Setting a Plan In Place for a Smooth Morning Routine!

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Setting a Plan In Place for a Smooth Morning Routine!
It is never too late to set a plan in place for a smooth morning routine!
Once Spring Fever hits and no one wants to wake up for school, things slowly unravel and no one wants to return back to class....and that's just the teachers!! Just kidding, but with vacations, warm weather, sunny nights and standardize testing, this is always a hectic time for teachers with children. No matter their age, the stress level amps up even higher. 

I have two children, my daughter is now a "real adult" having graduated from FSU and working in the Real World. My son lives one town over and attends college there, so I've had many, many, many years of  
getting-ready-for-school-stress.
I mean joy, getting ready for school joy!
{Insert insane, evil laugh!}
Being a Navy family, some years they came to school with me, some years they went to their neighborhood school if I didn't get a position at their school due to a recent move. This is my very favorite tip that I would like to share with you. Every night when their homework was done, we put the backpacks at the door. Not on some hook or a bench at the door, nothing cute and adorable like you see on Pinterest, but right smack dab in front of the door. That way as we leave in the morning, you actually have to trip over the bag to get out...no way your children can forget it! It can be your front door or like our family, the door to the garage. 
As they got older, I placed two white 3M Command Clips on the door, one for the daughter, one for the son as shown in the picture. Since they had their own vehicles to drive to school and had part time jobs, sports, ROTC, etc. etc. etc. as high school students and were no longer driving to school with me, this became the place that important forms, SAT reminder notices, lunch money, ANYTHING, ANYTHING AT ALL is clipped to the door. My husband and I check it one last time before bed and the kids know to check it on the way out to school at the crack of dawn! Very rarely in our family do we get a call from the children that they left something at home, which then helps keep the work day running smoother for the adults.

One last tip how you can use this with your students...
I take a picture of our door every year, no matter what house we've lived in, no matter if we used the garage door or the front door, and I take that picture to school. I teach my students that this is what we do at "Mrs. Smith's house" and encourage them to try this system too. Sometimes, when I've been at low income schools, many of these students have to get ready by themselves, this system helps them gain a little bit of independence. 



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Need Some Division Word Problems To Start Your Testing Review?

 https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Problems-3rd-Grade-Divide-By-Four-Printables-Task-Cards-and-Assessments-3084940

When it comes to test prep and word problems, our students need repetition to become successful. They need to read, read, read and read some more to gain confidence. As much as I HATE the over-testing of our students, word problems, TOO MANY word problems are a reality of their testing world. The more confident they are, they might ACTUALLY read the word problem and try their best. I have started a new line of word problems for division and multiplication for third and fourth grade teachers. 
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 Photos from Divide By One!
 Word Problems For Dividing By One From Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Available at TeacherspayTeachers.
These new word problem resources for 3rd grade math include:
* Pretest Assessment {Pre-Test}
* Three Divide By One Worksheets {Four Problems Per Day}
* 12 Divide By One Word Problem Task Cards in Color
* 12 Divide By One Word Problem Task Cards in Black and White
* Posttest Assessment {Post-Test}
* All Answer Keys Are Included!

 Word Problems For Dividing By One From Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Available at TeacherspayTeachers.

Suggested Weekly Lesson Plans
MONDAY: Give the students the pre-test to assess their previous knowledge. Student self grade or teacher grade and return. Give each student a set of the black and white task cards and a baggie. They can complete the 12 task cards and place them into the baggie to take home. Another suggestion is that they cut the 12 cards out in class and complete them at home.
TUESDAY: Give SHEET #1 as bell work, class work, small group work, center work, etc. Use the color version of the task cards at your math center, during math rotation, small group work or RTI one on one review for Tuesday through Thursday.
WEDNESDAY: Give SHEET #2 as bell work, class work, small group work, center work, etc. Students can even self correct these sheets by putting the answers up on your board digitally or a simple as the actual piece of paper by the pencil sharpener, water fountain, etc.
THURSDAY: Give SHEET #3 as bell work, class work, small group work, center work, etc.
FRIDAY: Give the students the post-test for your grade book. Students should show extreme success because they have been given the exact same problems all week.

 Word Problems For Dividing By One From Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Available at TeacherspayTeachers.
The task cards come in color or black and white for you.
Below are the covers and links to my Third Grade Math Unit Seven Division Resources. Are you teaching Introduction to Division? I can help, I will continue to update the links when the resources are published to TpT. Book mark this page if you are looking for some help with division, I have task cards, color by numbers, printables, test sheets and center games for all your facts one to twelve. 
Perfect for second to fifth grade students. 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Problems-3rd-Grade-Divide-By-Four-Printables-Task-Cards-and-Assessments-3084940
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Indoor Recess Blues? Free King Chase Queen Printable Directions

Indoor Recess Blues? Free King Chase Queen Printable Directions, Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Indoor Recess ~ King Chase Queen FREE Directions.
 King Chase Queen
I love sharing some of my favorite indoor recess games. If I do share them on the blog, I am including a free how-to printable with directions 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 Folder for some time fillers / brain breaks to help your sub.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Indoor Recess ~ King Chase Queen Directions.

Click here or on the picture below to download the printable directions.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/48yr6fug6ki8qwz/Fern-Smiths-Classroom-Ideas-King-Chase-Queen-Indoor-Recess-Fun-Directions.pdf



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Need Some Cute Easter I Have, Who Has Cards For Sight Words?

Just perfect for Easter and Spring in your classroom, whole class lessons or small group remediation, your students will love this! I Have, Who Has? Easter Sight Words for First Grade Cards, Teacher Directions and a Teacher Answer Key. Includes: 1 Teacher Direction Sheet 1 Teacher Answer Key 24 Cards with Cute Easter Clipart. Terrific for an Emergency Substitute Tub, Folder or Binder. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Just Published this weekend... I Have, Who Has? Sight Words for First Grade Cards - Easter Bunnies, Teacher Directions and a Teacher Answer Key. This I Have, Who Has? Resource Includes: 1 Teacher Direction Sheet, 1 Teacher Answer Key and 24 Cards with First Grade Sight Words with Cute Easter Bunnies Clipart.
Sight Words Included:
walk, his, thank, him, her, some,
as, then, could, when, were, fly,
ask, an, over, just, from, any,
open, know, put, take, every, let

Terrific for an Emergency Substitute Tub, Folder or Binder! Click Here.

 Just perfect for Easter and Spring in your classroom, whole class lessons or small group remediation, your students will love this! I Have, Who Has? Easter Sight Words for First Grade Cards, Teacher Directions and a Teacher Answer Key. Includes: 1 Teacher Direction Sheet 1 Teacher Answer Key 24 Cards with Cute Easter Clipart. Terrific for an Emergency Substitute Tub, Folder or Binder. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

More Easter I Have, Who Has Cards...
I Have, Who Has? Sight Words 3rd Grade - Easter Kids

I Have, Who Has? Sight Words 2nd Grade - Easter Eggs

I Have, Who Has? Resource - Easter Egg Numbers 1-25!

I Have, Who Has? Resource - Spring Basket Numbers 1-25!
 
I Have, Who Has? Resource - Spring Chicks Numbers 1-25!


 
Click here to see all of my I Have, Who Has? Resources!



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Today's New Dollar Deals For You!

Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Just Published! Awesome Animals Color By Code Dollar Deals

This weekend I've created some new Dollar Deals for TpT. These Awesome Animals will bring such delight to your students. Use them for morning work, center time, homework. They are a terrific way to review and practice the skill they need.

If you like these printables, each one has a matching Color By Code or Color By Number. The Dollar Deals ARE NOT part of the larger resources, some are the same animals, but touch on a different skill. So if you purchase the Addition Dollar Deal and need more, the matching, Color By Numbers Awesome Animals Mixed Addition has five MORE worksheets for you to use. I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! :)

 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas 
 
 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
 
 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
 
 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
 
 Your students will ADORE these Awesome Animals Color By Numbers! Try these dollar deals out today! Awesome Animals Color Your Answers Worksheetcome complete with answer keys, just print and go!  I hope these resources allow you to spend more time with your family and friends while bringing some joy to your students' day! #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas



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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Mixed Division Task Cards and Recording Sheets

Mixed Division Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.

My newest freebie, just for you this week! 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 Division Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.

 Mixed Division Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.

Mixed Division Task Cards and Recording Sheets Freebie from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas at TeacherSherpa.

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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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Indoor Recess ~ Four Corners Directions

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Indoor Recess ~ Four Corners Directions FREE Printable
Four Corners
One of my all time favorite games! 
I have enjoyed being in crummy portables when it comes time to play this game, because I would let them stomp to each corner. If they are all quiet, it confuses the caller AND if they all stomp, it confuses the caller! Win-win either way, but when it is a nasty, rainy, hot and humid Florida day, being allowed to stomp and make noise added a little bit of joy and movement to our indoor recess fun!

On my blog, I have shared free how-to printables with directions for some of my favorite indoor recess games.
{Click here to see the previous Free Indoor Recess Printables.} 
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.
Click here or on the picture below to download the directions.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Indoor Recess ~ Four Corners Directions FREE Printable
As you're getting ready for back to school....

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Rounding to Estimate the Sum Color Your Answers

  Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards, Center Games and Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
This math resource includes:
FIVE printables that are made to be an additional resource for any math series. Use them for your math center, small group, RTI pull out, seat work or homework.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards, Center Games and Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards, Center Games and Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Rounding to Estimate the Sum Center Game Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards, Center Games and Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Rounding to Estimate the Sum Task Cards, Center Games and Color By Code Printables at TeacherspayTeachers, TpT.
Rounding to Estimate the Sum Color Your Answers Rounding to Estimate the Sum BUNDLE
Click here to see my entire post on teaching Rounding to Estimate the Sums.

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