Sharing Our Blessings Blog Hop and Giveaway

Come and visit this extra special blog hop. This weekend, we will be turning a paid resource free for all visitors for approximately $75 worth of teaching resources for EVERY visitor PLUS a chance to win one of fifteen $25 TPT gift cards ($250 value)! Be sure to enter before midnight 11/23/21. Good luck!

Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. It gives us time to share our blessings with one another and gives us a time for reflection. This year Thanksgiving may still not be what it was two years ago. In fact, many will be celebrating just with their family unit again.

Of course, no matter how we are celebrating, I think we can all come up with a list of reasons to be thankful. I am very thankful for good health. To this date, we have avoided Covid in our home. Like everyone, we know special people who were not as fortunate and empathize with all who are working through the challenges Covid has caused. Even with all of the craziness that’s gone on this year, it’s important to pause and reflect on what matters most…love, family, friends, and the little moments in life. All are such special blessings to each us.

about our blog hop gifts:

Thanksgiving is also a great time of year to share our blessings with others, so I am joining with a group of elementary bloggers again this year to host this unique hop! There are two parts to this blog hop. The first part includes sharing a paid resource with you which you can download during the four days of the hop. You can visit each post to catch all the PAID resources for FREE (November 18-22nd at midnight EST)! The second part is a giveaway for 10 Gift Cards to TPT each valued at $25.00. We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, November 23rd. Some of the teacher bloggers who make resources for primary AND upper may have something for both age groups. This year, I think my unit can be used for grades 2-4 with no changes.

The snowy nap by jan brett

Jan Brett has been a longtime favorite author of mine, and I just finished my second author study bundle (linked below). The resource I’m sharing is a unit for the book, The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett. It features Jan Brett’s favorite character, Hedgie. In true Jan Brett form, it includes adorable illustrations to aid in making predictions. The rich vocabulary helps stretch this text for use with older readers, and many of the reading skills included provide teachers with ways to build close reading skills.

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett is an adorable book about hibernation. Your students will love reading about the beloved hedgehog, Hedgie, that Jan Brett often includes in her stories. This post includes a sneak peek at some of the unit contents and how to use them.
The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett is an adorable book about hibernation. Your students will love reading about the beloved hedgehog, Hedgie, that Jan Brett often includes in her stories. This post includes a sneak peek at some of the unit contents and how to use them.

The unit includes both black and white pages for printing and color for Google Slides TM. You’ll find materials for lots of skill options including a schema builder about hibernation, vocabulary, story elements, predictions, making comparisons across texts, making connections, summarizing fictional texts, question task cards for discussion, and a post reading writing extension that includes step by step pages for narrative writing.

The image above shows how this title also serves as a mentor text for writing. Students plan and write a narrative piece on a snowy adventure after reading about Hedgie’s. The planning pages are includes as well as an anchor chart for organization, a writing checklist, and final draft pages. You can compile the final drafts into a class book using the book cover provided.

why use author studies?

Of course, if you follow my blog, you know how much I love author studies. This post gives all of the reasons I believe students benefit from their use. For me, the ease of planning, the exposure to new authors (for the children), and the building of long-term memories are the top reasons to use them.

Over on Reading Rockets, you’ll see a few more

Author studies offer great benefits to students. They help them develop reading skills, foster critical thinking, and help them improve their writing. Connecting to specific authors helps students form deeper bonds with books giving them content to discuss with peers too. By highlighting a variety of authors, teachers can introduce students to different literary voices and support author research. Additionally, author studies can be easily incorporated into your curriculum and always make learning fun.

Reading Rockets

jan brett author study options:

Author Study one

The first Jan Brett bundle I added to my TPT store included all of the classics I had used with my students over the years. When I had our son 25 years ago, it was around the time I met Jan Brett at our state reading conference. At the conference, I bought quite a few of her books to add to his library (autographed of course!), and naturally, I enjoyed sharing them with my students in guided reading groups and with lessons.

The first bundle I created includes these eleven titles plus an author study lapbook you can use for researching her life. The titles are:

  • The Mitten
  • The Hat
  • Armadillo Rodeo
  • Trouble with Trolls
  • Gingerbread Baby
  • Ginberbread Friends
  • Berlioz the Bear
  • Annie and the Wild Animals
  • Wild Christmas Reindeer
  • The Three Snowbears, and
  • Town Mouse and Country Mouse
$27.50 in my TPT Shop
Jan Brett is a favorite author for teachers and students. This bundle of ELEVEN units includes all of her classics. You can print, project, or assign digitally fun activities to improve your students' close reading and comprehension skills. Activities are fun and engaging, but planning them is a breeze.
Includes Eleven Units plus an Author Study Project

Jan Brett Author Study Two

As I mentioned, this is the second Jan Brett Author Study I’ve done. This bundle includes ten titles in digital for Google Slides TM and in PDF. Both of my Jan Brett bundles are marked down 50% during the hop, so take advantage while you’re able to get the low price.

  • Cozy
  • Mossy
  • Hedgie Blasts Off
  • Hedgie’s Surprise
  • The Snowy Nap
  • The Mermaid (a version of Goldilocks)
  • Daisy Comes Home
  • The Tale of the Tiger Slippers (set in China and perfect for use near the Chinese New Year)
  • Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella Tale, and
  • Fritz and the Beautiful Horses

More thanksgiving deals:

If you are needing materials for small group instruction, you can check out the guided reading resources in my shop. During this blog hop, you can use the code: THANKFUL for a 15% discount in my blog shop (11/18-11/23) extended through NEXT TUESDAY! Below, you’ll find a few resources that might be helpful for your groups whether you’re in person or have someone learning remotely.

Grab the Resource

The giveaway has ended. It ran for four days, and I hope you understand that it has to return to it’s regular price at some point. However, you can save 15% on it and all of my other resources still through next TUESDAY with the code, THANKFUL. The resource link will automatically open to the pdf which includes the Google Slides TM version link too.

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Thanks so much for all you do every single day for your students and their families. I very much appreciate your hard work, hope that these resources are load of fun for your students, and that they lighten your load in the coming weeks and months. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those you love most! Stay well!


Carla is a licensed reading specialist with 27 years of experience in the regular classroom (grades 1, 4, and 5), in Title 1 reading, as a tech specialists, and a literacy coach. She has a passion for literacy instruction and meeting the needs of the individual learner.

This Post Has 33 Comments

  1. Andrea

    I’m thankful for so many wonderful memories I get to make with friends and family!

  2. Brenda

    I am thankful for my family and friends!

  3. Cindy

    Thankful for family and friends!

  4. Kathryn

    I am thankful for the time I can spend with my family and friends as well as my wonderful students and co teachers.

  5. Amanda

    I am thankful for my wonderful & beautiful daughter who I get to homeschool & be her teacher. And for my wonderful husband who allows me to be able to do that. And thankful to all the wonderful teachers on here for all your time & resources.

  6. Sam

    I am thankful for my husband and children. They have shown me love and taught me to be better. They kept pushing me to work until I found a teaching position that fits our life best and makes me happy.

  7. Mary Anna

    I am thankful that God provides and loves me despite my shortcomings.

  8. Andrea

    I’m thankful that my school was able to work with my health problems and still retain me at 80%.

  9. Lauren

    I am thankful for my husband and my family!

  10. Tonya Zinter

    I’m thankful for family including my teacher family.

  11. brittany

    I am thankful for a trip to Oregon.

  12. Terry

    I am thankful for my faith and hope in a God that knows all.

  13. Jessica

    I am most thankful for my family who supports me in my career.

  14. Kelly

    I am thankful for my family and friends.

  15. Theresa Simoneaux

    I am so very thankful for health insurance that has “come in clutch” as the kids say. After a year of health issues for both my husband and me, we would have been financially ruined without insurance.
    Of course I’m thankful for my family, my home, my friends, my job, and the opportunity to see another Thanksgiving season.

  16. Alexa

    So thankful for my beautiful family!

  17. Catherine Sparks

    I am so thankful for my family, pets, and friends!

  18. BeBe

    I’m most thankful for faith, family and friends.

  19. Jaclyn

    I am thankful for my family, health, friends and faith. I am grateful to be teaching face to face with my students this year.

  20. Ginger

    I am thankful for faith, family, friends and my teaching opportunity each day to make a difference…….even after 34 years…………… I love it!!! Grateful!!!

  21. Valerie

    I am thankful for my new grandbaby that is due in March.

  22. Kerrie

    I am so thankful for a wonderful group of 3rd graders, amazingly awesome coworkers, and a loving, supportive family.

  23. Jessica Stein

    I am thankful for my family and friends.

  24. Emily

    I am thankful for my son, my health, and my family. I am also thankful for being a teacher!

  25. Rebecca

    I am thankful for my two amazing boys and those close to me in my life.

  26. Melissa

    So THANKFUL for the blessings of family, friends, and a community to go to everyday that others might call work.

  27. Audrey

    I am thankful for an amazing and supportive family!

  28. Rose

    I am very thankful for family, friends, and living in a country where we are free!

  29. Loia

    I am thankful for my husband who always supports my teaching endeavors.

  30. Michelle

    I am thankful for so many things, but if we’re talking school-related, then I’m thankful for the best team of teachers I’ve ever had.

  31. Jennifer

    I am thankful so many things. I am especially thankful for the resources on Teachers Pay Teachers. They are well made and make teaching more manageable.

  32. Kamala

    I am thankful for my parents.

  33. Jena

    I am thankful for my family (who continue to support me in my teaching journey).

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