We Love Special Education Teachers! Blog Hop, Giveaways, and Freebies!

Did we mention how much we love special educators??! 
Well just to show you how much, 24 of us have joined together to help you start your new year out with a BOOM! 

We are beyond excited and even more excited for you! Ok, maybe even just a wee bit jealous! 🙂

These 24 awesome special educators, including me, have put together 5 fabulous giveaways and a freebie hop with over 20 freebies just for you!! 
Shall we get this party going!!? 
Are you ready?

The first 3 giveaways are split into 3 categories; early childhood, primary, and intermediate! So be sure to enter the one for your grade level! You can click on any of the pictures to view the product in their store or to wishlist it in case you don’t win!!{wink}

Here’s a look at everything one teacher will win in the Early Childhood Pack!


Here’s a look at everything one teacher will win in the Primary Pack!






















Seriously!!!!?? Are you feeling the Love?!



Here’s a look at everything one teacher will win in the Intermediate Pack! As you know, it can be a challenge finding resources on TpT for this level, but we did manage to put a few things together that we think you’ll love!

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But wait! There’s MORE! David at “Attainment Company” was generous enough to give two lucky teachers a copy of this e-Book for their iPad. (This e-Book is compatible ONLY for iPad, so if you do not have an iPad do not enter!)


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How many of you have seen this book, or are even using it in your classroom to assess and determine presents levels??

Brigance CIBS

Last year a new and improved updated version was released……

Brigance CIBS II

and we’re super excited that Robin at “Curriculum Associates” has generously donated it for us to give to one of you!! Folks, this is a $339.00 value!! Now this one definitely makes us just a wee bit jealous! 
(Our apologies, but this one is for U.S. residents only)
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And now it’s time for a……………

I created this freebie for my class this year because I needed calendar headers.  I wanted them to match my blue and green decor and to have visual cues to signal the holidays and seasons associated with each month.  I hope you can use them in your classroom.  Please feel free to leave feedback if you download!  You can grab them by clicking on the product cover below!


blue and green calendar headers

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Burke's Special Kids

Cooking Up a Great Year

I’m joining a wonderful group of teacher chefs this weekend to bring you some meal planning relief for those busy school days we all face this time of the year.  Along the way you will pick up some tips for your classroom, and have the opportunity to enter for some fabulous prizes in our giveaway!  

Cooking Up a Great Year


I’m going to share with you one of my family’s favorite fall comfort foods.  Honestly, it is great in the summer too, as the slow cooker doesn’t heat the house!




This is such a carefree meal you can do it anytime of the year for a yummy comfort dish.  Leftovers make a great meal the next day.




Chicken and cream of “something” soup, that’s all there is to it.  Even my husband doesn’t mind fixing this for dinner!


Mix together


Does that look delish or what?  You want some biscuits to go with it?  You can use the canned or frozen ones, or make this quick 3 ingredient alternative.


1-2-3 Biscuits









Cooking Up a Good School Year



Part of having a great year includes sharing fun, new books with your students.  I ran across this book the other day and I fell in love with it.  It would be great for the beginning of the year, as the underlying theme is being friends, and that everyone is special and wants to belong.  Of course it is about….you guessed it…a chicken!

On a teeny farm, a teeny hen laid an enormous egg, from which hatched the hero of our story Chicken Big. The clueless chickens thought he was anything but a chicken.  Of course, the big hearted chicken was devastated until he saved the day! The story is a twist on the classic story of Chicken Little.  It easily lends itself to comparing two texts, as the similarities would be obvious to even young readers.  It would be a nice addition to a farm unit.  If you haven’t read the book, check out the YouTube video below. It is an excellent read aloud with various voices being portrayed.


To supplement the book I created this product to practice various reading skills and strategies, as well as to develop story vocabulary.

Chicken Big Guided Reading Unit

Click here to see this product in my TpT store.



sample 1

sample 2

sample 3

I have included some free sample printables from this product which you can access by clicking HERE.  


Be sure to enter the rafflecopter giveaway below.  I wish you an exciting and productive school year!


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Your next yummy stop is with Krista, Teaching MOMster!  I know you will be in for a treat! Click HERE or the button below to go to her blog.  


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If you get lost, the hop begins at this point with Carla at Comprehension Connection.

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Craft Giveaway ~ Creative Teacher Giveaway ~ win a “Read” Craft

How many of you are back in school already?  Our official back to school teacher day is this Tuesday!  Before I head back, I am teaming up this weekend with my awesome blogger buddies to bring you our second Creative Teacher Giveaway!


Creative Teacher Blog Hop


The way this works is each blogger creates 2 unique crafty products.  One we keep, the second we ship to the winner of our giveaway!  Each blogger outlines the production of the craft, so that our readers can recreate the craft if they desire.




These are the supplies you need for the project.  I grabbed the letters and embellishments at JoAnn’s Fabric Store.  The Scrapbook paper I used was from Hobby Lobby.  Another place to get most of these supplies is Wal-Mart.


Spray Paint Letters


I spray painted my letters so that all sides would be finished, whether it was covered with scrapbook paper or not.  Use old newspaper or a similar material to protect your surfaces from the spray paint.  I sprayed mine on top of a soda box on the grass.


Trace Lettes


Trace the letters in reverse on the back of the selected scrapbook paper.  I choose all of the colors and patterns I would need before I traced my letters.


Cut out letters


I cut my letters out with scissors, using an X-acto Knife (utility knife) to cut out interior pieces and awkward curves.


Mod Podge


Apply Mod Podge to the wooden letter surface, carefully align cut-out scrapbook paper letters to the wooden letter surface, press to seal,  then apply Mod Podge to the top and edges. After the first coat dries, apply an additional coat.  Let this dry overnight. Finally, spray paper covered surfaces with a clear fixative/sealant if desired. 


Measure ribbon, lay embellishments and letters on ribbon.  Leave plenty of ribbon at the top for hanging.  Hot glue all pieces together.  Fold the ribbon in a loop, and hot glue to make it permanent. Use caution when working with hot glue!


Voila!  One for me and one for you!

one for me and one for you!


Be sure to enter the Raflecopter giveaway below!  Then hop over to the next creative teacher Carla at Comprehension Connection!  You will love the craft she is sharing!


Don’t forget today is the last day to enter the iPad Giveaway.  Click here to see the giveaway details!


The winner must be a classroom or homeschool teacher and must live in the contiguous US (because of shipping). You will be contacted if you are the winner and will have 5 days to respond to give mailing instructions or an alternate winner will be chosen. All entries will be verified.
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Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals: There’s a New Collaborative Blog in Town!!

Hello Friends!  I am excited to announce a new collaborative blog I will be part of.  This is exciting news for you too!  Read on to find out more about it.

I am so excited to announce that I am joining forces with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you a new collaborative blog called Teacher Deals and Dollar Steals! With this blog, there will be approximately forty teachers sharing their excellent work in what we are calling a Dollar Steal!

What is a Dollar Steal, you ask?  Each day, one of my bloggy friends will be sharing a post about one of their products.  In their blog post, they will share a link to their product where you can purchase it for only $1.00.  Now here’s the catch, you’ll have to act fast because their sale will only last for THREE days.  After the three days, you can still grab their fabulous product, but it will be at it’s original price.

I would love for you to hop over by clicking the button above and follow our new blog through email or Bloglovin in order to ensure that you catch all of our deals in a timely manner.  We are also giving away a $25 TeachersPayTeachers Gift Certificate. You can enter by following us!!! Thank you for joining me on this new and exciting experience.   Burke's Special Kids

Back to School BBQ Blog Hop

Back to School BBQ Hop

Hungry for some yummy, back to school BBQ fun? Then join my friends as we take you on a hop filled with mouth watering recipes!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese 2


You can’t have a picnic or BBQ without some watermelon and delicious cake.  Thinking of back to school and fall, I have included a moist cream cheese filled cake full of pumpkin and cinnamon goodness.  


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Your kids will love helping you measure and mix. What a great way to practice those real life math skills of measurement.  You can download the recipe by clicking the recipe above.  I hope you give it a try.  The fall flavors will tantalize your taste buds! And how can you go wrong with cream cheese!

Back to School Personal Word Wall and Writing

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I just completed a back to school product for students in Kindergarten through grade 2.  This is easily differentiated for Special Education or struggling students.  My students love completing these activities.  It is a great way to get to know more about your students and makes a cute open house project.  The students love looking at these when they are kept in your classroom library.


Two options


Optional covers

You can enter to win a copy of this product by entering in the rafflecopter below.  
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Be sure to check out my friend Gloria’s post at 2 Scoops of Kindergarten.  She has a cute post with a delicious apple recipe!


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2 Scoops of Kindergarten

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