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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…
American Symbols
20 Feb, 2016. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Part of our Social Studies standards require that we teach our kindergarten students about American symbols and famous presidents. This is not one…
Polar Express Day 2015
23 Dec, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
First of all, Merry, Merry Christmas from all of mine (minus those who were sick with strep throat this past week) to all of…
Hands-on Ways To Practice Patterns In December
8 Dec, 2015. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
One of the math skills that we are currently working on in my classroom is reviewing patterns. We have already mastered repeating patterns…
Using pumpkins to teach math
1 Nov, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The week before Halloween, my school enjoys "Spirit Week." Every day has its own theme and the kids (and teachers!) come dressed accordingly.…
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…
A journey to the Arctic– guided reading focus
5 Jan, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we are exploring the Arctic. Like many of you, today was our first day back after a very restful Christmas break.…
The Kindness Helpers
7 Dec, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you but I love the Christmas season. I love the twinkle lights, the music, the food, the smell of…
Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway
6 Dec, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
 I am so excited to be teaming up with some of my friends to participate in a Christmas for the Classroom giveaway! In…
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,…
“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…
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…
Christmas themed word work and writing activities {FREE!!}
12 Dec, 2013. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I hope that everyone is having a great week. I don't know about you, but to me, it feels as if this week…
Baby, it’s COLD outside!
8 Dec, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Being from New England, a few 20 degree days should totally not throw me for a loop but MAN! I'm freezing!! I have…
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…
Happy Vacation and New Year’s Resolutions!
30 Dec, 2012. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone,I hope that you are having a RELAXING and wonderful winter break! I also hope that you had a very Merry Christmas.…
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,…
Polar Express Week!
9 Dec, 2012. 14 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This upcoming week we are reading one of my favorite Christmas books, The Polar Express! Our whole week will be centered around this…
Whoville Trees: A fun Sequence of Events Activity
8 Dec, 2012. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we used "The Grinch" as our theme of the week. We loved reading the book, using inferences to explain how the…
Shop til you drop!!
24 Nov, 2012. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Did you hit the stores for Black Friday?! Well, for a teacher, this sale might be EVEN better than the deals you got!…
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…
Apples. apples. apples!!
15 Sep, 2012. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week we started one of my all time favorite units that I teach. It's funny because each year that I teach,…
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…