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A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

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...

NGSS, GSE, TEKS and Getting Nerdy

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...

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

Whether you're a seasoned veteran or a newbie to science lab stations, let us fill you in on why they should be a staple lesson for your curriculum - and why making them CROSS-CURRICULAR by using STEAM science lab stations will help your kids to transcend the basic...

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...

Secondary Science 2018 Giveaway

Secondary Science 2018 Giveaway

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

It’s time for school already?! It’s still hot outside and the days are long but it’s time to get back into the swing of things and we hope we can help you out!  A big group of us on TeachersPayTeachers are excited to do just that. We have an amazing giveaway for all...

15 Strategies for Using Interactive Notebooks in your Classroom

15 Strategies for Using Interactive Notebooks in your Classroom

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

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...

Lesson Plan: Skeletal System Project

Lesson Plan: Skeletal System Project

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: Muscular System Blinking Lab

Lesson Plan: Muscular System Blinking Lab

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: 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

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,...

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

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...

Lesson Plan: Observation and Inference Activity

Lesson Plan: Observation and Inference Activity

It’s time for school already?! It’s still hot outside and the days are long but it’s time to get back into the swing of things and we hope we can help you out!  A big group of us on TeachersPayTeachers are excited to do just that. We have an amazing giveaway for all...

Teacher Tools: Lab Safety Tips

Teacher Tools: Lab Safety Tips

What happens when your school budget won’t allow for enough dissection specimen for your class, or you have a student who refuses to participate in dissection for personal or religious reasons? What do you do when a student misses an entire week of school, and it just...

Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

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...

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

Teacher Tools: Refresher Course in the Scientific Method

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: Robert Hooke’s Contributions to Cells and the Cell Theory

Lesson Plan: Robert Hooke’s Contributions to Cells and the Cell Theory

It’s time for school already?! It’s still hot outside and the days are long but it’s time to get back into the swing of things and we hope we can help you out!  A big group of us on TeachersPayTeachers are excited to do just that. We have an amazing giveaway for all...

Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

Your students may have a difficult time understanding how science class relates to what scientists do in the real world. What do scientists do to learn about their surroundings?  How do scientists gather data and determine which data is reliable? A great way to kick...

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

We know the standards have changed. They change, what seems now, almost EVERY year. The newest change we’ve seen happening is the integration of the scientific method into the other disciplines of life science, and of course this makes total sense. BUT, when your kids...

Lesson Plan: IceBreakers for Getting To Know Your Students

Lesson Plan: IceBreakers for Getting To Know Your Students

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...

Lesson Plan: Reinforce Scientific Principles using this Cube Activity

Lesson Plan: Reinforce Scientific Principles using this Cube Activity

We know the standards have changed. They change, what seems now, almost EVERY year. The newest change we’ve seen happening is the integration of the scientific method into the other disciplines of life science, and of course this makes total sense. BUT, when your kids...

Teacher Tools: First Week of School Survival Tips

Teacher Tools: First Week of School Survival Tips

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

“Grab a sheet, have a seat, get started on your work…” Every year, as new students would filter into our classes, we would chant that at the door. Some students clapped along and found it funny, others, not so much. It was part of our rules and procedures, and after...

How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

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...

Ten Things You Should Do for a Great Back to School

Ten Things You Should Do for a Great Back to School

When we first started teaching, word walls existed as simple strips of paper, each with the current unit's vocabulary terms, tacked to a bulletin board and left there for the entire unit - like that unfinished project you started last month, right?!  Since those days,...

The Importance of Interactive Notebooks in Secondary Grades

The Importance of Interactive Notebooks in Secondary Grades

Welcome back to school! Whether you’re new to the classroom or a seasoned vet, the first week is ALWAYS nerve-wracking, conjuring up nightmares of dissections gone awry and showing up to work in only your lab coat... yikes! We know all too well how hard those first...

Six Ways to Save Time Using Interactive Notebooks

Six Ways to Save Time Using Interactive Notebooks

When we first started teaching, word walls existed as simple strips of paper, each with the current unit's vocabulary terms, tacked to a bulletin board and left there for the entire unit - like that unfinished project you started last month, right?!  Since those days,...

Teacher Tools: Making Word Walls Accessible to All Students

Teacher Tools: Making Word Walls Accessible to All Students

Welcome back to school! Whether you’re new to the classroom or a seasoned vet, the first week is ALWAYS nerve-wracking, conjuring up nightmares of dissections gone awry and showing up to work in only your lab coat... yikes! We know all too well how hard those first...

Lesson Plan: Making Seed Bombs

Lesson Plan: Making Seed Bombs

We’re so glad that vocabulary instruction has moved well beyond #writethedefinition. We’ve all read brain-based research. We’ve studied Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. We’ve seen it first-hand in the classroom - kids all learn in different ways. The vocabulary...

Lesson Plan:  Student Teacher Project

Lesson Plan:  Student Teacher Project

As teachers, it's always tough to find time to work on a lesson plan AND make time with our loved ones. This week was all about making moments count with my little Nugget, so I decided to combine family time and lesson planning by putting our little seed bomb project,...

Lesson Plan: Top Ten Test Taking Strategies

Lesson Plan: Top Ten Test Taking Strategies

We’re so glad that vocabulary instruction has moved well beyond #writethedefinition. We’ve all read brain-based research. We’ve studied Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. We’ve seen it first-hand in the classroom - kids all learn in different ways. The vocabulary...

Teacher Tools: Fortune Tellers and Cootie Catchers as Study Tools

Teacher Tools: Fortune Tellers and Cootie Catchers as Study Tools

As teachers, it's always tough to find time to work on a lesson plan AND make time with our loved ones. This week was all about making moments count with my little Nugget, so I decided to combine family time and lesson planning by putting our little seed bomb project,...

Lesson Plan: Hybrid Cards Assembly Tutorial

Lesson Plan: Hybrid Cards Assembly Tutorial

Some might call them cootie catchers, to others they are fortune tellers, but to US, they are an amazing way to review classroom material!  These are hands-on study tools that get secondary students active and engaged in their learning plus they're really fun to use...

Teacher Tools: Five Things to Do Now for a Safe Lab

Teacher Tools: Five Things to Do Now for a Safe Lab

Have you ever thought of using matching cards as an activity in your science classroom? Our Hybrid Animal Activity is one of our favorite ways to get students thinking about what happens when two organisms of different species mate. This hands-on genetic engineering...

Lesson Plan: STEM Lab for ANY Classroom

Lesson Plan: STEM Lab for ANY Classroom

Some might call them cootie catchers, to others they are fortune tellers, but to US, they are an amazing way to review classroom material!  These are hands-on study tools that get secondary students active and engaged in their learning plus they're really fun to use...

Bill Nye… Our Favorite Science Guy

Bill Nye… Our Favorite Science Guy

Have you ever thought of using matching cards as an activity in your science classroom? Our Hybrid Animal Activity is one of our favorite ways to get students thinking about what happens when two organisms of different species mate. This hands-on genetic engineering...

February Thinkers and Tinkerers

February Thinkers and Tinkerers

It's February, the month of LOOOOOOVE, and as nerdy science chicks to the core, it's hard to de-Nye our love for the science icon, Bill Nye. It’s hard to sum up a guy like Bill Nye. He’s a scientist, inventor, science advocate and educator, comedian, actor, writer and...

January Thinkers and Tinkerers

January Thinkers and Tinkerers

As teachers, it's always tough to find time to work on a lesson plan AND make time with our loved ones. This week was all about making moments count with my little Nugget, so I decided to combine family time and lesson planning by putting our little seed bomb project,...

Zero G and Mel’s Weightless Adventure

Zero G and Mel’s Weightless Adventure

When we first started teaching, word walls existed as simple strips of paper, each with the current unit's vocabulary terms, tacked to a bulletin board and left there for the entire unit - like that unfinished project you started last month, right?!  Since those days,...

December Thinkers and Tinkerers

December Thinkers and Tinkerers

It was the fall of 2008, and we had just started our first year of teaching together. Mel had just cut off her long locks for a shorter, "cute new teacher" bob.  Gerdy's hair was like a lion's mane, fierce to match her teaching style (she's gonna kill me later...

Women of Science: Patricia Era Bath

Women of Science: Patricia Era Bath

It's February, the month of LOOOOOOVE, and as nerdy science chicks to the core, it's hard to de-Nye our love for the science icon, Bill Nye. It’s hard to sum up a guy like Bill Nye. He’s a scientist, inventor, science advocate and educator, comedian, actor, writer and...

Women of Science: Rita Levi-Montalcini

Women of Science: Rita Levi-Montalcini

Patricia Era Bath was born in 1942 in New York City to Rupert and Gladys Bath. Her father was an educated man with wide-ranging work experiences. He was the first African-American motorman on the New York City subway system, a newspaper writer, and a merchant seaman...

September Thinkers and Tinkerers

September Thinkers and Tinkerers

To say that neurobiologist and Nobel Laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini faced some speed bumps along the road to attaining her goals would be a wild understatement. It’s far more accurate to say that, for Rita, there was no path blazed by scientists and women before her,...

Women of Science: Mary Anning

Women of Science: Mary Anning

“Grab a sheet, have a seat, get started on your work…” Every year, as new students would filter into our classes, we would chant that at the door. Some students clapped along and found it funny, others, not so much. It was part of our rules and procedures, and after...

August Thinkers and Tinkerers

August Thinkers and Tinkerers

It's February, the month of LOOOOOOVE, and as nerdy science chicks to the core, it's hard to de-Nye our love for the science icon, Bill Nye. It’s hard to sum up a guy like Bill Nye. He’s a scientist, inventor, science advocate and educator, comedian, actor, writer and...

July Thinkers and Tinkerers

July Thinkers and Tinkerers

For those of you just heading back to school, welcome back! If you've already gotten a few weeks under your belt, then kick your feet up and take a few minutes to breathe! Wherever you are in your semester, it's time to check out our September  Thinkers and Tinkerers...

June Thinkers and Tinkerers

June Thinkers and Tinkerers

To give you a little break from the summer heat, we've got some COOL inventors and discoveries for you to check out this July - from the first  old school car that began our love for automobiles to a couple of guys walking on the moon!  Read all about them in this...

May Thinkers and Tinkerers

May Thinkers and Tinkerers

Your students may have a difficult time understanding how science class relates to what scientists do in the real world. What do scientists do to learn about their surroundings?  How do scientists gather data and determine which data is reliable? A great way to kick...

April Thinkers and Tinkerers

April Thinkers and Tinkerers

It's May. The flowers are in bloom, Summer is peeking out from around the corner, and the discoveries and inventions are "springing up" from everywhere, with two familiar names this month, our pals Ben Franklin and Thomas Huxley, mental giants of the scientific world....

March Thinkers and Tinkerers

March Thinkers and Tinkerers

April is the month of showers that bring May flowers, so we'll shower you with some awesome inventors and inventions. Enjoy! Birthdays April 1, 1776: Sophie Germain, French mathematician, known for work in numbers theory and contributions to the applied mathematics of...

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