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Getting Ready for Next Year? Tips for Making Mini-Books Last Longer!

Are You Looking to Make Your Mini-Readers Last Longer? Using Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Will Help Them Last Longer for Your Classroom. Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Making Mini-Books Last Longer for Mini-Fingers!
Now is the time many teachers are thinking and preparing for next year. I want to share with you one of my favorite tips for your PRINTED mini-books and mini-readers.

I like to use duck tape as a side binder OVER the staples.
Four Reasons:
1. It keeps the book together longer.
2. The BACK page is not as quick to rip off.
3. Little people don't start crying when little fingers get snagged on the back part of the staple! Oh the drama!
4. Teacher stays happy! :)
Are You Looking to Make Your Mini-Readers Last Longer? Using Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Will Help Them Last Longer for Your Classroom. Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Guided Reading Groups and Fluency
You can also print 6 to 8 of the same mini-books to make sets to use again and again during your guided reading instruction. The students can use the books with white boards and white board markers. Use one color of duct tape for the binding to keep all the same titles of a book easy to find and organized. 

Click here for Michelle's Teach123 mini-books. 
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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ FREE I Have, Who Has? Money Bundle

Your students will adore this FREE  I Have, Who Has? Money Bundle. Coins and Bills are all included for your students to learn and review important skills at the same time as having fun in YOUR classroom! You will love the no prep, print and go ease of this resource with all ANSWER KEYS Included with this FLASH FREEBIE! At TpT!

Monday, June 19th Update: This resource is now back to $4.45. Please come back each Friday for my Freebie Friday series which will be ALL NEW and ALL EXCITING this summer, I pinky promise! Have a great week Friends. Click here to see my previous 250 PLUS Freebie Fridays.

Today's Freebie Friday is unusual for a few reasons!
1. It's not Friday!
2. It's not a Forever Freebie like all my other Friday Freebies!
3. Yesterday was my birthday, so the gift is for you and your students this year! Click here to download it.
4. I posted this on my Facebook page for my Facebook followers and FORGOT to publish it here on the blog....too much Ooey Gooey Butter Cake #IHaveNoIdeaWhyICannotLoseWeight 

So I will leave this Flash Freebie FREE until tomorrow night, Sunday, June 18th for my Friends that follow me by email or Bloglovin' to have enough notice to download it too. Then it will be back to a priced resource Monday. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated! Please feel free to share this with your friends and work team!

Were you able to get last week's new Freebie Friday? It's a brand new resource and I'm excited to share it with you for your teaching files for next year!

Your students will adore these FREE Color By Numbers worksheets for a mixed basic fact introduction or review. Multiplication, addition, subtraction, and division are all included for your students to learn and review important skills at the same time as having fun in YOUR classroom! You will love the no prep, print and go Color Your Answers Worksheets for addition, division, subtraction, and multiplication with all ANSWER KEYS Included with this FREEBIE at TeacherspayTeachers by Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.

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An Anchor Chart for Introducing Angles!

An Anchor Chart for Introducing Angles from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
This Is My Favorite Angle Anchor Chart!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun}

I know it is not pretty, but the students make one at the same time I make mine on the over head camera and they take it home too! My old math series covered the angles in one day and then moves right along! :(

I tell the students to put the poster up in their room and tell their parents everything they learned about angles! Amazing! The next day they really have a handle on it and can usually draw the four main angles without anything up in the classroom!

This never was meant to be a Pinworthy picture, just a photo from my real life teaching, but it is all over Pinterest! Proof that what works isn't always pretty! Here are the steps, I hope it helps you too!
All you need is four pipe cleaners, construction paper and tape!
Directions:
1. Have the students fold the paper into fourths.
2. Model and bend each pipe cleaner into the correct angles.
3. Tape down and label.
4. Discuss Real World locations of these angles and write them on the back. 
For example: The letter L. A clock face. A greater than or less than sign.
Enjoy!  

Back To School ~ Helpers In My Classroom

Classroom helpers procedures for a quick and easy system.
Helpers!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun}

I  team teach, so I teach two different groups each day. The first group is the Blue Group and the second group is the Red Group. My classroom helpers are broken into two groups, one for the blue group and one for the red group. Part of my CHAMPS board is for helpers. Nothing fancy, nothing Pinterest worthy, just HELPERS printed on green paper with a couple of Gators and then the class lists for the blue group on blue paper and the red group on red paper. {I blocked out their names for this picture.} 
This makes it easy to change when we get new students or someone moves. I just revise and reprint the lists. Then I use two blue and two red thumb tacks to mark the daily helper. My helpers go in order. Two kids a day, each day. If you are absent, you are skipped. I also like to end the day saying, "Suzie & Johnnie, you HAVE to come tomorrow, you are my helpers." Who knows, if they are laying in bed thinking...time to fake sick....maybe, just maybe, being my helper that day will encourage them to come. Every little thing helps when your school has a high absenteeism rate. 
My two helpers do everything, they pass out papers, collect papers, take a kid to the clinic, run an errand, answer the phone, get copies off of the printer, pass out the reward tickets, everything! It takes two seconds each morning to see who is next, so you lose no instructional time! When I taught first I called them the king and the queen, but my third graders last year asked if I would just call them helpers. Since I am hanging with the bigger kids now, I guess king and queen just wasn't COOL! :)
How about you? Anything you would like to share with my followers about your helpers? Leave a comment and I'll add it to the post!



How Do You Celebrate Summer Birthdays In Your Classroom?

Do your students have summer birthdays? During the school year you can celebrate their half birthday so they don't feel left out!
 Happy Half Birthday Celebrations!
{2017 Summer Fun Rerun!}

I am a June birthday ~ what does that mean exactly? To a little girl, it meant NEVER getting to celebrate her birthday at school...no cute hat for me, no cupcakes from home, no birthday song at the calendar, no pencil or card from my teacher ~ true, there are so many hardships in the World, but when I was little and in 2nd grade it SEEMED like every kid had their "Birthday" day at school but me! 

So when I started teaching I celebrated the summer birthday kids' HALF BIRTHDAY. If they were born on June 16th, we celebrated on Dec. 16. My students have always loved this! It was still their special day!

So when I had children, our family tradition was to celebrate their half-birthdays too! My daughter's half-birthday is May 5, Cinco de Mayo, so it is always easy to remember. When I first wrote this post, she had her best friend over and we grilled steaks, potatoes and made modified rainbow cupcakes based on the recipe below. {I ♥love, ♥love, ♥love being back in Florida! I love eating outside again!} It was a nice evening.
Rainbow Cupcakes - Do your students have summer birthdays? During the school year you can celebrate their half birthday so they don't feel left out!
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I had found the rainbow cupcake recipe online and wanted to make them next March for when we do Roy G. Biv and study the rainbow at school... mine were not as pretty as these looked, but they tasted great!
So celebrating her half-birthday made me wonder, what do other teachers like to do for their summer birthdays? Feel free to leave me a comment and I'll add it to this post.

More Great Ideas:
Katie:
I usually do them during the month of May. If I can get them on the day of their birthday, we do that. For example, if their bday is July 16, we try and celebrate May 16th. It doesn't always work out perfectly, but it has worked out pretty well. The kids definitely love that they get to celebrate with their friends at school and get that pencil and sticker.


Miss Conrad
I let my summer birthdays chose any day they wish to celebrate! It normally ends up being their half birthdays because they love that idea but sometimes it's just another special day! I have one little cutie who has a summer birthday but celebrated her "birthday" in the classroom on the anniversary of her adoption date! So cute!

Jess 
I feel your pain on the summer birthday. My birthday is the last day of June. But I have always loved having a "summer theme" birthday: pool, beach, water park, slip n slide!
For my students in my class we celebrate their birthday in June the last week of school. Since I have little ones they love the idea of celebrating just a month early. I like the idea of half birthdays and may do this next year. I just want to make sure no one gets left out. I give my students a bookmark, pencil, huge sticker, and lots of hugs on their birthdays or days we celebrate their birthday.


DJ
I love the half birthday idea! I will need to remember that next year. I also had a summer birthday, July! And as a child I felt a little left out for sure. But my mom was a teacher and so my birth was strategically planned so she could be at home with me the first couple of months and she would not have to take time off.  
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