Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Read to Self

  
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
Read to Self
Readers Need To Read Every Single Day!
How can we expect children to learn to read if we don't give them class time to read? I was a teacher for a long time when those word hit me smack in the forehead! Just because I went home and read as a child, just because my children went home and read everyday, just because we tell children to go home and read ... it doesn't really mean that children DO go home and read daily. 

We must squeeze at least 20 minutes a day into our reading block for students to read material that 
1. interests them and 
2. is on their reading level.

Twenty minutes a day, in class, equals 60 hours a school year. Sure, we have a lot to teach, there is a lot to do each day, but squeezing 20 minutes in a day not only gives your students 60 extra hours of literature and vocabulary compared to other children, but also shows them the IMPORTANCE of reading. Then indirectly, the ♥LOVE of reading. 

The Daily Five is a structured system that will help students develop the daily habits of reading, writing and working with peers that will lead to a lifetime of independent literacy. If you're not familiar with it, I recommend you Google it, as there are many resources available as well as The Daily Five website from the authors of the book. You can start out with just trying to fit a "Daily Three" into your routine, Read to Someone, Read to Self and Word Work. Last month I wrote about Read to Someone, today I wrote about Read to Self and you guessed it, next month will be Word Work. I would love to have you come back! :)
Reading 20 minutes a day, that's my tip, I hope it helps!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Bright Ideas Blog Hop about the Daily Five's Read to Self Tip.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printable Sample



Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printable Sample
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It is a sample page from this resource.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday ~ FREE Fall Fun! Basic Addition Facts - Color Your Answers Printables
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Seasonal Color For Fun Printables Freebies

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color For Fun Printable Freebies 
Color For Fun!
I've started a new series of resources that I would like to share with you. They are for your classroom and/or personal children, Color For Fun. Each resource has over 30 printable pages and are also available in a Four Pack Bundle. 

There are all sorts of things you can do with them other than just print one page.

Pre-K to First Grade
  • Use as morning work or place at a center to work on fine motor skills.
  • Staple one or more pages into your weekly homework packet for a little fun and joy!
  • Use as a quiet winding down activity at the end of a long school day!

Second Grade to Sixth Grade
  • PERFECT for INDOOR RECESS!
  • Use as a reward for the weekly homework being turned in.
  • Use on Fun Friday if everyone finished their work, some teachers call it a Ketchup Day {catch up with work}.
  • Staple one page into your weekly homework packet for a little fun and joy!
  • Staple 5 to 10 pages together for a treasure box coloring book.
Possibilities are endless! :)

Each resource has a full page FREEBIE in the Preview at my TPT Store. Click under each picture for the link to try it for free today!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Back to School Fun! Color For Fun Printable Coloring Pages
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Fall Fun! Autumn Color For Fun Printable Coloring Pages
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color For Fun Fall Four Pack of Printable Coloring Pages
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning



Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning 
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Seating for Cooperative Learning
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
Click here to see the previous weeks.
 Research show that children, and adults, usually work best in cooperative groups. 
But sometimes we all need a little place to call our own, and only our own!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
This is my favorite arrangement and here is how it works for different groups with very little movement.
FOUR IN A GROUP
* Two end students move their chairs in front of the two middle students for a group of two facing two.
* Front row students turn around and face the back row students. Now you have different groups of two facing two. One group of four on the left and one group of  four on the right.
* The four students in the front row move their chairs in front of the four students in the front row not in the picture. The four students in the back row move over to the four students in the back row of the back row not shown.
TWO IN A GROUP
* Each row has two groups of two by the middle students turning and "pair share" with the two outer students.
* The front row turns in their seats to face the back row and you now have four groups of two facing each other.
* Like the group of four that moves to the left of the picture, you can pair up the front row with the other front row for four groups of two facing each other.
* When everyone is well behaved, my favorite, find a friend.
INDEPENDENT WORK / DIRECT TEACHING
* This is my favorite part of this arrangement. When a teacher is doing a direct lesson or even giving quick directions, everyone and I mean EVERYONE has their eyes on the speaker. You can use "1, 2, 3, eyes on me." or any other method you have to get everyone's attention, but the beauty of this is you can very quickly move into close proximity of the one or two that are still not focused, in a quick, calm way of gaining class control.
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
Michelle has some great tips about cooperative learning and what has worked for her at some of her different schools. Click over there today, because she would like to share them 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!
Since Michelle and I loved reading all your teacher tips this summer, and we still have so many ideas to share with you, we're going to continue this weekly feature for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Stop by Michelle's blog and my blog each week for Tuesday Teacher Tips.  We hope you will share your ideas, too.  

Each week we will choose one person who shared a tip on our blog who will get a $10 shopping trip.  We will announce the winner in the following Tuesday's post.  The winner of this post will be announced on next week's post.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips:  Desk Arrangements for Cooperative Learning
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

You Oughta Know About ... Making Cubbies When You Only Have Shelves



Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas "You Oughta Know About" blog hop ... Making Cubbies When You Only Have Shelves
You Oughta Know About...making cubbies when you only have shelves. I wish I had known it sooner! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Blog Hop for You Oughta Know About ... Using Shelves for Cubbies!
Do you remember when you first started teaching and everything had to be perfect? Maybe it was last year for some of you, maybe it was in 1989, like it was for me! Yep, I'm old, but with age comes wisdom. When we moved back to Florida as a Navy family, I was giddy to be back in my old school district. I could have been given a Sear's tool shed to teach in and I would have been happy as a clam. AND... my portable was pretty much that, a Sear's tool shed! My portable had no storage, no built in shelves, nothing as fancy as my two beautiful "in the building" classrooms I was given in Texas. I was spoiled rotten in Texas, my rooms were so nice.... anyway... One thing my school in Florida had was old black bookcases, old black file cabinets, old black cabinets...at least, most of them were old, I mean, black! :) Black didn't show the outdated age as much as the avocado green ones!  

To give the students a sense of "their space" I give each one a plastic shoe box from ole' happy Wal-Mart. They are only a dollar each and I could fit four on a shelf. I love these because they are roomier than pencil boxes. The students can dump their crayons, their pencils, their erasers, everything, into these boxes. Then you don't have a lot of wasted academic time with a student trying to re-stuff their crayons back into that small Crayola box!
So that's my tip, it's more like, be happy with what you have, real life is not always going to be Pinterest-Perfect, but student's feed off of your mood. When you're happy, their happy! :)
Click here to see more of my before and after classroom pictures from that year.
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You Oughta Know... and I invite you to hop around for more wonderful ideas for your classroom! 



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