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 Stephanie Chambers and my blog is called The Learning Chambers.  I live in Houston but I'm originally from a super small town called Smiley :).  I've also lived in San Marcos.

My husband and I have two super sweet little boys.  Mason is four and will start Pre-K next where does the time go?!?!  Maddox is two years old and really into trains.  Do you see his Percy and Thomas?  He takes them EVERYWHERE!!

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I've been teaching for nine years and I've taught Pre-K, First, and Second.  I used to teach with sweet Amanda from Mrs. Richardson's Class.  She is a part of the hop too.  Make sure you check her blog out!  

Right now, I teach Second Grade in a Two-Way Dual Language Classroom.  I teach Math and Language Arts in English.  I have a partner that teaches them Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts in Spanish.  I love all 43 of my students!!  I only have 22 or 21 at a time.

I've lived in Houston for seven years now.  I moved here after my husband, Ryan, and I got married in 2008.  After living in a small town, and San Marcos is small in my mind, Houston took some getting use to.  Now, I LOVE Houston.  Here are some things that I love about Houston.

I LOVE that everything is so close to me!  The boys and I can go to the zoo, the aquarium, or even the Children's Museum and it's not a road trip.  The boys' favorite is the zoo.  The Houston Zoo is always growing and expanding and it feels like we see something new each time.

I LOVE the shopping choices.  I live in the Memorial City area and the mall is great.  My husband doesn't like that I shop that much, but hey what girl doesn't?!?!

The last thing that I LOVE about Houston is the TEXANS!!  I love me some Texans Football.  Mainly because of this guy right here....

I totally have a HUGE crush on JJ Watt!  I mean defensive player of the year and he gives so much back to the community.  Watch this and y'all will have a crush on him too!

My favorite current lesson comes from my sweet friend Dianna from Sassy Savvy Simple Teaching.  Her Close Reading Bundles are A-MAY-ZING and so perfect from my second graders.

Right now, they are in LOVE with her February Bundle that has a ton of close reading passages about food.

February Close Reads: Food {CCSS Aligned}

You can check out her February Close Reads HERE or check out her bundle of Close Reads HERE.  I purchased her bundle for my kids and I'm so glad I did!!  It's an awesome deal!  Be sure you check out her other reading resources because Dianna is awesome!

I LOVE giving my students extra authentic word problem practice in math.  I know that it is Valentine's Day today but I LOVE that this freebie can be used anytime in the month of February.  My kids really LOVE the word problem cards.

You can grab my favorite freebie by clicking on the product cover below.

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  1. Stephanie, I found you! I think we met in Austin at TCEA.

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you found me! Yes, we did meet at TCEA. My second graders are really enjoying your safari math centers.

  2. Glad to be part of the blog hop with you! Happy Valentine's Day! Julie

    Green Apple Lessons

  3. We just visited the zoo yesterday. There was lots of new stuff. But now that we moved out to Conroe the drive was a real pain because of traffic! That was one advantage of living so close previously. Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Literacy Spark

  4. Aw you live in one of my favorite areas of Houston! If I could move there I would- Alllll my favorite places to shop would be so close! lol :) Happy Weekend!


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