### Indoor Recess ~ Heads Up 7-Up Directions

For some teachers it is time for Back To School! For other teachers, you are already there! Each week I plan to share with you a free how-to printable direction sheet for some of my favorite indoor recess games.
You can print them and place them in a binder in your classroom. They're also terrific for your Sub Plan folder, for some time fillers or brain breaks to help you or your sub. :)

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### Time and Fractions Back to School Center Games

Three Back to School Math Centers
Use them for Concentration, Go Fish, Old Maid, Around the World or Scoot! So many possibilities!

Depending on your grade level, you can use these centers for review or an introduction. Once you teach your children how to play Concentration, Old Maid and Go Fish these resources have everything you need for your math center time to run smoothly! I have many more centers that are designed for these three games at TpT {click here} in addition to Around the World, Exit Tickets, Scoots, all sorts of uses!

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### Using Seasonal Sticky Notes in the Classroom!

Creating a Daily Classroom Number Line
One of my favorite things to do, is a Morning Meeting at my classroom calendar. Many skills can be tucked into a quick ten minutes in the morning. Seasonal sticky notes are a terrific way to keep track of the number of days we've been at school. Even with the upper elementary grades I loved doing this because as the year rolls on, they have a visual number line, in groups of ten, to help as an anchor chart for multiplication, division, even some intermediate level students still need support with basic addition and subtraction facts....

Directions and Materials:
* 20 - 21 different seasonal sticky note pads, you will need 10 of each type. Ellison die cuts will also work well.
* Pre-cut a strip of ribbon, cash register tape, construction paper, etc. to the length of TEN seasonal sticky notes. About four feet for the store bought sticky notes.
* Place on an empty area next to your calendar. It will grow and fill the space as school progresses.
* Each day write the number for that school day and place on the ribbon. This is also a great job for the class helper. It is always very hot in Florida when we go back in August, so I use some summer themes and then progress to the cute back to school stuff for September, fall for October, etc.
* As each day unfolds you will have created in groups of ten, a working number line for your classroom.

Perfect for a visual anchor chart for a large variety of math skills.

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### Bright Ideas Blog Hop: Organizing Important Papers for Meet the Teacher Day

Setting Out The Important Papers For Meet the Teacher Day!
I've taught over 20 years and I've never worked at a school that had all the important papers for the families ready to go early for Meet the Teacher Day.
It wasn't the school's fault, maybe the "BIG" copy machine broke, {Died from the "return from summer" slam!} maybe it was a late delivery of Handbooks from the District Office, it could have been a great idea the team leader just came up with, whatever the reason, you can get upset, angry and sweat like C.R.A.Z.Y if you're in the 100 degree heat here in Florida. You can develop an ulcer even before school starts....OR, you can try this little trick this year and then come back and let me know if it helped you go home happy, calm and ready to face all the students the next day!
* Take all the papers that you keep getting and set them up buffet-style at your reading table {see picture} or push students desks together to form a long table.
* Then have the families start at one end of the table ONLY and work their way to the end of the table AND have the sign-in sheet AT THE END of all of the papers. That way they usually wouldn't take just a few of the papers and get out of line.
* This way you can keep the line going one way, while you smile and make small talk with everyone and this will make sure everyone gets all the different forms and items they need to take home.
* BEST PART.... you can add a stack of anything to the end of the "buffet-line" if the office continues to send anything, anything at all, at the very last minute!
That's the tip, I hope it helps!

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### Bright Ideas Blog Hop - Buying and Organizing Your Construction Paper For the Entire School Year

Sure, I know we all don't mind buying things for our classroom, a few items here, a few items there...a couple of packs of red construction paper for the cutest Valentine's Day craft you saw on Pinterest the night before. But it is tax time friends, I been busy with receipts and all these "little" purchases add up! I've spent most of my career in Title 1 Schools. I would rather spend my personal money on groceries for the families, clothing, bed sheets, back packs, etc. than construction paper. The key is to order enough with your beginning of the school year money and if you don't get a lot of that, asking parents, business partners and churches for supplies in August when everyone is generous and asking you, "What do you need for your classroom?"
I've joined up with other Blogger-Friends again this month to write a blog post with only a tip, a useful idea....then when you get a moment you can hop around using our linky below to see all sorts of useful ideas to help you in the classroom.
Well, I believe that organization is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher. It is the difference between a great teacher and an excellent teacher.
We all want to be THAT excellent teacher, the one where the kids are well behaved, they are engaged & learning and still having fun and...you get to leave at 3:30 pm.
Now close your eyes and picture the exact opposite, that teacher you know in your building that is always looking for the "great lesson she just ran off on the copier" or her keys, or a KID! That one person you know that is "hahaha" always misplacing things. It maybe funny in a 30 minute sitcom, but now when your personal child is in that class and the minutes, hours, days and weeks just tick by with a teacher who doesn't plan well, can find things and constantly tells the kids, "pull out a book for a few minutes" it is no longer funny.
You Don't Want To Be Known As That Teacher!
Organization doesn't come easy for a lot of people, so start small and things will get better and better. That's why construction paper is a great place to start.

FIRST: I recommend ordering/buying the 18 x 24 construction paper. When you need a smaller, 18 x 12 piece, you can cut or slice a page in half.
SECOND: I recommend stacking them on a storage shelf by what you might use each month. August on the top and June on the bottom. That way what you USUALLY need for August is on the top and easily accessible. Then when you use that, the next month, September, will be on the top for easy access.
THIRD: When you open a pack of 50 pages, whatever is leftover after your activity, place on top of your stack and it will slowly become a stack of assorted pages. So when you need a random selection of colors, for get well cards, or a rainy day recess, it is right on the top for you to quickly grab a handful, instead of having to take the time to pull out a few sheets of blue, a few sheets of pink, a few sheets of red....meanwhile, your class is out of control!
FOURTH: Here is list of what I recommend ordering, it is based on the different seasonal activities you might do each month. Thanksgiving in November, St. Valentine's Day in February, etc.
At the end of your school year, you can review and revise it to see if you need more red in February or less dark green in December based on your favorite crafts and activities. If any of this is confusing, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll answer your specific question. :)
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### Indoor Recess ~ Wild Animal Fun!

Wild Animal Game - Perfect for Some QUIET Indoor Recess Game
What? Wild Animals? How can a game named wild animals be a quiet game? Oh, but it is, it is and your students will love it! Below are the directions for this great game, as well as a link for the free printable directions.You can print them and place them in an "INDOOR RECESS" binder in your classroom. They're also terrific for your Substitute Folder, for some time fillers or brain breaks to help you or your sub.
ENJOY! :)

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A variety of cards have been included for you to use based on your students’ abilities as well as the time of year that you are reviewing or reinforcing the material. Bright inviting photographs that the students love! ♥

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Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
20 Task Cards with Color Photographs
20 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
20 Task Cards with Words Only
20 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets
A variety of cards have been included for you to use based on your students’ abilities as well as the time of year that you are reviewing or reinforcing the material.

Use one week for sequential lessons.

Monday: Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Tuesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Wednesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Thursday: Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.
Friday: As an assessment with 8 or 16 questions.

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
32 Task Cards with Color Photographs
32 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
32 Task Cards with Words Only
32 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets

This Inferencing Resource Includes:
16 Task Cards with Color Photographs
16 Task Cards with Color Photographs and Vocabulary Words
16 Task Cards with Words Only
16 Task Cards with Inferencing Questions
3 Recording Sheets
1 Teacher Direction Sheet

Use one week for sequential lessons.
Monday: Match the word only cards to the picture only cards.
Tuesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture with word cards.
Wednesday: Match the inferencing questions to the picture only cards.
Thursday: Match the inferencing questions to the word only cards.
Friday: As an assessment with 8 or 16 questions.

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### Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Phone Call Interruptions
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 not losing your valuable teaching time for every single phone call!

Yes, I'm that old, not only did our family have the exact same phone in the picture, I use to teach in classrooms without phones!
I KNOW, RIGHT? CRAZY!
As much as  I want to make you laugh about it, I am definitely not saying I want to go back to those days without a phone in the classroom. But, with the luxury of a phone comes a few problems....like the phone ringing off the hook, especially when I use to be the team leader. Best trick I ever learned was to let my students answer the phone, it helps them learn some phone manners and it helps to keep your teaching momentum rolling!

I learned that many times, the person on the other end of the call didn't really need to talk to me, but simply wanted to give me a message. So they could tell the student something like.... "This is Mrs. Baker, tell Mrs. Smith to swing by my room after school." Or, if it was important, the student could had me the phone. My students would answer the phone, "Hello, Mrs. Smith's Classroom, this is Suzie, how can I help you?" I even made a simple poster for you to print and put up in your classroom.
BUT, this example doesn't help unless your name is MRS. SMITH! The FREEBIE I created for you is an editable PowerPoint.
{At Dropbox, select DIRECT DOWNLOAD. If you just select download, Dropbox will convert it to a PDF and it will not be editable.}

The font is by Kimberly Geswein.  It is free for personal use.
Looking for more tips?
Click on the picture below to go to my Terrific Teacher Tips Pinterest Board! This is where I've been pinning all of our Tuesday Teacher Tips!
I would ♥love it if you would follow it too!
Michelle has some great tips about interruptions and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
Be sure to head over to her blog!
In addition to our tips each week, we are hoping that you will share some of your ideas in the comments below!

Do you have a great classroom "stop the interruptions" tip to share?

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### Making Bar Graphs Task Cards

Making Bar Graphs Task Cards, Recording Sheets and Answer Keys With A Cute Kid Ready For School Theme!

This can be a tricky concept for third graders, but one they definitely enjoy!
This resource has:
Two Graph Reference Posters