Monday, July 28, 2014

End of Summer Sale

As we are all aware, August is creeping up on us quickly. The race will begin soon (if it hasn't already) and over the next several weeks we will be preparing our classrooms for open house

In order to help you get your classroom ready, I am offering my last sale of the summer.

Enjoy 20% off at my TPT store and 30% off at my Teacher's Notebook store.
My TPT sale will end July 30 and my Teacher's Notebook store will end August 28.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Michelle-Mcelhinny

Get your data notebooks ready now so you can start the process right away.
My #1 Best Seller:
My Data Notebook {keeping students accountable} with EDITA

Some other back to school fan favorites are:

My #2 Best Seller: 
Reading Strategy Posters{Polka Dots}
Use these reading strategy posters to teach decoding skills at the beginning of the school year.  Your students will be able to relate to the animals and remember the strategies to figure out tricky words.

Seat Signals {Class Procedures}
 Use seat signals to keep your student in their seats.  All they have to do is raise their hand and display a certain number of fingers.
1 finger = "I need a drink"
2 fingers = "I need a pencil"
3 fingers = "I need to use the restroom"
4 fingers = "I need a tissue"
5 fingers = "I have a question"
I swear by these signals and other teacher do too.  It eliminates the need for excessive questions and you can answer the questions silently without interrupting the class.

Guided Reading Book Bin Labels
 Use these lettered labels for your book bins or for your word wall.  The bright colors will make your room colorful and inviting.

Monthly Themed Reading Logs
Start your year off right with these monthly themed reading logs.  Your students can use these logs to track the books they read during workshop time or at home for homework.  They will love the themed pictures they can color in as they read or when they're finished.

Lunch Box Sign FREEBIE
Use this lunch box poster FREEBIE to label the area for your students to put their lunch boxes.  This colorful poster is sure to brighten your room.

Polka Dots {Circle Table/Group Signs}
These circle labels come in "table" and "group" titles.  It's another FREEBIE!  I like to use these signs on my group baskets.  It adds some color to the student desk area.

Enjoy getting your classroom ready!  I'm counting down the days until I can get back into my classroom to start decorating. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NEW and IMPROVED Data Notebook

I'm very proud to announce a NEW feature added to my #1 best seller "My Data Notebook".  You will now be able to edit the pages in order to personalize them for your individual student needs.  This feature was inspired by a special education teacher who needed space to write her students' goals.  You will love all of the possibilities that come with personalizing this product.  
Download this data notebook for K-2 students, as well as students with specific goals.  

Check it out here:

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Data-Notebook-keeping-students-accountable-with-EDITABLE-TEMPLATES-267830

Keeping your students accountable just got BETTER!!

Monday, June 23, 2014

HOT Summer SALE and a Pizza Party

I'm beyond thrilled to be home for the summer!  In the 2 weeks that I've been home, I've been able to accomplish so much!  As a teacher, I find it difficult to do "spring cleaning" because that one week we have off in the spring is usually devoted to actually breathing and taking a mental break.  

So far this summer, I've completed 95% of my spring cleaning, had several trips to our community pools (been trying to find out which one we like best), spent some quality time with my boys and husband, I actually got to lay outside to try to get some color on my white skin, AND I was able to finalize this product that I completed at the end of the school year.  

I hope that you might be able to use this super cool pizza unit, "Pizza Party," sometime during the upcoming school year!!  It's definitely a good one!!  There are 13 literacy activities that include a variety of different skills to practice.  Your students will enjoy sorting pizza themed nouns, writing about how to make a pizza, and building words using the letters in the words "pepperoni pizza".  There are 12 math activities ranging from addition/subtraction games, measuring pizza themed pictures, and counting using base ten cubes.  I was able to use these activities with my students and they LOVED learning with pizza.  We had a pizza party at the end of the week to celebrate the end of the school year.  Click on the photo below to check it out:










I am running a sale on all of my products to celebrate summer relaxation.  There are 2 sales running between my Teachers Notebook store and my TPT store.  

Enjoy 50% off all products from my Teachers Notebook store from June 23-July 23.  

Enjoy 20% off all products from my TPT sale from June 27-June 30.  


My new unit "Pizza Party" has been posted at both stores...check it out now for a GREAT price!!
Have a wonderful summer and don't forget to take some time for yourself.





Saturday, May 17, 2014

Reflections and Under Water Graphing

As we are approaching the end of the school year, I have been reflecting on my year as a teacher, a mother, and a wife.  It has been a different kind of year for me with many changes:
TEACHER
I am about to finish my first year of teaching at a new school and I'm so happy that this opportunity fell into my lap.  I have made some great friendships and am fortunate to have a wonderful grade level that supports my opinions and decisions.  I can't wait to find out what the next school year will bring. I'm already thinking about how to rearrange my classroom. :-)
MOTHER
My son, Gavin, started kindergarten this year and will soon be a big first grader.  He continues to amaze me and reminds me every so often that he's growing up.  I guess he thinks it's funny to see my reaction of grief, because I just want him to stay little.  He continues to tell me that after first grade, he will be in 2nd...3rd...4th...5th...and so on!  Landen, my 3 year old, is always trying to be like his big brother.  He is intrigued in whole "going to school" thing and can't wait to come to the "big boy" school.  He's my challenge but always keeps life interesting.
WIFE
My husband and I bought a house right next to my new school and I couldn't be happier to be so close.  It makes my commute to and from school much easier!  I was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and that has caused the most changes in my life.  It has really been a challenge to deal with but my husband has been so supportive and gentle.  I am so grateful to have him right by my side, taking care of me and really focusing on my well being.  I think that this has had a great impact on me as a wife and it has allowed me to take advantage of each day that is given to me.

Now onto the Under Water Graphing smart board lessons!!  

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Under-Water-Graphing-Smart-Board-Lessons-1247443
I just recently finished this smart board presentation to go with our graphing unit.  It's one of the few products that I have posted this year.  Click on the picture above to check it out in my TPT store.  I'm hoping that I will have more time this summer to get caught up and make some new and exciting products for you to explore.  There are some really cute and engaging slides that will keep your students excited about graphing each day!  Here's what's included:
There are several videos and video clips embedded on each of the pages.  I have also included a link to an online graphing website that will allow you to create your own graph!!  It's super cool!!  
 Your students will learn about the different kinds of graphs and how to read them.  They will learn how to create a graph and how to compare the data.  The best part of the presentation will be the last two activities!!  Your students will love the spin and graph game!!  You can use this game as a math center and they can click on numerous links to play some graphing games.
I hope you all enjoy your students for the next few days/weeks of school!  Hopefully they aren't too crazy for you!  Just remember that you are leaving your mark on each and every one of them.  They will remember you for the rest of their life.  That's one of the best parts of being a teacher!  
Have a wonderful week!  Summer is almost here!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Alligator Research Bundle {with Math and Literacy}

I'm starting to get a little stir crazy after this long 5 day weekend due to the massive snow storm we got in North Carolina.  We had early dismissal on Tuesday and school was cancelled on Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday!!  Plus the weekend...it's now Sunday and I'm ready to go back to school!  (Wait...did I just say I wanted to go back to work!?! lol)  Anyway, I'm glad to say that all this time off allowed me to finish my new product that I've been working on!  YAY!! (I know, right!!) 
GET 5 FREEBIES FROM THIS UNIT----click the picture below and download the preview!!
READ MORE to find out how to get the entire unit for FREE!!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
I've been creating products for over 2 years now and I've learned so much in the process.  My first products contained a TON of color and I never realized how costly it was to print.  I guess it's the little things that I took for granted.  Now that I'm at a new school (without a color printer), I've been printing my own color copies either at home or I send them to the UPS store.  Now that I understand how impractical colored units are, I have jumped on the print n' go trend and created a triple threat product for you!  I introduce you to the PRACTICAL, all black and white, printable unit that contains Alligator Research, Alligator Themed Math Activities, and Alligator Literacy Activities!! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
Your students will be so excited to take learning into their own hands when they are able to visit various websites to learn about such a cool topic (the boys especially!).  
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
 They will also be able to listen to alligator themed fictional read alouds using the literacy connection links.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
Your students will continue to be engaged throughout their math and literacy practice because it all follows the same theme!  There are over 40 activities included in this unit.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Alligators-Print-n-Go-Bundle-Research-with-Math-and-Literacy-1116380
 I just love doing research projects with my students!!  
We have researched penguins, polar bears, pants, and famous African-Americans.

What research topics have you talked about or done with your students??

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