Interactive Notebooks Ideas for Science and Beyond

15 Strategies for Using Interactive Notebooks in your Classroom

Interactive notebooks aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so you might as well learn all the tricks of trade for these student-centered hands-on learning tools. Don't know where to look? Don't worry - we've done the work for you. Here are 10 of the best blog posts...

10 Ways to Teach the Scientific Method

At the start of the school year it can be a daunting task to reteach the scientific method to your students, especially considering they were just in school two months ago! To help you combat scientific method regression, we've gathered 10 easy ways to teach the...

Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

Every year, before we start digging into the topic of cells, we want students to be able to tell the difference between living and non-living things. You wouldn’t believe how many students think water is alive – but that’s a great starting point. At the end of this...

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

It's the first thing kids learn when they enter into their very first science class - the backbone of all scientific inquiry - the scientific method. You'd think that students would know and understand how to implement those six little steps that have been required...

Lesson Plan: IceBreakers for Getting To Know Your Students

  Welcome to the first week, teach! Ready to start the new semester? Wait a minute... who ARE these people? ALL new faces and ALL new names, it's a wonder we can remember our own in those first few days of awkward introductions and mispronunciations. Instead of...

Teacher Tools: First Week of School Survival Tips

The first week of school is considered by many to be a "bust." Buses arrive late, student schedules are changing daily, kids can't find their classrooms, homeroom is extended to discuss rules and regulations, dismissal is a mess... you name it! In order to start your...

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

It doesn’t matter if you are new to notebooking or a veteran – INBs are for every teacher and every classroom, and set-up and consistent implementation is key. Interactive notebooks, also known as INBs or ISNs, keep students organized for the year, prevent work from...

How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

Interactive Notebooks, INBs, ISNs…  whatever you call them, they are proving to be THE MOST popular and talked about way to engage students in the classroom.  We used our interactive notebooks from day one and we found that our students loved them because it was their...

The Importance of Interactive Notebooks in Secondary Grades

In the summer of 2009, we had the most fortunate luck to land a professional development workshop that literally changed our lives. That summer, we spent two weeks on Skidaway and Sapelo Islands, studying the coastal Georgia ecosystems alongside ecologists and UGA...

Six Ways to Save Time Using Interactive Notebooks

Dear Mel and Gerdy, "I buy your products, and my students take FOREVER to cut the pages out. What suggestions do you have to minimize the time it takes to cut and paste the pages into their interactive notebooks? I don't want to cut pages myself on my prep time...

NGSS, GSE, TEKS and Getting Nerdy

Doesn't it feel like your state standards are ever-changing? Just when you think you've mastered your teaching style and have come up with a perfect method for delivering life science content to your knowledge-hungry students, something happens - sequences get...

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