Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Back 2 School Bash GRAND PRIZE!

The Back to School Bash 2016 has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who has joined us this year.'s not over yet! We have one final chance for you to win! When we say win, we mean WIN BIG! Anyone needing some updated technology for your classroom?

I give you the B2S Bash Grand Prize...

Yes! This is real life!
Yes! This could be in your classroom very soon! 

But you have to enter first! Here's how you do it: 

1) Begin the insta hop by locating @stepintosecondgrade on instagram. You will want to begin with Amy so that you collect the letter tiles in order. Each blogger will link to another letter. Click on the letter and hop to the next location. As you hop...

a) follow each blogger 
b)  collect each letter

The letter tiles look like this....

2. The letters will reveal a question. (Don't worry...the letters go in order so you don't have to unscramble a thing!) 

3. Once you have figured out the question, hop on over to any of our blogs to enter the Rafflecopter to win! You will be asked to answer the instaHOP question! 

You only have 24 hours to enter, so go get your hop on! ;) 

 Yep! That simple!
So have you finished your hop? 

Enter below: 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Back 2 School Bash 2016

Hello friends!!  It's here! It's here!

 Join in this awesome blog hop for your chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes.  This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  To have a chance to win all of these amazing prizes, you will need to follow the blogs in this "hop" and enter for the prizes on each blog!
I'm thrilled to announce that I'm giving away a HUE document camera and a HUE Animation Studio Set!

Enter below to have a chance at winning!
a Rafflecopter giveaway  

Now keep "hoppin!"

More incredible prizes are waiting for you over on my brilliant and sweet friend Deanna's blog, Mrs. Jump's Class!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Back to School Bash 2016

Hello friends!!  It's that time of year again...
time for our BACK TO SCHOOL BASH 2016!!!  

This year we have teamed up with even more bloggers so that we can bring prizes-a-plenty to you!!!  

Mark your calendars for August 7th because you will NOT want to miss out!!!

Each blogger will host a Bash Basket that contains a prize valued at $100 or more!  

Make sure to follow the blogs below so you don't miss a single thing!  

Check back in on August 7th so you can get your hop on!

See you August 7th!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Dollar Store Finds You Can Use in Your Classroom Tomorrow!

What do five teachers who are hanging out together after the TPT Conference do on a Friday afternoon?
Go to the Dollar Tree, of course!
Oh. My. Goodness.
We had an absolute BLAST!
By the looks we were receiving from other customers, there must have been sparks of creativity flying in every direction!  It was seriously CrAzY! We strategically attacked every aisle with critical eyes… and as one person had an idea, another would follow it up with an even better use for the classroom!
It was “Dollar Store Magic,” my friends!
We instantly knew we wanted to share our ideas with y’all, and since we had just been to the TPT Conference where we were encouraged to start moving toward using videos to connect with other educators, we knew what we had to do!

Facebook Live!
So we grabbed our dollar store goodies and flipped on the phone! We made our FIRST Facebook Live video and shared 15 of our favorite Dollar Tree finds along with ideas for how to use them in the classroom.
We also decided we would do a blog hop to share our ideas in print!
Here are the ideas that I shared during the video:
Mini-container “Dice-in-Box”
Place your classroom dice in a mini container, like this one, before setting them out in a center or activity.  Kids simply shake the container and set it down (with the lid down as shown) to reveal the number rolled.  WA-LA!  The dice will never roll away and off the table again!  {If you run to your nearest Dollar Tree now, you can pick up 10 of these mini-containers for just $1.}
Slinky Stretch-A-Word

When teaching your kiddos how to “stretch out” words, encourage them to grab a mini-slinky to make the learning experience a hands-on one! For example, you can give a child a word like “cat” and encourage him/her to stretch it out like this…

1.    /C/ --Pulling the slinky and stretching it out just a little bit

2.    /A/ -- Stretching the slinky out a little bit more!

3.    /T/ -- Pulling and stretching the slinky almost all of the way apart
4.    Student then should push the word (and slinky) back together to say “cat.”

Hair Roller and Cookie Clip Number Sense
 Based on our Facebook Live Video comments, this one is a crowd fav!  As soon as I saw these spongy hair rollers, I snapped them up and knew I could use them for mini-versions of all of the Pinterest ideas I had seen created with pool noodles! So. Fun.  These little gems are just like mini pool noodles when you pop off the ends and pull out the metal bar inside. Just imagine the miniature place value/tens and ones activities you could do with these babies!
I also came up with a new idea of my own when I ran across these snappy little “Cookie Clips” in the utensil section. I measured the hair rollers and cut them to the same length as the cookie clip sticks. I then cut each roller into 10 same-sized pieces. (Be sure to purchase more than one color of hair rollers.  You’ll see why in a bit!) The first activity I thought of included making little number cards (1-10) which can be held in the clip.  Students are then asked to identify that number and place the matching number of roller pieces onto that stick.
Another idea is to place the same number cards on multiple cookie clip sticks and invite students to use two different colors of hair roller pieces to show how to make different number combinations.

You did see our Dollar Tree Finds Facebook Live video, right??
If you missed it, check it out below...but be sure to keep "hopping" in our blog hop so YOU can pick up more tips on these special finds and also enter to win a Dollar Tree gift card!

So... have we inspired you to go “dollar shopping?”  Would you like a $25 gift card to get you started? Here's how you can win one! It's really simple. All you need to do is...
1. Follow each of us on Instagram. Here is my insta-link:
2. Visit each blog and read the dollar store ideas. Each post will have a link at the bottom to directly “hop” you to the next blog.
3. Leave a comment on my blog telling me about your favorite Dollar Tree find!

Keep your eyes open!  On one of the blogs you will find the Rafflecopter Dollar Tree Gift Card Giveaway to enter! {Be sure you like all of our Instagram accounts...we will check!}
Next, you need to hop on over to Katie's blog now to see her ideas!
Little Warriors

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

We have a winner... and also a SNEAK PEEK at CTP's new product line!

We have a winner!

That's right, blogging friends!

A big congratulations goes out to Ellen C. for winning this amazing Creative Teaching Press prize package!

Thank you to all who participated in our CTP Exclusive Blogger product giveaway hop.
If you weren't one of the prize package winners, don't be filled with FOMO! (Fear Of Missing Out)

I've got another little nugget of goodness for ya!   Simply click HERE to go to CTP's secret landing page that give you a "sneak peek" at the new CTP products that will be released late in May!
exclusive blogger sneak peek - new product brochure 2016
These new products are THE BEST.... and since you are one of my blog followers, we are granting you special access to pre-order so you can get your products FIRST when they come off the presses! 


Oh!  And when you are on the secret product landing page, be sure to enter to win a second giveaway for even more CTP prize packages!

So go! Get on it, right now!   Prizes are waiting for you!