Mrs. Horton's 4th Grade

Fabulous Fourth Grade Updates from room 304



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photo 1 photo 4 photo 2 photo 3 photo 2 photo 5 photo 1WOW!! I’ve only been in my 1st day of training for 2.5 hours and I already feel like I’m going to be a better math teacher on Wednesday!


I can’t wait to come back and show you what we’ve been working on!


~ Mrs. Horton



FIRST OFF~ Happy Monday :-)

Of course I’d always rather be with you guys but I am also very excited about the opportunity to meet with Dr. Ben Har Yeap. He has traveled all the way from Singapore to help us become better math teachers! :-)

Before you begin the lesson let’s have some F-U-N

If you are able to print you may do so and share with the class later this week :-)

Today I want you to begin to apply simple machines, mainly the inclined plane and wheel & axel, as you discover how weight, height, drag and wheel size can effect the force and motion of a car or truck down a ramp. You will complete each step of the activity and complete the graph after each test. You will print out the graph at the end of your experiment, put your name on it and turn it in. Be sure to go to printer after printing so that you can get your print out since many will look the same.



Learn about forces in action as you experiment how gradients, weights, motion and resistance affect the movement of various objects with this fun science activity. Try and get the truck down the ramp and to the end of the track by adding a range of weights. Record the results in a table as you watch how the different conditions affect the outcome of the experiments. What happens when you make a steep gradient or add a parachute to the back of the truck? Find out while enjoying this fun, interactive game for kids.



After you have completed this you will have time to use BBC Dance Mat Typing. Remember that as we progress toward our Practice PARCC test date (no worries it’s just a practice), we’ll need to have enhanced our typing skills so that we can increase our chances of success :-)



As always I expect your absolute BEST behavior whenever there is a substitute in the classroom. She will be utilizing the Stop and Think Log as well as Behavior BINGO. I will also let her know that she can run a tally on the board for Class Dojo and I will add them in when I return on Wednesday.


~See you Wednesday,

Mrs. Horton


Fractions :-)

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We have all been working so hard to perfect our fraction know how and our test is coming up shortly. Here are a few video clips that can help assist students while preparing for our test on Friday.



Novel Statistics Question

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We’ve been working so hard on our statistics unit and now we are knee deep in the most challenging questions to date! This is an example of a class led lesson on two of our most difficult questions…



On Wednesday we had the opportunity to have a member of the local NOAA staff come in to present information on marine animal adaptations. It was a great presentation and everyone was actively engaged the entire time :-) How could you not be when reconstructing a REAL dolphin skeleton?! THey shared a few fun videos with us to help us understand adaptations and global warming’s effect on animal life.

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Welcome to our FIRST class virtual lesson! This is a way for me to send lessons home with you so you can review at home. Parents can also use these lessons to help students with homework and assignments. What do you want to see for the next class virtual lesson?? The sky’s the limit!


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 :-)



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



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!

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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.