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A Day in the Life of A Science Teacher

A Day in the Life of A Science Teacher

Wanna walk a day in our shoes? Here's what a day in the life of a Nerdy science teacher (aka Mel and Gerdy) looks like: 7:00 am: Arrive at school. Gather materials to be copied if needed. We loved raiding the copy machine for as long as we could each morning in order...

Life Science Scope and Sequence

Life Science Scope and Sequence

There have been SO many requests for us to detail out our year-long agenda - what order we teach lessons, how long a unit takes to teach, how much content is delivered, etc. These are all great questions, and we are so happy to be able to share with you...

Teacher Tools: Using REDDIT to Discover Top Education Trends

Teacher Tools: Using REDDIT to Discover Top Education Trends

We have been playing around with different ways of "Getting Nerdy" online.  The main avenues teachers use to search for new ideas, teaching tips, and trending educational trends tends to be through the standard sites of Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter,...

Lesson Plan: Skeletal System Project

Lesson Plan: Skeletal System Project

There ain't no bones about it - humans would be a big pile of muscles, skin and gooey organs if it weren't for the skeletal system!  We love teaching our human body unit from the inside out - skin, muscles, bones, and all the other systems that work in-between. Our...

Lesson Plan: Muscular System Blinking Lab

Lesson Plan: Muscular System Blinking Lab

When you're teaching the human body systems, it can be fun to start from the outside and work your way in. After completing the Integumentary system, we liked to move in another layer, the muscular system.  Here's how we taught this lesson in our class - the...

Lesson Plan: Integumentary System Sensory Lab

Lesson Plan: Integumentary System Sensory Lab

When you're teaching the human body systems, it can be fun to start from the outside and work your way in. After completing the Integumentary system, we liked to move in another layer, the muscular system.  Here's how we taught this lesson in our class - the...

Lesson Plan: Earthworm Dissection

Lesson Plan: Earthworm Dissection

We love teaching our Human Body Unit from the inside out. Skin, muscles, bones, and all the other systems that work in-between. Before we begin though, we like to introduce important vocabulary using prefixes/suffixes/root words used in the medical community...

5 Tips for Managing Dissection in your Class

5 Tips for Managing Dissection in your Class

Ya...they're kinda slimy.  They can be a bit smelly too.  No matter how you slice 'em, kids love to explore the earthworm!  These invertebrates make for some of the easiest dissections and they are great way to introduce comparative anatomy when discussing the human...

15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Class

15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Class

Dissections are a great way to introduce comparative anatomy to middle and high school students.  They love to see relationships between their bodies and other organisms and they are always blown away when you tell them that so many animals and humans are similar in...

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

Task Cards... woohoo! They are the new go-to teaching tool for teachers and what most don't know is that they make superb secondary study tools, too! They are versatile, easy print-and-go resources, and they can serve so many uses in your classroom.  Here are fifteen...

10 Tips for Teaching Cells

10 Tips for Teaching Cells

Differentiation... every instructional coach, administrator and professional development seminar's favorite buzz word.  It can be overwhelming, but it does't necessarily mean that you need to call the school nurse for the defibrillator. Do these questions seem like...

10 Ways to Teach the Scientific Method

10 Ways to Teach the Scientific Method

Knock knock... Who's there? Egg cell... Egg cell who? Egg-Cell-ent ideas for teaching cells! If you're looking for some ideas to "cell" kids on your cells unit, these tips might be just  what "eu" need... 🙂 Graphic Organizers and Analogies: As students learn the...

Lesson Plan: Observation and Inference Activity

Lesson Plan: Observation and Inference Activity

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...

Teacher Tools: Lab Safety Tips

Teacher Tools: Lab Safety Tips

Task Cards... woohoo! They are the new go-to teaching tool for teachers and what most don't know is that they make superb secondary study tools, too! They are versatile, easy print-and-go resources, and they can serve so many uses in your classroom.  Here are fifteen...

Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

Once you have introductions and classroom logistics out of the way, it's time to get down to the real meat of your lessons: LABS.  But wait!  How are you going to ensure that your budding scientists are aware of the dangers that lurk in the science laboratory?  Here...

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

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...

Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

When you're teaching the human body systems, it can be fun to start from the outside and work your way in. After completing the Integumentary system, we liked to move in another layer, the muscular system.  Here's how we taught this lesson in our class - the...

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

We love teaching our Human Body Unit from the inside out. Skin, muscles, bones, and all the other systems that work in-between. Before we begin though, we like to introduce important vocabulary using prefixes/suffixes/root words used in the medical community...

Lesson Plan: IceBreakers for Getting To Know Your Students

Lesson Plan: IceBreakers for Getting To Know Your Students

There ain't no bones about it - humans would be a big pile of muscles, skin and gooey organs if it weren't for the skeletal system!  We love teaching our human body unit from the inside out - skin, muscles, bones, and all the other systems that work in-between. Our...

Teacher Tools: First Week of School Survival Tips

Teacher Tools: First Week of School Survival Tips

Knock knock... Who's there? Egg cell... Egg cell who? Egg-Cell-ent ideas for teaching cells! If you're looking for some ideas to "cell" kids on your cells unit, these tips might be just  what "eu" need... 🙂 Graphic Organizers and Analogies: As students learn the...

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

Over the 12+ years that we have been teaching, we spent a lot of time searching for engaging websites to use in our lessons. We love to incorporate games, online labs, videos, and any other site that is both educational AND fun for our students (and us too!). Not to...

Teacher Tools: Word Wall Construction

Teacher Tools: Word Wall Construction

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...

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