ChalkOla Markers In My Classroom (a fun review)

Using ChalkOla Markers in My Classroom

Hey, ya'll! I was contacted a little while ago by ChalkOla markers to do a review in exchange for using their wet wipe markers in my classroom. This sounded like too much fun, so I'll share how it went! (Or you can click on the video above and watch at my YT channel. P.S. I made the whole video straight from my iPhone 6. If you'd like me to share how I did that, let me know in the comments!)

First, I tried out the markers myself (of course!). I received two different sets - premium (normal-sized) and platinum (huge, mumbo-jumbo markers that are great for writing large messages).

Premium series

Platinum series
To first get the ink flowing, it's a little bit of a workout. You need to pump the tip up and down for about 30 seconds. You will see the ink slowly flow down the tip. Once the tip is completely covered, you're good to go!

You also need to shake it a bit like an aerosol can.

These chalk markers are great for any non-porous surface. We used dry-erase boards.

Once I had my fun with the markers, I set them up as a rotation during some science group rotations. When students arrived at the ChalkOla station, they worked together in groups of 2 or 3 to illustrate the water cycle.

Clean up was a little bit messy because you need to clean the surface with something wet. A dry rag is not enough. But for my 4th graders they handled it fine. I think any grade level above 2nd-3rd could handle the clean up fine.

I would not suggest an activity like the one we did that involves a LOT of coloring because the markers will dry out fairly soon (they're still doing okay after 6 rotations).

I plan to use the markers now with a student-created message board. Students will take turns illustrating a Spanish phrase we need to work on saying and spelling correctly. And if they can do it in cursive - even better!

This would also be a great idea for a math problem of the day, too. We might have to alternate between Spanish and math skills.

If you'd like your own set of ChalkOla markers, they gave me a discount code for you guys! It's CHALK20A. For US teachers, shop here, and UK teachers, shop here.

What would you use these markers for in your classroom???

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FlapJack Sale and Time to Tickle Some Turkeys (FREE!)

If you have any Smart Board games, poke cards, QR code task cards, lapbooks, classroom decor packs or any other FlapJack resource in your wishlist, you can have it now at 10% off! Sale ends November 1st!

Every November my students and I have loads of fun with this FREE Smart Board game involving decimals and tickling turkeys! Don't have a Smart Board? Use the site Smart Notebook Express to play.

And if you teach little ones, here's a fun turkey-tickling Smart Board game for you, too!

Looking for a way to add fun to your writing during the month of November? Try these QR code writing prompts that come in different forms (QR code squares, task cards, and writing paper). This year I enjoy placing the task cards around the walls of my classroom. Every week, student choose a different card to scan and write about. They love it! (Spanish available, too.)

Happy Halloween!

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Addition Pumpkin Poke Freebie and Multiplication Pumpkin Patch Giveaway!

Happy Fall, Ya'll! I am actually very close to the crazy flooding going on in South Carolina, so I'm off work today and tomorrow, and I'm doing a little fall FlapJack cleaning. I found a cool picture of my Pumpkin Poke Addition Facts Freebie by Lesson in Homeschooling, so I just wanted to get the word out about this resource if you haven't heard of it before.

Basically, once you do the grunt work of cutting them out, hole-punching the pumpkins, and circling the answers, students have a self-checking addition facts math center that will last for years to come (At least in my classroom they have lasted quite a while.).

(Pumpkin cupcake picks not included. :P)
If you'd like to know more about poke cards, click here.

If you'd like to download this freebie now, click here.

If you'd like to win a digital copy of my Multiplication Pumpkin Patch resource (as seen in the pic below), just comment and/or tag a friend at this Facebook post. Ends October 6th, 2015 at midnight!

 Multiplication Pumpkin Patch Fun!

Have a great week!

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