Welcome to the Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza Blog Hop — Stop 4!

Prizes

Welcome, welcome, welcome, everyone, to the Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza Blog Hop!  What exactly is a Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza Blog Hop, you ask?  Well, it is a fantastic blog hop, which in and of itself is so much fun because each blog you visit is going to give you a FREEBIE to help ease you out of the school year or ease you into the next school year, or both!

But that’s not all!  There is going to be three — yes, three, different prize packages that you will be able to enter at one of the blogs.  Here’s the first prize package, the Grand Prize, so to speak…

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Pamper yourself with $230.00 worth of gift cards to various retailers.

The second fabulous prize package is called “Spend Your Summer Worry-free.”  Who doesn’t want to have a worry-free summer??

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Get ready for back to school with a custom made room theme of your choice, as well as one donation from each blogger to make your back-to-school worry-free with resources to start the school year.

And the last prize package is the “New Ideas for your Classroom” package.

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You will get to choose one item of your choice from each participating blogger’s store.

How extravagant are those prizes??

This is stop 4 on the blog hop.

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Thanks for bouncing into stop 4 on the Teacher Extravaganza blog hop!

For my freebie, I’m offering you this Summer Reading Journal.  At our school, each teacher posts links for recommended summer reading lists for their grade level.   I wanted to standardize the summer reading experience for my incoming students, so I created this log, which includes sheets for recording and rating the stories, and half-sheet book reports for the students to complete about the stories they read.  They can staple it all together and turn it in to me at the beginning of next year.

If you would like to download this freebie, you can get it from my TPT store by clicking on the picture below.

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Click here to visit my TPT store and download your freebie.

While you’re there, neb around in my store and see what you would like to add to your wish list for the TPT Teacher Appreciation sale.  My whole store will be on sale at 20% off.  Add the code TAD13 and you will get 28% off everything!

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Next up on the Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza Blog Hop is the fabulous Christi Fultz of Ms. Fultz’s Corner.  Just click the button below to see what Christi is offering you today.

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Click here to visit Ms. Fultz’s Corner.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, everyone!

P.S.-If you’re a bit of an obsessive compulsive person (and what teacher isn’t, just a bit?) like me and need to start with #1, you  can click on the first picture above announcing the blog hop.

Geeking out!

I’ve never considered myself to be much of a techno-geek, but I’m geeking out here!  First, I wanted to remind you that I’m giving away Teresa’s awesome Fun in the Sun with Tic-Tac-Toe games.  You can win this by entering the Rafflecopter on the giveaway tab on my Facebook page.  I set this up last night, and I didn’t set it up so that you had to like my page to enter the Rafflecopter, but I think it requests it.  I did make following Teresa’s TPT store mandatory, and then following her Facebook page and blog optional.

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Click here to enter the rafflecopter or Teresa’s awesome summer fun review games! Giveaway ends in 7 hours, so hurry!

So that was sort of techy-geeky, right?  But here’s where I’m geeking out!!  QR codes — not just visual, but auditory QR codes!  Oh.My. Gosh.  The possibilities are endless, right?  For my first product, I’m playing around with reading a sentence that does not have ending punctuation, and by my INTONATION, the kids have to sort the sentences into the proper ending punctuation.  Are you kidding me???   Of course, I will also make it self-checking by including a visual QR code to check their answers.  Keep an eye out for this product!

Happy Friday, all.  It’s going to be a busy weekend here, with my daughter’s birthday party tomorrow, and my son’s Senior Youth Ministry senior night on Sunday evening.  I had a good cry putting the pictures together for the slideshow.  How did my baby grow up so fast?  (Crying again)

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S’more Product Swap number 2

Hi everyone!  I’m back again with a new wonderful product to review for you!  With spring fever hitting hard and heavy, this product from Teresa Williams at 2nd Grade Pig Pen is just the ticket to keep antsy children engaged in learning!
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Click here to visit 2nd Grade Pig Pen’s blog for lots of great teaching ideas and resources.

Today’s product is called “Fun in the Sun Tic-Tac-Toe Games.”  With its bright yellow cover and beachy theme, it is sure to catch the attention of beach-dreaming little ones.  The beach/summer theme is carried out throughout the whole product, with flop flops, strawberries, beach balls, Popsicles, surfboards, sand buckets, and other fun summery objects.
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The packet includes three language arts review games and three math review games.  I have not used the language arts games yet, but they include the following:

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describing words

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ABC Order

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Correct Punctuation

I used the three math games during a Friday game day.  My kids really enjoyed playing the three different tic-tac-toe games included in the packet.  It was a great review of skills we had already practiced.  One of the games is Number Order – Before – always a more challenging skill.

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No one won this game!

Another game is Number Order – After.

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And the third game is telling time, which can be played two ways for differentiation — the children can either read the time correctly, or they can read the time, and tell the time an hour later.  Time is to the hour and half-hour.

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My students really enjoyed these games, and each time they played, it came out a bit differently.  What I liked about these games was the fact that they are perfect for end of the year review, that they didn’t use a ton of ink, and that the directions are right on each page.  Now that my children know how to play the math games, I have put them into envelopes for early finishers and center time.  Thanks, Teresa, for creating this wonderful product that will be fantastic for end of the year review and beginning of the year review for the next grade level.

Unfortunately, my free WordPress blog site will not allow me to run a rafflecopter, but Teresa has offered one of her “Fun in the Sun” resources for a giveaway.  If you would like a chance to win this item, please leave a comment on my Facebook page under this post.

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I will have my random number generator, also know as whoever happens to be home at that time, pick a number on Saturday at 12:00 noon for the winner.

If you leave a comment, please consider also following Teresa’s blog

http://williams2ndgradepigpen.blogspot.com/

and/or Teachers Pay Teachers store

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Teresa-Williams-8

and/or her Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/2ndGradePigPen?fref=ts

Be sure to click on the cute blue frog face to visit the other links in the collection and see the reviews on the other fantastic resources.


The Luck of the Irish!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you!    I have not one little drop of Irish blood in me.  Not even a smidgen.  And yet I have two kids, one named Sean and one named Colleen Erin.  Can you get any more Irish than that?

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Sean and Colleen, 17 and 7.

I hope you had a chance to hop around the blogs, pick up the St. Patrick’s Day freebies, and make good use of them the past two weeks.  Today is the big day, the day that the $100.00 TPT certificate is awarded.  And the winner is — drumroll please —

Aanika P!

Congratulations to Aanika for being the grand prize winner!  You can go to Mrs. Fultz’s blog to claim your prize.

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click to Visit Ms. Fultz’s Corner and claim your prize!

Thank you all for playing along with us!  We had so much fun and got to meet so many new teaching friends!  We certainly feel like the Luck of the Irish shone on us!

For those of you who are a little bummed because you didn’t win, I have a consolation prize.  My store is on sale today and tomorrow for 10% off!

Enjoy your Sunday.

First Grade Language Arts Games – Gone in a Flash! Plus a Bloggy Birthday Celebration

You know what that means?  It’s flash freebie time.  From 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM EST today, January 20, my newest eSource will be free!  Free!  FREE!  This 30 page unit correlates directly with Lesson 12, How Leopard Got His Spots, in the Journeys reading series.   What are you reading this for?  Run and get it now!

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I just found  this fun birthday celebration Mrs. Fultz is having on her blog, Mrs. Fultz’s Corner.  She’s been a blogger for a year now, and she has racked up some really impressive numbers so far!  To celebrate her bloggy birthday, she’s got some great giveaways going.  Visit and enter by clicking on the picture below.

Have a great day everyone!

Banished into the Artic Night (And a Giveaway!)

Funny story. As I sat down to compose this post, a stink bug came crawling up on my desk.  Stink bugs give me the heebie jeebies, and there was no way this stink bug was going to survive in my house on my computer desk a moment longer.  I had to use cunning and the dangerous tools of a pencil eraser and a plastic cup, but I’m proud to say I was victorous over the stink bug, and it has been banished into the arctic winter night, where — at the risk of sounding cruel — I hope it dies.

Now, before you judge me as cold and cruel-hearted, I just want you to know that I peacefully coexist with many little critters, like the occasional centipede or the Daddy Long Legs that I see in the corners of the garage.  I’m okay with that.  But not the stink bugs.  They must go.  Would you  want this crawling across, under, and in your desk while you were working on it.  Next thing you know, it will be up your pant leg.  No, thank you!

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Now, on with the big news about Mrs. Payton’s 100 Follower Giveaway!

Mrs. Payton has reached 100 Followers on her blog!  Isn’t that great.  And after this giveaway she is hosting, I expect she’ll have even more!  She has 8 high-quality resources in her giveaway, plus $15 in free resources from her store.  $15 goes a  l–o–n–g way in TPT land!

Be sure to scoot on over to her blog, Payton’s Precious Kindergarteners, and sign up for her rafflecopter giveaway.  Just click the button below.

Good luck!

Great Give Away!

Lori, over at the Reinspired Teacher, is celebrating 100 followers with a huge giveaway! She’s starting with K-2, so head on over now to sign up! Also, check back to her site because she will follow up with two more giveaways after this one for older grades. Just click on the picture below to visit Lori’s blog. Good luck!