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6 easy steps for effective guided reading lessons
10 Nov, 2016. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I know I say this often and about many things, but guided reading is one of my favorite times during our day. During…
Adding PLAY To Your Guided Reading Groups
1 Jan, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
As a teacher we want our students to LOVE to read. We want our students to devour good books and to become amazing little readers.…
A Quick Game To Practice Sight Words
14 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hi Friends! Today I wanted to share a SUPER quick and easy game that we play often in my classroom. To practice ANY…
Letting go and watching them soar
19 Sep, 2015. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are currently on our 22nd day of school. For the past few weeks, we have been hard at work learning routines, procedures,…
Guided Reading At The Beginning Of The Year (kindergarten)
1 Jul, 2015. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I often get questions asking me how I store all of my centers and classroom materials. I am in a little bit of…
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…
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.…
5 Ways To Encourage Reading At Home
28 Dec, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Reading is a skill that takes time to develop. In young children,…
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,…
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
25 Oct, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last two weeks my class has been LOVING reading the book, "We're Going On A Bear Hunt." I bought them the sound…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Post-it note brains
7 Apr, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It's amazing to me how far some of my firsties have come this year. Mind you, this is my first year teaching first…