Fern's Freebie! {Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!}

Hi Everyone! 
I'm Fern from Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
I was beyond excited to be invited to join Owl-ways Be Inspired. There are so many blogs out there for the teachers of the very young, it is nice to have one just for us 2nd and 3rd grade teachers! I really hope you have enjoyed all the freebies we've had so far, just for you!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Yep, this is me, my skinnier mini-me!
I love being on the computer, making things for the classroom is such a passion, it is my stress relief from the day to day grind of school. I also love Sonic's Route 44 Diet Coke with Lime. While we were stationed in Dallas we lived in a small town called Anna. Sonic was it, that was all we had when we first moved there. I now live in the heavily populated Fleming Island, Florida and I can walk to over 50 restaurants, yet I still love my Sonic-Route-44-Diet-Coke-with-Lime! {When my husband asks me what I would like to order, I say it really fast like it is all one word, just a little too addicted to caffeine!}
Also by the picture you can see, it's true, I have six dogs! We once had 17 at one time when Queen Lilly had 13 healthy puppies. I could have kept them all if it was possible! Fortunately we found them all homes with my students and the boys and girls at church. We kept five, Calvin, Anna, Bear, Bully and Scotty. They are a constant source of photobombs when I am trying to take pictures for my blog. So I have given up and now have them in many of my posts.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas 
Scotty & Calvin
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
Queen Lilly
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
 Those were the fur-babies, these are the real babies. Andrew is entering 10th grade and Heather will be attending FSU this fall.
I am beyond excited about her attending FSU, I graduated in 1989 with a Bachelors in Elementary Education and more importantly, the husband, Jaret, and I have already purchased our season tickets and donated to the Booster's Club so we can have game day, tailgate parking!!! {We're saving our pennies for an RV....a moving party on wheels!} Yipppeeeeee!
We have moved around a lot with my husband being in the Navy, he is now retired and working the exact same job as a civilian contractor. We love to boat, and we're surrounded by water. Jaret is also a US Coast Guard Captain. He works for Sea Tow, his dream job, a few days a month. 
This is one of my favorite pictures, it is from Mommie Dearest Strikes Again, a local blogger. I'm so use to what my husband does that I forget how wonderful it is for people when he shows up and gets them home safely. Especially when they have broken down at night, with no lights, it can be life-threatening.
We were blessed to retire in Clay County where I graduated and where I previously worked. I wanted my children to graduate from Clay County schools for the opportunities it will give them. I am currently a third grade teacher at a wonderful Title I school 5 miles from my new home and was excited to be a Teacher of the Year there. My parents moved here when I was in middle school, but I would have attended the school I teach at if they had moved to Orange Park a few years earlier. 
My students think that is pretty neat!
 I've known ever since 8th grade that I wanted to be a teacher, a Gifted teacher, because my middle school teacher taught us so much! During my career I have been 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 4th Bilingual, 6th, K-2nd Gifted, Network Administrator, ETCOM Instruction, Adult Ed. Microsoft Office and ESE Technology Curriculum Specialist. But my real joy, my passion, is blogging and making products to help other teachers. I have shops at TPT, Teachers Notebook, EdWorld Exchange, Teacher Lingo and Teacher's Marketplace if you need anything for back to school!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas
My freebie, Math Center Game Addition Doubles Concept, has been downloaded over 85,000 times. 
Here's a link if you can use it in your classroom too!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Addition Doubles Concept Center Game
Every Friday I offer a FREEBIE on my blog, click here to see them. I am also the author for Teaching Blog Addicts that publishes the Freebie Friday Link-up every Friday. I'm inviting you to come by this Friday, and every Friday, to link up your freebies. It will definitely bring your blog some new and exciting traffic. AND...you might find something new that you can really use!
Freebie Fridays
 Well, if you are still here and reading....tada...here is my newest packet, my math center only for our wonderful Owl-ways followers!
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Owl-ways Have Time for Math
Owl-ways Have Time for Math!
Three in One Addition Center Games
Concentration, Go Fish and Old Maid
 Please come visit my blog this Friday for another installment of the Dynamic Duo.
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas Double the Fun Dynamic Duo
 I'll be giving away another center game, Back to School Place Value Race, that hasn't been published yet, along with my friend Michelle from Teach123's Back to School 2nd Grade Bundle, Sentence Shuffle Trio! 
Fern Smith's Classroom Ideas!
See ya' Friday!

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  1. Hi Fern!
    I enjoyed hearing all about your life and career! Our children are about the same age, and I loved seeing your cute puppies!
    I wanted you to know that I've used several of your products in my class and they are always a huge hit - THANK YOU!
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! AND....right back at you, I love using your clip art!!

  2. Congratulations on Teacher of the Year! You sound so excited that your daughter is starting at FSU! I would be crying all over the place. Thank you so much for the freebie!

    1. Thank you Vanessa! She is going to be a surgeon and my biggest fear was having her go to University of Florida and having to support a Gator! I would be sobbing for sure!:)
      Have a great school year,

  3. Thanks for the freebie! I can't wait to use it!

  4. Nice to meet you, Fern! Thank you for the freebie. It is now in my "to print" file for the next time I get to school!

    1. Thank you so much! I do the exact same thing! I have a file on my "Cloud" called PRINTatSchool2013.
      Have a great year,


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