Monday, May 30, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!


Happy Memorial Day from our Military Family to Your Family!
Here are my Memorial Day Freebies, Resources and a Mailing Address for Veterans if you need a last minute idea this week.
  Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift!
The end of the year is a busy time, many teachers have to have report cards completed long before the last day of school. End of the year paperwork, IEPs, testing, RTI, lots and lots of paperwork. A fun and terrific way to keep your students busy is to write letters to our service members and veterans.

Since Memorial Day is a time when we stop and remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, it can also be a time for children to reflect on the men and women who serve or have served our great country.

This THANK YOU FREEBIE has six writing papers that can be used as Thank Yous to your military family and friends. Also included are 20 coloring pages of the different branches of the military.

Use it as a class project and then send them to:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

Google "Where to send a thank you to our veterans and military." for more organization that are willing to help.


As a thank you each year, I like to create a new forever freebie for you to use in the classroom. Two years ago, I created Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration FREEBIE.
Last year's resource, Memorial Day Color For Fun, includes the following:
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift! 
Six pages that can be used for various grade levels as a thank you.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift!
Twenty additional pages that can be colored and for the older grades, a writing prompt.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift!
This year's freebie is ...
Free Memorial Day Word Search & Answer Key!
A Memorial Day Word Search.
Click here to get the Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration

I also have a few Memorial Day resources for sale at TPT to incorporate Memorial Day into your Literacy Center.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!

 Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!  
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core! 
Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? for Common Core! 
Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? for Common Core!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? for Common Core!
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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Vowel Sorting Short u & Long u Interactive Notebook Activity!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Sorting-Short-u-Long-u-Center-Games-and-Interactive-Notebook-Activities-953010
Vowel Sorting Short u & Long u Center Games and Interactive Notebook Activities  is one of my favorite resources on TPT. It's wonderful for RTI work.
Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Vowel Sorting  Center Games for Short u & Long u including Interactive Notebook Activities at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
If you download the free preview I have one of the Interactive Notebooks Activities for you, for FREE!
Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Vowel Sorting  Center Games for Short u & Long u including Interactive Notebook Activities at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Common Core Listing
Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Vowel Sorting  Center Games for Short u & Long u including Interactive Notebook Activities at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
 Three ways to play to differentiate for your students' needs.
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Here is another vowel freebie for you!
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http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Sorting-Short-o-Long-o-Center-Games-and-Interactive-Notebook-Activities-960146
  Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Vowel Sorting Short o & Long o Interactive Notebook Activity!

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center Freebie

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center with a Cute Back to School Student Theme at TeachersPayTeachers. 
If you have a wonderful room mom or parent volunteer, send them this electronic file and have it ready to go for back to school. You can mix and match it with my new Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Subtraction Basic Facts Center with a Cute Back to School Student Theme to make it a little harder depending on your students' ability levels.
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Using and Making Line Plots Task Cards

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Using and Making Line Plots Task Cards at TeachersPayTeachers.
Using and Making Line Plots Task Cards, Recording Sheets and Answer Keys With A Cute Kid and School Theme!

This can be a tricky concept for third graders. 
This resource has:
→EIGHT Task Cards in Color
→EIGHT {Same} Task Cards in Black and White
→FOUR Recording Printable Worksheets
→FOUR Answer Key Sheets
Perfect for your math center, small group work or review.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Using and Making Line Plots Task Cards at TeachersPayTeachers.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Using and Making Line Plots Task Cards at TeachersPayTeachers.
This resource is part of a larger resource, and is available with and without common core listings.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Third Grade Math Unit Two Task Cards Bundle with Common Core at TeachersPayTeachers
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quick and Easy to Prep Dice Game for Multiplication or Addition of Three Digits


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Quick and Easy to Prep Dice Game for Multiplication or Addition!
A Quick and Easy To Prep Dice Game
You will ♥love♥ this game! 
I made it up one year because my plan lesson ended sooner than I thought & the natives were getting restless, they loved it SOOOOO much that we turned it into a tournament the next day! The best part about the game is that it is completely LUCK, so your lowest student can be the grand prize winner and your smartest of the smart might end up in last place

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Quick and Easy to Prep Dice Game for Multiplication or Addition!

However, it is great for reinforcing multiplication and calculator skills for everyone. It can also be revised to be addition instead, so it is really a great K - 4th game!
Directions:
Pair students up, or let them pick partners.
Everyone gets 3 dice each and their own calculator.
Students roll all three dice at the same time.
Each child multiplies their 3 digits to get a final answer.
THEN...they must check each other's work with their calculator. {This gives them another problem to work & it helps to stop any 'cheating' problems!}
The winner is the student with the highest answer.
Record your tallies on a sheet of paper.
Play until one student gets 10 points. This also helps with the mental math of "three to go and I win" or "I only need 1 point to tie" etc.
Then congratulate your winner, "Great Job!"
Say something nice to the loser, "Good Game!"
Move around the room and watch another game until someone is done, then play a new partner!

Then, like real life, we figure out some better ways to control the dice. One child said, "After you roll the dice, put them in the cover of the calculator!"

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Quick and Easy to Prep Dice Game for Multiplication or Addition!
Then another child figured out we could roll the dice INSIDE the calculator cover & they would never hit the floor! I just love it when I'm learning new things from their creativity! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Quick and Easy to Prep Dice Game for Multiplication or Addition!

This game made for some great discussion at the end of class. How rolling a 1 stinks because anything times 1 "says their name" and stays the same. How the greatest answer is 216 because 6*6*6= 216. They thought of lots of interesting things & I wish I had taken a picture of the anchor chart with their stickie notes! 

Anyway, the next day we played it like a basketball tournament. Winners continued to play each other and losers moved on to play each other...it was a lot of fun! True to what I had hoped, the lowest student in the class was the WINNER! The loser? I had said that the smartest of the smart could be the loser because it is completely a game of LUCK! Number 12, the bottom of the heap was ME! I lost the entire game & not because I wasn't trying! 

The kids loved the game even more! :)
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