Tuesday, November 26, 2013

4th Grade the Sky Is Falling

Time for two of Mr. Horne's favorite activities. In both games, objects will be falling from the sky. Drop Sum first, then Must Pop Words from our friends at ABCya.com.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Winter is Coming

Are you able to open up each of the winter links below? Can you use the back arrow to navigate back to this post? Are you able to ask others for help? Thanks to Karen Ogen for many of the links.

Kindergarten Disney Jr Treasure Hunts

Can you navigate each site and follow the clues to complete three different treasure hunts from our friends at Disney Jr?


3rd Grade Poptropica - Counterfeit Island

We are all going to start a new adventure at Poptropica.com today. Every student is going to create a new player and then head over to Counterfeit Island. Today, our learning goals are:
  1. I can successfully navigate this environment. I solved the crime.
  2. I can interact with the players and each other effectively.
  3. I can get help from students in my class.
  4. I can save my game.
  5. I can get help from the walkthroughs. Are walkthroughs cheating or not cheating?
  6. I can discuss how advertisements effect gameplay and how to deal with advertisiments.

After some time with the game, please answer the Poll Everwhere Questions:


-Text Walkthrough

Problem Solving Games

Obviously, one thing that people use technology for is entertainment, to play games. Today we will play PROBLEM SOLVING games. These games will test your critical thinking and problem solving skills!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013


The TEACHERS vs STUDENTS Sumdog.com online math competetion was a smashing success. We had a total of 102 students and staff compete in our online contest. Below are the top finishers from our contest.

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4th Musical Instrument Families

What do you know about the musical families? Research the instruments in ArtsEdge Perfect Pitch and write those instruments down under the correct family in the handout. Then, can you create your own orchestra with the instrument families that Mr. Horne asks for?

Now, take this QUIZ.

3_5.RI.2 Research and Information Fluency (use digital tools to find, organize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

2nd Grade We're Going to the Zoo

Today we are taking a virtual field trip to the San Diego Zoo, and we will create our own zoo for our classmates to visit! Stay with your group and stay on task. We have to be back at Hutchings before our buses leave at 3:30. First, print out your animal.Next, gather facts, and take notes about your animal. Record your facts on the back of your printed animal. Color your animal picture if you have any remaining time.  


PK_2.RI.2 Research and Information Fluency (use digital resources to locate and interpret information relating to a specific curricular topic, with assistance from teachers, school library media specialists, parents, or student partners)

1st Grade Little Mouse Gets Ready

First you will learn about "order" words (first, then, next, last) by reading Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith. Then you will create your very own four-panel comic that shows the four steps on how you get ready to do something.


PK_2.CI.1 Creativity and Innovation (use a variety of digital tools to learn, create, and convey original ideas or illustrate concepts)

Kindergarten Online Painting Sites

We can use technology to create! Let's explore some of the best online painting sites for kids. We will spend a few minutes at each site and then discuss similarities and differences of each site. We will be focusing on shapes and colors today.
  • I can open each site
  • I can ask others for help
  • I can use the drawing tools, the paint fill tools, erase/undo tools, and start a new picture
  • I can describe similarities and differences when comparing the painting sites

PK_2.TC.1 Technology Operations and Concepts (discuss advantages and disadvantages of using technology)

3rd Grade Keyboarding and Sumdog Contest

For the first half of class, we will be practicing our touch typing skills using our TypingWeb.com accounts. For the second half of class, we will join the Livingston County Sumdog Contest.


3_5.DC.1 Digital Citizenship (discuss scenarios involving acceptable and unacceptable uses of technology)

Monday, November 11, 2013

2nd Grade Online Painting - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Let's read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, by Mo Willems, a Caldecott Honor Book.

Follow Mo Willems' directions below on how to draw the pigeon. Now draw your own pigeon, and re-illustrate the last page of the story. How do you think the story should end? What kind of trouble will your pigeon get in next? Make sure to add something to your scene, so your pigeon can start his next adventure. Choose Kerpoof's Super Doodle, or ABCya's Paint to create.


PK_2.CI.1 Creativity and Innovation

1st Grade Teach Your Monster to Read

Teach Your Monster to Read is a free online game that will teach us the first stages of reading. Make sure you have your username and password, you'll need them to login!

PK_2.CT.2 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
PK_2.TC.6 Technology Operations and Concepts

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Kindergarten Sorting

It's time to practice our sorting skills!

     Sorting Box

PK_2.CT.2 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making (use digital resources to solve developmentally appropriate problems, with assistance from teachers, parents, school media specialists, or student partners)

3rd Grade TypingWeb.com Keyboarding

Warm up with Level 1, Stage 2, from Dance Mat Typing. Then, log into your new TypingWeb.com account. Begin the "Home Row Keys" in the beginner course. Then, try out Keyboard Ninja and Type Toss from the "games" section of TypingWeb. Make sure to select "Home Row" before you begin each game.
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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

4th Grade Habitat oh Habitat

-Teachers & Parents: (Handout)
Step 1: See if you can get 100% compatibility for all six animals in this Build an Online Habitat Game from Switcheroo Zoo..

Step 2:
 Different living things like to live in places that suits their needs. Do you know where each animal should live and why? Visit Human and Animal Habitats.

Step 3:
 Back to Switcheroo Zoo. Time to Make New Animals. Anyone can describe why an animal would be a good fit for a certain habitat. Now, you need to create an animal that could never survive in the habitat that is chosen. Explain to your table partner.

3_5.CI.2 Creativity and Innovation
3_5.CT.2 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making