Thursday, March 19, 2015

Teachers Helping Teachers: Diana, the Bionic Teacher!

Paul Edelman, founder of Teachers Pay Teachers, shared a story of a former teaching colleague of his, Diana Salmon, who suffered a life-changing injury. Diana didn't let the injury hold her back though, instead she forged ahead becoming an inspiration for everyone who knows her! You can read more about Diana's Story here in this free download:





The reaction to Paul's posting in the TpT forums was overwhelming and we all wanted to know how we could help. The result was the start of The Bionic Teacher Store on TpT where a large group of sellers collaborated together to donate products and organize bundles for all areas of curriculum in all ages.



I was happy to donate my Story Elements Interactive Notebook Activity Packet, to the 3-5th grade ELA bundle. 
3-5th Grade ELA Bundle

The bundles are made up of some really wonderful resources valuing at $70-100 with each priced at only $25! That is a HUGE amount of resources at an incredible savings for you! There is a bundle for every area and every age, so please check them out to receive a wonderful bargain while at the same time helping out a fellow teacher who despite many obstacles to overcome, is not letting them hold her back!

K-2nd ELA Bundle
K-2nd Math, Science, & Social Studies Bundle

3-5th Grade Math, Science, Social Studies, & More Bundle

6-8th Grade ELA Bundle
6-9th Grade Math Bundle

6-12th Grade Science Bundle

6-12th Grade Social Studies Bundle


9-12th Grade ELA Bundle


Clip Art Bundle


There is something for everyone here. Take advantage of the great savings and help out a fellow teacher today!







Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bargain Alert! Great Savings on Popular Novel Titles!

I am always on the look out for a great bargain. The Scholastic Book Order Clubs are running some fantastic deals right now on some popular novels to use in the classroom! Check out the link and sign in under your teacher account to save some serious money! It's a great time to stock up for a classroom set of novels for a novel study that will engage your young readers far more in-depth than a basal textbook ever could!

First up, in both the February 2nd and 3rd grade flyer is Roald Dahl's, The Magic Finger, for only $1!




Louis Sachar's, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, is offered in the 3rd grade April flyer and the 4th grade January flyer for only $1. This story will have your class giggling with excitement!



The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling, is a delicious book that accompanies well for comparisons to the Kind Midas tale! It's a great way to teach the lesson that everything good should be enjoyed in moderation. It can be found in the February 4th grade flyer for only $1!


In the 4th grade April flyer you can find the inventive book, Frindle, by Andrew Clements, for only $1. Frindle, is great book to help students think differently about the world around them on how a little action by them can affect great change!


Finally, Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli is a great book to get students thinking about not judging a book by its cover and to admire the individuality and uniqueness of others. Stargirl, can be found in the Arrow February flyer for $2.


Stock up now for great savings on a classroom set. Check out the novel studies that I have in my store that accompany these great novels. Everything you need to teach the novel is included. It's a great way to help your students' dig deeper into a text and to discover the adventure and opportunities that a love of reading can bring!







Happy Reading!







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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Forth on March Fourth to Celebrate National Grammar Day!

Today, Tuesday, March 4, is National Grammar Day! It's the day to celebrate the proper use of language in both written and spoken form.

Hopefully you've never received this:



As a user of the Internet I am sure we've all experienced this at some point!




Proper grammar is so important, not just to communicate effectively, but it could be a matter of safety or happiness in your love life!



For this special day we can choose who we want to be.


To help in your grammarly endeavors here's a helpful website:



To celebrate in the classroom try my fun activity that asks students to convert a text message, in all its jumbled "text speak" glory to a statement using correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. In honor of National Grammar Day my Text to English Full year Daily Practice Activity will be available for 50% off!



Happy National Grammar Day! I hope you get through the entire day without hearing or seeing one of your pet peeve grammar mistakes! Don't lose hope if others have too loose of a view on proper grammar! ;)


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy 148th Birthday Nebraska!

Today, March 1st, is Statehood Day in the state of Nebraska. We are celebrating 148 years since officially becoming the 37th state on March 1, 1867! In honor of Statehood Day I am offering my Complete Nebraska State Study Interactive Notebook Unit for over 50% off!


Happy 148th Birthday Nebraska!


Friday, February 27, 2015

Updated Novel Units Now Available!

I have been busy updating my existing novel units. Based on customer feedback I decided that the CCSS alignment checklists needed an overhaul to minimize paper usage. I have strived to make them more concise while maintaining readability. I think you will be pleased with the results.

I also revamped the End of Book Activity Packet that is included with each novel unit to add some color and make them more eye catching. I kept the black and white version as well so that you have the choice on how much printer ink you want to use! ;)


Finally, I added my newest product, Story Elements Interactive Notebook Activity Packet, to each novel unit. This packet can be used with any novel and I think you will find it to be a nice addition to your novel unit study!

I am finished updating 32 of my 82 units. The updated units are shown in the photo below. If you have previously purchased any of these units please return to your "My Purchases" in your TpT or Teachers Notebook account and re-download the updated versions at no additional cost. If you have purchased any of these units from Amazon or TpT on a CD please email me at the address on the first page of the file letting me know your user name and I will gladly email you a copy of the updated unit.


I am moving on down my "to do" list to get the remaining 50 units updated. Please "like" The Teaching Bank on Facebook where I will announce the newest updates as I get them completed.

Thank you everyone for your patronage and I hope that you are happy with the new changes and additions to the units!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teachers are Heroes!


Starting at midnight Wednesday, February 25th, everything in The Teaching Bank's TpT store will be offered at 20% off! Use code HEROES at checkout for an additional 10% off everything in your cart!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Super Bowl Sale



Bored with the game and/or weather! Head over to my Teachers Notebook store and do a little bargain shopping! I am offering 20% off everything in my store and if you use code sb2015 at checkout you can get an additional 10% off everything in your cart! Sale is on now- Monday, February 2nd!