Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

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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!
My name is Jennifer and I live in Houston with my husband and 4 year old daughter. I currently teach 3rd grade. I teach in the same school district that I attended school. I also live in the same neighborhood that I teach in. It is always great to see kids from the school in the stores and restaurants around the community. It feels like a small town even though we live in a huge city.
There are so many things I love about Houston. One of my favorite things is Rodeo Houston!
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It definitely takes over the city for the first 3 weeks of March. They always have great entertainers. There is something there for everyone including livestock, awesome food, shopping, and the carnival. The best part is they give away a lot of money every year to scholarships for kids.
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These pictures are of my daughter from several years ago. She always has such a great time and we look forward to taking her to the rodeo this year.
One of the lessons I love doing with my kids is reading Cook-a-Doodle-doo! written by Janet Stevens. I read this book as an introduction to procedural text. This is a great book to show the importance of following directions.

After reading the book the kids make their own cupcakes. They have so much fun.

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Cook-a-Doodle-doo! also has homophones and homographs in the story. I have an activity that goes along with the story that I use that deals with the multiple word meaning. If you are interested go check out a preview of the activity in my TPT store.


I wanted to include the cupcake recipe and comprehension page that we use for teaching procedural text. I have been using it for many years. I got it from a great website called The Virtual Vine.You can download the recipe and activity by clicking on the recipe below. 


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  • Reply
    Julie Anne
    February 14, 2015 at 10:10 am

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

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    Jessica Goodrow
    February 14, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I can’t wait for the rodeo this year, going to see Tim McGraw! Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Literacy Spark

    • Reply
      February 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks for all your hard work! Enjoy Tim McGraw:)

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    Sandy Cangelosi
    February 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Thank you. I’ve always wanted to go to the Houston Rodeo. Sandy

    • Reply
      February 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      They have some great entertainers this year!

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    Not JANE
    February 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    This post was perfect timing for my hunt for new procedural texts! Thank You for sharing!

    • Reply
      February 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      I’m glad I was able to help! Thanks!

  • Reply
    February 15, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Fun! Thanks for sharing the cup cake recipe! 🙂

    • Reply
      February 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      I am so glad you found it helpful!

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    Kim Wood
    February 15, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    We made our first visit to Houston last year for the Rodeo over spring break! Wow!

    • Reply
      February 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      It is a lot of fun!

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