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Do You Adore Word Searches In Your Classroom?

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Five Back to School Word Searches for a Whole Week of Fun at TeacherspayTeachers.
Five Back to School Word Searches for a Whole Week of Fun!

This Back to School resource includes:
FIVE No Prep Printable word searches and five answer keys!

These high interest black and white printables are great for morning work, seat work, homework or small group work.


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Five Back to School Word Searches for a Whole Week of Fun at TeacherspayTeachers.
 Terrific for an Emergency Sub Tub!
Answer Keys Included!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Five Back to School Word Searches for a Whole Week of Fun at TeacherspayTeachers.



Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE Color For Fun Farm Boy!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color for Fun - Farm Fun - Coloring Pages at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Color for Fun - Farm Fun - Coloring Pages
This cutie is free in the TpT preview, visit this page {click here} and then click on the green PREVIEW button that is underneath the Farm Fun cover picture. You will be able to print this printable as well as view the remaining 27 coloring pages that comes in the resource, Color for Fun - Farm Fun - Coloring Pages.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color for Fun - Farm Fun - Coloring Pages at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.

FREE Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Worksheets

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers. 
Two Free Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Worksheets
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers.
Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie
Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables, Perfect for Your Students' Desks on the First Day of School!

This free resource includes:
2 color by code worksheets focusing on back to school vocabulary
2 answer keys

 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers.Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Freebie - Two Color By Code Back to School Vocabulary Printables at TeacherspayTeachers.
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Are You Teaching How to Use the Break Apart Strategy For Place Value?



The Break Apart Strategy For Place Value

Breaking a 2-digit or larger number apart, or ungrouping the number, is a strategy that helps students see the value in place value. The tens place is not just a 4. It’s value is 40 or 4 tens. The more mental math tips that students have in their tool kit of skills, the easiest each step of the harder math skills become.


One of the best ways to each this strategy is with base ten blocks. I teach my students a "banking method" I'm taking a ten and I'm going to the bank and returning with 10 ones. It is a lot of fun to model it in the beginning, taking your ten piece and walking over to another table to trade it out for 10 ones. Later as they are practicing and reviewing this skill by themselves, it is wonderful to hear, "I'm taking these three hundreds to the bank..."

I like base ten blocks that are all one color, that way the students don't get confused with trading "red" for "green" instead of the skill of trading ones for tens. The above picture is a wonderful set at Amazon that are magnetic for your board or an independent center. 


Another great way to practice is with dice, specifically place value dice.


Students can roll their dice at the same time and the winner is the one with highest number. They can play to ten points, or if you have a few minutes before lunch or dismissal, play the lightening round... winner needs two wins. By having the students check each other's dice, there is more mental math going on in a short period of time.









More Matching Resources for Your Lessons
For each unit, I stick to one color to make it easier for the teacher to make, sort and store the lessons each year. For each section of the lesson I try to use the same adorable student clip art. That way, indirectly, the children know the task cards, the color your answers printables and the center games are all focusing on the same skill.


This math resource includes:
Four center game pages in color AND
Four center game printable pages in black and white to use as a Make and Take Math Center!

Teacher directions included.
Bonus: Two MATH CENTER signs, one in color and one in gray scale.



This math resource includes:
FIVE printables that are made to be an additional resource for any math series. FIVE answer keys included. Use them for your math center, small group, RTI pull out, seat work or homework. Perfect for a substitute day, high interest AND engaging!


This math resource includes: 36 Task Cards and Recording Printable Worksheet, with Answer Sheet Included. These task cards are made to be an additional resource for your math small group time, centers, RTI pull out, seat work or homework.


MORE OF MY PLACE VALUE RESOURCES
I'M EXCITED ABOUT!
Back to School Place Value Race - Cute Kid Theme!


How about you? Do you have any tips or tricks you would like to share? Please leave them in the comments and I'll also including them in my social media.
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Back To School Sanitizer Trick!

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Fern Smith's Back To School Sanitizer Trick!
Stan, Stan, The Sanitizer Man!
{2017 Back to School Rerun Fun}
This year, I'm going to be putting Stan by my door. That way when the children return from the restroom, they'll get that extra-just-in-case-they-DIDN'T-wash-their-hands boost! But I'm sure they wash their hands, hahahahahaha! Right! So here is Stan and here's his little chant if someone forgets to stop by and use him. 
 
"Stan, Stan, the Sanitizer Man,
Tell Mrs. Smith if they don't have clean hands!" 
 
Third Grade is STRESSFUL in Florida, the possibility of failing the state mandated standardized testing and failing 3rd grade is very upsetting to 8 & 9 year olds, they are EIGHT and NINE year old babies.... We need to use any chance to make something fun!
Enjoy!



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