E Learning Resource Guide

Morning Meeting with Miss Cline 


Earth Day/Month Resources from Mr. Poth!

TED has just released a 30 day program in honor of Earth Day,

with a new video each day.



Welcome back from Spring Break…   ….mid-April in Chicago means the weather is finally getting warmer and things are finally getting greener.  Most of you know I’m a fan of nature & being outdoors, so I thought I’d share some “Environmental Events & Celebrations” that take place this month:


April 18-26: National Parks Week

April 20-24: National Environmental Education Week

April 22: Earth Day 

April 24: Arbor Day


Below you'll find links to activities that combine Art & Nature --two of my favorite things. Enjoy


(All Ages)

World Wildlife Fund “Art for Earth”

“During the week of April 20th, WWF is inviting people to create art pieces that show the importance of nature, the ways in which it inspires us, and what it personally means to them”



(All ages)

Hidden Worlds of the National Parks

Google Arts & Culture site  that allows you to “follow rangers on a journey most people never go.” After, take a look at “images, artifacts, and more” from our National Parks


2) https://artsandculture.google.com/search/asset?project=national-park-service


(Various Ages)

Celebrate Earth Day by creating works with recycled, household materials

Evanston Art Center offers project ideas like recycled color wheels, weavings, cardboard sculptures,& more! https://www.evanstonartcenter.org/sites/default/files/at_home_art_activities.pdf


(Various Ages)

Recycled Magazine Art:

Looking for a way to use up old magazines?  Check out the following links:

Collage animal video:

(Suggestion: Look up lists of endangered species that are found in the United States. Pick a plant or  animal from the list, draw it, and use this collage technique to finalize your work!)


Paper Bead Making:





Make your own Paint from Plants!

Get creative with this hands-on art activity from the Garfield Park Conservatory:




(K-3rd…or anyone who likes to color!)

“Nature’s Recyclers” Coloring Book

Funny coloring pages from the Department of Natural Resources





 “Tree-mendous Tree Story” & Acorn Flip Book 

Story writing guidelines and flip book offered through the Morton Arboretum:

Story Directions: 

2nd:    https://www.mortonarb.org/files/2-Treemendous%20Tree%20Stories.FINAL_.mk2_.1.19.pdf

3rd: https://www.mortonarb.org/files/3-Treemendous%20Tree%20Stories.FINAL_.mk2_.1.19.pdf

4th: https://www.mortonarb.org/files/4-Treemendous%20Tree%20Stories.FINAL_.mk2_.1.19.pdf

5th” https://www.mortonarb.org/files/5-Treemendous%20Tree%20Stories.FINAL_.mk2_.1.19.pdf

Flip Book:  

(You could also make your own!)



(3rd & above)

Origami Jumping Frog 

Become a naturalist and learn how to identify different amphibians …..afterwards create your own origami frogs & salamanders 

1) (Amphibian information)  https://www.eekwi.org/explore/animals/amphibians

2).(Jumping frogs)   https://www.eekwi.org/activities/arts-crafts/jumping-frog-origami , and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChrVW4ruOPQ

3.) (Difficult frog) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_fIlEsrxI8

4) (Try a salamander!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWq_iLU-XI8



(5th & above)

Nature Journals

It’s time to grab your sketchbooks, pencils, pens, & paints! You can do these activities sitting out in nature or at a view from a window, from your memories, or looking for inspiration around your home .

1.)     https://ncascades.org/signup/schools/mountain-school/ms-at-home-resources/msathome_l3_natureart-writing.pdf    

2.)   https://ncascades.org/signup/schools/mountain-school/ms-at-home-resources/msathome_l1_sitspots.pdf

3.)   https://ncascades.org/signup/schools/mountain-school/ms-at-home-resources/msathome_l2_treebudjournal.pdf

A New Note from         

Ms. Staszak 4/20/2020

Hello from Mr. John!


Hello St. Helen students!  As I wrote last week, I'd like to host an optional coding challenge for you to try over Spring Break.  If you enjoy it, I will post one every week or two in order to give students time to complete the challenge and participate.  

Our first challenge involves your very own version of Flappy Bird!  Check out this video, which gives an excellent introduction to the concept of Event Handling, and the coding exercise itself:













This challenge is available for free on code.org

You can create a login very simply if you'd like.  It would be a good idea to do so, as it will allow you to save your progress if you don't finish in one sitting.  However, you can also do it without a login and complete the challenge at once.  Once you begin, make sure to follow the directions and watch each tutorial introducing new concepts in Event Handling.  Once you reach the final step, you will see an option to share your project.  Click there:









This will bring you to a page that generates your "playable" game link. 











Copy that code and paste it into an email or google drive document and send it to me at jhoffman@sthelenchicago.org

Once I start to receive links, I will create a gallery here on this page for all of you to try each others creations! These links can also be shared with anyone and played on any device, including tablets and phones. It should be a lot of fun and help you continue to learn the process of software engineering, plus you get to play each others games!!! In order to inspire you, Ryker Bauling is helping me to create examples of student work at the start of each challenge. Click on the link below to check out Ryker's playable version of the game!  It is super cool and sets the bar high!!


I hope you are all staying healthy, brave, and kind!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!



Mr. John

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Understood Resources from Mrs. Johnson


New Social and Emotional Learning Resoucres from Ms. Stadler Available in the Downloadable Documents Tab