Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Week Six ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!


 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Center Rotation Cards Using Paint Card Samples and So Much More!


Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Daily Five Organizational Bookmarks!
So Many Uses For Paint Card Samples!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Hello everyone, I'm Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas. Today I wanted to share some of my favorite uses for paint swatches, paint sample cards, paint chip cards, paint color cards.... Whatever you call them, I ♥love them. I am a "cheapie" by nature and these cards call to me, I can seriously hear them saying "Fern, Fern, Fern..." when the hubby and I go to Home Depot. We enter and he goes one way and I turn into the paint department.
SIDE NOTE: I am a big believer in asking for them and not just opening your purse up and knocking over the entire display. I have never been told no. :)
Paint Card Examples
{Click on any of the pictures to go to my blog post for more details!}
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Daily Five Organizational Bookmarks!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas A Mickey Mouse Spin on Triangular Flash Cards
 Somebody Wanted But So Reading Strategy Fern Smith's Somebody Wanted But So Reading Strategy Paint Sample Cards Activity!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas St. Valentine's Day Cards
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Four to a Card - Fact Family Cards 

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas More FREE Ideas for Disney Paint Sample Flash Cards
Different colors for the different fact families!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Easy Make and Take Centers
http://www.fernsmithsclassroomideas.com/2014/02/easy-make-and-take-centers-with.html
Place two matching stickers on the back of the cards so the children can check their own answers!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Two Grumpy Dogs! 
Today's post has been brought to you with the help of two of my lovely assistants. These pouting looks are due to the fact that two dogs over 140 lbs. cannot share one office chair....big, grumpy babies! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Week Five ~ The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!

The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
 The Owl's Wish List Giveaway and TPT Sale!
Each week some of the Owls are going to get together and wish you, our followers, a Happy Wish List Wednesday by having a sale on one of our most popular "wish list" items on TPT. In addition to big, big, big savings, on each blog you will have a chance to enter to win the item too!
Let's have some fun this summer EVERY Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Painting Your Writing {Using Paint Chip Samples in the Classroom}

Hi everyone! I'm late to the party, I was supposed to post my idea yesterday and time just got away from me! 

I'm here today to share some ideas for using Paint Chips in your classroom. Now...I haven't actually used them yet, but I've been inspired by several adorable things I've seen on Pinterest. 

This anchor chart using paint chips to teach shades of meaning was my main inspiration. 


My students have ALWAYS struggled using interesting words in their writing. I might scream if I see the word happy or sad ONE MORE TIME! I thought this would be a good way to get students to start using more "colorful" vocabulary in their writing!

I decided to create a little bulletin board to get students involved in the process of actively using "colorful" words.


I've created a little freebie for you with everything you'll need to create your bulletin board! I would add a word a week to the board (so you don't overwhelm them) and have students brainstorm and sort the words they find in order on the paint chip sample from dull to colorful so students can see the progression of words and their shades of meaning.

You can click the image below to download your free copy!

I hope this bulletin board set helps your students as much as hope it will help mine!!

Here are just a few other adorable ideas I saw on Pinterest!


I just love this colorful banner!


Ummmmm....how cute is this homemade rolodex!?

We'd love to see how you paint chips in your room! So, what do you do?



Paint Chip Fun!

Hey everyone!

I absolutely love using paint chips. Did you know I help once a month at my friend's hardware store? Well when they switched to a new brand of paint, I asked what they were going to do with the old samples. She said she was going to toss them except keep a few for herself for some Pinterest stuff. Well guess who ended up with the about 1,000 paint chip strips? This girl!

You can do so many things in the class with them! Arts and crafts, math, reading, science, etc!




For literacy, you can differentiate what students are working on. Kids can choose the colors and how many boxes they need on their paint card.

On this one I have a few examples of how students can manipulate the paint chip cards. Cutting for contractions, is one example. Or creating words (or separating them too). Very visual!  The bottom right shows synonyms for a word.

This example shows a bookmark with my name, gift tag, True/False and multiple choice answers, holiday paint chips, and the bottom right is math. 

What ideas do you have for paint chips?





Friday, July 18, 2014

Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer

Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Making Mini-Books Last Longer for Mini-Fingers!
Hello everyone, I'm Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas.
Just a quick little tip for your PRINTED mini-books and mini-readers.
I like to use duck tape as a side binder OVER the staples.
 Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Four Reasons:
1. It keeps the book together longer.
2. The BACK page is not as quick to rip off.
3. Little people don't start crying when little fingers get snagged on the back part of the staple! Oh the drama!
4. Teacher stays happy! :)
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Duct Tape for Making Mini-Books Last Longer
Guided Reading Groups and Fluency
You can also print 6 to 8 of the same mini-books to make sets to use again and again during your guided reading instruction. The students can use the books with white boards and white board markers. Use one color of duct tape for the binding to keep all the same titles of a book easy to find and organized. Click here for these mini-books. Click here for my mini-books.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Freebies at Owl-ways Be Inspired

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Duct tape desks!

Hey y'all! It's Rachel from the tattooed teacher!
It's duct tape week!
I LOVE Duct tape! Really!
More specifically DUCK brand duct tape!
Have you seen their pinterest boards! oh my!


Today I'm here showing off my [former] teacher desk that now belongs to another teacher! Ignore the mess on top-it was summer!


Now, are your school supplied teacher desks from the 70s?
Mine are!
dented, metal, sad desk
I got this idea while covering the exposed part of my bookshelves in duct tape
I am a hoarder of the stuff...no lie...and started whipping it out finding a good pattern.
All I did was literally put strips of duct tape on the front and sides of my desk!
but boy did it make a difference! The pink zebra and green paint splats I borrowed from my neighbor to break it up a little. and I had to get one strip of my hello kitty in there, too!
Last year I got rid of my desk, but another teacher picked mine up and uses it!
simple, pretty cheap, and a big difference!
here are the different patterns I used-all are duck brand! (minus the neons which I purchased at Big Lots!-but are still Duck brand)
and here are a few other teacher desks I found on Pinterest! Most don't lead to anywhere...sad face
 
and for whatever reason, this picture is upside down!
this is my fav! she used wrapping paper and white duct tape!
here's a little sideways action for ya! but it's a great looking desk!

so there you have it!
What have you made with duct tape?



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