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Using Student Portfolios In A Kindergarten Classroom
21 Jul, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last year I changed the way that I did student portfolios and it was a HUGE success. I posted a few pictures on…
Using a rainy day to inspire writing
20 Mar, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Texas, we don't often get a rainy day that we can enjoy. However, last week, we got to enjoy not one, but…
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.…
Teaching Kindergarteners To Write Narratives
30 Dec, 2015. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This year, one of my professional goals was to get better at teaching my students to write. At the beginning of the summer,…
Fun In October
25 Oct, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been having a BLAST with our October activities. With Halloween just around the corner, here are a few fun things you…
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…
Oceans, Islands, and Waves OH MY!
14 May, 2015. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are learning all about the Ocean and BOY OH BOY are we having a blast!! I am so glad that…
Encouraging Kindergarteners to Write
7 Jan, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Getting young students to write can sometimes be a challenge. However, it doesn't need to be! Writing is a subject that may at…
When To Launch The Next Daily 5 {with a focus on work on writing}
27 Jun, 2014. 34 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 rainbow of writing
25 Apr, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
During writing workshop, we have been working on making our writing more colorful. I wanted my students to really focus on word choice…
Frog Week- summaries, writing, and an art “experiment”
30 Mar, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Texas, the weather is currently beautiful. Spring is in the air (and allergies are on overdrive)! To capitalize on what is going…
December is here!
2 Dec, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This afternoon I went to my classroom to get everything ready for December and I am so happy with the way that things turned…
A week of spiders {How do you fit it all in?}
5 Oct, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we went CRAZY for spiders. My students LOVED every.single.minute of each day and they came out stronger readers, writers and…
How to make applesauce in your classroom {recipe included}
21 Sep, 2013. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday my class made homemade applesauce in class. It is truly one of my favorite activities that I do every year. I…
#Nailed It
3 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have ya'll seen this pin? I chuckle every time I see it. Today I had one of those lessons where it could not have gone…
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…
Planet Reports and Crafts!
20 Jan, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we studied the planets. Each of my students picked a planet and then researched information about them. They learned how to…
Getting ready for a week of owls!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 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…
Bat week continues!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kids have been working SO hard this week at writing informative texts about bats. We have been working on how we write…
Making Grammar Fun! — Adjective Pumpkins!
17 Oct, 2012. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been studying nouns, verbs and adjectives for about 5 weeks now. I'm sure most of you have been, too. We have…
Using a Word Wall
27 Sep, 2012. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the first time in my nine years of teaching I feel like I finally am using my word wall correctly. I don't…
Let’s talk about writing…..
11 Sep, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Alright... Let's talk about writing....I don't know about you but I am seeing a rapid decline in fine motor skills in kids. I…