Michele McNally

I love watching children be excited about their own learning. This will be my second year to teach 5th grade math and science.




Goose Creek CISD (Baytown, Texas)

Recent Posts by Michele

Fri Jun 23, 2017 2:19 PM in kids think I hate them?!?!
Hi, I looked at this because I'm new to teaching science. However, I'm a teacher's kid, a mom, and have taught for 13 years. Every once in a while, kids will just get something in their heads. I suggest getting a package of cheap postcards and cheap postcard stamps. Then, write everyone a VERY brief card with 1 specific complement, ie. I enjoy your humor, enthusiasm, politeness, neatness, k...

Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:35 AM in Mixtures and Solutions Lesson: 5th Grade
Thanks for sharing this! I love introducing the lesson with a book and closing it with a video. That would really help solidify the hands on learning. I did a similar lab and had my LEP students create a table where they drew a picture of their stations, told whether they were a mixture or solution, and wrote a brief explanation of how they knew.

Recent Reviews by Michele

Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:36 AM
5 Truly Explaining Density
This article is excellent for practical ideas to make sure elementary students understand density as something more than just heaviness. I absolutely love the simple graphic figures. I will be using this!

Fri Jun 23, 2017 9:26 AM
4 Reteaching magnetism
Although my fifth graders should already be familiar with these concepts when they come to me, I found that there remained a small group of them that held onto old erroneous ideas. This article contains great ideas for moving them back to where they need to be through review with ongoing assessment.

Fri Jun 23, 2017 12:42 AM
5 ELLS and the word wall
This article has several worthwhile ideas and examples for constructing and using word walls that involve students and help them organize and retain the academic vocabulary they need to succeed. I especially appreciated the specific examples and photos.

Recent Public Collections by Michele

eclipse 2017

5 Resources

Safety and science for the upcoming eclipse

Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse!
Type: Journal Article

Preparing for the Eclipse
Type: Journal Article

Ell Strategies and Vocabulary Acquisition

20 Resources

A collection of strategies for teaching ells in the science classroom with an emphasis on vocabulary

Science in Any Language
Type: Journal Article

Methods and Strategies: Strategy Makeover—K-W-L to T-H-C
Type: Journal Article