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Turning a picture book into a play to review the sequence of events
6 Apr, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few weeks we have really been working on retelling the sequence of events in a story. We have done this a…
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.…
Simple activities to make your Arctic unit come to life!
27 Dec, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love teaching because every year, every month, and every day I get to learn something new. I get to see the joy…
A few of our favorite things
18 Dec, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Two years ago I switched grades from first to kindergarten. I was excited to make the change since I had previously taught kindergarten for…
We Are Authors
24 Oct, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the last two weeks we have been working very hard at writing books about what we know about.  We culminated the process…
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,…
Setting the Tone The First Week of School
14 Jul, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but I am starting to feel the pressure of heading back to school. This upcoming week I am…
Fostering Independence At Centers
21 Jun, 2015. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It's no surprise that small group instruction is essential when trying to meet the needs of all of the learners in your classroom. However,…
Teaching Students to Read
6 Mar, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching students to read is such a JOY. Helping my students LOVE to read (instead of DREAD to read) is one of my…
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…
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…
Gingerbread Week! {Using a picture book to create engaging lessons}
13 Dec, 2014. 2 Comments. 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…
We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
25 Oct, 2014. 2 Comments. 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…
A quick and easy {FREE} lesson that helps young readers
7 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My young learners in my classroom, like yours, are still learning their letters and sounds. Last week in guided reading I had taken…
Well, the cat’s out of the bag!
21 Jun, 2014. 98 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
So, the craziest thing happened to me about two weeks ago. In order to explain it correctly, I have to back track to…
The end of school is near– how to keep your students engaged!
27 Apr, 2014. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Like many of you, we have a countdown going in our classroom. It reads "23 days until summer vacation!" When I put it…
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…
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…
Goodbye October, Hello November!
2 Nov, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was a whirlwind! Here is a super small snapshot of our crazy pumpkin week: We created life cycle of a pumpkin crowns…
Week 3: Weather! {Visual Lesson Plans}
3 Sep, 2013. 8 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…
How to successfully start and implement Literacy Centers (or Stations)
20 Jun, 2013. 142 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Picture this:You are in your classroom and students are all working quietly on meaningful tasks. They are working with one another and you…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Spell with me!
24 Feb, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kiddos have been having a "hard time" when it comes to spelling their long vowel words correctly. They add letters, omit letters…
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…
Back to School Literacy Fun! Freebies, songs, games and more!!
29 Aug, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so hard in first grade trying to get back into the swing of things. We are reviewing our letter…