Sunday, February 15, 2015

House of Gav Jewelry Giveaway!

Hi everyone!

One of my best friends from high school recently opened her own Etsy shop where she is selling handmade jewelry! Her pieces are so beautiful and elegant and she has been kind enough to let me host a giveaway for 2 pairs of earrings and a ring!


Ashley has also been kind enough to offer an exclusive 20% off code for my fabulous followers!

Click here to head to Ashley's Etsy shop and be sure to use code houseofgav20 at checkout!
I hope you will check out her shop, enter to win, and spread the word!



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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!

Hi y'all! My name is Daina and I'm a 2nd grade teacher in Fort Worth, TX! I was born in Dallas, TX! I grew up living in the country (on about 190 acres) and now live about 7 minutes from downtown Fort Worth. I am definitely a city girl for the most part but hold on to some of my country loves (like cowboy boots and horseback riding!) I'm so happy you are here! I apologize in advance for my overuse of photos. I'm a bit #addicted. 
The better question is what DON'T I love about my city/town! It would definitely be a much shorter list haha! I LOVE living in Fort Worth! And not just in Fort Worth, but in TEXAS! I am 110% Texan through and through. I think my number one reason for loving Fort Worth is that it has a sense of values and that little town feel even though it's a BIG city. I also love the never ending array of activities and places that you can explore. There's always something new to discover. And why do I love Texas so much? Simple. Because we have more state pride than any other state! :) 

Here's some pictures to show what I love about my city/state!
Sundance Square in Downtown Fort Worth (& more importantly, my AMAZING friends that I LOVE AND happen to teach with!)

The State Fair of Texas!!!!!

The multitude of shopping malls and holiday decor, Six Flags, Fort Worth Japanese Gardens!

Chinese Lantern Festival, AT&T Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys, and Sundance Square at Christmas!

That good ol' Texas pride. Cross/Flag hanging in my house and my favorite pair of cowboy boots!

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo!

I recently did a Text Features lesson and I was SO HAPPY with how it went!!! I have never seen the kids so engaged and anxious to get their hands on books! It was an AMAZING feeling. 
Here's the jist of how it went...followed by some pics.
1. Created Anchor Chart and covered all parts with sticky notes to add some mystery. 
2. Discussed WHY we need to use text features. Projected an ebook on the screen about Amazing Water Frogs and pointed out the text features I was focusing on as we went through the book. I revealed them on the anchor chart as we went. 
3. I then sent students to work in groups where I had placed a book bin full of nonfiction animal books on their AR level so it was differentiated. 
4. Students were given a little mini-reference sheet, sticky notes, and the books. They had to look through the books and do a "text feature scavenger hunt" by finding and labeling those text features. 
5. They then had to follow up by filling out a reflection type sheet where they told me what text features they found, what they think they will learn about in the book, and what they are still wondering about.

The following day we extended the lesson by making "text feature booklets" where I gave them lots of Scholastic News articles and they had to glue examples for each text feature to the correct page of their book. They did FABULOUS and begged me to do it again. To me, that = SUCCESS.
I originally found this anchor chart on Pinterest but can't seem to find it again. If this is your original anchor chart, please let me know so I can credit you! :)

Extension Activity!

In connection with what I shared above, nonfiction activities and resources are my favorite. It's my all-time favorite topic to teach about and the kids know it! My favorite freebie that I have is my Prove It! Non-Fiction Edition FREEBIE Sample! You can use the freebie as a stand-alone activity in your classroom and the whole purpose is to practice supporting answers using text evidence in a very systematic, memorable way! If you enjoy the freebie sample, make sure you enter the giveaway below where I am giving away my whole BUNDLE of Prove It! Resources!
You can click on the pic to download the freebie! Enjoy!

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




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Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014 {Linky}

I decided to link up with Natalie over at Teachery Tidbits for her fun linky!
I LOVE Instagram so I just couldn't resist!

So here are my TOP 10 Insta Pics from this year! I plucked 'em straight from IG so they have original captions and hashtags included, hehe.


I mean really, what teacher DOESN'T love chevron?!?

For this one, I'm guessing a lot of my followers either love Texas or Kahlua, or both! Hahaha. As for me, I love BOTH!


This was SO MUCH FUN. If you've never done anything like this before, I HIGHLY suggest you give it a try! I have ZERO painting experience but I'm super happy with how it turned out!


Self explanatory - Starbucks + Gift Card = Teacher Heaven


BOOK RAFFLES!!! SOOO much fun. I really should do a whole blog post about this! Perhaps later this week. ;)


LOVE that my followers are big comic nerds like me! I LOVE Harley Quinn and I actually plan on getting a Harley Quinn inspired tattoo for my birthday in April! I'm sure I'll end up posting it on IG too! :)


These were a lot o work to get prepped and ready but soooo worth it! I love it and so did the parents!


This is so 100% me. And apparently I'm not alone!


Still loving this job chart and so do my kiddos! It's by Mel D and you can click on the pic if you want to check it out for yourself! I just LOVE the colors!!


AND my NUMBER ONE photo from this year was actually posted today! It already has 109 likes because I teamed up with some of my best blogging buddies and we are giving away one of those adorable personalized pencil signs!!!
{P.S. It's not too late to enter!}

If you aren't following me on Instagram, I really would love for you to! I mostly share personal photos and some teaching tricks/tips and it's almost always different than what I'm sharing here or on my FB page!

You can follow me by clicking here or searching @stickynotesandglitter on IG!

Thanks for stopping by! Xoxo

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

All I Want for Christmas... is a TpT Gift Certificate! {Giveaway}


In case you don't already know, TpT has gift certificates available in various amounts and they make a great gift!

(You can click on the pic to purchase one on TpT - Make sure you are logged in or you won't be able to see it)


Looking for last minute Christmas gifts?? TpT Gift Certificates are quick and easy! No wrapping involved! :)

And guess what? Here's your chance to win one!

I'm giving away a $10 TpT Gift Certificate to ONE lucky winner!
Contest will end at midnight on December 23rd and the LUCKY winner will receive their gift card on December 24th!

Enter below and GOOD LUCK!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

But wait! There's many more chances for you to win! Be sure and visit all of these other awesome bloggers who are giving one away also!





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