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Monday, May 6, 2013

Tried It Tuesday (a few hours early), Sales, and Giveaways!

I'm sure I am breaking some bloggy linky party rule by posting my Tried It Tuesday linky a few hours early but this post is loaded with some sale information (as if you didn't know about them) and some Giveaway shout outs!
First, my Tried It Tuesday is something small that I have been pinning for a few weeks after reading all the link ups about this topic from Tried It Tuesday!  Wow...my linky party is giving me so many new ideas and items that I have added to my to-do list!!  Sometimes, I am just a tad overwhelmed:)

What is Tried It Tuesday?  Read more about it here.

Awesome linky button above designed by the talented Michelle at The 3am Teacher!
My Tried It:
QR Codes
Okay, I am definitely NOT an expert and really have only tried two QR code activities, but they have been a HUGE hit with the students this past week!  I wanted to share this with you in case these little codes everywhere freak you out even half as much as they did me!  I just had NO idea how they would work and it was a little intimidating.
So, if you are wondering what all this QR craze is and how it actually works, here are some simple steps that I completed in very little time!
1.  I downloaded the FREE app, Qrafter, for my (one and only) iPad:)  So easy!
2.  I printed these FREE parts of speech QR codes from Literacy Spark.  Thanks, Jessica!  She also blogged about how she made her own QR codes.  I haven't tried that yet:)
3.  I also downloaded and printed this FREE QR Code Line and Angles Scavenger Hunt from talented Kristin at iTeach 1:1.  Check out a ton of Freebies from Kristin here!
Also by Kristin, these Common Core aligned math QR task cards are on my wish list!  
Hmmm...maybe there is a sale coming soon:)

I had some great inspiration too from this guest post on Minds-In-Bloom by 
Math Teacher Timeout.
So, one item I am going to stock up on are some QR code activities for the remainder of this year and next year.  There is a little sales event that I'm sure you have all heard about coming our way!
I am loading up my carts in preparation.
Teacher's Notebook is having a Teacher Appreciation Sale.  All items in my store are 20% off and TN is offering an additional 10% off from May 4-May 10!
All items in my Teachers Pay Teachers store are 20% off May 7th and May 8th with an additional 8% off at checkout using the code TAD13!!  Wahoo!  
Thanks Beth from Zip A Dee Doo Dah designs for the adorable button!

Last but not least, there are SO many Giveaways to mention right now!
There is my 500 Follower Giveaway that ends May 13th with over 50 prizes available and FOUR winners!  A total of $60 in Amazon gift cards will be given away in addition to many other amazing prizes:)
The sweet Mandy at Caffeine and Lesson Plans is having a 100 Follower giveaway that includes many prizes ($30 TPT gift card is one of them!).  
I am helping out with the fabulous Fab and Fun in 4th 100 Follower giveaway!  It ends in 3 days and includes lots of bloggers prizes!
The wonderful Jeanette at Third Grade Galore is having a 100 Follower Giveaway that you have to stop by and enter!
Magic Mistakes & Mayhem is having a 100 Follower Giveaway!  You have to check out her super blog.  Boy, did she reach 100 Followers fast!!

I would love it if you linked up anything you have "Tried" (new or old)!!!


  1. Hi Holly,
    Your students are going to go QR code crazy now that you've started using them- we love them in my room too! Kristin makes AMAZING QR products- they are all just so fun! Thanks for hosting this awesome weekly linky! :)

    Learning to the Core

  2. I am loving the QR code activities too! You are right, Kristin does have some awesome activities and a lot of them can be done with or without the codes! I am like you, I haven't made any of my own yet but I am anxious to try (and report back here of course!). Have a great week!

  3. I want to try QR codes, but I don't have the technology in my classroom to use it yet. One of my co-workers gives homework with QR codes to check the answers, though!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  4. Hi Holly--

    I've gotten so many great ideas from your linky party that I finally linked up myself! Thanks for hosting! I also blogged about your giveaway -- 500 followers -- CONGRATS!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  5. We use QR Codes for our Pot of Gold behavior management and the kids LOVE it! They love getting to use my phone or the iPad to see what they've won.

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  6. I so need to use QR Codes, but I don't have any technology in my room to use except my phone. So, I'm not sure about that yet. But, I did find out that I can use MY iPad at school, but it's the first one so I'm not even sure that it can use that app. I'll have to try it out!

    Thanks for posting this! Pinning for later!
    Collaboration Cuties

  7. I heart you... thank you for your generosity xoxo you and only one other person donated but it will help.. I love you for it!

  8. Wow Holly! You got a lot of action going on here! You're a busy girl! I wish we had more sets of iPads at our school-our kids love them, but there's only one set! Thanks for letting us share so many great ideas on this linky!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. Holly,
    Great post. Glad to see you're jumping on the QR craze...it is a lot of fun for students AND teachers.
    My kids love doing them and some of the surprises that come along with it. I set a new one outsie my door every couple of days and the kindergartners come and check it out! too funny

    Digital: Divide & Conquer