Michael Houghton

 Welcome to the 2020-2021  school year at Pioneer Elementary.  My name is Mary Michael Houghton, I go by the name Michael.  (yes, I am female) and I will be teaching your child for their fifth-grade year. 

      I am very excited to start my ninth school year at Pioneer Elementary and continue your child’s elementary career.  I will work closely with you to ensure that your child has a fun and successful year. 

     I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.  In previous years, I taught 3rd grade at Mammoth Heights Elementary, and 4th and 5th grade at Pioneer Elementary. I also have a background in Special Education. 

  I have twin daughters that will be continuing with their sophomore year of college this fall. My family is a very important part of my life.  My favorite activities outside of teaching are health coaching, swimming, hiking, camping, reading, attending concerts, and spending time with family and friends.       


     Although this school year looks quite different than in previous years, I will work hard to provide a very fun, loving, and challenging environment for each of my students.  I ask for your support with remote learning days, as well as helping your child understand the importance of following guidelines for health, safety, and cleanliness when we are in the building.

     You and your child are welcome to contact me anytime to discuss your academic or social needs or ask me questions.   Please do not hesitate to contact me via email at mmhoughton@dcsdk12.org.  You will be receiving emails from me as our first week draws nearer, as well as a weekly newsletter once school has started so you are always aware of what is happening in our classroom.  

I look forward to getting this year started and meeting your child!


*Practice computation facts for fluency.
*Listen to stories online
*Find books in your child's reading level.

SkillBuilder Games
Math Fries
Multiplication 0-12
Number Sentence



Virtual Manipulatives 
Math Is Fun 
Interactive Math 
Make a Mandala
Zoopz-Games that Make You Think
Math Playground 
Measuring Angles
Exact Change Please
Logic Games
Think Central
Bar Models
Funbrain: Line Jumper

Area and Perimeter
Area and Perimeter game 
Math Playground
Shape Surveyor




Earth Science

Webquest for Renewable/Nonrenewable Energy sources

Erosion/Plate Tectonics


Social Studies
Explorers Webquest

Mr. Nussbaum's Explorers
Famous Explorers

13 Colonies


New England Colonies:http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/pke/phillips/colonies/newenglandcoloniesresearchpage.htm


Middle Colonies: 

Southern Colonies: 

Other Helpful Websites:  http://www.columbia.k12.mo.us/pke/phillips/colonies/climateofthethrreecolonise.htm