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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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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The 2015 Mega Haul Back To School TEACHER Giveaway!

Hey, ya'll! I have once again teamed up with the fabulous Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Day Designs for another Mega Haul Back to School Teacher Giveaway. I know a lot of people have returned to school already, but pretty much everything in this amazing box of goodies will be perfect to use in your classroom all year long!

Zippy provided all of the awesome items!

I made a little giveaway video to show all that's included. If you watch it (click here), please don't forget to come back and enter the Rafflecopter! Contest ends Friday night, September 4th, at midnight EST. Only teachers that live in the United States please! It's a very big box!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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My Technology Themed Classroom Reveal

Technology Class Decor

Hey, ya'll! I'm a little late to writing this post, but it has been a crazy beginning-of-the-year for me. I had just put the finishing touches on my class decor on a Tuesday when I was informed that my portable was getting new carpet (yay!) in 3 days on Friday. Which was right before students came on Monday (nooooo!).

So here's how it looked once everything was hauled out on Wednesday just hours after I had finished my class setup.

And here's how it looked Sunday night at 9:00 pm, just hours before my new kiddos came.

Here's a pic of how my partner's room look during the carpet installation.

And here's how my room looked after all the furniture was placed back in Friday afternoon. I wanted to be sad, but we did get some badly-needed new carpet, and there wasn't time to be upset anyway!

One more after pic that I especially love. :)

Technology Class Decor

So here are the details of my class decor. I mixed my new Technology-themed decorations with my previously used Primary Paisley decorations.

Lunch Count

Champion Tables Display (used with ClassDojo group points)

Each table is a Spanish-speaking country.

I attached mini circular fans to paper lanterns, all from Party City. The numbers are landmarks for where to go during math rotations.

These colors are how I rotate who does different student tasks at each table. You can read more about that here.

My super awesome partner teacher wanted us to send a special welcome postcard for students during the summer. This was the result. :P I edited it with the PhotoToaster and Word Swag app, and she had them printed out at CVS.

Sub Tubs ready! Curtains covering my teacher shelf we attached with good ol' hot glue.

My student and teacher supply area - behind the Lego curtain are copies for future activities.

I really enjoy how my technology labels turned out!

Here are labels from the Primary Paisley pack.

Lego-themed banner was from Target!

This curtain was made from a plastic table cloth at Target, too.

QR code task cards are held in place by Stikki Clips for a Work The Room Math activity.

From left to right: math champion pencils, Qr code coupon pencil prizes, and birthday Chinese yo-yos.

We use labeled hand sanitizers at lunch for students to use sort of like "hall passes." See how it works and download freebie labels here.

My word wall and front of the classroom didn't change hardly at all.

Technology word number labels to help my immersion Spanish students recognize number words better.

A small memories/culture display to make me smile during the day whenever I look at it. The culture banner was created with my technology templates.

Station cubbies for students to easily grab materials for their math station.

This looks crappy I know, but so far it's working pretty well to keep my 8 iPods, 2 iPad minis, and 3 regular iPads always charged.

Fun sign by the iPads to remind them to be careful

Our SeeSaw code for students to scan when uploading an item to their digital journal

Awesome science library my husband created with rain gutters

Here's a larger one he created on the opposite wall.

I went to Goodwill and found these fun guys and lots more for only $10 (they definitely had a trip to the washing machine).

Fourth graders are not too old for Winnie the Pooh - they love him!

My technology-inspired bulletin board created with technology templates

I created this Spanish verbs iPad poster to help my immersion students with some first-person conjugation they often struggle with.

And here it all is! We'll see how it looks in May, right? Thanks for being here!

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