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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?…
Guided Math Schedule and Ideas
28 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few days around here have been CRAZY! We got about 32 INCHES of snow at my house. I don't think I…
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…
Setting Up Procedures At The Beginning Of The School Year
13 Jul, 2014. 31 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
With the back to school season quickly approaching, I wanted to put together a quick packet to help me organize my thoughts on…
When To Launch The Next Daily 5 {with a focus on work on writing}
27 Jun, 2014. 33 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The next chapter in the Daily 5 that we are covering is Chapter 7: When to Launch The Next Daily 5. This chapter…
A Summer Book Study– The Daily 5 (the second edition) PLUS FREEBIES!
6 Jun, 2014. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am so excited to be joining with some of my friends over at Freebielicious in our summer book study. We are reading…
Guided Reading After Spring Break {freebie}
24 Mar, 2014. 19 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the next few weeks, I am pushing a few things in my guided reading groups. I currently am meeting with 6 different…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Magic Play Dough
18 Aug, 2013. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yesterday we had our annual "Meet The Teacher" day. It was a HUGE success! Most of my class showed up and it was…
Ready or not… here they come!
16 Aug, 2013. 21 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow is our big day! The new students arrive for "meet the teacher" and then Monday we start a brand new school year.…
Meeting Students Where They Are
6 Aug, 2013. 150 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Ah the joys of teaching first grade. Such a wonderful, magical grade. The students are full of wonder and awe and are so…
Getting ready for a new year
25 Jul, 2013. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but my summer seems to be slipping away. My "to-do" list is never ending and I feel like…
Let’s get organized! {FREEBIE!}
22 Jul, 2013. 31 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
{I hope you sang that to the tune of, "let's get physical"... because I did...}Moving on. ;) The new year is QUICKLY approaching. I…
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…
A year in the books: time to reflect (and freebies for the first week of school!)
26 May, 2013. 43 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I can't believe that this year is over already. It seems like just yesterday we were reading Pete the Cat on the first…
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…
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…
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…
I’d like to teach the world to sing….
29 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yesterday was our Spring Concert and parent day.  It was a day where all the families are invited to come to the classrooms,…
Fly Away (FREEBIE)
24 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I do NOT have a green thumb. I have tried many a times to grow a garden and it normally ends in a…
Texas, Pecos Bill, tall tales OH MY!
19 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yee Haw! We are studying Texas this week. I am so stinkin' pumped about this unit. There is a saying here that goes…
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…
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…
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…
FREEBIE!
20 Nov, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This last week we had almost half of our first graders get wiped out by a stomach bug. (bleh!!) I'm so thankful for…
I’m thankful for…. giveaways!
8 Nov, 2012. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Yes, you read that right! A few of my awesome blogging friends and I have put together a mini giveaway just for YOU!…
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…
Hide and go seek freebie!
21 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Who doesn't love a good game of hide and go seek?? I am all about using games in my classroom to make learning fun…
Getting ready for a week of owls!
20 Oct, 2012. 2 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…
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…
I love the Fall!! FREEBIES!!
2 Sep, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm from New England... what can I say? I absolutely LOVE the fall. I love everything about it. The food, the smells, the…
Manic Monday Freebie– Number Cards to twenty!!
23 Jul, 2012. 18 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
By popular demand {that sounds funny to me} I have increased my *free* number set from 10 to 20!! I hope that you…
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"…
WINNERS!! and a graphing freebie!
22 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Sad day. Freebie Week must come to an end....But don't cry!!! There will be many more freebies to come.The freebie of the day…
“Teacher Cards” — getting away from the prize box
22 Jun, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you... but I'm so over the whole prize box thing. I am so tired of collecting prizes that kids…
Wednesday– Daily 5 freebie
20 Jun, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the ways that I organize the Daily 5 in my class is by using a pocket chart.In my class all of…
Tuesday- Math Bin Freebie!
19 Jun, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Math Bins are one of my favorite time during our school day. It's the time where my students get to explore the math…
First Freebie!
18 Jun, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Happy Monday!! As promised, today is the first day of FREEBIE week!!! The first item I am giving away is my brand new…
Long I Spelling Freebie!!
30 Apr, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hi All!!This week we are tackling long I spelling patterns. My firsties have suddenly become OBSESSED with spelling everything. Now, I am partly…
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…