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Lesson Plan: The Characteristics of Living Things

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...

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Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

Lesson Plan: Scientific Method in Review

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...

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Secondary Science Giveaway 2017

Secondary Science Giveaway 2017

Hey Scientists! It’s that time again! The school year is upon us and to start it off right we have THREE AMAZING goodies for you: 1. First off, a back to school tip: Science teachers are always talking about safety first, so, our tip is take some time to create a...

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Like Nerdy News? Want more? Click the link above to follow us on bloglovin' and get our posts delivered right into your inbox. It's that simple! See you in the Teacher's Lounge... 🙂

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Top Ten Teacher Tips for Back to School

Top Ten Teacher Tips for Back to School

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...

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Getting Nerdy Product Alignment to NGSS, GSE and TEKS

Getting Nerdy Product Alignment to NGSS, GSE and TEKS

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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September Thinkers and Tinkerers

September 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...

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Women of Science: Patricia Era Bath

Women of Science: Patricia Era Bath

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...

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August Thinkers and Tinkerers

August Thinkers and Tinkerers

Welcome back, Scientists! We're so excited to be kicking off the 2016-2017 school year with you and to be able to bring you some awesome August Thinkers and Tinkerers in the coming year. We hope that our monthly posts about the world's best and brightest will inspire...

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July Thinkers and Tinkerers

July 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...

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SIX Ways to Save Time Using Interactive Notebooks

SIX Ways to Save Time Using Interactive Notebooks

Dear Mel and Gerdy, "I buy your products on tpt, 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...

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June Thinkers and Tinkerers

June Thinkers and Tinkerers

Schoooool's out for SUMMER! Well, maybe - if you don't teach in a year round school. Either way, scientists were still discovering things and getting born in the summer months of June and July, so we're still going to celebrate their lives and amazing inventions....

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May Thinkers and Tinkerers

May 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....

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April Thinkers and Tinkerers

April Thinkers and Tinkerers

Our website migration and rebuild is FINALLY done and we are excited to be bringing you more timely editions of 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!...

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March Thinkers and Tinkerers

March Thinkers and Tinkerers

March roars in like a lion, and boy do we have some BEASTS of invention, design and discovery (albeit a little late since we’re working on moving websites – sorry for the delay!). Check out the madness of science going on in this month’s Thinkers and Tinkerers....

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Women of Science: Rita Levi-Montalcini

Women of Science: Rita Levi-Montalcini

  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...

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The Apple of our Eye – Bill Nye!

The Apple of our Eye – Bill Nye!

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...

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February Thinkers and Tinkerers

February Thinkers and Tinkerers

Ah, the month of love.  February is a fantastic month for so many reasons - Valentine's Day, Washington and Lincoln's birthdays , groundhog day, and the birth of  Steve Jobs to name a few. So snuggle up with your significant other, and learn all about other great...

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January Thinkers and Tinkerers

January Thinkers and Tinkerers

Start your year off by teaching your students about the scientists, inventions, and discoveries of the world.  The scientists, inventions and discoveries highlighted in each monthly installment are great starting points for interactions with your kiddos, such as...

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10 Tips for Teaching Cells and Cellular Processes

10 Tips for Teaching Cells and Cellular Processes

  Knock knock... Who's there? Egg cell... Egg cell who? Egg-Cell-ent ideas for teaching cells! Happy New Year, Scientists!  We're excited to be providing more tips and tricks for teaching about topics in Life Science and Biology. This post is all about CELL...

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December Thinkers and Tinkerers

December Thinkers and Tinkerers

It's a holly, jolly season, and what better way to celebrate the holidays than with a fond look back at some of our favorite gadgets and gizmos and their creators. Here's our list of great scientist's birthdays, awesome inventions and amazing discoveries for the month...

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Women of Science: Mary Anning

Women of Science: Mary Anning

We are women scientists - hear us ROAR! Or, at least watch us discover some stuff! That's right, we're embracing our roots and taking a new turn with our blog to feature women in science. Ladies of the lab coat often times don't get the credit they deserve when it...

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10 Easy Ways to Teach the Scientific Method

10 Easy 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 the stresses, we've gathered 10 easy ways to teach the scientific...

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I Will Survive: Tips for Teaching Lab Safety

I Will Survive: Tips for Teaching Lab Safety

Now that introductions and classroom logistics are 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...

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This Week in Science: Interactive Notebook Setup

This Week in Science: Interactive Notebook Setup

Now that introductions are over, names are (relatively) memorized, and student schedules are hopefully solidified, you're ready to get into the meat of your material, right? Well, before you get started on the scientific method, how about working on setting up your...

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Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

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...

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This Week in Science:  Getting To Know Your Students

This Week in Science:  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 spending...

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Interactive Notebooks for Secondary Grades

Interactive Notebooks for Secondary Grades

To say we love interactive notebook activities is an understatement. About eight years ago, Mel and I attended a summer workshop that changed our lives. We spent two weeks on Skidaway and Sapelo Islands to study coastal Georgia ecosystems. We were immersed in work and...

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Task Cards: 15 Ways to Increase Classroom Engagement

Task Cards: 15 Ways to Increase Classroom Engagement

We hope you find these quick tips useful for incorporating task cards into your daily curriculum! Please visit our store and check out our Thinket Task Cards for Life Science and Biology.  While you're at it, download our FREE EVOLUTION TASK...

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Reinforcing Scientific Principles with Cubing

Reinforcing Scientific Principles with Cubing

Whether you're just starting the year or you're already at the home stretch, discussing scientific principles is important in any science classroom. Grab students' attention and maintain their interest throughout your class using this FREE Science Cubing Activity and...

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5 Tips for Managing Dissection Mayhem

5 Tips for Managing Dissection Mayhem

Frog dissections are a great way to introduce comparative anatomy to middle schoolers.  They love to see relationships between their bodies and other organisms and they are always blown away when you tell them that frogs and humans are so similar in structure and...

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Seed Bombs Awaaay!

Seed Bombs Awaaay!

This week has been all about making moments count with the little Nugget.  This past Sunday, I decided to put Mel and Gerdy's little seed bomb project, A Barrage of Blooms, to the test with my wee one. We gathered up some household supplies, a stack of leftover...

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Meet Our Team!

Meet Our Team!

We are so excited to be invited by Lisa and Jon from Created for Learning for their Meet the Teacher Team linky party! So, here we go. Time to get to know the team behind Getting Nerdy. Drum roll please... it's time to meet Mel and Gerdy! Where did you meet? G: We met...

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Mel and Gerdy’s First Year Flashback

Mel and Gerdy’s First Year Flashback

We decided to do a link-up with Laurah J over at The ESOL Odyssey.  Today's blog post is all about our first year flashback! What age group and subject were you teaching? Gerdy: My first teaching job was eleven years ago and I was teaching 6-8th grade integrated...

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Helpful Test Prep Ideas for Secondary Grades

Helpful Test Prep Ideas for Secondary Grades

Earlier this week we discussed Useful Test Taking Tips for Students.  We hope you found some helpful tools your students can utilize in the coming weeks.  Today we wanted to share a great tool for helping students better understand their own skills. To do this, we...

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Top Ten Test Taking Tips for Students

Top Ten Test Taking Tips for Students

When it comes to test taking, middle and high school students have a lot on the line. They worry about how their scores compare to their peers, how it affects the classes they get into in years to come, its influence on their acceptance into college, what their...

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Zero G (and Mel) and Our Weightless Flight of Discovery

Zero G (and Mel) and Our Weightless Flight of Discovery

It was the fall of 2008, and I had just cut off my 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 for writing this (no I won't! -G)).  Anyhow, we were so excited to...

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Easy to Implement STEM Lab for ANY Classroom

Easy to Implement STEM Lab for ANY Classroom

How does a water strider bug walk on the surface of a lake? Why does water bead and roll off of a duck’s back?  Why does water come out of a faucet in large  droplets?  Surface tension, that’s why! In this STEM Lab you’ll be swimming in science as you try to break...

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Secondary Sunday: Vocabulary Lessons

Secondary Sunday: Vocabulary Lessons

We are excited to bring another edition of Secondary Sunday to our readers. As the semester is getting closer to state testing, we thought it would be important to focus on vocabulary in the content area. After all, vocab is the foundation for learning, and having a...

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This One’s For The Birds: Gerdy’s Good Deed For the Day

This One’s For The Birds: Gerdy’s Good Deed For the Day

My name is Gretchen and I'm an animal lover. There, I said it! I especially love wildlife which is why I became a Biology major - my dream was to be a zookeeper. I became a teacher... close enough! 🙂 My sophomore year of college at Auburn University I had the extreme...

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REDDIT: A Surprisingly Useful Resource for Teachers

REDDIT: A Surprisingly Useful Resource for Teachers

  We have been playing around with different avenues in regards to "Getting Nerdy" online.  The main avenues teachers search for new ideas, teaching tips, and trending educational techniques is Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and the like.  So, we took...

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My Obsession with the “Summer of Mel”

My Obsession with the “Summer of Mel”

I guess if you need to know any one real thing about me, it would be (as my mother-in-law would say) that I don't let grass grow under my feet.  I never really thought about it so much until the last few years when my husband's family would often comment that I am...

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Word Up!  Easy Classroom Word Wall Construction

Word Up!  Easy Classroom Word Wall Construction

Word walls are all the rage in schools these days.  They make academic vocabulary visible to your students, exposing them daily to the words they need to succeed in class.  Word walls are a necessary component to any classroom, but they can be tedious and difficult to...

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Way Back Wilson

Way Back Wilson

I thought it would be fun to go back to my 4th grade year at Chestnut Elementary in Erie, PA WAY back in 19_ _.  I'd always liked school, but this was the year that my teacher, Mr. Wilson, inspired me to be a critical thinker and a budding scientist. Yes...this is me....

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Hybrid Matching Cards:  Assembly Tutorial

Hybrid Matching Cards:  Assembly Tutorial

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...

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Dem Craaazy Bones!

There ain't no bones about it - you'd be a big pile of muscles, skin and gooey organs if it weren't for your Skeletal System!  As we continue teaching the human body, we move on from the Muscular System and get down to the bare bones of what we're made of. To begin,...

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Muscles MOVE You!

After completing the Integumentary system, we move in another layer to the Muscular system.  Students begin by taking notes on how muscles work, involuntary vs voluntary muscles, and the different types of muscles: skeletal, smooth, and cardiac.  They also...

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It’s Elementary…Integumentary that is!

We just began our Human Body Unit and we are learning about the body from the inside out. What's fun about this entire unit is that each body system takes about a day to cover with VERY simplistic notes which allows the teacher plenty of time to elaborate and...

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The Early Bird Gets the Worm!

Ya...they're kinda slimy.  They're a bit smelly too.  But the kids love to explore the earthworm!  These invertebrates make for some of the easiest dissections and they are great way to intro comparative anatomy when discussing the human body.Before...

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