Mr. Russell

Welcome to Mr. Russell’s Homework Central

Subjects Taught By Mr. Russell,

 STREAM, Computer, Music, Theater, and Chorus

If you have any questions email me at lrussell@sssbv.org, or join my Remind group titled, Mr. Russell https://www.remind.com/join/gbh348

We are in this together and I want you to know I am here for you.

 

Projects and Course Work will be listed within each grade below…

PreK- 

  • Theater- I challenge you to pick your favorite book and make your character come to life.  Find what you have around your house and do your best to transform into that character.  Maybe your character can do special things, or uses certain items, explore and create. Make your storybook come to life, I know I can’t wait to see and hear about your great adventure in bringing your book to life!  Parents if this is to challenging feel free to adapt and have them draw on paper about the character they choose. Take a picture and send it to me on REMIND or Email and I can’t wait to see all of their creativity.  Video lessons will be coming soon along with live sessions with myself.
  • Music/STREAM- What makes music: Have students explore around your home and see what all makes music.  What is music to them and you? Are loud sounds music? Can one thing can sound different if played in a new way?  We know pots and pans make for great percussion instruments but I wonder what else you can find!

Kindergarten-

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
  • Music- Instrument invention: Have students invent a new instrument. They could draw a picture of it and describe how it is played, how it’s constructed, and what it sounds like, or they could make one out of recycled materials.
  • STREAM- Red Hen Challenge-  An email will be going out to you regarding the Red Hen Challenge.  This is not mandatory, but encouraged for you to work on at home.  If you do the challenge, be creative, and send me videos or pictures of your progress!

First Grade- 

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
  • Music- Instrument invention: Have students invent a new instrument. They could draw a picture of it and describe how it is played, how it’s constructed, and what it sounds like, or they could make one out of recycled materials.
  • STREAM- Red Hen Challenge-  An email will be going out to you regarding the Red Hen Challenge.  This is not mandatory, but encouraged for you to work on at home.  If you do the challenge, be creative, and send me videos or pictures of your progress!

Second Grade-

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
  • Music-Instrument invention: Have students invent a new instrument. They could draw a picture of it and describe how it is played, how it’s constructed, and what it sounds like, or they could make one out of recycled materials.
  • STREAMRed Hen Challenge-  An email will be going out to you regarding the Red Hen Challenge.  This is not mandatory, but encouraged for you to work on at home.  If you do the challenge, be creative, and send me videos or pictures of your progress!

 

Third Grade-

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
  • Music-Interviews: Have students interview family members about their musical backgrounds and interests. What is their favorite song right now and why? What instruments do they play or if they don’t play what would they like to learn to play? What does music mean to them? Who are their favorite artists? Students can record the responses they get and also answer the questions themselves.
  • STREAM- Red Hen Challenge-  An email will be going out to you regarding the Red Hen Challenge.  This is not mandatory, but encouraged for you to work on at home.  If you do the challenge, be creative, and send me videos or pictures of your progress!

Fourth Grade-

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
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  • Music-Interviews: Have students interview family members about their musical backgrounds and interests. What is their favorite song right now and why? What instruments do they play or if they don’t play what would they like to learn to play? What does music mean to them? Who are their favorite artists? Students can record the responses they get and also answer the questions themselves.
  • STREAM- Challenge 2
    • It is day 5: today my fears were confirmed. Yes, there are wild beasts living on this island. Just a short distance from my hut, I discovered an incredible grove of fruit trees! Mangoes, bananas, and lemons! Yet I cannot reach them; For standing in my way is a lagoon full of the most terrifying crocodiles I’ve ever seen. I must find a way to reach that grove! Perhaps I could find enough branches and Vine to build a bridge, but would it be strong enough? Or would I fall into the awaiting jaws of those hungry Crocs?Students will plan, design, and build a bridge that will hold weight using these concepts; Linear Measurements, Force, and Scientific Process.
    •  Requirements: Build a bridge that is at least 12 inches long and can hold the weight of 1 small item for at least 5 seconds. Once your bridge can withstand the weight of that 1 item, see how much it can hold before it collapses.  Send in proof first of your bridge holding the 1 item before you do the test to collapse.
    • Challenge Perimeters: Bridges must be elevated and cannot remain on a flat surface; you can elevate your bridge by using books, boxes, pots, and pans; be creative.  Remember you need to be able to cross a lagoon full of crocodiles.

Fifth Grade-

  • Coding- CodeSpark, The codespark app should be downloaded on all of the school Ipads.  If you have a computer or a personal tablet device and you want or need to use that for CodeSpark please contact me and I will provide the class code for your first log in. I will be able to track all progress once students are active in the app.  Website www.codespark.com/play Sometimes the loading screen takes a couple minutes to start, do not panic if it starts out slow.
  • Music/STREAM-Interviews: Have students interview family members about their musical backgrounds and interests. What is their favorite song right now and why? What instruments do they play or if they don’t play what would they like to learn to play? What does music mean to them? Who are their favorite artists? Students can record the responses they get and also answer the questions themselves.
  • STREAM- Challenge 2
    • It is day 5: today my fears were confirmed. Yes, there are wild beasts living on this island. Just a short distance from my hut, I discovered an incredible grove of fruit trees! Mangoes, bananas, and lemons! Yet I cannot reach them; For standing in my way is a lagoon full of the most terrifying crocodiles I’ve ever seen. I must find a way to reach that grove! Perhaps I could find enough branches and Vine to build a bridge, but would it be strong enough? Or would I fall into the awaiting jaws of those hungry Crocs?Students will plan, design, and build a bridge that will hold weight using these concepts; Linear Measurements, Force, and Scientific Process
    • . Requirements: Build a bridge that is at least 12 inches long and can hold the weight of 1 small item for at least 5 seconds. Once your bridge can withstand the weight of that 1 item, see how much it can hold before it collapses.  Send in proof first of your bridge holding the 1 item before you do the test to collapse.
    • Challenge Perimeters: Bridges must be elevated and cannot remain on a flat surface; you can elevate your bridge by using books, boxes, pots, and pans; be creative.  Remember you need to be able to cross a lagoon full of crocodiles.

Sixth Grade-

  • Computer- Codemoji, Please work on completing your Codemoji series.  www.codemoji.com if you forget your login and password please contact me through EMAIL, or REMIND.
  • HTML Coding- Once complete with codemoji, you can begin or pick up where you left off on www.crunchzilla.com/monster  remember not to become click happy on that website.  It will track and pick up where you leave off, and you need to read and follow the instructions at the top and accomplish that task in the work boxes.
  • Music/STREAM- Soundtrack of my life: Create an imaginary album that shows who you are. You can make a list of song titles, and for each song describe the music—this could be done either by coming up with your own imaginary songs or by  finding existing songs that would describe aspects of your personality/life. Design an album cover to go with it, your album needs to consist of at least 8 songs.
  • STREAM- Challenge 2
    • It is day 5: today my fears were confirmed. Yes, there are wild beasts living on this island. Just a short distance from my hut, I discovered an incredible grove of fruit trees! Mangoes, bananas, and lemons! Yet I cannot reach them; For standing in my way is a lagoon full of the most terrifying crocodiles I’ve ever seen. I must find a way to reach that grove! Perhaps I could find enough branches and Vine to build a bridge, but would it be strong enough? Or would I fall into the awaiting jaws of those hungry Crocs?Students will plan, design, and build a bridge that will hold weight using these concepts; Linear Measurements, Force, and Scientific Process.
    •  Requirements: Build a bridge that is at least 12 inches long and can hold the weight of 1 small item for at least 5 seconds. Once your bridge can withstand the weight of that 1 item, see how much it can hold before it collapses.  Send in proof first of your bridge holding the 1 item before you do the test to collapse.
    • Challenge Perimeters: Bridges must be elevated and cannot remain on a flat surface; you can elevate your bridge by using books, boxes, pots, and pans; be creative.  Remember you need to be able to cross a lagoon full of crocodiles.

Seventh Grade-

  • HTML Coding- Begin where you left off on www.crunchzilla.com/monster  remember not to become click happy on that website.  It will track and pick up where you leave off, and you need to read and follow the instructions at the top and accomplish that task in the work boxes.
  • Music/STREAM-Soundtrack of my life: Create an imaginary album that shows who you are. You can make a list of song titles, and for each song describe the music—this could be done either by coming up with your own imaginary songs or by  finding existing songs that would describe aspects of your personality/life. Design an album cover to go with it, your album needs to consist of at least 8 songs.
  • STREAM- Challenge 2
    • It is day 5: today my fears were confirmed. Yes, there are wild beasts living on this island. Just a short distance from my hut, I discovered an incredible grove of fruit trees! Mangoes, bananas, and lemons! Yet I cannot reach them; For standing in my way is a lagoon full of the most terrifying crocodiles I’ve ever seen. I must find a way to reach that grove! Perhaps I could find enough branches and Vine to build a bridge, but would it be strong enough? Or would I fall into the awaiting jaws of those hungry Crocs?Students will plan, design, and build a bridge that will hold weight using these concepts; Linear Measurements, Force, and Scientific Process.
    •  Requirements: Build a bridge that is at least 12 inches long and can hold the weight of 1 small item for at least 5 seconds. Once your bridge can withstand the weight of that 1 item, see how much it can hold before it collapses.  Send in proof first of your bridge holding the 1 item before you do the test to collapse.
    • Challenge Perimeters: Bridges must be elevated and cannot remain on a flat surface; you can elevate your bridge by using books, boxes, pots, and pans; be creative.  Remember you need to be able to cross a lagoon full of crocodiles.

 

 

Below is Challenge 1 for all STREAM classes grades 4-7th.

  • Not too long ago, a group of adventurous travelers set sail for a week on the open seas. Unfortunately, on the second night, a great storm came upon them while they slept in the cabin below deck. The violent storm tossed the passengers from one side of the ship to the other. The captain tried to take control but was knocked overboard by a massive wave! Eventually, the ship came to a crashing halt when the storm threw it onto the rocky shore of a deserted island. Sadly, only one traveler survived -Sir Harley Houndstooth the III. It is now your job to help him survive the island and get back to the civilized world. Are you up for the challenge?
    • Challenge 1 Island Architect; Construct a Hut

      For this challenge students will plan, design, and build a hut that will withstand a small windstorm.

      Challenge perimeters, Design requirements:

      Completed huts must have a door that opens, be at least 5 inches high, and be attached to a flat base with an area no larger than 36 square inches.

      Performance requirements:

      To be considered successful, designs must not fall apart or tip over during the windstorm. To create a windstorm, you can use a hair dryer for wind.  Have fun and be creative!