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Turning a picture book into a play to review the sequence of events
6 Apr, 2016. 2 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.…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Dry Erase Board Challenges
20 Nov, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Teaching children how to read is probably one of my favorite things to teach. On any given day in my classroom you will…
Reading takes you places!
31 Jul, 2013. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The countdown is on. My room is SO close to being finished and I'm now onto the planning, prepping, copying, and laminating phase.…
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…
Help from Elephant and Piggie
27 Mar, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about your first graders, but mine simply adore Gerald and Piggie.Who can blame them? They are so fun and lovable…
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…
Superspeed Reading
1 Dec, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm sure by now most of you have heard of Whole Brain Teaching.  Whole Brain Teaching has revolutionized my teaching, my student's learning…