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Engaging Activities When Studying The Moon
7 May, 2017. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you caught my last blog post (you can read it here), you know that a few weeks ago we transformed our classroom…
A journey into space!
29 Apr, 2017. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
At the very beginning of the school year, I showed my students a video taken from the International Space Station. Oftentimes, teachers will ask…
Crayola inspired PBL in kindergarten! (Goodbye Dandelion!)
1 Apr, 2017. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Have y'all heard that Crayola is retiring a crayon from their box of 24 crayons? When I heard this news, I thought that this…
Our Butterfly Inquiry
11 Mar, 2017. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For the past two weeks we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly in our kindergarten classroom. It all started…
STEM activities in November
5 Nov, 2016. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love that STEM education is getting so much attention these days. Incorporating STEM activities in your classroom helps your students develop problem…
Tutorial: How to dye beans for your sensory table
6 Aug, 2016. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! This morning I was dying beans for my new group of kindergarteners and thought I would write a quick tutorial on…
Incorporating Reggio methods in a “traditional” school setting
3 Jun, 2016. 26 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The Reggio-style of teaching has truly captivated my heart. Over the past year I have tried to implement many  "Reggio" methods into my…
Engaging lessons on tide pools
7 May, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we began a new unit on tide pools. As some of my students have never visited the ocean, the first day we…
Following my students’ interests to DINOSAURS
1 May, 2016. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have had an absolute BLAST studying dinosaurs these last two weeks. My students are SO into them and I am ashamed to…
It’s SPRING! Take this science activity outside!
27 Apr, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about where you live, but here in Texas, we are experiencing a BEAUTIFUL spring!! Each day we are finding new…
Hands-on activities when studying storms
9 Apr, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In Science, our objective this past week was,  "students will observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the clouds and Sun."…
Exploring rocks and minerals with young learners (part two)
13 Mar, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
(As this post is fairly long, I have broken it up into multiple pages, as a quick reference, at the bottom of each…
Exploring Sound With Kindergarteners
30 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We just finished a unit exploring light and sound. If you would like to read about the light inquiry, you can do so here. Today,…
Exploring Capacity With Kindergarteners
27 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Capacity: the maximum amount something can contain. In order to teach my students this term, I purchased four new sensory tubs from Amazon.com.…
Exploring Light In Kindergarten
9 Jan, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
{This blog post contains affiliate links at no cost to you.} This past week my kindergarteners explored light. They enjoyed our unit SO…
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…
Making Magic Potions
3 Nov, 2015. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
For our Friday experiment last week, my students entered our classroom to find, silver platters set out with intriguing science tools. They "oooohhhed…
Earth Day Activities
17 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we have been gearing up for Earth Day. We have been learning all about plants and our world. To make…
St. Patrick’s Day Fun!
13 Mar, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we have had so much fun learning about St. Patrick's Day! My students have LOVED all of our activities to fit…
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…
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…
“Life saving” winter crafts!
22 Dec, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hooray!!! It's Winter break!! We made it-- congratulations and job well done! I don't know about you, but our past week was filled…
We’ve got spirit, yes, we do! (and owl pellet dissections!)
27 Oct, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we celebrated "Spirt Week" at my school. Each day students were able to come to school out of uniform. (which…
“It’s fun first grade!”
12 Oct, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
In my classroom, we have lovingly named Fridays, "Fun Friday." On Fridays my students work super hard in the morning taking their assessments…
Two, no, THREE of our new favorite Science experiments
24 Apr, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
So, the other day we went Science CRAZY. It was probably one of my favorite days of the whole year. We accomplished FOUR…
Egg Geodes
16 Mar, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day we completed the "egg geodes" science experiment. I took out one of the first anchor charts we made this year…
Outer Space Science Experiment
22 Jan, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My class loves Science. They can't wait for Friday to arrive to see what Science experiment we will complete. They moan and groan…
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…
Moon Week Recap!
13 Jan, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness. To say that we LOVED Moon week is an understatement. We went crazy for the Moon this week and learned…