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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...

15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Class

15 Ways to Use Task Cards in Class

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...

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

3 Tips for Differentiating Lessons in Science

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 Tips for Teaching Cells

10 Tips for Teaching Cells

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...

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

Top Science Websites for Interactive Learning

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...

Teacher Tools: Word Wall Construction

Teacher Tools: Word Wall Construction

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...

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

A Beginner’s Guide to Interactive Notebooks

Word walls are SO important in today's diverse schools.  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...

How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

How to Effectively Use 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...

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...

Teacher Tools: Making Word Walls Accessible to All Students

Teacher Tools: Making Word Walls Accessible to All Students

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...

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

Lesson Plan: Create and Use STEAM Science Stations

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...

Lesson Plan: Top Ten Test Taking Strategies

Lesson Plan: Top Ten Test Taking Strategies

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...

Teacher Tools: Fortune Tellers and Cootie Catchers as Study Tools

Teacher Tools: Fortune Tellers and Cootie Catchers as Study Tools

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

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