Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from University of North Texas, Grades 1-8th grades
Mrs. Cristal Smith 3rd grade Math, Science, and Engineering
I have been teaching for 25 years, mostly in Little Elm. I taught middle school science for five years, 17 years of teaching 4th grade. This is my 4th year to teach 3rd grade. Math and Science are my favorite subjects to teach. This school year, I will be teaching Math, Science, and Engineering. I love teaching children and helping other people. I am always learning how to be a better teacher each year. My team and I are very similar in our teaching. We have lots of fun activities planned for the students.
In Math, there is always a cool strategy to solve a problem. Students will be learning lots of strategies. Problem-solving strategies are important for math, science, engineering, and science. Multiplication facts are important. Students need to start learning their facts this year. We will be breaking apart numbers to understand how to add, subtract, multiplication and divide. Every student will have a Math Journal with notes, vocabulary, and examples for each concept and strategy taught throughout the year.
In Science, we will be learning physical science, earth science, and life science. We learn about mixtures, force and motion, soils, solar system, weather, animal adaptation, and much more. We do observations, hand-on activities, and projects to learn all the different concepts.
I grew up in Irving, Texas, with my parents and brother. Then after high school, I attended the University of North Texas and received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Earth Science. I am married to Jeff Smith 21 years ago, and we have lived here in the Little Elm area for 19 years. My husband is an art director at a printing company in McKinney. We have two boys and one girl. Last year, we started fostering two cute gilrs. We truly love spending time with our children. We play games, traveling, watch movies, and do craft projects together. Plus, spending time with extended family and friends. Kevin is 25 years old. Kodey is 20 years old. Savannah is a jun in high school. We have one dog and two cats. My children would have more pets if we would let them. I love reading mysteries stories, watching movies, scrapbooking, and spending time with my family and friends.
I truly have the best career and love going to school every day to see my students. They are like my family. I want each child to be successful, so please let me know how to help your child.
8:05 - 9:40 Content
9:40 - 9:55 Recess #1
9:55 - 10:55 Content
11:00 - 11:30 Lunch
11:30 - 11:45 Recess #2
11:45 - 12:35 Content
12:35 - 1:38 Specials / Conference Time
(T/Th 12:50 - 1:45)
1:40 - 3:00 Content
3:00 - 3:15 Recess #3
3:15 - 3:40 Content