BIll Nye All Weathering and Erosion with Rocks

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

THis video is a new favorite of the class! Bill Nye presents science in a new and creative way. In class we are completing notes about the video using think-pair-share :-)


Wakko’s Capital Challenge!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

HI Everyone!

Well we’re halfway through our unit on U.S Regions and now it’s time to really focus on those states and capitals. So here is a fun video to help you memorize all 50 states and their capitals.

Are you ready for the challenge??? Be ready to fill in all the missing capitals on the lyrics sheet to earn yourself a spot in Wakko’s Capital Hall of Fame!!! Whenever you’re ready just let Mrs. Horton know and you can take the challenge!

Happy Learning,

Mrs. Horton


The Hour of Code is Coming!!!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

What is the Hour of Code? It’s taking 1 hour out of your week to stop and learn about coding~ CREATING computer software!!!! Visit the following link to learn all about it!!!

Visit this site 1st (that’s right it’s about Angry Birds!!)

then visit:




Sentence SLAM!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

This time of year we will be beginning our Sentence SLAM competition! Yahoo!!!! The purpose of these activities is to generate creative thinking and writing with students. I am attaching an example that I completed at a training as well as the template they were to copy for homework.

Here’s looking forward to Sensational Sentences!

Mrs. Horton

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Here are a few SLAM’s that students came up with. The starter sentence was

He ate pancakes:

a). Sam ate chocolate chip pancakes with maple syrup at 9:50am in his school uniform on a white plate with a fork at the left, a knife at the right and a napkin on the kitchen table, while he was munching on food because he just woke up from his peaceful dream.

b) Fred at pancakes slopping with bright blueberries in the pitch black by eating them with his crusty dry feet outside because he was ravenously hungry for sloppy wet pancakes by ripping them apart with his long crusty dry toenails flacking off inside of them.

c) Bob ate chocolate chip pancakes at 1am with his fingers and feet at his best friends house because his mom gave him something to eat and he was hungry too.

d) Fluffy ate metal pancakes with mustard cheese with a chainsaw on Planet X because he was a raspberry.

e) Kurt the mischievous boy at pancakes when his mom was not looking and stuffed them in his mouth and at them upside-down because he had been punished and was not allowed to eat pancakes that week for breakfast.



Singular Possessive Nouns

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

When only one noun owns something we add an ‘s to the end of the word to show ownership. Watch the following video to see a few good examples. (this video also includes how to write plural possessive nouns)


Reader’s Theater Time!!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

All week we prepped and planned and on Friday it was time to perform! Groups worked on fluency, inflection, staging and so much more as they worked collaboratively to produce a special Readers’s Theater. Students~ Please watch your video and make a comment about how you felt you and your team did during your presentation :-)

~ I was so PROUD of each of you as you battled stage fright and the fear of being videotaped to shine during your performances :-)


Reading is Alive in Room 319!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Newsletter

Hi Families!

Room 319 would like to cordially invite you to a special day of reading on Tuesday November 26th from 2-3pm. We have been working to integrate technology into many of our daily activities and now it’s time for us to show you what we know! reading ideas reading rocks reading readingyoda


The afternoon will feature

1- Student presentations via iPad apps

2- Reading apps and games to play with your child

3- Special guest readers

4- Introduction to all things Scootpad

4- Assistance with log in information for current class web activities

5- Light refreshments :-)


So stop by to say ‘hi’ and support your child as we read our way into the Thanksgiving holiday.


I hope to see you there!



(If you cannot come at the given times please contact me so we can see if another time might work for you to stop by during the day)

Symmetry in Action!!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized


Thank you so much to the arts council for bringing us they Symmetry Detection Agency! We were able to see the symmetry all around us ~ even in music!! Did you know that music is one of the ONLY activity that activates, stimulates and engages the whole brain?! WOW! Where can you find symmetry around you? Can you find it in the walls, the trees, nature, toys, books, music, clouds….. they sky’s the limit!

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Americorps Wet & Wild Water Festival

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

The Cape Cod Americorps did not disappoint again this year as we participated in the Wet and Wild Water Festival for the third year in a row. To learn more about the Americorps vision visit…

The kids were engaged and participatory in every station they visited throughout the festival. It was so great to see them loving science and learning as they raced to the next activity. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn like this everyday?!!

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Grammar Bonanza!

Author: mhorton  //  Category: Uncategorized

We’ve been working on sentence types for quite a few weeks now! Below you will find a few videos we’ve used in class to teach us about~ subjects, predicates, simple sentences, compound sentences, complex sentences, independent clauses, dependent clauses and conjunctions. It’s fun sometimes to take a step back and laugh while learning :-)