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Fern Smith's FREE Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas FREE Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center Game at TeachersPayTeachers.

Free Easy to Prep Addition Center!
Quick and Easy to Prep Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center available to download at my TPT Store!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas FREE Mixed Addition Basic Facts Center Game at TeachersPayTeachers.
I also have a matching Subtraction Center Game, click here to get that game too! Mix and match them to make a harder review for your class.
Click here to download the addition center game!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Your students will ♥love♥ it!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

Wisdom From the Classroom Poster-Writing Prompt

Symbolic wisdom from classroom things, is a fun poster to hang in your classroom, sure to generate comments.

This is a nice writing prompt for older students; have them explain what they think the poster means.

I wrote this as a creative writing piece.  It could be a nice segway for older students to pick a classroom object and have that object give them educational advice.

What other items in the classroom could give "pearls of wisdom" what advice would they give?

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog for today's featured FREEBIE: Wisdom from the classroom poster. 

From Diane, over at

Meet the Teacher and Open House Management Freebies

Back to school can be such a busy time of year, and it's very important to be ready and organized for your Open House or Meet the Teacher Night!

With the amount of paperwork that needs to go home and/or be signed by parents, these station signs will help keep you and your families organized, so you can have time to greet everyone!

Click HERE or the picture below to grab this great, editable freebie!

Back To School Gift & Icebreaker

 Looking for a little back to school gift for your students?

A bottle of water is a super inexpensive, (10-15 cents) easy, and healthy surprise for that first day.

I've included labels and several water-themed icebreakers & writing prompts, including this play-on-words bookmark: "Water"(what are) your goals for this school year?

There's also a poster, a poem, and an alphabetical list of adjectives that describe water, so that you can give an adjective water challenge.

Here's hoping these make a big splash! 
Wishing you a year full of cool.

Click on the link to pop on over to pick up this fun FREEBIE today! Back To School Water Bottle packet.
From Diane, over at

All About Me

Looking for activities you can use with your students at the beginning of the year?  This free All About Me journal is a great way for students to begin journaling in your room, while you are getting to know them and their abilities.  Just click the picture below to come download it for yourself.

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Ready, Set, WRITE! 64 Ideas for Writing

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you getting your writing center organized for the new school year? Try this set of 8 character cards and 8 setting cards. Your students will make their own combinations for new story ideas!

Mix and match lots of different ways -

* one character/ one setting
* two characters
* two characters/ one setting ...

Switch it up for your little writers and you'll get lots more than 64 ideas!
Happy Teaching!

Park It! An Alphabet Matching Game

This hands-on game will be so popular, you’ll want to make several sets.

Print off on card stock or construction paper in your choice of color. Laminate & trim.

Tape all of the parking lot cards together for one large-long parking lot, or keep them separate, so several children can play this super-fun matching game.

For more practice have students trace & write the letters. They can also write the lowercase letter under the car on the uppercase parking lot, and the uppercase letter under the cars on the lowercase lot.

Another option: Play as a whole-group review: Put all of the cars in a container and let each child pick one.
When you call out a letter, that child with the matching car, comes up and parks it.

Have an upper and lowercase set of cars so students can match 1-1, upper to lowercase and lowercase to uppercase.

This was Pinterest inspired. The original idea for the parking lot came from a homeschooling mom who made one using masking tape on the carpet for her sons. I’ve included a link to her post.

I wanted to make this permanent, and something you could put away, so I designed the templates. Instead of tape, I used tough-stick colored dots. Make sure you don’t get “easy-off” garage sale stickers.

The Dollar Store sells small cars 6 in a pack.
This would be a non-threatening way to individually assess children who become anxious when tested.

Click on the link to pop on over to my blog, to grab this super-fun FREEBIE: Park It! An Alphabet Matching Game.
From Diane, over at

Back to School Magic Square Puzzle FREEBIE

Whether you're already back in session or starting in a few days/weeks, this freebie is for you! {Friends from the other side of the country - it even works if it's NOT back to school season for you!}

This FREE Magic Square Puzzle has students practice matching the correct school supply word to the right picture.

Click here or on the picture below to go get your copy!

Thanks for looking!

Fern Smith's FREE Cute Owl Themed Math Center Sign

Fern Smith's FREE Owl Themed Math Center Sign at Classroom Freebies
Free Math Center Sign
Brighten up your math center with this cute two owls math center sign. 
Visit my blog for all sorts of FREE Math Center signs.
Click here to download it at my blog!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies
Your students will ♥love♥ it!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies

Let's Examine the {Math} Facts!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

One way to be sure that your students can quickly recognize correct expressions for numbers is to have them sort out expressions that are not correct. That's what they'll do when they use "Let's Examine the Facts!" In addition to solve-and-sort cards, this set includes a student recording page.

As you see, this freebie includes activities for both 1-2 and 2-3, so it's perfect for use by math specialists, interventionists, multi-grade classrooms - or great teachers who know the importance of differentiating! Click on over to my blog to download your copy!

Happy Teaching!

All About Me

Hey, Hey -

Can you believe that the beginning of the school year has snuck up on us yet again??

I bet that many of you like to start of your school year with a "Getting to Know You" Questionnaire. Here's one I have created that you may enjoy using with your own kiddos. It has many of the usual questions on it, but then it asks students a few creative ones too.

Like ... What cartoon character would you like to meet? If you could have any superpower, what would it be? What three wishes would you like to have granted? What's one thing that you would change in the world if you could?

With just a click and a download, you're bound to learn something interesting about your new students!

Back to School Brain Breaks

 With all the procedures and routines that need to be taught, there will have to be plenty of built in breaks! Breaks can be anything from a quick stretch, vigorous exercise, or just a change of pace. Try this Back to School Brain Breaks freebie to help out with the need for breaks while teaching all that important information!

Come on over to Elementary Matters for your freebie!                

Checking for Comprehension Quickly!

We cannot be in a million places at once, right? :) But we need to be - especially in our classrooms!

I have a tool for you and your students that will allow you to scan the room quickly to check and see who gets it, who would like a check-in in just a minute, and who is sending out an S.O.S.! :)

Come check it out and grab a set of the cards for your classroom. You won't regret it!!

Third Grade Bookworm

PQA: Putting the Question in the Answer

I start the year with instilling in my students that they MUST write in complete sentences.  We also work on restating the question in the answer to strengthen those sentences.  In my state third grade is the first year that students take the super important state test, and this strategy is crucial for success, so this is a big deal for us.

I teach my students the PQA strategy.  They need to Put the Question in the Answer.  This is one of the more simple acronyms for the same strategy.  We talk about this within the first week of school and practice, practice, practice.

If you'd like to have this PQA poster, or grab posters for other, similar strategies, just click the picture above to come on over to my blog and download them for yourself.
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ABC Trace & Write Emergent Reader Booklet

Review Common Core State Reading Standards: RF:K.1d and RF:K.3c + CCSS: L.1.1a with this packet.

My Y5's LOVE "Trace & Write" worksheets!

The "ABC Trace & Write Emergent Reader Booklet" can be used as individual worksheets for table top, early finishers, homework, a sub folder; or staple together to make a booklet, that kiddos work on when you cover a particular letter. 

Whatever letter of the day/week you are working on, have students complete that page.  My kiddos enjoyed these worksheets so much, they always asked to do more than one page!

Great way to show improvement in a portfolio too. Students can color the large letters and pictures as well, helping strengthen finger muscles.

Make an extra set and put in your "Write & Wipe" binder that I posted about a few days ago. 

Completed booklets make a nice keepsake too.  When everyone is done, read as a whole-group, to reinforce concepts of print. 

Click on the link to grab this fun FREEBIE today: ABC Trace & Write Emergent Reader booklet. 
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