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Fern Smith's FREE Pencil Toppers for a Back to School Student Gift

Welcome Back To School Pencil Toppers
Fern Smith's FREE Welcome Back To School Pencil Toppers
 Welcome your students back to school with a simple and easy gift. Over the summer have a parent volunteer print, cut and place on a colorful, new, SHARPENED pencil for the first day of school. 
That way, when they all roll in with 24, 48, 96 unsharpened pencils, they will still be able to get to work while you meet and greet new parents and students!
For more pencil management tips and to download this freebie, click here!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas

Mini Research Reports with Creature Features

Creature Features by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page appeals to all age groups.  I had the opportunity to share this book this year with several classes as I worked in a school library.  I have a mini-research project that goes well with this book.

Students fill out the facts for each animal and then either draw a picture on the back or glue it to an index card to make it larger.

To download the mini-research project shown above, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.

Artistry of Education

Alphabet Rap

This is colorful booklet for learning letter sounds. Click on the image to get your own copy.

Hop on over to my blog to find out more about this and other alphabet activities.

Susan Berkowitz’s IEP Objectives for AAC

For some reason, we have a hard time writing measurable objectives for a student’s use of their AAC system that reflect genuine communication activities.  We often feel compelled, given our need to write goals on which we can take data and measure progress, to write artificial objectives that require a student to say a particular message or type of message a specified number of times per day.

How often do we write goals like this for verbal students?  Well, pretty much never.  We write goals to increase vocabulary use, or to increase length of utterances, or to increase the form or content of their language output in some way.  But I don’t think I have ever seen an objective for a verbal student that requires them to make a specific request or comment 10 times per day.  
What if the student doesn’t want (X) 10 times each day?  Have they not met their objective?  The student’s message must represent what (s)he wants to say when given the opportunity and motivation to create a message.
I once had a teacher wonder why a student who had previously learned to use some PECS communication responses had regressed to the point where he would not request anything at all during a fine motor/art activity where his only choices for items to request included scissors and drawing implements he could not use well and hated.  He had not regressed, he was perfectly capable of using pictures to request items his did want, he was not going to make requests for things he clearly did not want.
Writing goals for a student to say something, a specified number of times may teach her inappropriately and provide less real learning and real communicating.  Goals must increase the appropriateness of language, not quantity.

Fluency Bookmarks

It is important for teachers to understand what fluency is, but it is equally important for students to understand what a fluent reader is.  The knowledge of what a fluent reader is gives a student an obtainable goal to work for.  
Fluency Bookmarks to Help Students Focus on Improving Their Fluency

These bookmarks have been extremely helpful with my students.  The students keep them in their independent reading bucket.  Having them close at hand makes it easier for the student to make a conscious effort to focus on improving their fluency.  You can grab a copy of these bookmarks for FREE HERE.

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Fluency Bookmarks to Help Students Focus on Improving Their Fluency

FREE Frames for Teachers from Teacher KARMA

free clipart for teachers

Billboard style frames with a chalkboard center... you know these are perfect for teachers!

Click here to get the FREEBIE, Billboard Frames in Chalkboard Style!

These graphics may be used for commercial use. The download will include my Terms of Use.

Enjoy your FREEBIE and best wishes!
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Fern Smith's FREE Noun or Verb Valentines Day Sixteen Task Cards and Answer Sheet

Come download this freebie now for your February files for the 2016 - 2017 school year! Save it now and you'll be all ready for some fun Reading Center reviews in February!
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Free Back to School Gift Tags

Back to School Gift Tags

You are oh-fish-ally where God wants you to be.

Download Free at TPT

Simply cut out tags and attach them to a small bag or box of goldfish crackers.  

I used these last year for my students and it was a big hit.

Free Alphabet, Numbers, & Sight Words Fun Mystery Picture Practice

Are you looking for a fun activity for your students to complete the first week of school? These dot marker pictures are perfect for helping little ones get excited about learning and staying engaged!

Free Downloads

Students will use the key to color in circles and create the mystery picture! Regular markers or crayons can be used if you don't have the dot markers. 

The free download can be found HERE and includes 3 different pictures to choose from! Your students will beg for more! 

Classroom Policies and Procedures Checklist

I recently blogged about how I created policies and procedures that incorporated character education in my classroom. My post also includes a checklist of policies and procedures that teachers can use when planning for the new school year.

Use this checklist as you review your own policies and procedures for the upcoming school year if you're a veteran teacher, or use it as a guide if you're a new teacher. Hope that it's helpful!

Graphic Organizer for Cause and Effect

 While reading an informational article, students sometimes need to think backwards from an event to its causes.  They can record these cause and effect relationships on the graphic organizer shown above.  Students write events that occurred on the left and what factors caused those events to happen on the right.  The arrows show them the direction of the action.

To download the graphic organizer for cause and effect, please visit this post at Artistry of Education.

Artistry of Education

Back to School Writing Prompts

One of the first things I do to get to know my students as writers is to give them a general narrative writing prompt. We typically spend two days on this activity.

On the first day, I give them a copy of the prompt of their choice. This day is just for writing, writing, and more writing. On day two, they get a narrative checklist and time to finish up any "loose ends" in their writing. Afterwards, I use a 1-2-3 scale to assess their initial abilities as narrative writers.

You can use this freebie pack any time during the year, leave a prompt in your emergency sub plans, or pull it out as a quick assessment at the beginning or end of a unit on narrative writing. I hope it helps!

Get a copy for your classroom by clicking on any of the images in this post. Be sure to leave feedback on TpT if you love it!

Inclusion Tips to Help Start the Year off Right for Your Student with Autism. Free Download!

If you will have a student with Autism in your classroom this year, you may be wondering what you can do to help.

Inclusion Tips for Students with Autism
All About Me for students with autism.

You want your student to make a smooth transition and experience success in an inclusion setting.

Students with Autism may experience sensory challenges, auditory processing challenges and feel overwhelmed with change. Need some tips to get you and your student started?

Head to my store, Speech Sprouts, and download Autism: Inclusion Tips for Classroom Teachers. You'll get a teacher handout with 12 great tips and an All About Me page to share with staff.

Read more on my Speech Sprouts Therapy blog. Have an awesome year!

FREE Hands-On Addition Math Puzzle

If your students need a little more addition practice, check out this FREE Magic Square Puzzle to keep them engaged AND learning!

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Schooltime Word Cards

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Here's a set of 23 back to school vocabulary cards with lots of uses!

* K-1 Teachers:  Put the cards in your writing center as a reference or to inspire new writing projects, like "What's in My Backpack?" stories.  You might even choose to display the cards as a mini Word Wall.

* 2nd Grade Teachers:  For an easy-to-differentiate center activity, have your students start with the first 15 cards. Then add in the 8 cards with a red star, for the added challenge of alphabetizing to the second letter.

Happy Teaching!