Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Jackpot!

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and Sunday was a lucky day for many! It was the day of the very first Teacher Appreciation Jackpot, an amazing "blog hop" event involving over 140 bloggers! This page was the starting point for the Grades 3 - 6 blog hop, and you can find links to the other levels in this blog post.

All of us wanted to show our appreciation for you in a BIG way, so we gave one of our TeachersPayTeachers products! Each free gift was valued at between $3 and $8, and the total jackpot amount was over $600!

Because so many bloggers participated, this event was divided into three grade level groups. Each of those smaller events was coordinated by one blogger as shown below:

Polygon Explorations 
My free gift was Polygon Explorations. Because the Jackpot is over, this item is no longer free. I developed these materials while working with my own 5th grade class a few years ago, and my students did terrific on the geometry part of the state test that year! The cool thing about the Smartboard version is that it has a set of shapes that are exactly like the ones that the students use for their activities, and the shapes are numbered the same way as the student shapes. I hope you and your students enjoy the activities!

Look below to find links to over three dozen terrific Grade 3-6 blogs! We appreciate your commitment to your students and your dedication as an educator! Thanks so much for all you do!


64 comments:

  1. Wow! Took a day to take care of some business and I'm the first to post! I am new to blogging and I follow several blogs - including yours! I teach fourth grade math and science in Texas. I am looking for activities to put in stations for next year. I've gotten great ideas by following blogs and can't wait to start organizing over the summer!

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    1. Thanks, DeeDee! Be sure to follow my blog using the email link at the top and you'll always know when I share new information here.

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  2. Can't wait for this blog hop- thank you Laura for all you do and for all the materials you make and share. You are a true inspiration.

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  3. Laura, you are AMAZING!! First of all, thank you for your hard work...I use so many of your items in my classroom...you are a blessing! Second, I am soooo excited about the blog hop on Sunday! I know where I will be spending my day... :) Thank you!

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  4. Thank you so much, Laura, for helping and empowering teachers so much! Carolyn

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  5. So many goodies to choose from!
    Order of Operations Bingo Combo or Gifts from Santa's Scientists

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  6. Thanks, everyone! I'm really looking forward to it!

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  7. I would LOVE to get a free copy of the Order of Operations Bingo Combo. This always seems like a topic my students can't remember a few weeks later but do great while we are working on it. I'm searching for something to help it "stick"!

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  8. The Math Stations resource looks great!
    grace2u {at} rogers {dot} com

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  9. I would love to see the character bio report.

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  10. I would love to see either the Math Stations or the Poetry reading and writing. Those would both be awesome! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!!

    Melanie Miday-Stern

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  11. I have just started following a few blogs recently--it is so interesting to see that even though we may all be in different states, we all face many of the same challenges
    Casey Jones

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  12. This is so exciting. I am looking forward to seeing how to enter to win. I would love to see your Analyzing Character Traits in the giveaway. Thank you for taking the time to host.

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    1. You don't have to enter to win - just come back here on Sunday and start downloading free items from over 100 bloggers!

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  13. Oh I would LOVE to participate at my store if it isn't too late!

    adventuresinthird@gmail.com

    Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

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    1. Amber, you have to be a TpT seller to participate. It's exclusive to TpT. Go into the forum and look under Selling Tips for the directions. You only have a few hours left before the event closes for new sellers to join up.

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  14. I'd love to see:
    Amazing Angles
    Powerful Poetry Combo
    Gallon Robot to the Rescue!
    Math Stations for Middle Grades

    I'm so excited for this!! I'm a soon-to-be teacher just getting started, and this is great!!

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  15. I would love to see Gallon Robot to the Rescue!

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  16. I am new to the blogging world - and am already addicted! I am your newest follower!
    Christy =)

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  17. Aw... I missed getting in on giving away some freebies! But I'm all signed up to win! :)

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  18. How do you sign up to win?? I am not sure how to do a blog hop, but want to participate.

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  19. You don't have to sign up - just come back tomorrow when everyone has made their items free and download away!

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  20. Thanks so much for all your hard work on this promo Laura! It was truly appreciated!

    Charity

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  21. Thank you so much for all your awesome items and for coordinating this for Grades 3-5. I am relatively new to blogging,which has helped to excite and invigorate the way I think I will teach next year. Happy Teacher's Appreciation Week to you too!

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  22. Thanks so much. As usual, a top quality product.

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  23. I teach 5th grade at a charter school. TPT and your website have saved me over and over! Thank you for all you do!
    jzobrist

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  24. I missed out on the link up, but I have a FREEBIE too! Come on over and check it out!
    Teresa
    Confessions of a Teaching Junkie
    Find me on Facebook!

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  25. Thank you so much for hosting this and organizing it! Thank you for the freebie also! I loved searching today!

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  26. I am lovin' this! Thanks so much for coordinating it!

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  27. No, thank YOU...for this and ALL you do to encourage, to guide, and to inspire us!! Thank you, Laura!!

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    1. You are welcome - thanks for your kind words Jody!

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  28. Thanks for your freebie... and organizing the teacher appreciation blog hop! <3

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  29. Thanks so much for your efforts in organizing this wonderful event! I do so appreciate all of the awesome resources that were shared today! Thanks again!

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  30. Thank you so very much! I really appreciate the freebie and the hop!

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  31. Thanks everyone! I'm not able to respond to each one individually, but I do appreciate your kind words!

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  32. Thank you so much for the blog hopping event!! Love your freebie! :)

    Cheers To School

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  33. This is such a great treat...freebies and I found lots of new blogs to follow :)

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  34. THANK YOU so much for organizing these grade levels. This blog-hopping was so much fun! I have been teaching for 32 years and this world of blogging and TPT is so exciting.....truly collaborating with teachers across the country.

    Bless you!
    Carol

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  35. Thank you for organizing this great blog-hopping event :) I'm looking forward to getting to know more of the bloggers, too.

    Thanks for your fantastic freebie, as always :)

    Elizabeth

    Fun in Room 4B

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  36. I'm trying to download them, but I keep getting an error message. I was under the impression they would be free until midnight? Is that wrong?

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  37. You are correct, and most people are leaving them free until the morning. I'm not sure what the problem is with downloading. Is it with all the free items or just mine? Email me at lauracandler@att.net and I'll send it to you if you can't get it from the TpT site. You could also try another browser.

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  38. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!! I had a great time looking at all the different blogs and downloading the files that pertain to my content area. Did anyone else have trouble downloading? I got to blog #30 and every time I tried to download from TpT I would get an error message. Not sure why this is happening, but I tried a few different files and had the same problem. I'm guessing that TpT is overloaded with everyone trying to download before the deal is over. Again, THANK YOU!!!!

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    1. Got them all to work now! Thank you again!!!!

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    2. Thanks for the update! Glad you got them.

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    3. Thanks for the update. Glad you got them.

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  39. Hi Laura,
    I am also having trouble downloading them. They keep coming up with a Bad Gateway 502 error. I have no idea what that is. I was able to download 3 things out of all the blogs. I'm not sure what the problem is.
    Trish

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    1. Keep trying. I got that error, too, a few minutes ago and tried again and it went through. I just think the system is overloaded.

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  40. THANK YOU!! This was an amazing blog hop! I really appreciate all of your hard work in organizing this! It was extra helpful to me as I will be changing grade levels next year.

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  41. Thanks! I gathered all of them!

    ~April @ ideabackpack.blogspot.com

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  42. Thank you and the other bloggers for your generous sharing, and amazing work! These are all fabulous projects, which just shows how many fantastic teachers there are out there. THANKS!!

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  43. Thanks to you and all the other generous bloggers. It was exciting going from blog to blog, getting freebies, but more importantly, new blogs to read and learn from. Thanks to all of you again.

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  44. Thank you SO much for helping put this together! I spent hours downloading well over 100 resources to use with my kiddos!

    www.willgradeforcoffee.blogspot.com

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  45. I'm so bummed that I missed this--I was REALLY looking forward to it but unfortunately, life turns on a dime. My nephew was in a bad car accident on Saturday night and was life flighted to Savannah and they had to do surgery to remove part of his skull. The 72 hours after are critical so I've been driving back and forth to Savannah to be with him (as well as my sister, her husband, and their two daughters). Thank you all for doing this and hopefully a lot of teachers were able to take advantage of it. For me, family comes first and though I'm sorry I missed it, I wouldn't have done it any different.

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    1. Krystal, I'm so sorry for what you are going through! Family always comes first and your family is in my prayers. My item is still free right now, and many others have left theirs free as well. But if you don't mind posting your email address here, I'll ask others in the Jackpot to email you their free item. What grade do you teach? If you don't want to post your real email address, set up a gmail address to use and just check it for the next week or so. We would all like to help out!

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    2. You're AWESOME! krystalteach@gmail.com I teach 5th Grade Reading, Language, and Social Studies (though I also incorporate Science content for nonfiction when possible and assist with the LA component of the Science Fair).

      You truly have made my day. I really was looking forward to this and when I got home from Savannah (I live in Jacksonville, FL) Sunday night I was so emotionally exhausted, I didn't even open my computer.

      On a lighter note (and thank you for the prayers), he is making HUGE strides and could possibly get his probe and ventilator removed in the coming days. He is still in his 72 hour window, but is doing AMAZING through the power of prayer and all of the support we've received.

      I follow you on facebook, but I'm not sure if that means you can access my info, but if you can, feel free to come on over and check out the updates and pictures/videos of Garet.

      THANK YOU AGAIN!!!

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    3. Kristin, you've got mail! Email that is! Please check because a bunch of bloggers have written to tell me that they sent you their items, and I did as well.

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    4. I woke to a mailbox full of wonderful messages of support, prayer, and kindness along with the files that they sent. My cup runneth over. THANK YOU! I am in the process of going back and opening files, but have had very little time to sit still to do it. So though it may take about a week to open them all and send messages of gratitude, I will DEFINITELY be doing it!

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  46. Found you on Pinterest and TPT! I am an ESOL Teacher and and many of the activities provide great scaffolds for ELL'S. I am looking forward to going through all of the blogs especially for 3-6th grades.

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  47. Hi Laura,

    I just wanted to make sure to come by to say THANK YOU!!!!! This event was very organized. You made it very easy to follow the steps in the process. You, April and Adrianne did a wonderful job. I am so happy that many teachers were able to hit the Jackpot. This does not happen very often. I was honored to be able to participate.

    -Lidia R. Barbosa

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