10% OFF Last Day Of September FlapJack Sale!

Hey, ya'll! To celebrate my favorite season, ALL FlapJack resources are 10% off, today only! Click below on any of the images in the Google Slides for more details or go straight to my TpT store. Happy Fall!

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Football QR Code Freebie and October Printables Ready!

For those who use my Year Long QR Code Printables for 4th grade math, the October set ESTÁ LISTO!!!

Here's a very fun sample freebie that involves football and rolling dice. Students will totally enjoy solving addition and subtraction word problems while reading interesting information about some football legends.

Football QR Code Freebie

This sample can be found in my October QR Code Printable for 4th grade math. Click on any image to see more! (If you like this idea, I have sets for all year long, too!)


Skills covered are:

* Rounding Numbers up to 7 Digits
* Extended Multiplication
* Basic Multiplication Facts
* Basic Division Facts
* Addition and Subtraction up to four digits
* Missing Factors
* Comparing Numbers up to 7 digits
* Place Value
* Naming the Place of a Digit
* Writing Number Words
* Prime Numbers
* Multiples
* Number Divisibility
* In and Out Boxes
* Estimating Sums
* Subtraction with Zeros
* Multi-Digit Addition and Subtraction Word Problems
* Ordering Numbers
* Identifying the Position of Numbers

 4th Grade October QR Code Printables - Low Prep!

 4th Grade October QR Code Printables - Low Prep!

 4th Grade October QR Code Printables - Low Prep!

4th Grade October QR Code Printables - Low Prep!

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Fun Ideas to Brighten the Start of Your School Year

Hey, ya'll! I'm a little bit late with this post, but my partner teacher came up with a really sweet idea that started off our year on a very positive note. I definitely wanted to share regardless of the fact it's almost October - maybe you can use it for next year. :)

So, my partner teacher texted me this summer about taking a silly sunglasses picture to mail to our prospective students before we met them this year. I was really not feeling it (I am often a Scrooge), but I'm sort of indebted to my partner teacher for life, so I agreed, and we had a silly photo sesh at my house complete with over-sized sunglasses.

I edited the picture with my favorite photo editing apps - PhotoToaster and Word Swag.

My partner teacher then took the image to CVS and worked her postcard-making magic. She snail-mailed a copy to each of our 41 students.

We can't wait to see you in 4th grade!
Sometimes I wonder if these types of thoughtful gestures are appreciated enough by students to be worth the time and effort they take to pull together. However, a few weeks into the school year during car duty, I saw one of our girls take our postcard out of her book bag and just stare at it a bit before tucking it back inside. I was touched.

Some other "bright" ideas for the beginning of the year are as follows:

1) First Day Highlighter Gift by The Tom Cat Studio.

2) If you find some silly sunglasses for your photo shoot, tack them onto your bulletin board afterwards for a cute beginning-of-the-year display. That's what my partner teacher did, and of course I forgot to take a picture before she changed it up. Here's an adorable display to consider by The Techy Teacher.


So, here's hoping your year is SUPER BRIGHT, too! Hugs and kisses from FlapJack!

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Hand Sanitizer Classroom Management Tool Freebie


Hey, ya'll! I've been meaning to share this idea for a year now, so I'm finally checking it off my list!

Last year, my 4th grade team was trying to figure out the smoothest way for children to take turns using the bathroom, and my fabulous partner teacher suggested the idea of using hand sanitizer bottles as place holders for students while they're in the bathroom.

Here's how it works:

  • Each class has two hand sanitizer bottles in a basket  - one for girls and one for boys.
  • When a child needs to go to the bathroom, they check to see if a bottle is available. If it is, they place it on the table where they are sitting and go to the bathroom without having to ask for permission (which helps makes sure we as teachers can finish our meal while monitoring. You know how that goes. :P)
  • When they return, they use some of the sanitizer and then place it back in the basket or hand it to a student who wants to go.
It's great because this system makes sure you only have one boy and one girl in the bathroom at all times. Obviously, if a student has an emergency and can't wait, they let us know. This idea also works great in the classroom.

Free Hand Sanitizer Labels

How to label your bottles:

  1. Download this free template at my TpT store.
  2. Print as many labels as you need, preferrably on whole sheet sticker paper. (If you don't have that, just print on regular printing paper.) I use two labels per bottle for the front and back.
  3. Cut the labels and place them carefully on the front and back of each bottle. Use glue if you didn't printer on sticker paper.
  4. Use clear packaging tape to cover each label. It took me two short strips to cover each label. This might seem tedious but the bottle will last for more than a year if it has packaging tape covering the labels.
  5. Whenever the bottles run out of gel, a lunch helper pumps in more sanitizer from a large, economy size bottle.
Free Hand Sanitizer Labels

And you're ready to go! I love this tool for managing bathroom turns at lunch. Got any cool tips to share??

Hope you're having a great year!

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