Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 19th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store on August 20 for a bonus sale of 25% off using the code BTSBONUS19. Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Aug 18th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store  for more  great deals! As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Teaching In Style: 5 Key Back to School Pieces

Jul 13th 2017

Back to School time is right around the corner and one of my favorite parts is picking out a few outfits for the first week of school. Here are 5 key pieces to start your year off with a bang: […]

Back to School Character Education Classroom Cooking Projects

Aug 7th 2014

The first week of school is a time to focus on establishing procedures, explaining expectations and building classroom community. Infuse some fun into these lessons with our Back to School Character Education Classroom Cooking Unit. – Each cooking project uses […]

Blast Off Back to School Sale!

Aug 3rd 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. Let us alleviate some of your stress with our tried and true back to school resources […]

Back to School Organization 101

Jul 20th 2014

Does the sight of this classroom make you shudder?     Unfortunately for many teachers, this is reality during back to school season. As soon as we sign our contract, we become immediate hoarders, stock piling supplies purchased during those great […]

Welcome Back to School Customizable Parent Packet & Curriculum Night Guide

Jul 11th 2014

Dread Curriculum Night? Unsure on what information to give parents? This Welcome Back to School Parent Packet covers it all! These forms and letters include everything needed for the beginning of the year from curriculum and grading to student information […]

Back to School: Ice Breakers and Community Building Activities

Jul 10th 2014

Building a collaborative and positive classroom community it essential for a smooth start to the school year.  Help students get to know each other better and feel welcome in your classroom. This engaging, interactive 85 page unit includes the following: […]

Best of Back to School Lesson Plans & Activities

Jul 10th 2014

Back to School Lesson Plans: Turn planning from drab to fab with the Best of Back to School Lesson Plans and Activities! We know that back to school often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal […]

Maximize Summer Break, Minimize Back to School Stress

Jul 6th 2014

Summer is about enjoying the little pleasures of life…..sleeping in past 6, sipping coffee leisurely, eating lunch at a real restaurant (as compared to the teachers’ lounge), trading Common Core reading for romance novels. Summer is also the perfect time […]

Back to School: FREE Top Ten Tools

Jun 27th 2014

The new school year means endless meetings, countless hours of prep and the dreaded Curriculum Night…all resulting in major stress. As veteran teachers, we understand the tension the Back to School time brings and are here to help. Our FREE […]

Best Back to School Lesson Plans and Activities

May 18th 2014

Turn planning from drab to fab with the Best of Back to School Lesson Plans & Activities! As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. […]

Classroom Management Behavior Lesson Plans: Back to School

May 18th 2014

Golden Keys to Success is an efficient behavior management program that builds character, promotes self-monitoring and ensures high behavioral expectations. This program has made a huge difference in my students’ behavior because it teaches them to be responsible for daily […]

Start Back to School Right – Avoid These Top 5 Missteps

Jul 23rd 2013

Back to School Night can seem so scary, even for veteran teachers. Possible scenarios might be running through your mind…parent heckles you, no one shows up, toddler screams during presentation, etc. Make Back to School Night your first step in […]

Top Ten Tools for Back to School!

Jul 15th 2013

The new school year means endless meetings, countless hours of preparation and the dreaded Curriculum Night…all resulting in major stress! Let Astute Hoot: Tools for the Wise Teacher alleviate your pressure with our FREE Top 10 Tools for Back to […]

Happy 100! Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Jan 16th 2019

I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for 100 days! Where does time go? To celebrate this momentous occasion, my class participated in several 100 Day activities. Here are a few highlights from our special day: 1. If I […]

Giving Back is a Hoot!

Apr 23rd 2014

  Making learning fun brings me great joy.  Some of my best teaching memories are when I saw things finally “click” for struggling students.  Knowing how hard they work to sometimes make even the simplest connections makes these little successes even better! […]

Master Meet the Teacher in 5 Easy Steps

Jul 18th 2017

Just the mention of Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Night makes most teachers break out into a cold sweat. Why is this? We speak in front of people all day, every day, but the difference is their age. Children will […]

Fool-Proof Tips for Teaching Procedures & Routines

Sep 11th 2016

You know that feeling of excitement you feel when you spot a cute new idea on Pinterest? Those all-too-familiar thoughts run through your mind. “It looks so easy, there aren’t that many materials, how hard could it be?” Yet despite […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet: Part 3

Jul 20th 2016

Yesterday as part of my blog series, Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet, I gave you a sneak peek into my second grade classroom with a focus on my math area. I use the district prescribed curricula along with our reading, […]

Make Morning Meetings More Meaningful

Jun 28th 2016

The Morning Meeting should be the most meaningful 10 minutes of your day. Morning Meetings are at their best when they are the perfect blend of social, emotional, and academic activities. It is a time to reflect on yesterday’s success, set goals and […]

You Deserve a Discount!

Apr 24th 2016

By popular demand, we’ve bundled all of our strategy resources into 2 different Site License options to give you the best possible deal! The Astute Hoot Reading Site License contains over 20 complete decoding and comprehension units and the Astute Hoot […]

Flash FREEBIE Friday!!!!

Aug 13th 2015

    Flash FREEBIE Friday:   Beginning of the School Year Ice Breakers and Community Building Activities You know the horrible feeling when you walk into a room and you don’t recognize a single soul? Even worse, everyone else already knows […]

Build An Epic Classroom Culture

Aug 12th 2015

You know the horrible feeling when you walk into a room and you don’t recognize a single soul? Even worse, everyone else already knows each other, happily mingling together. Most adults shudder at the thought, yet as teachers, we fail […]