Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Instagram
Cause and Effect
25 Feb, 2015. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Cause and effect is not always the easiest concept for students to grasp.  However, I was determined this year to make it tangible…
Quick! Grab a Lesson– Jackie Robinson {FREEBIE!!}
9 Feb, 2015. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Everyone! I hope that this post finds you well! Can you believe that it is February already? Where is the year going?…
Digraph Reader FREEBIE!!
20 Jan, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have a VERY long commute home and have been using these car rides as an opportunity to listen to podcasts. I don't…
Guided reading at the beginning of the year
5 Aug, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is that time of the year again. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils fills the air and we are busily getting our…
Getting Ready For A Week Of Texas And Tall Tale Fun!
16 Mar, 2014. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was our Spring Break. I started the week crazy sick. After school on Friday I went straight to the doctor and…
Making Phonics Fun!
24 Feb, 2014. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Every week we have been adding a new "special sound" to our repertoire. I assume that most "language" curriculums are similar and they…
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…
Guided Reading Made Easy
5 Jan, 2014. 27 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but one of my favorite parts of the day is when I get to pull my guided reading…
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…
Dry Erase Board Challenges
20 Nov, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching children how to read is probably one of my favorite things to teach. On any given day in my classroom you will…
Sight words in an interactive notebook {freebie!!}
9 Oct, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Sight Words.... Love them or hate them, teaching them makes your life so much easier as a teacher and it helps your students…
How to make applesauce in your classroom {recipe included}
21 Sep, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday my class made homemade applesauce in class. It is truly one of my favorite activities that I do every year. I…
Superspeedy readers
9 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many of you will probably remember my post on using Superspeed reading a few months back. For those of you who are not…
Tall Tale Weekly Recap!
23 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Y'all know I go picture crazy on weekly recaps so... that's your warning. ;) This week we went crazy for tall tales. My students…
Superspeedy readers
3 Jan, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have you tried the whole brain teaching game called superspeed reading with your class yet? If not, I must say to go for…
Venn Diagrams– the fun way
2 Jan, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Remember when you were little and your mom would hound you about coloring ONLY on the paper?Remember when you became your mother and…
Making Inferences
6 Dec, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are tackling making inferences in my class. I really love teaching this concept and hearing my 6 year olds say, "I…