Cinco de Mayo Fun With Some Freebies!

Tuesday Teacher Tips: Cinco de Mayo Fun With Some Freebies from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas  
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Cinco de Mayo Facts and Freebies!

**Rerun Fun = Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!  


Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5th. It is celebrated in the United States and Mexico. Many Mexican Americans also often see the day as a source of pride and a way to honor their ethnicity.  The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  Many confuse Cinco de Mayo with Mexico's Independence Day, the most important national holiday in Mexico, celebrated on September 16.

I've have a FREE Color For Fun for your class, Cinco de Mayo Fun! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Cinco de Mayo Color For Fun Freebie at TeachersPayTeachers

The end of the year is stressful, testing, report cards, maybe packing up your room...add a little fun with some of these ideas to have a little Cinco de Mayo day in your classroom on the Fifth of May! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Cinco de Mayo Color For Fun Freebie at TeachersPayTeachers
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Cinco de Mayo Color For Fun Freebie at TeachersPayTeachers
 
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Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over?

Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.

It is close to the end of the year, and children LOVE idioms. You can add a little fun to your classroom lesson plans with these task cards, center game and writing center based on 30 common idioms. Make a class book, make copies and they can all take it home for the summer and read what their friends wrote! Students love to feel like a published author!
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
 Idioms Anchor Chart
When I taught idioms I loved to start with an anchor chart, you will be amazed no matter what grade level, the usual ones they know. Especially, "You drive me up a wall!" 

Where did you learn that sweetheart? "My Mom" "My Babysitter" "My teacher last year." ~ There are no family secrets when a student has the floor to answer a question. :)Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms. 
This resource as includes a poster page in color or black and white to introduce your lesson. 
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
The black and white version can be used as a cover for a class or individual idioms book! 
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
24 Task Cards in Color & 24 Task Cards in Black and White
The black and white task cards not only save you money with not using colored ink, but you can run an entire set for each students. Perfect for summer work, it covers reading, writing, logic and humor all rolled into one!
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
 Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
Two different recording sheets, one for 24 tasks cards and one for 12 answers.
The other recording sheet is designed for younger students or lower levels, it has 12 answer spaces and you can divide the 24 task cards into two different days.
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
Five pages of 60 cards for a multiple use of center games. Go Fish Card Games, Matching Games, Memory Games, etc.
Your students can also use these cards to create a great classroom poster. On the left, the idiom with a SILLY literal pictures, on the right they illustrates the true meaning of the idiom.
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
When your students' parents ask, "Do you have any work for the summer?" Here you go..... 30 common idioms that your student can use to create a 30 page book with the silly side and the actual side.
Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.
Center Game Cards Can Be Stored in a File Folder & Played Anywhere in Your Classroom Using the Folder as a Mat.

Are You Looking For Some Fun Lessons Now That Your Testing Is Over? Children LOVE idioms.

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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Are You Teaching Perimeter of a Shape?


I love teaching perimeter and area! Seriously, if I could, I would teach it all year! Need a fence? Need carpet? Maybe I should just get a job working for Lowe's or Home Depot!

From experience I had found that my children knew how to find the perimeter and given the perimeter, they could find the missing side. But when testing came, the shapes were unusual, awkward and just plain boring. Let's face it, no child WANTS to take standardized tests, but the more skills we give them, the more success they will have. AND the less likely to give in and just fake the answers.


Are You Teaching Perimeter of a Shape? Find printables, center games and task cards at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday Free Download post. 

My favorite tip to help students not miss any sides or double over in their counting of sides is to have them place a dot in the top left hand corner of the shape and then make a tally mark while they mark off and count each side. They will know that they are finished when each side has a tally mark. This tip is especially successful when it is an irregular shape that bends in and out like number 5 and 6 on this image. 
 Are You Teaching Perimeter of a Shape? Find printables, center games and task cards at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday Free Download post.


Next have them write the answer in the middle of the figure so they will not forget when they are reading the four choices for A, B, C and D, etc.
 Are You Teaching Perimeter of a Shape? Find printables, center games and task cards at Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebie Friday Free Download post.
Using markers also creates a sense of fun and something different in math, so I would recommend using markers when you practice this skill. Speaking of practicing this skill... I have a free worksheet for you at TeacherSherpa. If you are looking for more task cards, center games and printables, I've listed them below from my TpT store.

More Perimeter Resources

Perimeter and Area Center Games, Printables and Task Cards Bundle

Perimeter Center Games, Task Cards and Printables Bundle

Perimeter Pete - Finding Perimeter Center Games, Task Cards and Printables

Perimeter Penny - Finding the Unknown Side Center Game, Task Cards, & Printables

Perimeter Task Cards for Perimeter of Shapes

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Mixed Multiplication Cards
 Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.
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An Inexpensive Last Minute Mother's Day Gift!


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Quick and Easy Mother's Day Thumbprint Bookmark Gift
 Mother's Day is just a little over two weeks away, May 14th!

I ♥love these "Hoppy" Mother's Day Bookmarks, you usually have everything you need at school. A little paint or ink stamp pad for the thumbprint, markers, some construction paper, laminate and a little ribbon or yarn at the top if desired! Ta-da, you're done!
Enjoy!
Click here to visit my last post for four free Mother's Day Coloring Pages ~ they make a great gift card!



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Mother's Day Fun and Some Freebies!

Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Mother's Day Fun and a Freebie!

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14th this year.   
WHAT? WHAT? Yes....like the end of the school year isn't stressful enough!!
 
I've spent most of my career in Title One schools. Mother's Day is a day to celebrate, but also a day to tip-toe around. I had a few expressions I use to repeat over and over and over again, but I did so because I didn't want to hurt any little person's feelings.  

"Take this home and have someone over 18 sign it, the cat does not count."

"Read tonight to Little Brother Boo-Boo, Mom, Uncle Sue, Aunt George or your dog for 20 minutes." 

"Anyone can be your special someone on Mother's Day, your Mom, your Grandma, your Aunt, the nice lady next door, even Mrs. Smith." 

I had such long sentences and delivered them with such silliness because life is not always easy for these children, sometimes school is their only place for joy.

So that being said, today, I want to share with you my FREE Color For Fun Mother's Day coloring page printables!
Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.
Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.

Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.

Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.
I also have a larger, for sale resource which includes Aunt, Grandma, Military Clip Art...
Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.
Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.
Your Students will ADORE these Coloring Book Pages for Mother's Day. Add it to your plans to compliment any Mother's Day Unit or activity! Thirty-Nine Coloring Pages For Some Mother's Day Fun! Color For Fun Mother's Day Printable Coloring Book Pages. Perfect for fine motor skills, treasure box coloring book reward, indoor recess, morning work, emergency sub tubs, creative writing centers, story starters and more! Visit my blog for a four page sample and other Mother's Day tips and resources.



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Too Much on Your Plate?

TEACHER STRESS - END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR STRESS
 Stress? What Strrrrrreeeesssss?!

I want to tell you a quick story, and you might think it is a work of fiction, but every word of it is true..... when I first started teaching in 1989, teachers were given four to five days AFTER the students' last day to pack up their classroom, do their cum folders, close out their IEPs, book and furniture inventory, report cards, plan together for summer school or next year, group students by classes for the following year .... 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Resources for Teachers at the End of the School Year on TeachersPayTeachers.
SERIOUSLY, nothing was removed from the walls UNTIL THE STUDENTS LEFT.... imagine that, you didn't have to pack up and possibly move your classroom while school was still in session, you didn't have to do report cards two weeks before the last day, you didn't have to close out all your student files a month in advance ..... I know, CRAZY right?! We actually were able to TEACH until the end of the school year, throw a party and then hug & kiss them good bye on the last day!

If your school district is like my last one, everything has to be done before the last day of school because you have to turn your keys in and administrators have to do a walk of your room and your paperwork needs to be turned in and and and and and...the list goes on. It is not your admins' fault, it is the school board that thinks, "Let the teachers work on their own time, during nights and weekends, to do all those tasks. Teachers don't need PAID days after school is over...." Sadly, free labor, is free labor and usually it is the students that suffer the most. As a mom, this trend saddens me, but as a teacher, it is real life and things need to get finished during student contact hours.

I really enjoy creating resources that are engaging, yet still fun for a primary student. Some of my favorite Color By Numbers in my store have a Spring and a Summer theme. Depending on your grade level and your students' abilities, you can give them a page a day or bind them into a mini-book that they can complete individually as they have extra time. These color by code style pages are excellent at keeping your students engaged more than putting another video on to watch. There is nothing better than having your principal walk in and everyone is reviewing math until the very end! I hope these resources give you some time to get all your end of the year chores finished in time.


Addition and Subtraction
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By request for my ESOL and ESE teachers, all four.
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Also, for the lower grades, my Color for Fun coloring pages series brings some much need joy back into the classroom.  

They are perfect for this time of year too!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Summer Color for Fun for Teachers at the End of the School Year on TeachersPayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Summer Color for Fun for Teachers at the End of the School Year on TeachersPayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Summer Color for Fun for Teachers at the End of the School Year on TeachersPayTeachers.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Summer Color for Fun for Teachers at the End of the School Year on TeachersPayTeachers.



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Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line!

Need help during the school day with your students' hallway transition behavior? I have just the tip with my FREE Yes Line! Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips with a free poster included for your classroom!
Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions From One Location to Another with A YES LINE!

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{August 2017} 
 
Every Tuesday Michelle, from Teach 123, and I will have a new installment of my favorite post, Tuesday Teacher Tips!
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 This week's tip is about transitioning from your classroom to another location. 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line!
When I was teaching, my students LOVED this free reward. When we were going to lunch or the playground, I was always looking for "A YES Line" our class term for a terrific line in the hallway. When we got to lunch, the SILENT, UNSPOKEN QUESTION was, "Were we good?" If the answer was YES, they were allowed to move out of our normal ABC line order line and then sit with a friend at lunch. {Click for my ABC order line order post.}

If we were going to recess, "A YES Line" meant a few extra minutes on the playground. If we were going to PE, or Music, or the Library, a YES line might mean a few minutes of King Chase Queen at the end of the day, anything that your group might love that year as a reward.
It will cost you absolutely nothing, but your kids are going to ♥love this reward!

When everyone is moving around right before walking into the lunch room door, and you notice one person not having a friend to sit with, you can single this person out in a positive, wonderful way.
Let's pretend it is Michelle, if you see no one is including her, you can say, "I love how quiet and polite Michelle is being, would someone like to include this good citizen?" Then, BAM, if no one says anything in that split second, say, "Michelle, why don't you go right to the front of the line and pick someone to go with you." Instantly, everyone will want to be her friend. :)

Here's a little FREEBIE for you, a poster for your classroom door to remind everyone of a YES LINE!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Tuesday Teacher Tips: Transitions with a Yes Line Plus a FREEBIE!
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  Michelle has some great tips about transitions and what has worked for her in the classroom that she would like to share with you, too.
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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 transition tip to share?

 
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Are You Teaching Equal Groups?

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Equal Groups Task Cards at TpT.
Equal Groups Task Cards

Balancing concrete (manipulatives) & abstract thinking skills  (pencil and paper) can be quite difficult in the elementary classroom. Not everyone is at the same stage, which is why math centers and small groups at a table with you is the best type of math instruction. However, what is "terrific" and what you can fit into your schedule are two different things! :)

I have a set of Equal Groups Task Cards at TpT that have 36 different task cards, the first 18 ask the students to draw the equal groups and the last 18 ask them to count the equal groups and include a final answer. I have included two different recording sheets, one has #1 to #18 and the other has #19 to #36. If you students are advanced enough to complete all 36 task cards in one day, you can copy the recording sheets front to back for one answer sheet.

This activity can give you a terrific assessment grade for the week or, completely different, you can use the cards to remediate with a couple of students in your small group using manipulates and white boards. The possibilities are endless! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Equal Groups Task Cards at TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Equal Groups Task Cards at TpT.



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