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Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
{This blog post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.} This past week my kindergarteners explored light. They enjoyed our unit SO…
Making a Bible Lesson Come To Life With Science
30 Aug, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The first Bible lesson that I always teach my class is the story of Creation. This year was no exception. In order to…
Bringing Inquiry Into Your Classroom
3 Aug, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This summer I have done a lot of research on bringing inquiry and exploration into my classroom. I have been reading books, articles,…
Plant and Earth Day Activities
19 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you read my last blog post, I promised to tell y'all about the rest of our Earth Day and plant unit activities.…
Earth Day Activities
17 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we have been gearing up for Earth Day. We have been learning all about plants and our world. To make…
Enjoying October
13 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Don't you just love long weekends? This past weekend I was able to head out to my father's house in the Berkshires to…
A Special Surprise
4 Jun, 2014. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day my students were in for a HUGE surprise. If you haven't noticed, I simply ADORE Nikki, the illustrator who draws…
3 {Easy and CHEAP} Ocean Activities
19 May, 2014. 22 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are down to 8 days left of school. Those days include 5 full days and three half days... amongst those days we…
Writing about shells {and the ocean}
9 May, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The ocean is one of those things that simply fascinates me. My mom has a picture of one of my brothers and I…
3rd Annual Camping Day!
4 May, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It has become a tradition at my school that every year, around this time, I host a camping day for the first graders.…
A rainbow of writing
25 Apr, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
During writing workshop, we have been working on making our writing more colorful. I wanted my students to really focus on word choice…
Exploring Plants
13 Apr, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was our testing week and I am very glad to say that it is over! My students did fantastic but by…
Volcanoes! {best day ever!!!}
5 Apr, 2014. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today was "volcano day" in my classroom. It was SUCH a great way to end our study of landforms!  Oh my goodness, I…
Frog Week- summaries, writing, and an art “experiment”
30 Mar, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Texas, the weather is currently beautiful. Spring is in the air (and allergies are on overdrive)! To capitalize on what is going…
Our new favorite SPRING Science experiment {on matter!}
22 Mar, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we revisited what matter is. In December, I introduced this concept with a fun science activity. {you can read about that…
Texas sized fun! {making social studies come to life!}
21 Mar, 2014. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having SO much fun learning about Texas this week. My students would concur that Texas is a pretty incredible state.…
Fun with force and motion!
1 Mar, 2014. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness. This past week was SO MUCH FUN. When we shared what our favorite part of the week was on Friday…
A glimpse into our day!
27 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I thought it might be fun to show you a glimpse into a 'normal' day in our first grade classroom. As many of…
“Best Week Ever!”
15 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have a student who has been asking me since August, "Miss Smith, WHEN are we going to study about the DINOSAURS?!" Well,…
Blast Off To The Moon
1 Feb, 2014. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week has been an absolute blast. (pun intended!) We started our unit on the moon and space and my students could not…
Math Questions: Answered!
28 Jan, 2014. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone. How many of you had a snow day this week? Last night the district that we follow issued a two hour…
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…
“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…
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…
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…
Clams?!
22 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my class was in for a surprise when they walked in the door. We have been diligently studying Thanksgiving and what the…
We’ve got spirit, yes, we do! (and owl pellet dissections!)
27 Oct, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we celebrated "Spirt Week" at my school. Each day students were able to come to school out of uniform. (which…
Owl Week!
19 Oct, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Monday we start our next unit. Throughout the upcoming week we will learn all about owls! The owl pellets arrived the other…
I love my job! {and a Freebie}
16 Oct, 2013. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my students walked in and their mouths hit the floor. Those few seconds of silence, followed by the HUGE smiles, and then hands…
“It’s fun first grade!”
12 Oct, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In my classroom, we have lovingly named Fridays, "Fun Friday." On Fridays my students work super hard in the morning taking their assessments…
Monday, Monday…and a whole bunch of bat centers!
8 Oct, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my students walked in to a classroom set up ready for bat week. Our Scholastic readers (featuring bats) were on their desks…
A week of spiders {How do you fit it all in?}
5 Oct, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we went CRAZY for spiders. My students LOVED every.single.minute of each day and they came out stronger readers, writers and…
Creepy, Crawly Spiders!
2 Oct, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Well spider week in my classroom is off to a HUGE hit! I had a few parents email me saying that their child…
October Mapped Out and Spiders! {and your chance to win!}
29 Sep, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is almost October? CRAZY, right?! Goodbye apples, and hello October themes! On Friday I mapped out my month…
More Apples and Johnny Appleseed Day!
27 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh wow! What a whirlwind this week has been. My students have amazed me this week. They have worked so hard and have…
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…
Apple Juice! {classroom style!}
20 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Tuesday, in one of my guided reading groups, my students and I were working our way through an "apple" reader. In the…
Apple Weeks start TOMORROW!! {plus TONS of Freebies!!!}
16 Sep, 2013. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray, hooray!! Our Apple Weeks start tomorrow and I couldn't be more excited!! I have TONS of fun things planned for us and…
We Love Weather!
14 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day one of my students raised her hand and asked, "Miss Smith, are we going to study weather next week?" I said,…
Visual Plans and Freebies!
9 Sep, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Before I get into my visual plans, I have to tell y'all about my latest obsession. Here in Texas unfortunately it is still…
Weather Galore!
7 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we started our first "science theme" of the school year. I start my year with weather because it echoes both my…
Week 3: Weather! {Visual Lesson Plans}
3 Sep, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we kick off one of my favorite units. {Yes, I think I say that about every unit... but I really love this…
I love Science! {and your chance to win!!}
30 Jun, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Y'all know how much I love teaching Science. I am SUPER excited to announce that I have two new Science packs out. They…
Science Galore! {and a FREEBIE!}
15 Jun, 2013. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Planning for a new year is always so much fun! In reflecting on my past school year I definitely think one of the…
Getting Ready For A New Year
11 Jun, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A little bit of sun...                                  ... a…
Busy, busy, busy
13 May, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my. With the year winding down, I have been on over drive. As you know, the end of the school year is…
Fabulous Feedback Linky Party
6 May, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 Hello everyone! Today I am linking up with Christina for a fabulous feedback linky party! I love making products that help teachers and…
Ocean weeks continue — peek at my week!
6 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we will continue our lovely study of the Ocean. My students have been LOVING this. Tomorrow we will focus mainly on sea…
Five for Friday– Ocean Style
3 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is FRIDAY! Hooray!! :) This week we have gone crazy for the ocean. One parent stopped me after school and said, "…
Dive in to some ocean fun! (Freebie!)
2 May, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are in LOVE with the ocean. We have been listening to this great playlist of songs that I just have to share…
Fill my {beach} bucket!
29 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now you have heard of the book, Have you Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud.It is such a fantastic book.…
Ocean Fun and an Intro to Discovery Bottles
28 Apr, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
You already know that I am a *tab bit* in love with Science. My class it, too. We're a great fit for each…
Five for Friday
27 Apr, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness. Thank goodness it is Friday!! This week was great... but long. Weeks with field trips are always exhausting... Here is a…
Two, no, THREE of our new favorite Science experiments
24 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
So, the other day we went Science CRAZY. It was probably one of my favorite days of the whole year. We accomplished FOUR…
Earth Day Fun! {Freebie!}
21 Apr, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Earth Day is right around the corner and that means a LOT of fun in first grade. First of all we have been…
Product Swap #3!
20 Apr, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have to start my post this morning by sharing the huge sigh of relief that I breathed yesterday. I have many, many…
Testing Week: a very crazy Thursday schedule
18 Apr, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kids have worked so hard at their way too many tests this week. By the end of the day today, they were…
Winners, Pictures, and Visual Plans!
14 Apr, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we start our week of testing. {feel bad for me} The game plan is that we will be finished by Thursday but…
Farm Fun
13 Apr, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we scratched the surface of life on the farm. My students are LOVING this unit. This class is so excited whenever…
The hot seat
8 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to teach you a SUPER fun game that you can play in your classroom to review ANYTHING! In…
Visual Plans and a Giveaway!!
7 Apr, 2013. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are going to the farm! Well, not literally, we are just learning about it. However, I made some really cute…
#Nailed It
3 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have ya'll seen this pin? I chuckle every time I see it. Today I had one of those lessons where it could not have gone…
Spring is all around
17 Mar, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am so excited to reveal my latest BIG packet. "Spring is all around" has 172 pages and 7 math and 6 literacy…
Egg Geodes
16 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day we completed the "egg geodes" science experiment. I took out one of the first anchor charts we made this year…
More Math!
28 Feb, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I had a few people want to hear more about how I schedule my math time and what and how I teach during…
Dinos!
22 Feb, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have an excuse... and it's a good one. Did you…
Ice Race!
5 Feb, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We continued our study on the three states of matter using Jen Ross's amazing States of Matter Pack. It was a serious life saver.…
Groundhog Day craftivity
3 Feb, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My good friend Heidi from My Not So Elementary life has the CUTEST Groundhog day activity available! My students LOVED it!! In her pack…
States Of Matter
3 Feb, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
To introduce the three states of matter we completed a REALLY engaging science activity. Early before school started, I filled up two balloons…
Blast Off to the MOON!
4 Jan, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We go back to school next week and will jump right back into learning. Next week we will be blasting off to the…
Pumpkin Week (and FREEBIES!)
28 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Get ready, get set.... this week is PUMPKIN WEEK!!! Yay!! I love this week. I love watching the kids dig into their pumpkins…
Owl Pellet Dissections and a weekly recap!
27 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was "spirit week" at my school. We had crazy hair day, crazy sock day, favorite sports team day, PJ day, and…
Are you thinking about Thanksgiving?!
24 Oct, 2012. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but even though Halloween is just around the corner, my mind has already gone to Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is one…
Getting ready for a week of owls!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Coffee in hand? CheckLamination all over my bedroom floor? CheckPrepping for a new week of fun and exciting activities for my first grade…
Bat week continues!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kids have been working SO hard this week at writing informative texts about bats. We have been working on how we write…
Bat week has started!
18 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Bat week has officially begun! We have learned poems about bats, read numerous books, and have really been working on our writing with…
Making Grammar Fun! — Adjective Pumpkins!
17 Oct, 2012. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been studying nouns, verbs and adjectives for about 5 weeks now. I'm sure most of you have been, too. We have…
Spider Week!
7 Oct, 2012. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Spiders, spiders, OH MY!We went crazy for spiders last week in my classroom. We learned more than I ever wanted to know and…
Autumn Math Bins! (Including Differentiated Freebies!!)
29 Sep, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!!Happy Fall :) We have been very hard at work during math! We have introduced addition, number sentences and have been using…
Johnny Appleseed Day!
27 Sep, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy Johnny Appleseed Day!!! We have gone overboard with apples... and Johnny. We sing about him:(warning this song is sure to get stuck in your…
Let’s talk about writing…..
11 Sep, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Alright... Let's talk about writing....I don't know about you but I am seeing a rapid decline in fine motor skills in kids. I…
“BEST DAY EVER!!” Tornadoes!
28 Aug, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love how enthusiastic first graders are.  :)Yesterday I heard this expression A LOT. "Miss Smith, this is the BEST. DAY. EVER!!!" :)We…
Daily Weather!
14 Jul, 2012. 21 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
What's the weather like today?? What is the temperature outside?  In first grade I found that my kids still struggle with the concepts of "weather"…
Clouds
19 Apr, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are focusing on studying clouds. We started off our unit by doing a KWL of what we already know about…