Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop!  Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love.  You will also have the opportunity to enter to win TpT products and/or TpT gift certificates by entering using the rafflecopters included in each post.  Down at the bottom, you will see all of the blogs participating in the hop.  Just click and you will be taken to their posts.  We hope you love what you find.  Happy Valentine's Day!

HOWDY! My name is Katie and I teach fourth grade in Galveston, Texas. I was born in Houston, which is about an hour away, but moved to Galveston about 5 years ago. I love my island!! I'm 3 minutes from the beach. Life doesn't get much better than living in a beach town-- It's like being on vacation everyday! 

There are SO many things I love about Galveston. I already mentioned I'm 3 minutes from the beach. Can't beat that! There are many lazy summer days spent on the beach, and it also serves as a great place to start teaching my boys to drive during deserted winter months! ;) 

Another great thing about G-town is our road called the Seawall. It's our "freeway" (even thought the speed limit ranges from 35-45... just watch out for bike cops). The Seawall has the best view in town. The Gulf stretches in every direction. It's where people run, bike, surf, skate... It's awesome. Just check out this view!

I. Love. Task. Cards. What teacher doesn't? They're such a fun way to review key concepts AND they're not a worksheet. Ugh. Worksheets. Anyway, I attended an awesome math conference a few years ago where two awesome teachers talked about how they turned old DVD cases into game boards for activities in their class. I thought it was GENIUS. Because it IS! So I created generic Game Boards that fit into a DVD case and I pair them with task cards. Instant awesomeness. 
Here's what students think: YAY!!! GAME!!! 
Here's what teachers see: YAY!!! LEARNING!!! 
Seriously, my students love playing with these game boards so much, it is very common for them to grab a game board, some task cards and PLAY DURING FREE TIME. I'm serious. DURING FREE TIME. Be still my heart! 

Check out the full pack HERE, or click on the picture. They're part of the Blog Hop Giveaway, so BE SURE TO ENTER BELOW!! 

Because I love my DVD game boards SO much, I decided to make a fun Valentine Game Board FREEBIE just for this Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop! Just click HERE to be taken to the link, download and enjoy!! This game board is so cute, you don't just have to use it for Valentine's Day :) Oh, and don't forget to leave feedback!! I LOVE FEEDBACK! 

Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!



  1. Aww, I love Galveston! We head down there almost every year. And I love those DVD games.

  2. I've only gone to Galveston one was so different than the beaches I was used to in the northeast. I think I need to go back and give it another chance! Thanks for participating in the hop!

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