Classroom Freebies

Susan Berkowitz’s Free IEP Objectives for AAC Users

Just in time for the new IEP or school year, here are some guidelines to follow when writing IEP objectives for students who use AAC systems.  One of the common pitfalls in writing these objectives is the way we try to create measurable targets out of less-than-easily-measureable language skills.

I often see IEP objectives written for making a request for (X item/activity) Y# times/day.  How do we know the student is going to want to request (X) every day, let alone a given number of times.  Why do we focus on specific, structured, responses when we don’t actually know what the students is going to want to say? And, finally, why can’t we write objectives for increasing the variety of functions of communication used, or the complexity of the “utterance” rather than counting the number of times Johnny says, “X?”

Gayle Porter and Linda Burkhart have addressed this issue well in Gayle’s PODD trainings.  I have attempted to summarize their thoughts for distribution to others as often as I can.  So, take this information with you to the next IEP meeting for a nonspeaking student, and see how it can change how your write IEPs and measure communication interactions.

Sea of Knowledge's Free All About Me Back to School Poster Activity

Looking for an All About Me activity for back to school? This free and fun poster activity will be a hit with your students! These will be a great way to get to know the students, to have them get to know their new classmates or even as a fun way to find out students’ birth-dates!

Head on over to the BLOG POST HERE to download this freebie! 

Pete's "It's all good!" Writing prompt & Poster Activity

Even before Pete the Cat made the saying "It's All Good!" popular, others felt the same way, like Glennon Melton, so I used her quote to make a cat-themed poster.

There's one in black and white for kiddos to color, as well as a colorful one for you to introduce the writing prompt with, then hang in the center of your display of students' work.

Using the worksheet, children write whether they agree or disagree with the quote and why.

Use the poster for discussion with PK children, who can also color their own.

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop  to grab Pete The Cat's "It's all good!" writing prompt poster activity. 

From Diane, at

Free Number Aerobics Poster

Free Number Aerobics Poster to get you and your students exerecising with math every morning. From Raki's Rad Resources.

Do you get to exercise during the work week? One trick that I have used in order to get a work out in is to add number aerobics to my morning routine. The students and I count to one hundred every morning, changing movements every ten numbers in order to work on groupings of ten. This activity gets the students' blood flowing to start the day and gets a workout in for us too! Download this free number aerobics poster from my blog. It will help your students know what movements to do for each grouping of ten.

"Chrysanthemum" and "The Kissing Hand" Activity

Since the first week of school, especially that 1st day, can be exhausting, I designed these 2 "color me" worksheets, as a fun, quiet and independent little something children can do at the end of the day.

They're a real sanity saver, as kiddos are happily engaged coloring and writing their names, while you have a few peaceful minutes to get things ready for dismissal.

First & 2nd graders can write why they had a great day on the back of their paper.

The worksheets are based on 2 of my favorite back to school books: "The Kissing Hand" and "Chrysanthemum".

Since the caption "I had a great day!" is generic, you can use it whenever.

Click on the link to zip on over to my TpT shop to grab the "Chrysanthemum" & "Kissing Hand" coloring worksheets. 

From Diane, over at

Back to School Fluency Activities

As you head back to school enjoy this Back to School Fluency Packet. It includes Fluency Cards for Sentence building and a Reader's Theater Script.
If you would like to download this packet just click on the image below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.


Terry Fox Posters and Activities

In Canada, every September there is a Terry Fox run held in various communities around the country. 

In 1977, Terry Fox got cancer and had to have part of his leg amputated. He decided to fight back against cancer and make a difference. He began his Marathon of Hope in April 1980.  His goal was to run across Canada and earn money for cancer research. Unfortunately, his cancer returned and he was unable to continue. He died in June 1981, but his legacy continued on. To find out more about his story and the legacy he has left behind, click here.

I made these posters and activities to use in the classroom prior to the run to create discussion and an awareness of how Terry Fox didn't let cancer stop him from making a difference. Click on the image to get you free copy.

Freebie: Math Interactive Notebook

I really love using interactive notebooks with  my second graders.This is a freebie that addresses money and I think you might enjoy using it with your student! It includes a handy coin reference chart and some flap books for students to practice finding different coins to show money under $1.00.

Click here or on the image below and I'd appreciate it if you would take a few seconds and leave feedback. You might have to click your browser back arrow to do so after you click download. Thanks!

24 Fall Word Puzzles

These fall-themed word puzzles are a fun addition to word work this season. Just print, cut and they're ready to go.

They include 3, 4 and 5-letter words and they're in both color and black and white.

Pop over to Liz's Early Learning Spot to download these puzzles.

Till next time,

Fern Smith's FREE King Chase Queen Indoor Recess Fun Directions!

Happy New Year, if you're here, you are already planning for school! :)

Fern Smith's FREE King Chase Queen Printable at Classroom Freebies

This Blog Post Has Directions for King Chase Queen Game and a FREE Printable!
Have you had a chance to play this great indoor recess game? 
 Your students will ♥love♥ it!
Click here to see all of my Indoor Recess Printables for you!
Click here to download it at my blog!
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Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Classroom Freebies

Back To School Icebreaker Fun!

My favorite classes in school, even up through college, were those that we had a real community going.

These were usually conducted by my  favorite teachers, who felt that a classroom was sort of like a family.

They made time to make us all feel welcome, safe, and important. I truly felt cared about.

One of the ways they promoted these feelings was that they spent some time getting to know us.

This also helped build camaraderie, and developed our classroom “family” and the positive-caring atmosphere.

Icebreakers are a perfect way to do this, and are especially important on the first day of school when students are a bit nervous and looking at a bunch of strangers, listening to rules-rules & more rules.

I not only did icebreakers on the first day, but included a simple one each day in the morning, or at the end of the day for our entire first week of school.   Then once a week for that important 1st month.

My students really looked forward to this time, an absolutely LOVED sharing.

The M & M or Skittle Game has been around awhile, going by as many names as there are colors, and can be played in a variety of ways as well.

These are my versions. I hope you find them useful.

Click on the link to zip on over and get your fun-filled packet: Candy Icebreakers
From Diane, over at

Leveled ACK Word Family Interactive Literacy Notebook Pages

 Free ACK word family interactive notebook pages. Three leveled pages to help your students write about their word family words. From Raki's Rad Resources.

Start building your interactive literacy notebooks with these ACK word family pages. Students write words and sentences for these ACK family words and glue them into their notebooks. There are three differentiated sheets, so students can write with only the words on their level, or they can work in groups to write with all 12 of the words. Download all three free sheets from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Jungle Safari-Themed "READ" Banner

Have a jungle safari-themed classroom?  Add this adorable "READ" banner from The Classroom Nook to your classroom library for an instant pop of color!

Grab it for free HERE.


Back to School Addition Games

Games are such a fun and easy way to build math fact fluency. This free Back to School Addition Games includes 10 games boards to practice addition facts for numbers 1-10. If you've never played bump (it is easy), the directions are included. Very little prep and set up which is always nice, especially during BTS season.
Free back to school addition games to practice math fact fluency for numbers 1-10.

Reading Comprehension: Free Strategies Handout

Reading comprehension strategies can help learners use mindful tools, so they can retain information and find greater joy in reading.  Dr. Warren offers a free downloadable handout that reviews pre-reading, reading and post-reading strategies for success. Come learn more and get a free copy.  - CLICK HERE.

Dr. Erica Warren