Math Facts Freebie, Lockdown, and Lessons Learned

Happy Teacher Appreciate Week! I hope you are all feeling appreciated by your little ones!!!

Here is a freebie for you!!! These are the math racers addition flash cards I use with my math racers. You can see the post on math racers { here }! I have each set labeled and ready, so if the kids finish their math work early, or have a few extra minutes to spare, they can pick up the set they need and practice. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done. :) I hope you can use them!!! Just click the picture to get a copy and leave me a comment. Please. :) I love your comments!!!

In other news...

Yesterday we had a full blown lockdown at our school. That's right, a lockdown. Not a drill. The legit kind. Where you have to lock your door and close the blinds and turn the lights out and be quiet and all you can hear are helicopters flying over... No recess, no lunch, no bathroom, no leaving, no loud voices, and no you may not go outside to get your corn dog that is in your lunchbox inside your backpack. And no, I cannot go get it for you.

Four hours later, we were all wondering when it was gonna end...

So, to occupy the time we...

Played go fish educational games, and watched two Disney movies educational films.

Lessons learned:

  • Always have extra snacks on hand. Always. 
  • There's no shame in peeing in a trash can. (For the kids!!! Not me! I held it!!! No fun!!! It was not easy, either!!!) 
  • You should always have a pair of tennis shoes available. Just in case.
  • Don't underestimate your kids.

Finally we were able to dismiss the kids to their parents but we had to take them to the back back far away field and wait for each parent to sign their kid out. I was so impressed with how great my kids did, considering the circumstances. We are all just so glad everything and everyone is alright!!!  

I hope your Teacher Appreciate Week is going WoNdErFuL!!! You deserve it!!!


  1. Thanks so much for the flash cards. It's very cute! That's some story about the lockdown. Did they ever tell you what happened? I've been in that situation before and it's not a pleasant one. You're trying to keep the kids calm, but, inside, you're freaking out! I'm glad everything's okay!

    Lori (
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  2. Oh my gosh, I can't believe you went through that! I've heard that can happen but have been lucky enough to not experience it yet. Thanks for the advice- note to self: go buy some tennis shoes for my classroom this weekend!
    Thanks for the freebies!
     Chrissy

    First Grade Found Me

  3. Hi Sandy - that's crazy. I haven't had one since my early days in an inner city school way back in 1995. Sounds like you did a great job keeping them busy. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  4. That sounds scary! I'm glad everything was okay! Thank you so much for the great freebie.

  5. Well THAT sounds eventful! 4 hours is a long time for anyone to cooped up!
    Dragonflies in First

  6. Adorable flash cards! Your lockdown sounds MISERABLE!!!! Did you ever find out why you were in lockdown? It is so hard to keep second graders in one spot, especially when they are scared that something might be going on!!

  7. This is great!! Thanks for sharing!


  8. Wow! Good for you. I'm glad everyone is fine.
    Grade ONEderful
    Ruby Slippers

  9. Keeping kids still and quiet outside for 5 minutes during a fire drill is bad enough--I can't imagine what a 4-hour lockdown is like!
    Swersty’s Swap Shop