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Guided Math In Kindergarten
21 Jun, 2016. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last summer I was tasked by my school to write a guided math curriculum for both kindergarteners and first grade students. These curriculums…
A new take on whole group math
23 Mar, 2016. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few weeks ago, I was able to attend the kindergarten SDE conference in Austin, TX. I had the privilege to listen to…
Exploring Three Dimensional Shapes In Kindergarten
24 Jan, 2016. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the last 2 weeks my kindergarten students have been really digging deep to recognize, name, and define three dimensional shapes. To do…
Teaching Kindergarteners to “Make 5”
12 Dec, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past week during guided math we have been diligently working on "making 5." To do this, we have played many games. The…
Math In September
20 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we continued our Forest Inquiry. My students are absolutely loving learning about forests, leaves, trees, and forest animals. To bring our…
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,…
Math In May
6 May, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe it is already May?! Where has the time gone?? At one point today I stopped to take in the quiet…
Peter Rabbit helps with teen numbers!
30 Mar, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you are anything like me, there are certain picture books that stand out as your absolute favorite childhood stories. I distinctly remember…
Exploring 100
22 Feb, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Children are naturally inquisitive. As they grow, they, without prompting, seek out learning. As many of my friends who have toddlers would attest…
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…
Kindergarten Winter Math Centers
13 Jan, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love teaching math. When I was a kid, math was NOT my favorite subject. However, now…
Gingerbread Week! {Using a picture book to create engaging lessons}
13 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. 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…
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,…
How to LOVE teaching Math — making the most out of your Math block
27 Jul, 2014. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
A few years ago, I did not love teaching Math. Math seemed hard to teach. I couldn't figure it out. I felt like…
So Happy {guided math bliss}
2 Apr, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but around here, testing season is upon us. Next week, our entire school will be in "testing mode."…
Fractions, Estimating, Adding and More!
24 Feb, 2014. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been hard at work trying to master a few new skills. Currently in our small groups, a few of my groups…
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…
Loving Math {how I set up my math block}
23 Jan, 2014. 17 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My students are always super excited when a new month rolls in and we start playing a new set of math bins. This…
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…
This week in small groups {and freebies!}
8 Nov, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week during our Guided Reading time I have really been working with a few students on reading words that have long vowel…
Move over alligator, the shark has replaced you
29 Oct, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week after assessing my students I noticed that a few of them could use a little bit of extra practice with the…
Math Bins 101 :)
23 Oct, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Math bins seriously has to be one of my favorite parts of our day in first grade. I had a few people ask me…
Mastering Number Concepts
28 Jul, 2013. 100 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Helping students master number concepts is an integral step in providing a strong foundation for Math.At the beginning of every year I always…
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,…
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…
Math, math, and more math
25 Feb, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Warning: this post is all over the place. Yes, the common theme is math, however, had I not been swamped the last two…
Counting Large Quantities
28 Jan, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week one of our TEKS was for our students to be able to count large quantities of objects. To make this…
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,…
Sunday night: lesson plans!
5 Nov, 2012. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello All!Today I felt UBER productive!! I went to church, cleaned my house, enjoyed some lovely smelling fall candles and Scentsy scents and…
100’s chart math fun
31 Oct, 2012. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last two weeks we have been working on the skills of using and manipulating our 100's chart.  We are working on adding…
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…
Shape Monster Glyphs!
2 Sep, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Math this past week we have gone crazy for shapes. We are OBSESSED with this song:We also have been talking about bar graphs…
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…
Estimation and linky parties!
21 Jul, 2012. 23 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends!! I have been super busy in my classroom. I went for it and totally did away with any resemblance of desks! I…