large.  (Optional: If you want to create a proper scale, you’d want to create your pan flute with 8 straws using the following measurements: Do- 17.5cm, Re- 15.5cm, Mi- 13.5cm, Fa- 12.5cm, So- 11cm, La- 10cm, Ti- 9cm, Do-8.5cm)

    2- Cut two strips of paper/cardstock long enough to cover the straws leaving a little space between them.  Decorate the paper with markers or crayons.

    3- Tape or hot glue the straws to the decorated paper/cardstock leaving a little space between them. 

    4- Tape or hot glue the second piece of paper/cardstock to the otherside of the straws.

    5- Take a sharpie and number the straws.


    6- Practice making sounds with your flute by resting the tops of the straws on your lower lip and blowing across them.

    7- Optional: Did you create some tunes or songs you like and want to play again? Write the numbers of each note onto this Printable Music Recording Sheet .


    WEEK 9 May 18th- May 21st (Due by May 21st)


    Preschool- 1st Grade & 4th - 6th Grade

    Option 1/ Art- Land Art-


    The warmer weather has inspired me to assign a project that allows you to be creative outside.  You can select items from nature and create anything that you want. It can be a picture, a sculpture or even a structure.  Andy Goldsworthy is a famous artist known for his work with nature.  Click on Andy’s name to see his sculptures. Andy Goldsworthy.  

    Watch this YouTube video showing Andy Goldsworthy at work.


    Your assignment is to create an Andy Goldsworthy inspired piece of art.  




    Option 2/ STEAM/ -Paper Toothpick Glider-

    Make a paper toothpick glider that flies far. Watch the attached video showing easy step-by-step directions to create your own glider. (Click on the red paper toothpick glider to access the video.) The video suggests using crazy glue, however, any liquid glue will work fine, it will just take a little longer to dry.  


    WEEK 10 May 27th- May 29th (Due by May 29th) 

    Due to the short week, I tried to make the Art/STEAM lessons quick and easy. If you would like to do more art check out my “past assignments” tab for all of the lessons and directions that have been given over the past nine weeks.  

    Preschool - 5th Grade (6th Grade Enjoy your virtual camping activities, you have no additional artwork this week) -


    Option 1- Art/STEAM- Favorite Food Art-




    What is your favorite food?  Is it a whole meal or just one thing?  Create a drawing or painting, 3D sculpture out of playdough/clay, or make it out of cut paper.  You decide what the best way to show me what your favorite food is.  Be creative, maybe you want to cook it instead.  If so, send me a video or pictures of you in the kitchen.  Bon appetit:))  


    WEEK 11 June 1st- June 5th (Due by June 5th) 

    Preschool & 2nd-6th Grade 

    Option 1/ Art- Keith Haring-


    Keith Haring was an American artist best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings.  Haring began using the city as his canvas. Riding the subway, he noticed the black paper rectangles of empty advertising panels on station walls; using white chalk, he began filling these black panels with simple, quickly drawn pictures. These graffiti drawings attracted the attention of New York commuters and began him on his future career as a successful artist.  Below is a website that shows you many of his famous works.



    Draw a picture inspired by Keith Haring.  1


    Click the below link for step-by-step instructions to create one of Haring’s famous works.  Feel free to create a different one of his paintings if you choose to do so.  Make sure you add color!!  Keith Haring’s work always caught people’s eyes through his use of bright colors. 


    Draw like Keith Haring PDF (click to download)


    Option 2/ STEAM-Cotton Ball Launcher-



    When you stretch a rubber band, it stores elastic potential energy: the energy stored inside a material when it is stretched, squished, bent, or twisted. This launcher will test your ability to produce your own elastic potential energy.

    Materials needed:

    • Short pencil or popsicle stick
    • Thin rubber bands (2)
    • Cardboard tube (2 empty toilet paper tubes or empty paper towel tube cut in half)
    • Packing tape or other strong tape
    • Scissors
    • Cotton balls
    • Single hole punch



    1. Use your scissors to cut one of the toilet paper tubes in half lengthwise.
    2. Squeeze the roll so that it becomes narrower, about half the original diameter, then tape it to hold in place.
    3. Use your scissors or your hole punch to punch two holes in the skinny tube (if you are using a popsicle stick, use scissors to make narrower holes the same shape as the popsicle stick). Make the holes opposite one another, half an inch away from the end, so that you can poke your pencil or popsicle stick all the way through the tube.
    4. Carefully push your pencil or popsicle stick through the holes.
    5. On your second toilet paper tube, cut two slits into one end of the tube, about 1/4 inch long and 1/2; inch apart.
    6. Cut two more slits on the same end of the tube, directly across from the first two.
    7. Carefully loop one rubber band through the slits on one side, so that it hangs from the cardboard piece in the middle. Put a piece of tape over the slits to reinforce the cardboard tab.
    8. Loop the other rubber band through the slits on the other side of the tube. When you are finished, the tube should have a rubber band hanging from each side.
    9. Holding the rubber band tube so that the rubber bands are at the top, slide the narrower tube into the wider one, with the pencil end at the bottom.
    10. Carefully loop each rubber band end around the pencil.
    11. Hold your launcher so that the pencil is at the bottom. Place a cotton ball on the top, so that it rests inside the narrower tube.
    12. Hold your launcher slightly horizontally without dropping the cotton ball.
    13. Pull back on the pencil so that the inner tube extends two inches out the back of the launcher. Carefully aim your cotton ball—away from people!
    14. Release the pencil and watch your cotton ball fly!


    Watch this link to give you step-by-step instructions on how to build your launcher.  https://youtu.be/ZWJfIdZOpP4 


    Easy How-to-Drawings





    Medium How-to-Drawings





    Hard How-to Drawings