Sunday, February 24, 2013


(Click above to travel the USA!)

Welcome to Booking Across the USA!
Back in November, Jodie Rodriguez sent me an email and asked if I would like to join a huge project with other bloggers across the United States.  I was so flattered that she invited me and graciously accepted.  I thought about it and it made me a little nervous to do such a huge project.  As my blogging skills have grown, even since November, I felt it was time to take this on in a big way.  So here I am hosting and representing the beautiful state of GEORGIA!  

Georgia is the home to a lot of great attractions and rich in its history.  We are the home of so many wonderful places to visit, and here are just a few:

Atlanta's Gold Dome

Cabbage Patch Kids (click to visit)

Atlanta Botanical Garden (Click to visit)

Georgia Aquarium (click to visit)

Birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King

The last internationally known attraction is the birthplace of Dr. King here in Atlanta, Georgia.  In developing units for Teachers Pay Teachers I did a lot of research/reading on some great and historical black Americans.  Dr. King was one that I read a great deal about because I was very young when the Civil Rights Movement (I know, some of you weren't even born yet, don't rub it in) was occurring and I wasn't as aware of its importance at the time.  In my reading about him I found out what a great man he was and honored that I was a part of history and wished I had understood the magnitude of what was taking place as I look back upon it all.  

All of this rich history brings me to introduce you to a book most of you may be quite familiar with.  It is a book about Dr. King and the name of it is "Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport.  This picture book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life.  With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin's Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America and the world forever. 
 Martin's Big Words 
(Click above to visit)

Here is a video of the book and I know you will enjoy listening to it before you travel on to another blog to be introduced to another book and activity.

In closing our time together I would like to invite you to download one of the activities that I did with my first grade students.  We created a mini book and you can have it for FREE by downloading it below.  Click on the image of the book to begin the download.

I am so glad you dropped by and please leave a comment and tell me what state you are from so we can get as many states represented as possible in the comments section!!!  Thank you Jodie for inviting me to participate in this wonderful project to bring new books and activities from across the USA!  Here are the other bloggers involved by state in this fantastic project so please visit them and let them know what state you are from as well!

Alabama: Everyday Snapshots 
Arizona: Simply Kinder 
Connecticut: The Teacher Park 
Delaware: Mama Miss Florida: Teaching Stars 
Georgia: Fabulously First 
Indiana: Teach Preschool 
Kansas: KCEdventures 
Kentucky: Chicken Babies 
Louisiana: New Orleans Moms Blog 
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles 
Michigan: Play DrMom 
Missouri- Ready. Set. Read! 
Montana: The Honey Bunch 
Nebraska: The Good Long Road 
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters 
North Carolina: Realistic Teacher Blog 
North Dakota: ND HealthWorks 
Pennsylvania: Land of Once Upon a Time 
Rhode Island: Smiling in Second Grade 
South Carolina: Cookies and Kiddos and JDaniel4’s Mom 
South Dakota: The Wise Owl Factory 
Tennessee: No Monkey Business 
Wisconsin: Reading Confetti 
Wyoming: No Twiddle Twaddle 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

How to Verify Your Blogger Blog with Pinterest!

Yes, I tried back in November 2012 to do this "verification" process with Pinterest for my Blogger blog and it wouldn't work for me at all.  I even tried it again this week and it still would not work for me no matter how bad I wanted it to.  So, I went to the internet again to see if I could find the answer and I finally found it.  Here is the video from Bonnie Frank on YouTube which I have embedded for viewing if you are interested in getting that little "red and white check" beside your Blogger URL on Pinterest. 

I hope this helps some of you out who have been trying as much as I have to get your Blogger blog verified.  Let me know if it worked out as easily for you as it did for me.  
REMINDER: On the part where she says to use "control f" if you use "Windows" but on a Mac you will need to use "command f" to find the <head> tag.  Let me know if it worked for you and that you are happy to finally have your Blogger blog verified by Pinterest.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Sale on TpT With 20% Off on "Super SALE Sunday"!!!

Click Above to go to my TpT Store for Savings!

My ENTIRE store is 20% off on Sunday. With the promo code "Super" you will get an additional percentage off on Sunday that will equal 28% off. Make sure you put in the promo code though. My cart is almost full and I can't wait.  This is a great time to stock up on teaching products from TEACHERS because we know what works in the classroom!

Did you know that when you buy from TeachersPayTeachers you can earn credits by giving feedback on your purchases? Then you can spend those credits on new products! You might have money to spend on TpT right now if you've bought items and not given feedback. Go to TpT and find the link called My Purchases. Then look for items that have a blinking "Provide Feedback" link. Better get that done today before the SUPER sale on TpT tomorrow.