Classroom Freebies

Seashore Writing Paper

I've had enough of winter, haven't you? Let's pretend it's summer! This blog post has several ideas and resources to help lift yourself out of your winter doldrums!
The East Coast is in the middle of yet another Winter Storm.

If you're anything like me, you've had enough!

In order to escape too much winter, I'm sharing a little something "warm!"
Here's a Seashore Themed Paper freebie to help warm you up!

I've had enough of winter, haven't you? Let's pretend it's summer! This blog post has several ideas and resources to help lift yourself out of your winter doldrums!

Just come on over Elementary Matters and check it out!

Free Easter Math

This cute math activity can be used for Easter, or anytime during the spring! The download includes 4 different versions so you can differentiate in your class as needed!

Free Flower Themed Calendar

It's beggining to look a lot like least around where I live.  This fun, free flower calendar is the perfect to use for homework or behavior this time of the year.

Just click HERE to download this freebie.  Hope you enjoy!

Math Riddle Task Cards for Challenging Fun!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you looking for an easy-prep math center activity that will have your little mathematicians begging for more?  Math riddle task cards to the rescue!

The 17 cards in this set provide you with practice in a variety of topics ... addition, subtraction, coins, comparison signs, two-digit numbers, adding and subtracting tens, and more.  They're a fun way to review math vocabulary, and are a motivating way to include spiral review in your program!

Click to find out more about math riddle task cards, and to get your free set!

Happy Teaching!

April Fool's Day Math Story Problems

April Fool's Day Math Story Problems: Elementary Matters
Did you realize April Fool's Day is coming???

How do I bring April Fool's day into Math?  With Problem solving, of course!  Check out my April Fool's Day Math Freebie! (Click image to download!)

Twelve Apostles Mini Book

This free mini book is perfect for teaching students about the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ. This is great for a Sunday school or Catholic school setting. Just assemble the book, color and cut apart the Apostles and glue them into the accordion style book. 

Free twelve apostles mini book to learn about the original apostles of Jesus Christ

Passport Autobiography Writing Activity

 Passport Autobiography

I am always looking for new ways to publish student writing. My students just finished mini autobiographies, and we published them in passport booklets using a template I created on MSPublisher. It was a great project that integrated biography writing, review of transitional words, and keyboarding and computer skills.

I used our class novel, Snow Treasure by McSwigan, as a launching point for the autobiography writing. I gave the students a writing frame to help organize their ideas, and they used the same style to share memories as the character in the story.

In your class, you can adapt the autobiography writing to fit your curriculum. This Passport Autobiography Resource has a printable template that students can handwrite their information, or you can use the MSPublisher templates and let students type. There is even an editable template, so you can customize the passport for a non-U.S. country.


Public Service Announcement—Cursive is Coming Back

I remember when it was decided by the WIZARDS OF SMART, that kids didn’t need to learn to write in cursive.  It was a waste of class time for students and teachers.  Cursive writing was passe, old fashioned and behind the times.  Computers are new, modern and cool. Last but not least, common core education standards that guide many states’ curriculum policies don’t emphasize it.

TEACHERS, But, But, need to learn to write cursive because:

  • Your signature is in cursive.  Look at the documents you sign.  There is a place to print your name and a place for your signature.
  • If you don’t learn cursive, you won’t be able to read historical documents like diaries, original historical documents.  Cursive will be like a foreign language.
  • These kids will have to take notes in middle and high school.  Studies tell us, you remember more if you physically write something down. Before you wrote it, you decided it was important information that you would need later for__________________
WIZARDS OF SMART  the train is leaving the station, get on board.  

TEACHERS:  I’m tired of hearing about that dumb train!!!!!!

The years went by and guess what?  This generation of students who didn’t learn to write cursive  are now in college  AND  their college professors just HATE, HATE, HATE looking out over a sea of laptops wondering if these kids are: 

The academic world pushes NEW and therefore BETTER ideas down on school districts who in turn push them down on teachers and their students (who are the ones who pay for this foolishness).  What does around comes around, the college academic world does not like what some Educational Academic started all those years ago.  You are going to love this quote, “I got really tired of seeing them out there on their laptops and doing something other than pay attention to me.” (Carol Holstead, a University of Kansas Associate Journalism professor)1  Every teacher who reads this will say DDDDAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH.   

In conclusion, professors are now banning laptops and declaring their classes are a tech free zone.  Some are even writing articles about why they are banning laptops which inspires other professors to do the same. And of course, being in ACADEMIA one must site studies demonstrating those who type notes retain less than those who write notes.

Students are complaining that all this writing is hurting their hands.

Teachers always need a good laugh and a great idea.   google, Jeanne Robertson,  Learning Cursive

1 Wall Street Journal.  I’d Be an A Student if I Could Just Read My Notes.

Classroom Scheduling Tips

Hi friends!  We have had some discussions on the fan page in the past about classroom schedules.

I started thinking about brand-new teachers and how they may not have a clue about setting up a schedule (if that liberty is given to them), so I will walk you through how I have always done my set up!  (PS - my way is not necessarily the "right" way, but it is my way which has always worked for me.)  :)

Want to know more about time management strategies for classroom teachers?   Check out Teacher Life Balance Academy HERE!

1.  First, I start with my start and ending times of the school day on a sheet of paper (or even on a handy printable - see below).

2.  Next, I fill in my specials times, lunch times, recess, and any other times (such as computer, speech, gifted resource, etc.) that may pertain to my class that year.  Those are usually not up to me but are rather handed down from above.

3.  From that point, I usually want to cry because I realize how little time I have to teach.  But, I digress - I go ahead and fill in my reading block first thing for in the morning (even if there is a break in between).  Depending on the district, it could be anywhere from 60-120 minutes, including writing and/or independent reading.

4.  After that, I try to find an uninterrupted block of 60 minutes (or as close to it as possible) for math.

5.  Last, I try to piece in 30-45 minutes for science OR social studies (I have always rotated every other week or 2 with one or the other rather than trying to teach 20 minutes of each).

6.  Finally, I make sure to include 10 minutes at the end of the day for packing things up as it always seems to get away from you if you aren't prepared.  And I make sure I have a 10-15 minute allotment somewhere in there for a read aloud - no matter what the grade level.  It could be after recess, at the end of the day after packing up (that does tend to get them to move faster btw), or I have even done it first thing in the morning if I had specials shortly after the announcements.

So there you have it - my version of how I tackle the dreaded daily schedule.  It really gets hairy if you are trying to coordinate team-teaching with other members of your grade level or if you are a gifted/special ed resource who needs to work with multiple teachers and grade levels (I still have nightmares about those conversations. LOL)

Want to know more about time management strategies for classroom teachers?   Check out Teacher Life Balance Academy HERE!

How about a fun freebie to at least make it look pretty?  :)

  I was thinking about teachers and how they may not know about setting up a schedule, so I will walk you through how I have always done mine! Stop by and see 

 Have fun scheduling!


This article originally appeared at Organized Classroom.

Free Word Family / Phonics Game & Literacy Center

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

FREE Word Game for the "other kids" to do while you are doing GUIDED READING

What are your "other kids" doing while you are working with guided reading groups?

Grab this FREE Reading Game for purposeful practice. Shake-a-Word literacy center is perfect for improving fluency, phonics, decoding skills, and word family knowledge.

Best wishes!  

Sea of knowledge's (Totschooling) Easter Sight Word Worksheets Free

These fun Easter themed sight word printables are just the perfect addition to any kindergarten classroom or homeschool. The kids will enjoy hunting for the ‘sight word Easter eggs’, read the word, trace and dab or color.

Easter Worksheets Preschool Kindergarten Free
Head on over to the BLOG POST HERE to download this freebie! 

Spring Subtraction Game with a Bonus!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Here's an easy way to turn a math center partner game into a pretty classroom window display for spring!

There are just five simple steps to follow: download, print, subtract, color, cut ... and you're ready to fill your classroom windows with a bright and pretty spring floral display filled with variety, because each brightly colored watering can will be different!

Happy Teaching!

Improve Listening Skills with a Fun Freebie Activity

Many young learners struggle with hidden cues in language and with following both written and oral directions.  It is a complex task that requires strong auditory processing, visual processing, sequencing, attention skills and more. Come download some free sample activities on my blog that you can use to help your students strengthen this needed skills.

Cheers, Dr. Erica Warren

Need Help Reviewing Mixed Multiplication? 

These task cards are perfect for math centers, SCOOT, small group work, or even a change of pace for seat work. Laminate a couple of sets for multiple students 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.
 Click here to download it today for your files!

Free Rabbit Science Printables & Activities

Add a little simple science to your Easter or spring plans! This download is packed with fun and engaging activities for your little scientists to learn about rabbits. 

Get this free pack HERE on my blog