Currently in a NEW YEAR!

Currently January 2015Another year has begun and with the beginning of a new month means a new Currently with Oh Boy 4th Grade. Seriously this blog linky that Farley has been doing for ages now is one I look forward to each month even if I forget to actually do it. :)

Listening to the DVR first episode of this season of Little Women LA. I have this infatuation with watching shows that include Little People but being 6’2″ and seeing them in real life is a bit daunting.

Loving my fuzzy socks! They are seriously the best thing in winter.

Thinking I have some planning to do. I have a workshop in South San Antonio and in North San Antonio next week and I need to do some planning. They are make and take workshops so they should be a LOT of fun.

Wanting someone to magically put away all of the decorations for me. I seriously hate putting them up and hate taking them down even more. Need to go get some bigger storage tubs to hold the larger stuff we have now.

Needing to do some serious laundry from our trip to Nebraska over Christmas and to be prepared for the upcoming trips that I have. Anyone want to help? I will let you do yours as well.

Yes, I am having weight loss surgery this month, January 13th to be exact. I will be having a vertical sleeve gastrectomy and be in the hospital probably just for the day (maybe overnight). I’ve been on my pre-op diet since December 23rd and I have my ups and downs. I will be on liquids through January and then soft foods for awhile after that. I am hoping that by my birthday (February 24th) I will have met my first goal of being down 10% of my starting weight. This gets me started on the path and I can’t wait. I did grab some new portion plates and serving pieces to help have the right tools to get me going. Since hubby had the surgery almost two years ago it wil be good for both of us.

So while all of this is starting the new year on a new foot, I am excited about what it means.

Happy New Year with #dollardeals15 AND a Giveaway!

Rinigng in the New Year with Dollar Deasl and a $50 TpT Gift Card giveaway from Upper Grade Memoirs #dollardeals15

I am SOOO excited for 2015 and I hope you are too! I have teamed up with my new friends at Upper Grade Memoirs (a new collaborative blog for Upper Grade Teachers) to bring you some AWESOME deals as well as a HUGE giveaway!

JRinging in the New Year Dollar Dealsust like the picture above says, check out all of our 40 Dollar Deals (there are 10 of us doing 4 items each) on Teachers Pay Teachersby searching #dollardeals15 in the search bar on TpT. I know that if you buy all 4 of the products from my store alone you will save $9.50, or 70% off on these four products! HOLY HECK!

I recently went through and gave my Martin Luther King Jr. bundle a facelift and I’ve decided that since his day of observance is upon us This MLK Activity Bundle has activities that you can use with very little to NO PREP! 12 task cards with recording sheet and answer key; a biography flippable perfect for independent research or even a non-fiction novel; fact and opinion sort with cards, recording sheet and answer key; character traits response activity; Word Scramble activity and answer key; and a MLK Jr. mobile craftivity!in just a short amount of time I wanted to make sure and add this as my main DOLLAR DEAL just for you! This bundle has activities that you can use with very little to NO PREP! 12 task cards with recording sheet and answer key; a biography flippable perfect for independent research or even a non-fiction novel; fact and opinion sort with cards, recording sheet and answer key; character traits response activity; Word Scramble activity and answer key; and a MLK Jr. mobile craftivity!

You will have to check out my store for the other three $1 deals during the next four days only!

You don’t want to miss out on this great set of deals so make sure to check out our #dollardeals15 and grab them up today!

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Problem Solving with Matchbook Flippables

Sometimes we as teachers just need something different in our classroom. I know that I’m one that can’t do the same thing over and over again and when I am able to find a new way to do some practice work, I’m all over it. Recently I started looking into using Matchbook Flippables to do some practice in a small space (we are talking 3″ Post Its peeps!)

As I was sitting down to answer some questions from some followers about new ways to work with decimals, I immediately pulled out the Matchbook Flippable to have something small and not overwhelming for students. This activity is PERFECT for any concept so pay attention.

First of all, you will need to grab the FREE Matchbook Flippable Template that I have available for you. Yes, it is editable! Each page has 3 matchbooks on it so this works perfectly for saving some paper if you are just needing to print them out but you also get the PNG to be able to add in as you see fit. Now back to this fun practice flippable.

I was working with Decimal Operations AND Problem Solving. For me, anytime that I have taught decimal operations I have related it to money! Yes, money! And this wasn’t going to be any different.

Matchbook Decimal ProblemsFirst thing after assembling the matchbook, you can either give students a decimal problem or allow them to choose one of their own.

Matchbook_Decimal_Addition3Next up, it’s time to WRITE A PROBLEM around the numbers in this problem. As you can see, I decided to have my buddy Mary Elise (totally made up person although my cousin’s middle name is Elise) get in on some sale shopping so she would have some warmer clothes!

OnceMatchbook_Decimal_Addition4 the problem is written, flip to the next post it and solve.Not only will students need to solve the problem but they should also check their work performing the inverse operation.


Finally, it all comes down to writing the answer on the inside flap of the matchbook. This is just an extra step but allows for quick checking of student’s work.

Not only are these something that would work in an interactive notebook, but wouldn’t they also be cute for a bulletin board in the hallway? I could totally see other students reading the word problems and solving checking the work of others.

What about taking it another step and adding this into an interactivity where students are doing their holiday shopping? You could have them do one matchbook per person they were shopping for and they could even add in the pictures of each with them.

Matchbook Flippable TemplateThe ideas are endless! Don’t miss out on grabbing this FREEBIE!

Shopping with Decimals and Percent Increase/Decrease Round Up

Shopping with Decimals and Percent Increase/Decrease Round Up

Recently on the 4mulaFun Facebook page, I asked everyone what math concept their students are struggling with. One stood out to me – decimals and percent increase/decrease. I immediately thought of doing a round-up of resources available online just for that concept – but with a fun “math in real life” twist – SHOPPING!

Here we go!

Decimal Shopping Spree Foldable Mini Book Activity

Send your students on a shopping spree, and help them to master decimal concepts without even realizing it because they’re having so much fun!

It's A Party- Decimal Budget Activity

Everyone loves to party, but many kids don’t understand all that goes into party planning! Teach them life skills and decimals at the same time.

Subtracting with Money Solve and Snip- Common Core & TEKS

This decimals activity has word problems where students subtract with money!

Adding, Subtracting, Estimating Decimals Packet

This packet includes three different activities that reinforce real-world concepts of rounding, adding, subtracting, and estimating sums and differences of decimals and whole numbers!

The Cupcake Shop

This in-class project provides students with a fun way to put their fraction, decimal and equation writing/solving skills to work in a fun, real world scenario.

Project Based Learning: Lemonade Stand 5th Fractions and Decimals

Lemonade Stands are a part of growing up! In this project, kids will be given a budget to purchase supplies for their lemonade stand.

Project Based Learning: Plan a Winter Party Common Core Math Standards December

A seasonal party planning activity – help your students learn decimals while they plan a classroom holiday party!

Percent Increase and Decrease Word Problems Solve and Snip- Common Core & TEKS

This percent increase and decrease set of practice problems involve lots of money-based scenarios for mastering decimals!

Percent Increase and Decrease Word Problems Solve and Snip- Common Core & TEKS

Did your students love the set above? Here’s another set of practice problems for percent increase & decrease in the same format!

Percent Increase & Decrease {Discount, Mark-Up, and Tax} - Math Lib Activity!

In this activity, students will practice solving problems related to discount, mark-up, sales tax, tip, percent increase, and percent decrease as they move through 10 stations. The answers they get will generate a funny story about their teacher.

Percent Discount, Taxes and Tips Coloring Worksheet

This is a coloring activity that allows the student to practice multiple step percent problems. They need to find the percent discount, commission, use sales tax and find percent change.

Sales Tax, Tip, and Discount Task Cards

This is a set of 20 task cards to practice the concept of percents and real-world problems. The problems cover sales tax, discount, and tip and several problems include more than one step.

Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

This brightly illustrated book quickly presents several math concepts related to fractions, decimals, and percents. Using a county fair as a backdrop, the book discusses how to change a number in one form to its equivalent in another; and how the value of a digit depends upon its placement in relation to a decimal point.

The Stock Market: Understanding and Applying Ratios, Decimals, Fractions, and Percentages (Math for the Real World)

With this book your students learn about the Stock Market and how they can apply ratios, decimals, fractions, and percentages to their “investments” in the stock market.

That’s it for this round up! I hope you find something in this set of resources to help your class understand decimals!

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Here's a round-up of math activities available online just for decimals and percent increase/decrease – but with a fun “math in real life” twist – SHOPPING!

I Heart Math Holiday Hop

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 Note: Use this image to help you “hop” around. The advent calendar has a link to each day of the month HOWEVER, just like a real advent calendar, the posts do not “unlock” until 9 pm EST the night before the calendar date.


I can’t believe we have been hopping along for 17 days already and have filled your stockings not only wtih ideas on giving back and tips for holiday math but also a slew of freebies! Well today isn’t going to let you down because I have more in store for you.

Stocking Stuffer #1- Giving Back Idea

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When I was in school, and even while I was in the classroom teaching, I was very aware of adopting an Angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. There came a time when I wasn’t able to adopt an angel by myself and I missed doing so. This year however my husband and I found multiple ways to give back and we plan to continue to do so.

First of all we had a friend who was in need. She and her two sons had not only become homeless but she was also going through a divorce. A house fire took everything they owned and we couldn’t let the boys not have anything to their name much less for her to not be able to afford Christmas for them. The hubby and I took pleasure in stocking the closets for the boys (shirts, jeans, a jacket and even some underwear) as well as buyng each of them a Nerf Gun. Yes, all boys need a Nerf gun!

Thankfully our friend (my friend since childhood) wears roughly the same size that I do and I decided to do an early purge through my closet and send it all her way. My mom did the same thing and sent them over to her so that she would have some professional outfits as well since she was getting back into the work force.

We decided to not stop there and move on and we adopted two angels from the Angel Tree at our local mall. Hubby and I each picked out one and I sure hope that Jessica and Jorge have a blessed Christmas. We have an awesome Salvation Army around here and while I was worried about clothing not fitting for a 13 year old girl (inbetween sizes) they informed me that they have an exchange closet that they can come and exchange like items when they don’t fit. They don’t worry about the cost, they just swap pants for pants, shirts for shirts, etc. I think that is awesome and makes me want to help out our Salvation Army even more.

Well, hubby was at a doctor appointment earlier this week and they had an Angel Tree as well for a few people at a local shelter and as of Tuesday nothing had been brought in. They were coming on Friday and we just couldn’t let that happen so we went off to Target and took care of Miguel. Another Nerf gun was definitely in store for him as he was 8 years and simply asked for toys. Grabbed him some Lego kits as well.

Moral of these stories are to do what you can when youc an. We have been truly blessed this year and hubby and I have made it a mission to give back each month in some way. Give when you can and you will be blessed.

Stocking Stuffer #2- A Holiday Math Tip

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As many of you are heading into that final stretch (or already have hit it), it is so important to manage those chunks of time in your classroom. Don’t let a minute go by when your kids don’t have something planned because that is when havoc can break loose. Keep your students engaged and working throughout the class period (even if it is an exam day) and you won’t have to fret about classroom management those last few days before the holidays.

A Special Gift for You…

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And to help you get through those last few days, or even those first few days back, I have created a new item JUST FOR YOU!  This Hidden Message Riddle Me This covers Percent Proportions and is a perfect time filler! This puzzle will not only get your students to answer ten problems to find the percent of a number but also solve a riddle as well.


Thank you for catching up with me today. Be sure to tune in everyday during the month of December to read each blog post. By clicking on the header above, you will return to the starting point of our blog hop. Tomorrow Jen Smith (nope, not related) will provide you with wonderful holiday tips and a special gift.

Beyond Traditional Math

Giving Back to Teachers Near and Far

Giving Back

As we wrap up 2014 and head into the new year I would like to take today to give back. Today, Sunday, December 14th, 2014 I will be giving 25% of my sales to projects on Donors Choose to complete them before Christmas! This is a win-win because you will get my products to use in your classroom and other teachers will get their Donors Choose  projects completed in time for Christmas and hopefully get their products as they get back from Winter Break.

I will be totalling the sales in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and my blog store together and completing as many projects as I can on Monday.

Some of the projects I am hoping to complete are…


This teacher needs pencils for her classroom… heck yea we can help out


This classroom wants to conserve their notebook paper and start doing more work on Dry Erase Boards.


and  this Deaf Ed class wtih #noexcuses wants to start communicating with an iPad.

I can’t wait to see how many teachers we can help out!

And don’t forget to check out the other teachers who are joining in to GIVE BACK!