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Studying the human body with kindergarteners
7 Jan, 2017. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This year, my students were very interested in learning about the ways their bodies worked. We spent about three weeks learning about our five…
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…
Exploring Owls With Kindergarteners
23 Oct, 2016. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Hello Friends! We just finished a really fun week of learning all about owls. My students this year are very intrigued by birds.…
The first part of our kindergarten bird inquiry
4 Sep, 2016. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day, one of my students brought in two bird nests that her family had found on their property. She proudly shared…
Tutorial: How to dye beans for your sensory table
6 Aug, 2016. 9 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. 22 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…
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. 1 Comment. 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."…
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…
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…
Part One: A Student-Led Inquiry About Rocks And Geodes
5 Mar, 2016. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
About a month ago, while we were on the playground, our students became fascinated with collecting rocks. Day by day, students would run up…
A Kindergarten Unit on Castles
3 Feb, 2016. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past three weeks we have been learning all about Medieval Times in our kindergarten classroom. My students had shown a huge interest…
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. 3 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…
Following My Students’ Interests… To Africa
9 Nov, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My students are obsessed with endangered animals. I honestly have never seen a group of kids so INTO a topic. While learning about…
Making Magic Potions
3 Nov, 2015. 3 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…
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…
Our Latest STEM/STEAM Activity
26 Sep, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Many studies have found that current graduates are lacking the essential skills they need to problem solve. For this reason, there has been…
Activities During Our Forest Inquiry
24 Sep, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We currently are knee-deep in our forest inquiry. Throughout the week, my students came up with some great wonders! Here are a few things…
Community Helper Fun!
5 Sep, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week my class learned ALL about community helpers. Each day we studied a particular helper and did activities that went along with…
Making a Bible Lesson Come To Life With Science
30 Aug, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The first Bible lesson that I always teach my class is the story of Creation. This year was no exception. In order to…
Bringing Inquiry Into Your Classroom
3 Aug, 2015. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This summer I have done a lot of research on bringing inquiry and exploration into my classroom. I have been reading books, articles,…
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…
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…
What have we been up to?
8 May, 2015. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The last few weeks have been SUPER hectic. You know how it goes. However, I just HAVE to share some of the FUN…
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…
Plant and Earth Day Activities
19 Apr, 2015. 2 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
If you read my last blog post, I promised to tell y'all about the rest of our Earth Day and plant unit activities.…
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…
Morning Activities for 4 and 5 year olds
10 Apr, 2015. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am very thankful to teach in a school that understands that young learners need time to explore and engage in tasks. Every…
Hands-on lessons for young students about rocks!
5 Apr, 2015. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past week we have continued our study on the Earth. This week we focused on the "land." Throughout the week, my students…
Gearing up for Earth Day!
28 Mar, 2015. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The past two weeks, my class has been gearing up for Earth Day. We have been having a blast each afternoon as we learn…
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…
Enjoying October
13 Oct, 2014. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Don't you just love long weekends? This past weekend I was able to head out to my father's house in the Berkshires to…
When To Launch The Next Daily 5 {with a focus on work on writing}
27 Jun, 2014. 33 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…
3 {Easy and CHEAP} Ocean Activities
19 May, 2014. 22 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are down to 8 days left of school. Those days include 5 full days and three half days... amongst those days we…
Exploring Plants
13 Apr, 2014. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was our testing week and I am very glad to say that it is over! My students did fantastic but by…
Volcanoes! {best day ever!!!}
5 Apr, 2014. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today was "volcano day" in my classroom. It was SUCH a great way to end our study of landforms!  Oh my goodness, I…
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…
Our new favorite SPRING Science experiment {on matter!}
22 Mar, 2014. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we revisited what matter is. In December, I introduced this concept with a fun science activity. {you can read about that…
Fun with force and motion!
1 Mar, 2014. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Oh my goodness. This past week was SO MUCH FUN. When we shared what our favorite part of the week was on Friday…
A glimpse into our day!
27 Feb, 2014. 13 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I thought it might be fun to show you a glimpse into a 'normal' day in our first grade classroom. As many of…
“Best Week Ever!”
15 Feb, 2014. 12 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I have a student who has been asking me since August, "Miss Smith, WHEN are we going to study about the DINOSAURS?!" Well,…
Blast Off To The Moon
1 Feb, 2014. 15 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week has been an absolute blast. (pun intended!) We started our unit on the moon and space and my students could not…
Increasing Rigor and Engagement At The Same Time
19 Jan, 2014. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This past week I was able to go to the SDE conference here in Austin and got to hang out with some of…
Having fun in the winter! {Freebie!!}
11 Jan, 2014. 11 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Weather in Texas is so crazy. One day this week it was 29* when I woke up. The next day, my students were…
Winter is Here!!
9 Jan, 2014. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Winter has definitely hit my classroom. While we are NOT experiencing all the snow and cold that y'all are having, we did get…
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…
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…
Reindeer Fun! {getting ready for December!}
24 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
On Friday, my students came to school dressed to the nines ready for our Thanksgiving feast. It was such a blast and such…
Clams?!
22 Nov, 2013. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Today my class was in for a surprise when they walked in the door. We have been diligently studying Thanksgiving and what the…
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…
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…
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…
We Love Weather!
14 Sep, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
The other day one of my students raised her hand and asked, "Miss Smith, are we going to study weather next week?" I said,…
Weather Galore!
7 Sep, 2013. 9 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
This week we started our first "science theme" of the school year. I start my year with weather because it echoes both my…
I love Science! {and your chance to win!!}
30 Jun, 2013. 86 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Y'all know how much I love teaching Science. I am SUPER excited to announce that I have two new Science packs out. They…
Ocean weeks continue — peek at my week!
6 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Tomorrow we will continue our lovely study of the Ocean. My students have been LOVING this. Tomorrow we will focus mainly on sea…
Five for Friday– Ocean Style
3 May, 2013. 6 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
It is FRIDAY! Hooray!! :) This week we have gone crazy for the ocean. One parent stopped me after school and said, "…
Dive in to some ocean fun! (Freebie!)
2 May, 2013. 0 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We are in LOVE with the ocean. We have been listening to this great playlist of songs that I just have to share…
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…
Spring is all around
17 Mar, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I am so excited to reveal my latest BIG packet. "Spring is all around" has 172 pages and 7 math and 6 literacy…
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…
Butterflies- an EASY craft
14 Mar, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We have been working so hard at reading in first grade. I'm sure you all can relate. We have tackled most of our…
Dinos!
22 Feb, 2013. 8 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
I'm so sorry it has been so long since my last post. I have an excuse... and it's a good one. Did you…
Ice Race!
5 Feb, 2013. 3 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We continued our study on the three states of matter using Jen Ross's amazing States of Matter Pack. It was a serious life saver.…
States Of Matter
3 Feb, 2013. 1 Comment. Posted By: Kristen Smith
To introduce the three states of matter we completed a REALLY engaging science activity. Early before school started, I filled up two balloons…
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…
Blast Off to the MOON!
4 Jan, 2013. 7 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
We go back to school next week and will jump right back into learning. Next week we will be blasting off to the…
Owl Pellet Dissections and a weekly recap!
27 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Last week was "spirit week" at my school. We had crazy hair day, crazy sock day, favorite sports team day, PJ day, and…
Getting ready for a week of owls!
20 Oct, 2012. 2 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…
Bat week has started!
18 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Bat week has officially begun! We have learned poems about bats, read numerous books, and have really been working on our writing with…
I’ve been BOO-ed!
15 Oct, 2012. 4 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My good friend Heidi from over at Boo-ed me today! How fun!! If you have never visited her blog you MUST go see…
Spider Week!
7 Oct, 2012. 10 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Spiders, spiders, OH MY!We went crazy for spiders last week in my classroom. We learned more than I ever wanted to know and…
First Week of School and a Science Experiment!
19 Aug, 2012. 5 Comments. Posted By: Kristen Smith
Why hello everyone!! I'm so sorry that I have been MIA lately. This past week was my first week back with my new…