Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!


  
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: If Your School Doesn't Celebrate Halloween, Let's Have An Owl Party!
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
Let's face it, even if your school says NO HALLOWEEN, most of your students will be excited!  Seriously, who can blame them? Halloween is the one time of year that a little boy REALLY thinks he is Batman and a little girl REALLY thinks she is a princess. I love Halloween for that very reason! But from a teacher's point of view, I have always felt that November 1st should be a National Holiday! 
Well, my friends, this year, you are in luck...
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
But if you can't celebrate Halloween, you can host an Owl party instead. Owls are cute and hip this year and students love them. I have four ideas for your party and my tip to you is team up and have a "Round the World" type of day. I've even included a couple of little charts for your schedule. I recommend a two hour block broken into 4 half-hour classes. This works best with four teachers, but if you have two teachers, each of you do two activities twice. 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
Click here or on the image to download a couple of different blank scheduling forms.

If you have an odd number of teachers, three or five, divide one class up with the other classes and the "leftover" teacher can do a few different things. They can be a second teacher at the activity your team thinks is the hardest, they can be a 10 minute "Restroom Break" person that rotates around to give everyone a break, they can grade everyone's papers so they don't have to take them home on the weekend, they can make treat bags with NON-HALLOWEEN candy for everyone to take home...hahaha, just a cute little gift from all the teachers for your NON-Halloween Owl Party.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! 
Depending on your grade level, print one, two or all four pages of this Free Owl Color For Fun printable. If you need an even longer activity, take an 18 x 12 piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Then place the four color sheets inside and add three staples along the left hand side. Students can also decorate the covers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! FREE Color For Fun Owl Printable Coloring pages.
 Click here or on the image for the free Owl Color For Fun printables.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
Here is a wonderful 4 minute owl video. It meets the "Fern Standards" which means nothing gets eaten, turns bloody, is scary or even breaks a nail. But it is a real life, hidden camera, owl nest that is so cute!
Next, give them one of my free owl writing printables to write about the video.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead! FREE Download - Owl Writing Paper
Click here or on the image for the free papers.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
So, I tried really, really, really hard this week to make you an owl craftivity, but it is just something that was kicking my tail! So I found these four FREEBIES at TPT for you.

{These were free at the time of this blog post. Please let me know if that changes.}
OR
I found this adorable owl craft at the Education.com web site, with a free download direction sheet.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas: Tuesday Teacher Tips: Can't Celebrate Halloween At School? Throw an Owl Party Instead!
The last idea is to have a classroom where they make a little owl treat, these treats range from "SUPER EASY" to "GET A ROOM MOM TO MAKE MOST IN ADVANCE" type of treats! 
ENJOY :)
 Looking for more tips? 
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Pinterest Board for Fall Resources for Elementary School Teachers for Autumn.
 Michelle has some great tips about her experiences with No Halloween Celebrations that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
Teach123's Tuesday Teacher Tip
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!
Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog to get a $10 shopping trip. We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post. The winner for today, October 21st will be announced on the October 28th post. :)
Do you have a great classroom party tip to share?
Please be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip.
 


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Mixed Addition Halloween Quick Easy Center and Printable



This Free Halloween Make and Take Center is available in my store at TPT.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/FREE-Mixed-Addtion-Halloween-Quick-Easy-Centers-and-Printables-1502722
 If you like this, you'll love my
Halloween Addition Center Games with Nine Concepts

Halloween Addition Center Games with Nine Concepts
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Halloween-Addition-Center-Games-with-Nine-Concepts-321912
 On Fridays I'll list everything new for you and your lesson plans for next week! In addition to the freebie, I published two math task card sets to help you with Relating Addition to Multiplication.


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Relate-Addition-to-Multiplication-Task-Cards-and-Recording-Sheets-for-3OAA1-1478922
Relate Addition to Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets for 3.OA.A.1
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Relate-Addition-to-Multiplication-Task-Cards-and-Recording-Sheets-No-Common-Core-1479256
 Relate Addition to Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets No Common Core
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Parent-Teacher Conferences


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Parent-Teacher ConferencesTuesday Teacher Tips: Parent-Teacher Conference
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
This week's tip is about having a smooth, calm, happy parent-teacher conference.
Parent-teacher conferences can make or break you. No matter what, you need to win parents over, they need to be on your side and be supportive of what you are trying to teach their child. Every "baby" is somebody's "baby." No parent likes to hear how horrible their child is, remember, they have lived with that child a lot longer than you, they probably already know all the child's bad points! :/
 
If you remember a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it will help you have a smooth and successful conference.
1. The first piece of bread represents starting out with a fact about the conference.
"Thank you so much for coming, I'm so concerned about Little Susie's fluency."
 
2.The peanut butter and jelly represent two kind things you can start out the conference with about the student.
"Susie is the sweetest child I have ever meet, she is also kind to everyone on the playground."
 
3. The last piece of bread is for the facts you need to help the parent with about the first piece of bread.
"If Susie could x and y and z, I feel her fluency will improve, etc. etc. etc."
Then open it up to any other concerns the parent has about their child. No matter what, always wind up with thanking the parent for coming to your conference.
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Looking for more tips? 
Click on the picture below to go to my Classroom Ideas Pinterest Board.
I would ♥love it if you would like to follow it too!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas ~ Classroom Ideas Pinterest Board. 
Michelle has some great tips about parent-teacher conferences that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
Teach123's Tuesday Teacher Tip
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!
Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog to get a $10 shopping trip. We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post. The winner for today, October 14th will be announced on the October 21st post. :)

Do you have a great classroom tip to share?
Please be sure to include your email so I can contact you if you're the winner of the $10 shopping trip.
 



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