Can You Use Some FREE Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets For Your Math Center?

Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.
Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets!
I love this adorable set! Perfect for small group work, math centers, SCOOT, Around the World, or even a change for seat work. Laminate a couple of sets and use the recording sheets for an assessment year after year!
Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.
 Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.
 Mixed Multiplication Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.
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Free Memorial Day Word Search & Answer Key!

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Memorial Day Color For Fun FREEBIE!

Memorial Day Color for Fun Coloring Pages and Thank You Stationary Freebie at TeacherspayTeachers from Memorial Day Freebies Thank You Gifts at Teacherspayteachers From Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas and Teach123 AND MORE!

This THANK YOU FREEBIE for my followers has six writing papers that can be used as Thank You Letters to your military family and friends. Also included are 20 coloring pages of the different branches of the military.

Use it as a class project during this busy time of year and then send them to:
A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

Or you can also Google "Where to send a thank you to our veterans and military." for more organization that are willing to help.

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color for Fun Coloring Pages and Thank You Stationary Freebie at TpT!

The end of the year is a busy time, many teachers have to have report cards completed long before the last day of school. End of the year paperwork, IEPs, testing, RTI, lots and lots of paperwork. A fun and terrific way to keep your students busy is to write letters to our service members and veterans.

Since Memorial Day is a time when we stop and remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, it can also be a time for children to reflect on the men and women who serve or have served our great country.

This THANK YOU FREEBIE has six writing papers that can be used as Thank Yous to your military family and friends. Also included are 20 coloring pages of the different branches of the military.
 

In the past, as a thank you, Michelle, from Teach123, and I liked to create a new forever freebie for you to use in the classroom. Two years ago I created Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration FREEBIE.
Last year's resource, Memorial Day Color For Fun, includes the following:
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift! 
Six pages that can be used for various grade levels as a thank you.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift!
Twenty additional pages that can be colored and for the older grades, a writing prompt.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Color For Fun Freebie Thank You Gift!
I also have a couple of more FREEBIES for you that I crated at the beginning of the school year.
A Memorial Day Word Search.
Click here for the Memorial Day Themed Time to the Five Minute Go Fish, Old Maid, Concentration
I also have a few Memorial Day resources for sale at TPT to incorporate Memorial Day into your Literacy Center.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Adjective or Adverb? for Common Core!
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? for Common Core! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Memorial Day Themed Task Cards for Noun or Verb? for Common Core!

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You Oughta Know About ...Report Card Comments

Are you exhausted with all the end of the year deadlines? But do you enjoy writing something sweet on each and every report card to send the students into summer with something positive? Pin this post to have help with some quick and easy report card comments! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

You Oughta Know About...a quick and easy way to knock out report card comments
Are you exhausted with all the end of the year deadlines? But do you enjoy writing something sweet on each and every report card to send the students into summer with something positive? Pin this post to have help with some quick and easy report card comments! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
My parents moved to the United States from the United Kingdom for a better life. They wanted to see their new "country" and they didn't mind dragging around their only child, me. I went to more elementary school than you can count on both hands, it was probably one of the reasons I wanted to become a teacher. I remember having so many great ones that were kind and loving to the New Kid.
But there was also one other thing I remembered, almost every report card use to say something like, "Fernley is a smart young lady who finishes her work quickly and goes on to bother others." Boy, oh, boy did I love to bother others....nothing mean, just Chatty Cathy talk, talk, talk, talk, talk! I will never forget one year, my mom setting the report card down and saying something like, "Do you think they have a book of comments? This is the fifth CITY but the same comment!"
YEP!
Turns out they did have a book, actually a few books. There were books of teacher comments in the early 1970s and there are books of teacher comments available now! But now, we also have the beauty of the Internet. 
Many of us have online report cards that are filled out online and then available for the parents to print at home. That's what our district does, I am able to print my son's report card when I want to, or NOT print it and just view it online. Everything is automated, a #2 for needs improvement or an E for Excellent behavior, but as a mother, it is still nice to see a comment from the teacher, even a typed one. That shows me, that out of a classroom full of "little people" {or 150 high school "big people"} that teacher has taken the time to get to know my son.
But filling out report cards can be a stressful time of year, you are still planning and teaching the students, you have a report card deadline, usually even before the nine weeks is over and sometimes, administrator approval of your cards....lets face it, you don't get time during the school day to do this, you are more than likely doing all this work on a weekend, on your own time. :( But this is the one thing we shouldn't skimp on, taking the time to write nice comments will help develop your student - teacher relationship as well as gaining parental support.

Always start and end with a positive comment, squeezing the bad news in the middle.  
EXAMPLE: Michelle is a sweet, young lady who is kind to everyone. If she reads nightly for 20 minutes, her fluency and comprehension will improve. I love having her in my class!
I have found a few FREE sites where you can copy and  paste a terrific comment into your students' report cards. It also helps you when you're stuck with something to say about a student.  
I'm part of a terrific blog hop, You Oughta Know... and I invite you to hop around for more wonderful ideas for your classroom!
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Are you exhausted with all the end of the year deadlines? But do you enjoy writing something sweet on each and every report card to send the students into summer with something positive? Pin this post to have help with some quick and easy report card comments! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
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Top Ten Reasons Why I'm Having a TpT Sale Today and Tomorrow!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Fern-Smiths-Classroom-Ideas
Catchy Title Right?
So I thought and I thought and I thought about ten reasons why I was going to continue my TpT 20% off sale for Thursday and Friday.... but I couldn't think of ten reasons.

Sooooooo.... My Top Five Reasons For Having a TpT Sale 
Then I thought and I thought and I thought some more, but couldn't even think of FIVE reasons.....

So, drum roll please, THE ONLY reason I'm extending my TeacherspayTeachers sale for two more days....
Thank you, thank you, thank you for all you do. I understand that many things you provide for your students and your classroom must be bought with your own funds. I also understand that many teachers don't get paid until Friday. So as a thank you to you, my friends in the trenches, my store will continue to be 20% off until Friday night, midnight EST. No code is needed. 

Then, enjoy your Mother's Day, be you a Mom or her Child! :) Return to my blog next Friday, in addition to my usual Freebie Friday, I will have a new freebie JUST for YOU, my blog followers! 


So until tomorrow then, have a nice day, Fern xoxo


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A Butterfly for Today's Quick and Easy Art Project!

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Today's QUICK AND EASY ART is a Spring Butterfly!
This is perfect to use on a bulletin board or a Mother's Day card!
Directions:
Best on light blue or sky blue construction paper.
Paint the fingers of the child's hand purple, but paint the middle finger green.
Have them press their hand down on the paper.
Pour yellow and white on a paper plate, but do not mix.
Have them dip their pointer finger in the paint, on the edge where the yellow and white join.
Have the student randomly dot the butterfly.
Then outline the hand, draw two eyes, an antenna and a smile if you want it to be a little whimsical! 
ENJOY!



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TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale - 28% Off My Entire TpT Store!




FINALLY, I'm so excited, it's here, it's here, it's here! The Big Teacher Appreciation Sale at TpT, my cart is SOOOOOO FULL of clip art to create resources for YOU all summer! For this sale I'm also including all of my already deeply discounted bundles!
Need some Coloring pages to finish out the year? Summer Coloring Pages, Fairy Tales Coloring Pages, Spring Coloring Pages or you can click here to see Over 100 Coloring Books starting with the best sellers.
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!

Are you a 2rd to 4th grade math teacher? I have over 225 task cards, center games, printables, word problems, and color by numbers to help supplement your math series. Click here.   

Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off! 

Are you studying area and perimeter? Maybe reviewing it before your state tests? I have two of my best selling bundles to help you that come with task cards, assessments, printables, center games, and answer keys.
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off! 
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!

Next up.... my favorite resources of all time, my Color Your Answers printables. These color by numbers / color by codes allow our children to have so fun at school, while still working on strengthening the targeted skill.
Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, 
Division, Colors and Numbers all available.

Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!

 Summer Ocean  Animals Color Your Answers

Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, 
Division, Colors and Numbers all available.

I know many teachers have to supplement their curriculum with their own personal money. Due to that, I have started a new line of $2 task cards. 
Today and tomorrow they are all on sale for $1.60.
New $2 Line of Task Cards Including a Recording Sheet

Big, big, big TeacherspayTeachers sale at TpT! 20% off!
This resource is one of my dollar deals, so today you can get it for only 72 cents!

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SEE YOU MONDAY FOR THE BIG GIVEAWAY!


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Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students

Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Using Crayons For Your Non-English Speaking Students
For most of my career I've been a teacher in Florida and Texas. Having ESOL certification meant I was usually the first to get all non-English speaking students. I love them because I can relate. 

My parents came to America from the United Kingdom, they wanted to see America, they wanted to see the World. When I was born that didn't stop them from moving back and forth to England and the US, as well as up and down the east coast. Always being new, always entering a school in the middle of the year, not to mention two or three schools in one school year made me very outgoing, eager to please my teachers and make new friends. 

However, I could always speak the language, many students who arrived at my door were Level 1 students, they knew no English, they were new to America, sometimes new to school at 8 or 9 years old. We don't turn them away, we don't say, come back when you can speak English. We love them and move them forward as fast as we can.
Today I want to share my favorite tip with a simple box of 24 count crayons. 
Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.

I would buy the 24 count crayons in bulk when the Back to School sales were OVER. Sometimes you can get them as low as 5 cents a pack and I would try to take what was left, if I could get 100 packs for the upcoming year for $5.00, I was golden for a long time. Click here to read another method for getting supplies from churches, family and friends, that I have written about in the past.

As you know, we don't have "office hours" if a new student is at our door, we don't get to sit down and "get to know them" immediately. You can't tell the rest of the 24 or 32 students, "Hey, don't mind us, we'll get to know each other, y'all can take the morning off." Yeah, I couldn't even finish typing that without cracking up! So life must go on until you can assess this child.  

So on with my tip, two quick tips actually. First assign your new student to the kindest boy or girl in your classroom. Let them help your new student with your routines, how we line up, where we go after lunch, where we turn in work, etc. By assigning a student to help, you will not lose as much academic time, and your new student will not feel so lonely, having made a fast friend on the first day.  

Next, no matter what your class assignment is, give your new student a Color By Numbers or Color By Code worksheet. If you are K or 1st grade, a Color By Code with just colors is perfect. Show your student how to line up the color word on the crayon with the color word on the page, like the example below. Many crayons have English, Spanish and French all on the same crayon, so that crayon instantly becomes a mini color word dictionary. 

Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Color By Code Awesome Animals Know Your Colors
This now gives your new student a routine, something to keep busy with, that is still academic until you, or a school specialist, have time to assess where the student is academically. AND... I've never met a child that doesn't love to color! 

Now, if you are 2nd to 5th, even if the child has never been to school, you can give them a little bit harder of an assignment. A math Color By Number, I recommend addition or subtraction, because with 24 count crayons, you have given the student math manipulatives, without having to drag out buckets of counters immediately. Two minutes flat, you can model it at their desk like the picture examples below.
Crayons are Perfect for Instant Math Manipulatives - Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Show them the code box...
Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Color By Numbers Awesome Animals Mixed Addition

Next, line up the crayon with the word, 
Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Color By Numbers Awesome Animals Mixed Subtraction
Depending on how EXACT you want to be, you can request orange to be exactly ORANGE, but I found by allowing students in general, English speakers and Non-English speakers, to use orange red or red orange, it created some nice differences in the students' final work. 
Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Color By Numbers Awesome Animals Mixed Multiplication
In those two minutes, you can also teach a non-example, match up the word orange to the green crayon, even the lowest of the lowest readers can tell that the one to one correspondence of the letters do not match up. Ask them to find the correct word on the page.... 
Using Crayons To Teach Non-English Speaking Students During Their First Few Days With You.
Color By Numbers Multiplication Color By Code Bundle
Now, in TWO minutes, you have given this new child some attention and you basically have an informal assessment of their level of conversational English and basic reading skills. 

There, that's my tip, you have not lost control of your class, you have bonded with the new student and now you can answer the classroom phone, because if you are like me, you have missed the deadline to submit your daily attendance....hahahahah, just kinding. No, maybe not #sorrynotsorry :)

I hope this tip can help you and your friends, feel free to pin and share this post.

Starting today, everything, including all my Color By Numbers, in my TpT store is 28% off for the big Teacher Appreciation Sale with the code THANKYOU17 at checkout.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas 28% Off TpT Teacher Appreciation Sale!
Direct links to specific resources in my store.

Color By Numbers ~ Awesome Animals

Spring Animals Color Your Answers
















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