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Classroom Reveal 2016-2017
13 Aug, 2016. 26 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello everyone! I hope that you had a fabulous week! For those of you who already have a few days of the school…
Guided Math In Kindergarten
21 Jun, 2016. 9 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…
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…
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.…
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…
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…
What Goes On During Our Math Block?
7 Nov, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many people often ask me what my classroom looks like during our math block. I thought today I'd give you a brief tour…
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.…
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…
Getting Your Guided Math Groups Started In Kindergarten
23 Aug, 2015. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Guided Math is such an important part of our day in kindergarten. This is where my young mathematicians get the small group attention that…
Setting the Tone The First Week of School
14 Jul, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I don't know about you, but I am starting to feel the pressure of heading back to school. This upcoming week I am…
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,…
How to: Guided Math
2 Jun, 2015. 16 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Each year, at the close of the school year, I like to reflect back on things that worked in the previous year. This…
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…
Hands-On Subtraction Lesson/Center
21 Apr, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I love making lessons hands-on and engaging for my students. To truly drive home the concept of subtraction, I went with a Montessori-inspired…
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…
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,…
Well, the cat’s out of the bag!
21 Jun, 2014. 98 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
So, the craziest thing happened to me about two weeks ago. In order to explain it correctly, I have to back track to…
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."…
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…
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…
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…
Goodbye October, Hello November!
2 Nov, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was a whirlwind! Here is a super small snapshot of our crazy pumpkin week: We created life cycle of a pumpkin crowns…
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…
Owl Week!
19 Oct, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Monday we start our next unit. Throughout the upcoming week we will learn all about owls! The owl pellets arrived the other…
I love my job! {and a Freebie}
16 Oct, 2013. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my students walked in and their mouths hit the floor. Those few seconds of silence, followed by the HUGE smiles, and then hands…
“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…
Monday, Monday…and a whole bunch of bat centers!
8 Oct, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my students walked in to a classroom set up ready for bat week. Our Scholastic readers (featuring bats) were on their desks…
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…
Creepy, Crawly Spiders!
2 Oct, 2013. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Well spider week in my classroom is off to a HUGE hit! I had a few parents email me saying that their child…
October Mapped Out and Spiders! {and your chance to win!}
29 Sep, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Can you believe that it is almost October? CRAZY, right?! Goodbye apples, and hello October themes! On Friday I mapped out my month…