Need Something Fun for Long Vowel and Short Vowel Review at the Start of School?

Are you looking for some simple, easy worksheets to supplement your district's phonics? These coloring pages of both long vowels and short vowels are perfect as a "starter" introduction into vowels. 
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas 

Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels and Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages For Some Short Vowel and Long Vowel Coloring Fun! I purposely made the font "hollow" or "empty" that way your students can practice writing the word, or for more fun, rainbow writing the words with markers! 
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Perfect for bulletin boards, indoor recess, literacy centers, morning work, emergency sub tubs, rewards, reading centers, substitute teacher plans, party treats, fine motor skills, maternity leave lesson plans, creative writing centers, story starters and much, much, more! This resource has 10 pages for each short vowel, a, e, i, o, and u. AND 14 pages for each long vowel, a, e, i, o, and u. 

120 Pages Total!
Example: Long a = baby & Short a = jam
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Long a Words, One Picture Per Page:
play, tail, stray, rain, hay, snake, braid, pail, ape, birthday, clay, sway, baby, and acorn
Short a Words, One Picture Per Page:
hat, bag, jam, pad, cat, rabbit, fan, rat, sad, and map
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Long e = dream & Short e = vet
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Long e Words, One Picture Per Page:
bee, cheese, jeep, sheep, beach, seal, queen, donkey, tree, dream, turkey, clean, steam, and meet
Short e Words, One Picture Per Page:
bed, wet, wed, vet, net, pet, men, jet, hen, and beg
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Long i = slice & Short i = sit
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Long i Words, One Picture Per Page:
fries, island, lion, pie, ice cream, fight, slice, tied, flight, bike, tried, write, kite, and time
Short i Words, One Picture Per Page:
dig, pig, kid, dip, bib, sit, pin, pit, kit, and fin
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Long o = joey & Short o = log
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Long o Words, One Picture Per Page:
goat, coat, hose, roses, bone, soap, rainbow, crow, joey, robot, snowman, coach, road, and row
Short o Words, One Picture Per Page:
cob, sob, log, fox, fog, cot, top, rod, rob, and pot

Example: Long u = tissue & Short u = mud
 Your Students will ADORE this 120 Page Coloring Book for Long and Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel and Long Vowel Unit! 120 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Long u Words, One Picture Per Page:
glue, unicycle, rescue, tube, tissue, vacuum, juice, fuel, clue, fruit, music, cruise, duel, and suit
Short u Words, One Picture Per Page:
bus, rug, nut, nun, mug, mud, hut, cut, cub, and cup

The two resources are available separately for purchase in my TpT store. Long vowels, click here. Short vowels, click here.

Example: Long a = baby & Long e = dream
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Click Here for the Long Vowels Resource


Long a Words, One Picture Per Page:
play, tail, stray, rain, hay, snake, braid, pail, ape, birthday, clay, sway, baby, and acorn
Long e Words, One Picture Per Page:
bee, cheese, jeep, sheep, beach, seal, queen, donkey, tree, dream, turkey, clean, steam, and meet
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Long i = slick & Long o = joey
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Click Here for the Long Vowels Resource

Long i Words, One Picture Per Page:
fries, island, lion, pie, ice cream, fight, slice, tied, flight, bike, tried, write, kite, and time
Long o Words, One Picture Per Page:
goat, coat, hose, roses, bone, soap, rainbow, crow, joey, robot, snowman, coach, road, and row
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Long u = tissue
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Click Here for the Long Vowels Resource


Long u Words, One Picture Per Page:
glue, unicycle, rescue, tube, tissue, vacuum, juice, fuel, clue, fruit, music, cruise, duel, and suit
Your Students will ADORE this 70 Page Coloring Book for Long Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Long Vowel Unit! 70 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas


The two resources are available separately for purchase in my TpT store. Long vowels, click here. Short vowels, click here.

Short a Words, One Picture Per Page:
hat, bag, jam, pad, cat, rabbit, fan, rat, sad, and map
Your Students will ADORE this 50 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel Unit! 50 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Short e = vet & Short u = mud
Your Students will ADORE this 50 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel Unit! 50 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
Click Here for the Short Vowels Resource

Short e Words, One Picture Per Page:
bed, wet, wed, vet, net, pet, men, jet, hen, and beg
Short u Words, One Picture Per Page:
bus, rug, nut, nun, mug, mud, hut, cut, cub, and cup
Your Students will ADORE this 50 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel Unit! 50 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Example: Short i =  sit & Short o = log
Your Students will ADORE this 50 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel Unit! 50 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Short i Words, One Picture Per Page:
dig, pig, kid, dip, bib, sit, pin, pit, kit, and fin
Short o Words, One Picture Per Page:
cob, sob, log, fox, fog, cot, top, rod, rob, and pot
Your Students will ADORE this 50 Page Coloring Book for Short Vowels! Add it to your plans to compliment any Short Vowel Unit! 50 Coloring Pages #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas


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This bundle, including the two smaller resources, Long Vowels and Short Vowels, are including in this deeply discounted BIGGIE bundle, Fall Coloring Pages Big Discounted Bundle! Click here to purchase the larger bundle. 

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Fern's Freebie Friday ~ Clark the Shark Is Perfect For a Back to School Behavior Lesson!

Last summer I made this cute little freebie, I hope you and your students enjoy it! *** Shark week, shark week, shark week! Everyone loves shark week! AND... a month later I'm finally blogging about the freebie I created for Shark Week! Oppps, a day late and a dollar short, well actually it's a freebie... but I'm sharing it with you today, Freebie Saturday! :)
 This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity!
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity!
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity!
Suggestion: Clark the Shark is a great read aloud book for back to school and the excitement, but we must learn about classroom rules and procedures so that EVERYONE is safe and happy! After reading the story, you can create an anchor chart listing what they do in Clark's classroom and what you do in your classroom. Students may then brainstorm rules that they think are important. Each child can then create a page for the classroom book. 
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
 Laminate the cover to use year after year.
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Our school has four BEE themed rules, that's why this page now has a bee hanging out with a shark! Be nice is the student text.
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
A primary page for drawings only is include.
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
   A more advanced page with lined paper is also include.
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Our cover before I laminated it for the class.
This is a whole class writing activity to accompany the story, Clark the Shark by Bruce Hale. Perfect for the first week of school to bind into a book or an emergency sub tub! My students love to read class created books and I'm sure your class does too! Do you do a shark or ocean unit? Your students will love this activity! By Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
I had a shark craft leftover from the end of the year, so we were able to practice our "Dot, dot, not a lot." glue rule and make him, then I decided he needed more. So we all drew pictures of "Sharing is Caring" and this terrific picture ended up looking like a scary scene in Jaws! Sometimes a craft works, sometimes it works even better! :)
Here's my buddy, my pal, Chris Pine reading Clark the Shark. Can't help it, I'm being silly, but I loooooove him!
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Need Lessons and Resources to Teach Rounding to Estimate Differences?

If you are teaching Rounding to Estimate the Difference, this blog post has got some great lessons, tips, resources and freebies for YOU! 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeasIf you are teaching Rounding to Estimate the Difference, I've got some great lessons, tips, resources and freebies for YOU!

A quick way to estimate the difference of two numbers is to round each number and then subtract the rounded numbers. {See this previous post for help on rounding.} More often than naught, this won't be the exact answer but it may be close enough for some purposes. Students need this mental math not only for future math classes and math procedures, but it is also an excellent life skill. Do you have enough money for all your groceries? Did the cashier give you the right amount of change back? When you relate math to MONEY, even eight year old ears perk up! Problem solving extends to all aspects of their world.

If you are teaching Rounding to Estimate the Difference, this blog post has got some great lessons, tips, resources and freebies for YOU! 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Once your students have a strong foundation of rounding, you can move on to estimating the difference. Estimation is a powerful mathematical mental tool to be used both in solving problems and in checking the answer to see if it is reasonable.

Tips to introduce your lesson...  
How to estimate a difference by rounding:
  • Round each number in the problem.
  • Subtract the rounded numbers together, mental math is even better.
More reasons WHY you would use rounding to estimate the difference:
  • Check to see if you have about enough money to pay for your meal at restaurant before you order. Lobster or hamburger?
  • Get a ball park idea to double check your answer to a problem. Is 300 an intelligent answer for 992 - 682?

Once you're done with your lesson, I have a variety of resources to help with your spiral review, use them in your math centers, small group lessons, seat work, partner work, the possibilities are endless! 

Math Center
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Center and Printables 
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Center and Printables

Color By Numbers 
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences 
 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences
 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences
 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences

Task Cards
 3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Task Cards 
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Task Cards 
Task Cards Also Come With an Easy to Print Black and White Version... Perfect for Colored Paper.

This Task Card Resource Also Includes an 
Answer Key / Student Self Checking Sheet! 
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Task Cards

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3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Color By Numbers Rounding to Estimate Differences
3rd Grade Go Math 1.8 Rounding to Estimate Differences Center and Printables
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Are You Teaching How to Add Whole Numbers?

Last week we talked about teaching how to round number. That standard was CC.4.NBT.3, generalize place value understanding for multi-digit whole numbers. Click here to read that previous post. This week's post is about teaching how to add whole numbers. The standard is CC.4.NBT.4, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic. 

This week's post is about teaching how to add whole numbers. The standard is CC.4.NBT.4, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Pin this post for lesson plans, task cards and center games. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Each week, on Wednesday, I plan to blog about lessons, tips and resources for fourth grade math teachers. If you are new to my blog, I love math and have had many years teaching it. I love small group teaching, but for small groups to run smoothly, your math centers, your math workstations, have to have activities and worksheets that the students can do without you. To that end, I've created many center games, task cards and worksheet bundles to help you in my TpT store.

Now...back to the math, 

Adding numbers with more than one-digit requires an understanding of place value. The place value of a digit is the value based on its position within the number. In the number 657, the 6 is in the hundreds place, the 5 is in the tens place, and the 7 is in the ones place. To see more about reviewing place value, click here or here.

LESSON:
Start by telling your students that real world math often gives us many examples of when we need to have a solid understanding of place value, and adding large numbers can lead to many mistakes. Yes, we all have calculators on our phones in this day and age, but students still need this skill. Even the mental math of rounding the numbers, then adding them to get a ball park answer is important.

For Example:
You're going to a summer trip, the first week you hope to drive 3,225 miles and the second week you will need to drive 2,875 miles. How far will you be going so that you can figure out the next step, how much money will you need for gas?
*** If you do a little mental math, you will realize that you will travel about, 6,000 miles. If you get 600 or 60,000 moving on to the next step, you might budget too little money for gas or too much.

Give your students a few more real world examples to practice rounding numbers and adding them mentally.

1. A construction company has 185,687 worker's hours this week, and the next week they will have 210,565 hours, how many payroll hours will they be paying out this pay period?

2. A US Navy ship needs 15,200 bread rolls for lunch and 32,075 bread rolls for dinner. How many bread rolls do they need each day? How many for a week?

3. A football team has a total 845 yards rushing from all their players in one game. Last week, they had a total of 620 yards. How many yards have they had in this two week season so far? 

4. Your family has 325,975 pennies and your cousin's family has 132,987 pennies. How many pennies does your family have all together? Bonus: How much money is this?    

Once you have worked on the mental math of these problems, it is time to put pencil to paper, and work out the addition of multi-digit whole numbers. )
This week's post is about teaching how to add whole numbers. The standard is CC.4.NBT.4, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Pin this post for lesson plans, task cards and center games. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
I love graph paper for place value!
In addition to getting graph paper from the store, you can also print some out for your boys and girls for free, at this web site, Free Online Graph Paper.


I recommend several examples together on the board, or on your digital camera. Model lining them up, one digit at a time on the graph paper, so that they look like this, to help with lining up the place value.
This week's post is about teaching how to add whole numbers. The standard is CC.4.NBT.4, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Pin this post for lesson plans, task cards and center games. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas

Here are some ready made examples to help you.
1. 565,545 + 236,547 =
2. 623,849 + 145,846 =
3. 214,698 + 398,475 =
4. 420,206 + 398,651 =
5. 118,655 + 325,716 =

Answers:
1. 802,092
2. 769,695 
3. 613,173
4. 818,857
5. 444,371

Then, taking it up a step, students need to transition from the graph paper to writing the problems themselves. I always love teaching them to make a quick chart on the paper.... first let them use different colored markers, besides the fact that it's fun, the colors help them have a mental imprint on their brain after they have practiced, helping them to remember to line these problems up correctly. Later, they can just use their pencil. Teaching them to make a quick chart is one more thing that your fourth graders can add to their tool box of math tricks.

This week's post is about teaching how to add whole numbers. The standard is CC.4.NBT.4, use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  Pin this post for lesson plans, task cards and center games. #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
A Quick Chart to Add to Your Students' Mental Math Tool Box

BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR THIS STUDENT ERROR:
Incorrectly aligning the addends. The cold hard reality of teaching is over-testing, over-standardized-testing! The more side tips, side tricks we can teach our students to use on the test, gives them more confidence heading into test time. This little chart is something they can easily create QUICKLY to ensure they line up the place value correctly to do the ADDITION correctly. 

EXTENDING THE LESSON:

Rework some of the about problems in student pairs with white boards and calculators. The students can work a problem, trade whiteboards and double check each other's work with the calculator. They love working in pairs in 4th grade and calculator skills are a well needed life skill too!

I've created a center game resource and a task card resource, as well as a discounted bundle to help you introduce, reinforce, remediate and spiral review this skills. 

Standard: CC.4.NBT.4 - use place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic.  


This math resource includes:

Center Game:
Two pages of problems
One page of answers
One Adorable Cover Listing the Skill and Example, perfect for your Center Cover - Folder Cover or Ziplock Baggie.

Task Cards:
28 Task cards
1 Recording sheet
1 Answer key

This discounted bundle contains the following two resources, also available for purchase separately at TpT.  
4th Grade Go Math 1.6 Add Whole Numbers Task Cards #FernSmithsClassroomIdeas
This resource includes:
28 Task Cards
1 Recording Sheet
1 Answer Key which can also be used as a Student Self-Checking Sheet.

This resource includes:
Two pages of problems
One page of answers
One Adorable Cover Listing the Skill and Example, perfect for your Center Cover - Folder Cover or Ziplock Baggie.


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