Win a TPT giftcard! Teachers it’s time to shop!

It’s back-to-school time and TeachersPayTeachers is ready with new resources, 2 sales days and giveaways! Many bloggers were given giftcards to help spread the word about the sale. I’m happy to be able to give 1 lucky winner a $10 giftcard code. I’ll make it a quick giveaway so that the winner can spend the money right away!
The Teachers Pay Teachers sale is August 1st -2nd. I will have my entire Teacher Treasure Hunter store on sale. Combine that with the TPT discount (use code BESTYEAR) and you’ll save 28%. It’s time to fill those shopping carts!
 Classroom Tested Resources
The bloggers at Classroom Tested Resources have put together a BIG giveaway! It’s 3 days AND 3 different TPT giftcards. Be sure to stop by and enter each day of the giveaway. 
 QR Code Bundle
One of my best-selling resources is featured on the Classroom Tested Blog page and it’s on sale for today! It has nearly 300 stories. Kids scan the QR code and the page automatically loads so they can watch someone reading the book. They are perfect for listening centers. If you miss today’s sale then you can still get it on Monday & Tuesday through the #bestyearever sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!
Have a wonderful week!

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Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day! My TPT store is 20% off to celebrate. The sale will run from February 29th – March 1st.

Congratulations to Lisa who won a $25 TPT giftcard just by being a subscriber to the Teacher Treasure Hunter newsletter. If you want to make sure you’re on the list to get the next newsletter and be entered in the monthly drawing, just click here to sign up!

I’ve listed several new QR code story collections lately. Here is a quick peek at a few of the new packs:

Happy Leap Day! I hope you have a fantastic day of fun and learning!

Summer Saleabration Week 2 – Save big!

I am “busy” enjoying my summer break! In fact, I was having so much fun that I almost forgot to give you a sale this week. 🙂  I’ll post more about my traveling later – including pictures of a little tourist attraction that features one of my favorite children’s books! I love it when children’s books get some attention.

This week, I am putting my whole Seasonal Poetry Collection on sale! I love using these for fluency practice and working with words. They can be used as a whole class activity. The pictures below show me using them with the document camera and projector. They are also great for individual reading. I have my student glue a copy of the poem into their poetry notebook after we’ve worked on them together. They keep the poetry notebook in their book bag for read to self time. I’ve also had them bring the books home at certain times during the year to read the poems to their family. Poems are such a fun way to practice reading! There are often many new & familiar words. The repeated readings help them to build fluency and gain confidence. I 100% recommend adding poetry reading to your daily literacy routine. 🙂 This set is 50% off for this week only.

The linky below has some of the other stores that are participating in this week’s sale. Check out the links or search TPT for saleabration to find other great deals.

Have a wonderful week!


Summer Saleabration Linky

Ahhh!! Summer is finally here! Days of rest, relaxation,….and SAVINGS! Now is a great time to start organizing and planning for the next school year. I’m moving from 1st to 3rd grade so I have LOTS of planning to do! Why not save on the products that you need?

I’ve teamed up with a great group of teachers to offer you savings all summer long. Each week we will put a different item on sale. The item will only be on sale for a week. The next week each of us will choose a different resource from our store to offer at a discount. You can search TPT for saleabration to find all of the items that are on sale for the week. Or…click on the linky to see some of the items that are on sale.

Thanks for joining us on this Summer Saleabration!


Win gift cards & prizes at the Favorite Things Blog Hop 2014

These are a few of my favorite things!

I’m so excited to be a part of this fun blog hop. Thank you, Laura from Where the Magic Happens, for organizing this treat for our blogs! As you hop from blog to blog you can read about each blogger’s favorite things and enter to win a prize package! There are a total of 7 big prize packs and they each are full of wonderful gift cards and products. Also, many of the bloggers have put some products on sale at TPT. You can search for “myfavoritethings2014“.

I will attempt to go through my favorite things without breaking into song ala Sound of Music or adding any references to whiskers on kittens!

Favorite Beauty Product – ESSIE polish

I would say my favorite product is Essie nail polish. I have tried various polishes over the year and I was ready to give up on ever polishing my nails. If I go to the salon a manicure would usually only last a week and I definitely don’t want to pay to have them done every week! I tried the nail wraps and sort of liked them, but they took a long time for me to apply (that was probably just me needing to get used to them) and I found the good ones too expensive for my budget. So, I was thrilled when I tried Essie polish and found that it was thick enough to apply easily and lasted for a while. I tried a few other popular brands in that price range and it just wasn’t the same. For me, the Essie polish is just the right consistency. I also love the colors that are available! I started buying this polish in the summer and have a nice little collection. I’m looking forward to adding more colors. Plus, it’s fun to see the collection of colorful bottles!

Favorite Restaurant – Olive Garden
My favorites are Italian & Greek. My all-time favorite is Olive Garden. Our area is small so some of my favorite restaurants are not in the area so I only get a chance to visit them when travelling – Cracker Barrel, Chick-fil-A (coming to WA soon! still will be a drive for me, but much better!), Zoopa – so wish this was closer and they should totally have more locations! I would be remiss if I left out Taco Bell. My mom says that is a phrase I learned right after my first few words! I do tend to make way too many stops there after late nights at school. 🙂

My area doesn’t have a wide range of restaurant cuisines. When we are travelling we try to seek out those little individual places with authentic recipes. While visiting Seattle, we tried out a little Ethiopian place at the Pike Place Market and loved the injera (bread) plate.

Favorite teaching supply – Frixion markers
I won a set of Pilot Frixion markers and I have fallen in love with them! They are the only marker (or even pen) that I’ve used that really erases. The kids love them also! I’ve recently used them to have us underline parts of a story (jobs that the mom did and those that the daughter completed). The only problem – the kids were purposely making lines longer so they could erase! I let them do it one time each and then we had to get back to work! The video cuts off just as the little girl is saying awesome, but I think you can tell they like them. 🙂

I love them for grading, because if I make a mistake I can easily erase it. There have been times when I graded a test and gave 100% and then noticed a mistake. I used to cover it with a sticker and re-grade. Now, I can just erase!
Favorite Tradition – Ornaments
When I was growing up, my grandma sent us ornaments. I don’t remember if it was every year, but she sent each of us several ornaments. I only have a couple that survived the years! I have the one pictured above which was from 1984 and a Garfield one. 

My 2 boys each have several ornaments of their own on our tree. Some of these are shown in these pictures. They have a few that were give to them when they were younger. Of course, there are also ones that they made for the tree like the clay stocking in the top picture. As they grew older, I’ve let them choose an ornament for the tree almost every year. I write their name and the date on each one. It’s fun to see the things they choose each year. It shows their personality and what their interests were during that time. This year, my oldest chose the burger and fries. We tease him about wanting to eat all the time! Welcome to the teen years! My youngest chose the red cardinal. He loves animals. Last year, he chose the Arctic Fox that looks like a little stuffed animal. We don’t have a designer tree that could be featured in magazines, but it’s a tree full of memories! That is precious to me!

Favorite Store – Amazon

I love Amazon prime! My prime membership expired and I tried going without it for a few months. Then I needed a baby shower gift. I could not get it to ship w/ free shipping and kept adding items to my cart to get it to work. I was also nervous that it wouldn’t make it in time. I finally gave in and renewed prime. Presto! Delivered super fast and no shipping charges.

You can win a $20 gift card to Amazon along with the other fabulous prizes! This gift card is part of prize pack #7. It will be emailed to the winner. It is in US funds and can only be used at

My 4 featured items are 1/2 off during this blog hop! These are bundles that are already discounted, so to get them an extra 50% off is a big treat!

The Animal Research Papers Bundle includes pages for kids to research 99 different animal. It even includes my best-selling Arctic Animal Research Paper pack. They are written for early readers and feature photos rather than clip art. They have been used successfully with kindergarten – 5th grade. I’m a 1st grade teacher and use them in my class every year! The kids love writing their own report and becoming an “expert” on an animal.

I also have my Healthy Habits Mega Bundle on sale which features several food group activities and other activity to promote a healthy lifestyle. The healthy habits posters in this bundle have been used by many teachers and have been used for cafeteria bulletin boards.

The QR Code Story Collection is a recent addition and has become very popular. Teachers love to use these for centers. There are many similar items in the TPT store. I think this one is unique because:
*each collection features a theme – this makes it easy for you to rotate the books to match your curriculum or the season
*unique picture on each card – I’ve seen many sets that have no pictures or the same picture on everything. I try to put a picture on each card that goes with the story and is unique from the others. This makes it easy for pre-readers to find the right story. It also makes the card visually appealing.
*Playing time is listed – This is important in my classroom. I give my students a set amount of time. This helps them to choose a story that is not too long.
*SafeShare – The QR codes link to the video through safeshare. This means that the students do not see comments or ads that show up on YouTube. Most of the other TPT sets also do this, but please make sure before you buy a set.

The Literacy Poster collection includes poems that can be posted on the wall and a matching student version for a poety notebook. The poems used are traditional poems for the season in a range of levels for kindergarten – 2nd grade. They are great for building fluency. Color and black/white versions are included for the student notebooks.

Here is the info. about the giveaway. There are a lot of stores and mine is near the bottom so make sure you keep going to get your points for following the Teacher Treasure Hunter store at TPT. To go to the next blog in this hop, you can scroll down the blog buttons at the bottom of this post. Find the Teacher Treasure Hunter logo near the bottom and click on the next logo. You can do this at each blog so you keep “hopping” and don’t miss anything. 🙂 Also, it would be wonderful if you could leave comments on a few blogs – we love to hear from you!!

Because we value our followers and wanted to treat you to our favorite things Oprah style, we have put together the best giveaway of the season! My bloggy friends and I welcome you to the best, biggest, most cheerful event of the season:

7 winners for 7 prize packs!

Come and enter the giveaway and check out my bloggy friends’ favorite things:

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TPT Super Cyber Savings Sale! Save 28% on Teacher Treasure Hunter products

It’s the BIG Cyber Sale at TPT! Many sellers have discounted their stores AND TPT will add an additional discount when you use the TPTCYBER code. When you shop in the Teacher Treasure Hunter store AND enter the TPTCYBER code you will save 28% on everything in my store – even the big bundles that are already discounted!

This is an excellent time to get the products that you need for the next few months or even to prepare for the rest of the school year! Some upcoming holidays and events are:
*winter themes
*winter holidays
*Black History Month
*Valentine’s Day
*100th Day
*President’s Day
*Easter & Spring

Think about the units that you will be teaching during these months. Some of the additional themes that I will be covering are Holidays Around the World, Arctic Animal studies, Health & Nutrition and Fairy Tales. I’m going to show you some suggestions for you based upon upcoming events and the items that are the best-sellers in my TPT store. There are also links to several FREEBIES!

Arctic Animal Research Papers

The Arctic Animal Research Pages are the most popular item in my store! If your students write Arctic research papers this is an excellent resource. They are also available for other habitats – ponds, ocean, etc. Each page features a different Arctic animal. It includes information about the animal that is written for beginning readers. There are also research recording forms so they know what to look for in the informational text. It features real pictures of the animals! This pack includes information on 24 animals. The Mega Bundle includes 4 habitats (99 animals!).

Winter Scoot Games
Scoot games are fun because the kids get to move while reviewing concepts. Check out these 2 fun games for winter:
*NOUNS – North Pole Express Noun Scoot
*SUFFIXES – Arctic Animals Suffix Scoot

Winter Math Activities & Worksheets
Here are 2 fun addition games with winter themes:
*Gingerbread Addition Game
*Football Fever Addition Game

Winter ELA Activities
Here are some winter ELA activities. There are even a few freebies! The picture above was sent to me by another teacher. She was in a PD meeting at the beginning of the year, and one of my products (freebie!) was used as an example of using informational text in your teaching. It was an exciting moment for me to see one of my products in use at the other side of the states.
*READING – Literacy poems for winter reading practice
*RHYMING – Winter Rhyme Time Game 
*LISTENING CENTER – QR Code stories for Winter
*PHONICS – Frosty Families Word Families with Long Vowels activity FREEBIE

Black History Month

Martin Luther King Jr. craftivity & mini-book

President’s Day

Patriotic Bundle – This bundle has activities that could be used with any patriotic holiday.

Fairy Tales
Fairy Tale Fun – Kids create a fairy tale mad-lib style by spinning or rolling words! The picture above is of the spinner from this activity. BTW, the picture above shows a great way to make a spinner that will actually work! Just use a large paperclip and put a pony bead on top of it. Use a long brad (a little longer than the standard size) to go through both of these. This makes the spinner move smoothly and your paperclip doesn’t come off and get lost!

Fairy Tale Template ~ create your own I have…Who has…game

Fairy Tale QR Code Stories – great for centers and Daily 5 (listen to reading)

Health & Nutrition

*Fill My Plate game
*Food Group Sort
*Healthy Habits Mega Bundle – Includes the 2 items above PLUS lots more!

Valentine’s Day

*Valentine’s Card Freebies – Mustache theme – FREEBIE!
*Sweet Literacy & Science Center – not specific to Valentine’s Day, but it would be the perfect time to use my Sweet Literacy & Science Centers to study honeybees and strengthen ELA skills!
*Valentine’s Teacher Pack 

Earth Day

*Nouns – I Have..Who has game – FREEBIE!

~Happy Cyber Sale! Shop ’til you drop!! ~

1 day only SALE! 40% off all Bundles!

Today only! All Bundles are 40% off!! 

Healthy Habits Bundle: $16  $9.50

Huge QR Bundle:  $30  $18
Mega Language Arts  Bundle: $10.99  $6.50
I have…Who has…Game Bundle: $12  $7
Animal Research Bundle: $20  $12
Literacy Poem Bundle: $12  $7
Patriotic Bundle: $18  $10.50
Short Vowel Bundle: $10  $6
Addition Mega Bundle: $10.99  $6.50

Happy Shopping Day! Enjoy the bargains!! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! I hope that you have a wonderful time with family and friends!

I have so much to be thankful for and yet I so often “forget” that in the day-to-day little challenges. It’s great to have this day to foster an “attitude of gratitude” – now we just need to extend it to every day!

I have a few things to share with you today and I will have lots more coming your way this month! Stay tuned for news of sales, blog hops & more!

As you do your shopping this weekend, don’t forget about deals for your classroom! The awesome Rhyme to Read app is on sale for 30% off! It is a limited time sale so make sure you take advantage of this sale price! Purchase your copy here. I love this app for teaching kindergarten students and for 1st graders at the beginning of the year. It can really help those beginner readers and the students who are struggling with phonics and sight words. You can read my app review here
You can download a printable copy of the Gobble ’til you wobble poster (with and without my store logo) for free here.
I am REALLY close to 500 followers on Instagram! When I reach that milestone (probably in the next day or two) I’ll be marking one of my paid products to FREE for a short time. Don’t miss it! Follow me on Instagram @teachertreasurehunter.
Enjoy your long week-end! Thank you for following my blog and TPT store! I appreciate you. 🙂

Huge Back to School TPT Sale + Share the Wealth Linky

Wow! There is so much going on right now. Can you tell it’s back-to-school season? My head is spinning with all the things that I need to do!

There are only a few days left until the huge TPT Back-to-School sale. It’s time to go through your wish list and figure out what to add to your cart. Think about what you need for the next few months. My entire store, Teacher Treasure Hunter, will be marked down 20%. Add the TPT promo code of BTS14 and you will save 28% on everything from my store. Don’t forget the code! This is an amazing deal. The bundles are already a good savings and you will still get the discount on those.

To help you get ready for back to school I’m linking up with John Hughes @ An Educator’s Life to share FREE back to school resources and the item that is the most wish-listed from my store. Just click on the picture above to see what everyone has shared.

I linked up my new Back to School Birthday Bulletin Board and Certificates. These are colorful little cupcake posters that you can put up in your class to show all the birthdays. There are also certificates that you can include with a little treat from the teacher to make their day more special.

My most wish-listed item is: Arctic Animals Research Papers. It’s not specific to back-to-school, but it’s great to prepare ahead of time. I’m always amazed when I get a sale of this in the middle of summer! 🙂 I  have several other products like this. I think this is the most popular since I have had it listed the longest and also more teachers do this study than some of the others (desert animals, etc.). This item has over 100 feedback ratings! Thank you! Here are a few of my favorites:

Kim said: My students LOVED this packet! They loved picking their own animal to research and turned around and wrote great informative writing pieces! Your graphic organizers were so easy for them to use for their writing. Thank you for a great packet of information!

Mary said: MAJOR time saver, and wow, what a product. So useful.

Deborah said: The information has been well researched and written in a way that is easily understood, but not dumbed down. Love that there are real photos included. Thanks for this wonderful resource.

Reading is Love said: These are very well-organized and readable, and feature a lot of animals that my students wanted to study but about which I couldn’t find books. Thank you!

Last, but not least, don’t forget to enter this awesome giveaway for an iPad mini. The entry options are easy to do. Most of them are just a follow at the TPT store or blog — it just takes a click or two. Good luck!