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Polar Express Day 2016
20 Dec, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past Friday was our annual Polar Express Day. This is by far one of my favorite traditions. This year it ended up…
Polar Express Day 2015
23 Dec, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
First of all, Merry, Merry Christmas from all of mine (minus those who were sick with strep throat this past week) to all of…
Teaching Kindergarteners to “Make 5”
12 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past week during guided math we have been diligently working on "making 5." To do this, we have played many games. The…
Hands-on Ways To Practice Patterns In December
8 Dec, 2015. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the math skills that we are currently working on in my classroom is reviewing patterns. We have already mastered repeating patterns…
Why teaching handwork is still important (and a giveaway!!)
22 Nov, 2015. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
As many of you know, the afternoons in my kindergarten classroom are a very special time for us. During what we call "Exploratory…
A journey to the Arctic– guided reading focus
5 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are exploring the Arctic. Like many of you, today was our first day back after a very restful Christmas break.…
Operation: Spread Kindness
14 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The Kindness Helpers have been leaving us fun little notes every day since the first day in December. Each day they give us…
Gingerbread Week! {Using a picture book to create engaging lessons}
13 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we went CRAZY for gingerbread men! We started the week using the book "Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett as our read…
The Kindness Helpers
7 Dec, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love the Christmas season. I love the twinkle lights, the music, the food, the smell of…
Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway
6 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 I am so excited to be teaming up with some of my friends to participate in a Christmas for the Classroom giveaway! In…
December: Lessons, Guided Reading, Math, and more!
2 Dec, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Ok. Let me be 100% honest. Moving down from first grade this year was a little difficult. At the end of last year,…
Increasing Rigor and Engagement At The Same Time
19 Jan, 2014. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week I was able to go to the SDE conference here in Austin and got to hang out with some of…
Having fun in the winter! {Freebie!!}
11 Jan, 2014. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Weather in Texas is so crazy. One day this week it was 29* when I woke up. The next day, my students were…
Winter is Here!!
9 Jan, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Winter has definitely hit my classroom. While we are NOT experiencing all the snow and cold that y'all are having, we did get…
Getting ready for a new year!
1 Jan, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy New Year!! I hope that you are all doing well and are still enjoying your last few days off.  I have been…
“Life saving” winter crafts!
22 Dec, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray!!! It's Winter break!! We made it-- congratulations and job well done! I don't know about you, but our past week was filled…
All Aboard the Polar Express!
14 Dec, 2013. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week my class and I dove into one of my favorite Christmas books ever written, "The Polar Express." I told my…
Christmas themed word work and writing activities {FREE!!}
12 Dec, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I hope that everyone is having a great week. I don't know about you, but to me, it feels as if this week…
Baby, it’s COLD outside!
8 Dec, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Being from New England, a few 20 degree days should totally not throw me for a loop but MAN! I'm freezing!! I have…
December is here!
2 Dec, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This afternoon I went to my classroom to get everything ready for December and I am so happy with the way that things turned…
What does the fox say? {finding the main idea and details in a passage}
29 Nov, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now your students have told you all about the song "What does the fox say?" In case you have not…
Reindeer Fun! {getting ready for December!}
24 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday, my students came to school dressed to the nines ready for our Thanksgiving feast. It was such a blast and such…
Happy Vacation and New Year’s Resolutions!
30 Dec, 2012. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone,I hope that you are having a RELAXING and wonderful winter break! I also hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.…
Teaching Fractions– The fun way!
13 Dec, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Fractions are sometimes an obscure concept to teach to first graders. Most of the time they understand that they want the BIGGER piece,…
Polar Express Week!
9 Dec, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This upcoming week we are reading one of my favorite Christmas books, The Polar Express! Our whole week will be centered around this…
Whoville Trees: A fun Sequence of Events Activity
8 Dec, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we used "The Grinch" as our theme of the week. We loved reading the book, using inferences to explain how the…
Shop til you drop!!
24 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Did you hit the stores for Black Friday?! Well, for a teacher, this sale might be EVEN better than the deals you got!…
Sunday night: lesson plans!
5 Nov, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello All!Today I felt UBER productive!! I went to church, cleaned my house, enjoyed some lovely smelling fall candles and Scentsy scents and…
Apples. apples. apples!!
15 Sep, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we started one of my all time favorite units that I teach. It's funny because each year that I teach,…
Estimation and linky parties!
21 Jul, 2012. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!! I have been super busy in my classroom. I went for it and totally did away with any resemblance of desks! I…