Snow Day!

Enjoy our snow day, and stay safe! Our track lunch and our gingerbread house project will both happen tomorrow (Thursday). See you then!



Weekly Report

We didn’t have a chance to fill out our yellow Weekly Report sheets on Friday, so we will show you here what we did in class last week.

Name: Ms. Houghton’s Class

Date: Week of December 1-5

This week we did many things in Ms. Houghton’s class. In math we made Yardley, we took our unit math test, and we took our district math test.

We have been learning about typing up our essays in writing. This week we learned how to take an idea and make it into more than one sentence.

One of the books we have been reading is CinderEdna. Ms. Houghton chose that book because it’s about Cinderella, and we just finished reading the original Cinderella from Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

Another thing we did in school this week was we started this Blog! A blog is short for Web log, and it’s a type of Web site.

We’re very proud of our work on this Web site because people as far away as Germany and Georgia read what we wrote!

Our goal for next week is to finish our essays on What Make Our Class Great!



This week, we’ll be starting our measurement unit. We just finished our district testing on Friday, so we took an art break and spent about a half hour on Friday afternoon making Yardley.

Yardley is an idea I found on a teacher forum. My thanks to “lazydazy.”

Yardley, brought to you by one of my students:

Want to make your own Yardley? The entire activity, including telling the Yardley story and passing out supplies, took about 40 minutes. You will need the following:

  • Construction paper
  • Yard stick
  • Red crayons
  • Scissors
  • Pencil (and I also have my students use felt-tip markers to trace their writing)

Yardley’s body is made from Sluggo art by Kristen Ankiewicz. His legs are made from enlarged versions of Trogdor’s strong arm. Thank you to Ms. Ankiewicz, who allowed us to use her art, and also suggested that Yardley might like an overseas friend, perhaps called the Metric Monster. Thank you for writing back to us!

Here’s the Tale of Yardley that I told my students.

Yardley was a creature who lived in a large city. Yardley enjoyed spending his time in the grass because he blended in so well. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of wide-open space in large cities, and one day Yardley was run over by a semi truck. He emerged unscathed, except that now he only has three feet.

Another interesting thing about Yardley is that when he spends time in the sun, he gets a very strange tanning pattern. He gets 12 stripes on each of his feet.

Here’s how ours turned out:

Finally, here’s the rubric I used to assess my students’ learning. It’s aligned to Washington State math standards.

Feel free to use Yardley in your classroom! Comments, credit, and suggestions are always appreciated!

Copyright 2008, Shannon Houghton


Our 3’s Song, or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

We also know a song to help us remember our 3’s times tables. It is to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”

3’s Song
(to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

3, 6, 9, 12
15, 18
21, 24, 27, 30
Start all over again!

33, 36, 39, 42
45 and 48
51, 54, 57, 60
start all over again!

63, 66, 69, 72
75 and 78
81, 84, 87, 90
start all over again!

When we originally learned this song, it only had one verse.  Then, we added more verses because we were counting around the classroom. Now our song goes all the way up to 90, which is the same as the multiplication problem 3 x 30 = 90.

Today, we finished correcting and reflecting on our Unit 3 Assessment. Soon, you’ll see meeting and exceeding answers on our blog, along with explanations for how our class solved them. See you soon!


Octopus March, or Multiplying by 8’s

We just took our Unit 3 assessment today. It was on multiplication and division. We will show you how to do some of the questions from our test later. Now, however, we want to share one of our multiplication songs with you.

8’s Song — Octopus March
(to the tune of “The Adaams Family”)

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)

You know there’s 8 in one
And 16 in two
24 in three
And 32 in four

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)

There’s 40 in five
And 48 in six
56 in seven

(chant) And 8 by 8 went into the store to buy a Nintendo 64!

72 in nine
And 80 in ten

Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March (stomp stomp)
Octopus March, Octopus March, Octopus March (stomp stomp)




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Carpet Spots

Our carpet spots for the 2008-09 school year (before all the books were unpacked)

Update, 5/13/09
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