New Blog Design: Smencils Giveaway Celebration!

I've been saving these three sets 80 Smencils and 30 Smens for a very special occasion which new, fabulous blog design made by the incredible Michelle of The 3AM Teacher! Do you like it? I feel like it's so totally me. It makes me happy looking at all of the little details Michelle put in.

So, now for the giveaway. I have a big box of over $150 worth of Smencils to give to one teacher. If you would like a chance to win this box, just enter the Rafflecopter below! Ends Saturday night at midnight (October 25th). Thanks for entering! ¡Buena suerte!
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FLASH SALE! FlapJack Fall Featured Resources are 50% OFF!

FLASH SALE! Grab my fall featured resources for 50% OFF for a very limited time!

Things I Love Most About These Resources:


The Turkey Time and Multiplication Pumpkin Patch resources have lots of fun center games and also a B&W reader that is a great independent or whole-group activity. And they come in Spanish, too!

The Funny Fall task cards make mundane addition and subtraction practice engaging with the self-checking QR codes and the funny fall graphics.

The HOWLoween poke cards are perfect for helping your kiddos master their facts in a different, fun way. And the little owls are perfect for celebrating the month of October.

Check 'em out before my featured resources bar changes!

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Bright Ideas: Dry-Erase Interactive Notebooks

It's Bright Ideas time!

We were working on place value earlier this month, and I was looking for an easy way to have students practice representing numbers (expanded form, words, etc.), so I started shopping for adhesive vinyl remnants for students to paste into their interactive notebooks.

I love sticking adhesive vinyl all over surfaces in my classroom for students to show their work, so I decided to try it out in their interactive notebooks. However, I had trouble finding vinyl scraps at a decent price, so I decided to go with duct tape.

With my first class I let them measure their strips, cut the strips, and stick them into their notebooks. This turned out a little messy, so for my second class, I went ahead and cut the strips and hung them from counters. I called students by tables to grab a piece.

So for about a week, we used our duct tape pages to practice writing numbers every day. The students really enjoyed it. I discovered the blue works better than red for erasing and contrasting with marker colors.

We also tried it later when practicing rounding.

I still want to experiment with other tapes, but overall it was a lot of fun and we can always flip back to these pages later in the year to revisit and practice these skills.

Sooooo....that's it! If you enjoyed this Bright Idea, please connect with me at Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube for more. :)

For more Bright Ideas from a ton of teacher bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade that interests you. Thanks for your visit!

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5 For Friday - Lapbook Display

Happy Friday!

All About Me Lapbook

So after about a month, I finally was able to post some of my students "All About Me Lapbooks." They turned out pretty cute!

All About Me Lapbook

All About Me Lapbook

All About Me Lapbook

You can find this at my TpT store in English or Spanish.

We're working on the weather cycle, so we pulled out the mini water cycle ziplock bag activity. Instead of having every child do a sandwich or quart-sized bag, every table actually worked on a gallon-sized bag together. By taking turns by calling the students' colors, it actually worked really well as a collaborative active (See how table colors work in this Bright Ideas post). And the gallon-sized bags worked a lot better at showing all of the parts and the condensation.

We had fun practicing our patterns and in and out boxes with self-checking QR code task cards. You can find both English and Spanish versions at my TpT store.

Pet Patterns QR Code Task Cards

It's been the year of orugas (caterpillars) in our classroom, and one sweet student brought in a Luna moth caterpillar for us. The first day it wrapped itself up in a cute, little tamale! According to the internet, it will take all winter to make its transformation.

We've also been learning our clouds. We pulled out the shaving cream, and I learned that shaving cream is really hard to form into the shape of clouds. It ended up being a crazy mess but at least the room smelled good! We also used Expos to mark the height in miles of each type of cloud.

I LOVE Lita Lita's science bilingual flip books. They're great as individual activities or as inserts in interactive notebooks. Her Clouds Fold and Learn was a perfect addition to our cloud study.

I hope you all had a great week! Please have a great weekend!

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Tabitha Carro

Pet Pattern QR Code Task Cards Just $1!

Pet Pattern QR Code Task Cards for 4th grade just $1 through Sunday! English >> or Spanish >>

If you already own the 4th Grade QR Code Task Card Mega Bundle, the English version will be uploaded soon! 

My students loved these and the adorable pet clip art!

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5 for Friday - Interactive Notebook Fun!

 Here's my 5 for Friday post - two weeks in a row!

So I took this Monday off in celebration of my birthday, and the hubs and I took a wonderful trip to the mountains of Brevard, NC. My husband is a total "survivor man," and we have all the nifty gear we need to make our time in nature enjoyable and relaxing. Of course we had to stop by REI in Asheville. We picked up some solar energy phone chargers - can't wait to try them out!

We had some more weather fun in our Spanish interactive notebooks.  It's been really yucky this week, so practicing our cloudy and foggy expressions was perfect.


On Wednesday I had something super special and "unico" happen to me. I received a birthday card from my little brother who is studying in Chicago. Inside was a handwritten poem not just to me but also about me. I've actually never had anybody write anything about me that I can remember. It really meant a lot.

He would hate for me to share this publicly probably, but I seriously doubt he'll ever find this post.

It was a best bud's birthday this week, so I made a new fall design of personalized Little Buwo cards for her. Find them at Etsy in English and Spanish.

I had one of the coolest learning experiences happen this week. I'll explain it more in-depth hopefully in a future post, but here's basically what happened:
  1. Students created very short vocabulary presentations with the 30hands app on five weather instruments we are reviewing. Here's an example.
  2. I created QR codes that linked to the presentations.
  3. We pasted them in our science interactive notebooks.
  4. Students studied at home for a quiz by scanning and listening to each others presentations. Pretty much awesome sauce! Today I gave them a few minutes to review and they were all scanning and listening to the vocabulary over and over again.

I hope you all had a great week! Please have a great weekend!

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Tabitha Carro