Another Spanish Attention Grabber

Hey, guys!

Had lots of fun going on this week! It was my 32nd birthday, and my husband surprised me a brand new car (a green Chevy Spark)! This was definitely a first in my life!

Anyways, I'm always looking for attention grabbers in Spanish to help quiet down my students. I added a new one to the collection this year that a former student actually made up. It's a silly, nonsense one, but I love it.

Here's a pic of the three attention grabbers I use in my classroom.

1) "¡No me gusta la meduza!" "¡Me gusta la lechuza!" Click here to download the posters.

2) "Quiero paz, quiero amor." "¡Quiero dulces, por favor!" You can find this poster here by Fun for Spanish Elementary Teachers.

3) "¿QuĂ© te pasa, calabaza?" "¡Nada, nada, limonada!" Click here to download the posters.

Hope you enjoy!

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Multiplication Fact Center Station Ideas

I shared this pic on Instagram (follow me for more FlapJack love!) and had a few requests to explain my stations I used for practicing multiplication facts.

So here goes:

Station #1 - Poke Cards

These cards I have created myself. They are lots of fun and students check each other for accuracy. These are my Factor Friends poke cards.

Station #2 - SMART BOARD

Students play a Factor Friends Smart Board game that I have created.

Station #3 - CandyLand

CandyLand - This is one of the first resources I created. It covers missing factors and properties of multiplication.

Station #4 - Multiplication Jenga

You can read more about this awesome game by Rachael Lynette at Minds in Bloom.

Station #5 - Chinese Checkers Multiplication

I found this game for $1 at Dollar General. I added a pack of multiplication flashcards with the answers on the back. Students quiz each other and must get their problem right before they may take a turn.

Station #6 - BINGO!!

No explication needed here!

Station #7 - Arcademic Skillbuilders

I have three computers (thankfully), so I have saved this awesome math website as an icon on the desktop for students to click on and play.

Station #8 - Laptop Smart Board Games

I have two Mac laptops and I donated one of my own for students to play review games from my Third Grade Smart Board pack. This game is Candy Multiplication Arrays.

Station #9 - Wrap-Ups

A teacher donated these to me and the students love 'em!

Station #10 - iPad

I have a folder of multiplication apps on each student iPad. Students know to go directly to that folder and choose a game to play.


Station #11 - Bottle Cap Multiplication

Lots of fun! For details on how to play this, go here.

Station #12 - Dominoes

This was donated to me also by a teacher. If a group has connected a lot of dominoes, I let them snap a picture of their work with one of the iPads.

For instructions on how I implement these stations without it being one hot mess, click here!

Happy Teaching!

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Chevron Noise Charts Displays in English and Spanish

Hey, ya'll!

I'm trying to prep and share the things I have made for my classroom this year, so here's one of them - a hanging noise display. I made one in English for my partner teacher, and we use them from time to time for students to know what type of noise level is permitted during a specific activity.

To Make:

1) Print out and laminate the chevron circles here.
2) Hole punch the tops and bottoms of each circle.
3) Loop ribbon through the hole punches and tie fairly tightly.
4) Glue the black "please" or "por favor" to a clothespin.

And you're ready to go!

Are you looking for classroom theme or color scheme ideas? Be sure to check out the following classroom material bundles I have created:

Hope you enjoy!

How I Do My Math Small Group Station Rotations (this year at least!)

Hey guys! I am a big fan of small group rotations where kids can play games and get all of that mundane skill repetition and practice in without even knowing it. However, my setup has never been completely fluid, but I think I have finally found my way this year for making my small groups fast and efficient. Um, I think. And I hope.

With 23 students in a small portable, I decided I would have 12 stations with 3 students in each group (which obviously leaves me some extra stations). I really like partner groups best, but students will always be absent, or in speech, or at the nurse, so with three, there should almost always be two to play the games.

To create my games, I first needed to assess where students were at. So, I gave them a placement test from our Envision curriculum and stole Tonya's Teaching Treats Idea for an awesome and quick way to assess and collect data.

How it Works:

After self-marking their math placement tests, I gave each student a strip. They wrote their name at the top and then highlighted the ones they got wrong

I then transferred the strips to a folder and added the number wrong above each student. This was a HUGE help in placing students in small groups. You can download my Word doc I created here and the PDF here for the data strips.

Based on the data, I tried to group one low, one medium, and one high student together (it's hard to see, but I highlighted their names up top either pink, yellow, or green based on how many they missed). 

I definitely believe in mixed ability groups. Now when I need to pull students to work with, I can pull several low students at a time, and there will still be two remaining students left in groups to continue the activities.

I created these wheels on white boards for easy reference of which group students are in and which station they need to go to. I don't have time to really share how I did it, but I used a plastic file divider for the wheel, white boards to clue it on, and circle number labels that you can download here.

I drew a star by my team leaders' names. These guys will keep everyone on track, make sure the group is speaking Spanish, and make critical decisions when conflicts come up (because we know they will!).

I wrote with fine tip Expo markers so I change groups easily whenever I need to.

The materials for each game I placed in canvas boxes in my cubby shelves that are labeled with my circle labels. There's not a 7 or 8 because this is for computers and laptops. When it's time for groups, leaders look at the wheel for their station number, grab the station box from the shelf, go to where the station is located by looking for the station marker, and then get crack-a-lackin'!

We usually only have time to do 2 or 3 stations a day, so the stations I put together will last me several weeks. I just move the wheel to where we will begin the next day after station time is over. Creating a wheel for each of my two classes means I can go at a different pace with each class and we will still know where we are at.

Well, thanks for stopping by! BTW, are you looking for classroom theme or color scheme ideas? Be sure to check out the following classroom material bundles I have created:

Why QR Codes in the Classroom? Why not?!

Thanks to my tech-savvy husband, I was introduced to QR codes about two years ago and have found them to be amazing tools to use in the classroom. Many teachers are starting to implement these codes in their classrooms and with good reason - they're a lot of fun!

As I've begun to experiment with QR codes in my classroom, I've received a fair amount of questions from fellow teachers about them - how do they work, what do you need, how do you add pictures to QR codes, and so on. Hopefully, the tutorials I'm posting now will help to answer those questions and others. If I haven't answered your question, please let me know!

Why mix QR codes into your classroom instruction?


1) They are fantastic at engaging students. I myself get a thrill at scanning a code and waiting for that secret message or link to appear.

2) They help students check their own work, making them much more independent. Instead of poring over recording sheets - that work is done and you can spend you time much more purposefully with your students.

3) They provide immediate feedback and are much more effective than checking work with a paper answer key (in my opinion).

So, I'll start by answering basic questions and then moving on to some more interesting ideas for using QR codes. Definitely not an expert here, but I'm hoping to provide an online resource for teachers who are excited to work with QR codes in their classrooms.

Back to QR Code Tutorials

FlapJack QR Code Resources

Try your hand at QR Codes with these freebies. :)


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