Horton's Herons

Fabulous Fourth Grade Updates from room 319

Horned Toads (Short-Horned Lizards) – National Geographic

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 10 19th, 2014

Horned Toads (Short-Horned Lizards), Horned Toad (Short-Horned Lizard) Pictures, Horned Toad (Short-Horned Lizard) Facts – National Geographic.

This week we will be reading The Horned Toad Prince. This is a fairy tale based in the southwest region of the United States. It brings together geographical features of the region as well as a popular themes such as helping others and not judging a book by it’s cover. How would you treat a toad who helped you find something you’d lost?


Many animals use camouflage as an adaptation in the wild. Check out these amazing animals- can you see what’s hiding right in front of you?



Immigration Wrap Up

Posted by mhorton in Social Studies, Uncategorized on 10 14th, 2014

We’ve been talking about how Europeans first came to America over 100 years ago. Native Americans are the only ‘true’ native people of America. All of our families have immigrated from another country to make America their home. Many of us have stories about ancestors who traveled through perilous circumstances to create a better life for their families. Isn’t it amazing that our ancestors were already watching out for us to help create a better life for us :-) Some of us are even lucky enough to BE immigrants (very cool Taylor), or to have parents who have immigrated for employment or schooling opportunities! I can’t wait to hear some of their stories this year!

As a wrap up to the unit we are going to hear the story of the first immigrant through Ellis Island- Can you remember her name? Watch out for it in the lyrics of the song:-)

You are going to

1- Complete your tour along with the Q&A sheet for each of the stops

2- Watch the video entitled Isle of Hope about immigrating from (can you guess where based on the lyrics?)

3- follow the directions to write a journal entry as if you are an immigrant going through the process at Ellis Island.


Isle of Hope- Song




Way to Go Khan Academy Users!

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 29th, 2014

Way to go Ally and Anna for logging in and getting started with Khan Academy!!!! You’re both doing   a GREAT job!

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Kid Friendly Search Engines

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 29th, 2014

We have a few sites that we have checked out and feel are ‘safe’ as student search engines on the internet. You MUST use one of these sites when searching the web. You MAY NOT simply search directly from the internet icon, this is not a safe place for students to search because responses may come up that are not appropriate.

There may be times that inappropriate content may still pop up- PLEASE close the page and let me know as soon as possible.

The following sites are approved for student searching use:














Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 24th, 2014

Yesterday was the first of our new monthly community meetings where the ENTIRE school comes together to celebrate who we are as a learning community. Yesterday we focused on being KIND! The Kindergartners started us off with a special song, we listened to a story, we watched Kid President and 20 Things We Should Say More Often, the Buddy Bench was introduced, Peacebuilders of the month for each class were announced and the choir led us in singing the Mullen-hall school song!!!

CONGRATS to Julia Anderson for being the first Peacebuilder of the month for Horton’s Herons!!! Everyone has worked so hard and Julia’s willingness to always do her best and help others was definitely noticed this month :-)

Kid President ROCKS!


We also listened to The World Can Better- we will be listening to With my  Own Two Hands by Jack Johnson tomorrow and choosing one for our class anthem!



Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 24th, 2014

This week our story is focusing on sequencing events in order to summarize a story. This quick video gave us background information as to why it’s so important to put things in order before we begin to retell a story, or group of events.


Arts Alive in room 319

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 21st, 2014

Art is alive and flourishing with Horton’s Herons! Thank you SO MUCH to Linda Traykovksi for stepping up to be our class leader for both Garden’s Alive and Art’s Alive this year!

~We are still looking for a few awesome parents, grandparents, aunts uncles or cousins (who are CORI’d) to assist her with these amazing endeavors twice a month (once a month for each activity)

be sure to check out our Sunflower Gallery next week on the bulletin board in front of our classroom :-)





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Meet the Teacher Night

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 09 21st, 2014

If you missed Meet the Teacher Night~ Never Fear!!! :-)

Attached you will find the essential documents from the night. I also have ‘cheat sheets’ available for Singapore Math to help parents when assisting with homework. If you need another copy of this please let me know. :-)

I am ALWAYS available to you via email, student note or scheduled conference. It is my policy to ‘nip it in the bud’ before anything festers and becomes an issue in class. The happier we all are in school, as well as better to begin each day with a positive attitude :-)


I’M SO EXCITED to work with each of your children this year!

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Time is Ticking Away…

Posted by mhorton in Uncategorized on 08 23rd, 2014

Time is ticking away until we meet again! In 10 days the hallways will be bustling with excitement as we begin a new school year at Mullen-Hall! We have had a few changes to our  class list over the last few weeks. We  now have 25 friends to start the year :-) . I have spent the last few days prepping the classroom, creating homework connection folders, designing a new ‘Help Wanted’ job chart, creating movement break activities, starting our Scholastic Messenger site for staying in touch, organizing classroom materials, finding new spaces to fit all the new desks, keeping up to date with cool new teacher tips and tricks via Twitter, attending edCamp for great new classroom ideas, setting up our Class Dojo, creating Book Adventure accounts for everyone, prepping our participation sticks and so much more! Here’s a sneak peek:





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I’ll post more pics as the classroom starts to come together :-)

I hope y’all are as excited as I am about all of the adventures that await this year!

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