The Ugly Truth About Halloween

Oct 10th 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and kids are focused on costumes, candy and creepy creatures–it’s enough to make you batty before Halloween even arrives! It’s tempting to use Halloween coloring pages and other fluffy activities to keep students calm […]

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: […]

Increase Student Engagement in 2 Easy Steps!

Aug 15th 2016

Create an amazing interactive whiteboard table for guided reading groups and math groups in two easy steps!  Purchase a roll of self-adhesive dry-erase paper. 1. Measure Table.  Use a yardstick or measuring tape to determine dimensions of table. Roll out […]

Multi-sensory Retelling Made Easy

Apr 3rd 2016

Retelling is the process in which a child reads or listens to a story and then summarizes it in his own words including the beginning, middle and ending. Retelling helps students develop a sense of story structure and become more […]

Celebrate Dr. Seuss in Style

Feb 28th 2016

Read Across America is around the corner–celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with these fun, no-prep activities: 1. Cat in the Hat Kabob: Download this FREE recipe to make these adorable Cat in the Hat kabobs, a perfect activity to incorporate during […]

TPT Fresh Start Sale January 20-21

Jan 20th 2016

Use code Start16 to enjoy up to 28% off all Astute Hoot products January 20-21st on www.teacherspayteachers.com. This Fresh Start sale is the perfect time to purchase our top-selling bundles such as our Reading Intervention Essentials Bundle, Math Intervention Problem-Solving […]

7 FREE, NO PREP Christmas Reading & Math Activities

Nov 22nd 2015

Christmas is right around the corner and as veteran teachers, we know these next few weeks can be extremely busy and exhausting. We are here to help! We’ve created  FREE, NO PREP Christmas reading and math activities to keep your students engaged […]

Walk the Line: 5 Tips to Teach Lining Up Procedures

Sep 26th 2014

Do you have difficulty getting your class to line up quickly and quietly? Does your line seem to go on forever? Like most teachers, I have experienced the frustrations of lining up and walking in line. Follow these five easy […]

Friendly Letters: Superhero Style

Sep 12th 2014

Children love superheroes so what better way to engage them in writing than with Letterman? During my second-grade friendly letter study, Letterman, our Friendly Letter Superhero, visits the classroom each day to teach a specific friendly letter skill. He leaves […]

Flash Friday FREEBIE

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 FLASH FRIDAY FREEBIE! Back to School Character Education Classroom Cooking Unit. First Day Jitter […]

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 […]

Master Meet the Teacher & Conquer Curriculum Night

Jul 22nd 2014

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 […]

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 […]

TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale!

May 5th 2014

  Check out our Teachers Pay Teachers store here for 28% off of ALL our products from May 6-7.  We have several new Common Core Math Strategy Units and many FREEBIES too!  Stock up for the upcoming school year during […]