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Friday, July 25, 2014

Florida Teacher Blog Hop: Pictures, Freebies, & Giveaways!

Welcome to the Sunshine State! Enjoy yourself as you take a tour around our wonderful {and large!} state! Grab some freebies along the way, and be sure to enter to win our Bundles of Sunshine!
I have always lived in sunny South Florida. I moved to Coral Springs when I got married about a year and a half ago. Before that, I lived 30 minutes east, in Ft. Lauderdale, right by the beach. It was wonderful.
Ft. Lauderdale Beach
This beach was my second home growing up. My mom still practically lives there. Last year, we ran the Ft. Lauderdale Half Marathon together right on this road. It's such a beautiful place to enjoy the day, and the little restaurants across the street are just to die for!
Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall
Now that I live 30 minutes inland, which is more residential/suburban-like, I don't get to the beach as often {although I should!}. Coral Springs is known for being close to the Sawgrass Mills Outlet Mall. It's an outlet mall that has basically every store imaginable, restaurants, and a movie theater. The far west side of Coral Springs backs up to the Everglades. There's a fun bike path on the edge of the Everglades, that I would love to try sometime, but haven't yet. Each year, we take the kids on a field trip to different parks that run air boats on the Everglades. If you've ever seen the show Gator Boys...It's just like that. They kids LOVE seeing the wild plants, animals, and alligators!
The Florida Everglades
This weekend, we have freebies for you to enjoy! Stop by each of our blogs for an activity or idea to use in your classroom. I have not one, but TWO freebies for you. To grab them, just click the images below!
This freebie is so convenient when teaching opinion or persuasive writing! Plus, kids absolutely adore the book, Hey, Little Ant by Phillip & Hannah Hoose. 
And this freebie is a quote from the TpT Vegas conference. Deanna Jump is our teaching inspiration! Love her!

Also, check out my close reading packs. These are my absolute best sellers. They are all on sale for this weekend only! 
 Click the image above and be sure to check out the larger previews of these passages in my store! 
Here is an example of the larger previews. This is my brand new pack all about our wonderful state of Florida! It is on sale this weekend also!
The Florida teachers below have two fantastic giveaways for you! You can enter once from each one of our pages. All you have to do is follow my blog! Hop around to all the blogs listed below, and be sure to follow them to get more entries. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Each pack also includes a Starbucks gift card (because, well, a teacher's gotta have a coffee!).

Come find out more about the beautiful state of Florida by reading about these other sweet teachers!


  1. Great blog post. You are making me miss living down in South Florida. Thanks for hosting this hop, I can't wait to find some fellow Floridians.

    ✰ Stacy

    Simpson Superstars

  2. Thank you so much for putting this together Meredith! I love reading about our #vacationstate! I love your freebie too. I just did a book study on my blog and Hey Little Ant is the recommended book for the chapter I was in. So cool:) Thanks again!!!!

    Take care, Amy

  3. Oh South Florida... lots of memories!! Good ol' Sawgrass Mills. That place just keeps growing!! Thanks for hosting an awesome blog hop! :)
    -Elyse @ A is for Apples

  4. Love it! That Everglades field trip sounds incredible!

  5. I just found you through the Florida Blog Hop. I live just south of Coral Springs in Tamarac. Literally, I can see Coral Springs from where I live, such a small world. I can't wait to check out your blog more. I'm curious as to which Christian school you work at. Check out my blog sometime.

    The Teacher's Backpack

  6. Thank you SO much for organizing this Blog Hop! I am having so much fun reading everyones' posts and discovering new places in Florida that I have never visited. You ROCK!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. Your pics look gorgeous! Thanks for sharing a piece of Florida with us!

  8. I just found you through the Florida Blog Hop. Your pictures of Florida are so beautiful, they make me wanna hop a plan and fly cross country from over here in Washington state! And thank you for the great quote freebie. Love it!
    The Chalkboard Garden

  9. Meredith, your pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the Ft. Lauderdale pic because we were just there a few weeks ago and it did look just like that. We actually had breakfast a few times at a restaurant on the strip called Cafe del Mar and the food was delish. You've got to check them out!
    Thanks again for organizing the hop... I'm having so much fun!
    :0) Melissa
    More Time 2 Teach

  10. Meredith, I just went through some of your older posts and realize we go to the same WONDERFUL Church!

    The Teacher's Backpack

  11. Meredith,
    Thank you so much for putting this fabulous blog hop together! It turned out great and I love meeting all these Florida bloggers!!

    Loving Teaching Inspiring

  12. You are so wonderful for putting together this fabulous hop. I have enjoyed seeing all of the florida pictures. I can't wait until I can attend a Florida Blogger Meet Up

  13. South Florida is very beautiful. I used to visit the Boca Raton area. I remember they had mango trees growing and they were so delicious! Much better than ones you buy in the store. Thank you for organizing this hop!
    Burke's Special Kids

  14. As I read your post, I totally start missing South Florida!! Luckily I still have family down there so I get to visit a couple times a year. They also send me mangoes and avocados to keep me surviving in Gainesville, lol :)

  15. I just came across your blog via Facebook. I actually teach in Coral Springs!!! What a small world. For the past five years we have taken our second graders to the Sawgrass Everglades for a field trip. It has always been a hit and former students who visit me always bring up that memorable field trip.

  16. Thank you so much for organizing this blog hop! It is the first time I have participated in one. It is great! I love connecting with other FLA teachers.


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