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This worksheet challenges students to solve real-life mysteries using drawings of electrophoresis gels. Among the mysteries students have to sol...
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This powerpoint contains four days of lessons. If you buy the Membrane/Diffusion Test that is a companion to it, then you have your lessons done...
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This lesson introduces students to the concept of homeostasis and negative feedback systems. Students examine the concept of homeostasis through ...
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Many people don't understand evolution very well. A very common misunderstanding of evolution is that traits appear in the environment because t...
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This 40 point test is a companion to the powerpoint I posted earlier about cellular transport. (Cell Membrane, Diffusion, Osmosis.) It covers a...
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In this lesson, students learn the differences between plant and animal cells. Material is presented in a few different ways with a lot of reinfo...
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This guided notes sheet goes along with the first lesson in my "Cell Membrane and Cell Transport" powerpoint. It covers the physical and chemica...
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This guided notes sheet goes along with the second lesson in my "Cell Membrane and Cell Transport" powerpoint. It covers simple diffusion. After...
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Steve Shaina
Steve S. re: Aim: How does one species become two?
I like this assignment but some of it is difficult to translate to the worksheet. Having trouble with understanding what kids are to do with bottle neck data - do you do this in front of them in class? Also some of the fill in the blanks are a little difficult to translate - a key would be nice so I can understand the direction that was intended. Thanks for the lesson - I just need to get on the same page as you to get the full benefit of the lesson.
May 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hello Steve! I do the bottle neck demonstration in front of the class, by having one student come up to the front and take a few beads out of the bottle. We then do the math together. As for the fill in the blanks, the notes go along with the powerpoint demonstration. Students should fill in the blanks with the words that are written in a different color. I hope this answers all of your questions- if it doesn't, shoot me an email at gpokela@gmail.com and I'll be happy to help you however I can.
May 8, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

wandabryant
Buyer re: Aim: How do molecules combine together to form living things?
How is the graphic organizer on the first page of the powerpoint completed? Also, is there an additional powerpoint on compounds?
May 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I completed the graphic to show you, but tpt isn't letting me upload an image here. If you'd like me to send you my key, email me at gpokela@gmail.com. Otherwise, here is what I wrote in it:

In the "meaning in the grocery store" section, I wrote the sample sentence, "I bought organic bananas from the farmer's market." I wrote the definition "grown without pesticide." In the "meaning in science class" section, I wrote the sample sentence, "Glucose is an organic compound". I wrote the definition "Containing carbon and hydrogen atoms."

As for other lessons, for sale in tpt right now I have a lesson on molecules and the difference between elements and compounds. This lesson is called, "Aim: What is matter made of?"

In my own classroom, I have actually broken this lesson down into a few lessons- one solely on the definition of the word "organic" as it is used in the grocery store and in science class, and one lesson each on every type of organic compound. (Nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, and proteins.) I have not listed these for sale yet because I have been concentrating on ecology and evolution, but if you have interest, please let me know and I will be happy to list them for sale.

Thank you for your question, and happy teaching!
May 6, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Suzanne  Hulme
Suzanne H.
Hi! Thank you. I asked about beaks of finches, but actually I have another question about the bird beak marble lab-do you have them go all at once as well? Can I have them compete from same area? and about how long does it take?
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hello again! For the marble lab, I had class go as two separate groups. This worked really well for me, because it allowed half the class to watch and enjoy the silliness of watching people try to get the marbles across the room in really ineffective ways. Then the kids doing it get a chance to watch second. I had the marbles sitting in one large bowl in the front of the room, but they had to bring them to separate "nests" (I used the plastic quart containers you can get from ordering Chinese food) in the back of the room. I state on the activity sheet that students have a minute to get three marbles into their nest, but when my students were actually doing it, I realized that this was too short of a time. I think I ended up giving my students three or four minutes. So the activity in total took about fifteen minutes I believe. This lesson is SO fun, so I know it will go well for you. My kids were talking about it for days. Best of luck, and thank you!!!

One more thing- I have been keeping the data running for every class that participates in this activity. That way, students will have results from dozens and dozens of "beaks" instead of just a few. =)
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Suzanne  Hulme
Suzanne H. re: Lab Activity: The Beaks of Finches
Do you have the students compete at once, or a number at a time?
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Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hello! I have my students compete all at once. They are divided into five or six tables, but I have all the tables competing at the same time. Let me know if you have any other questions, and happy teaching! =)
May 4, 2014 Report inappropriate comment

Janet Iadanza
Janet I. re: Cell Membrane and Cell Transport Powerpoint
Another question (sorry to be annoying lol). Is there a set of guided notes for the active transport portion of the PowerPoint? My students LOVE them!
November 9, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Not annoying at all! I'm more than happy to help. I DO have guided notes for the active transport portion, but I don't have them listed for sale because they aren't as extensive or useful as the other days. My current powerpoint for that day is so short! The day I teach that lesson, I give students the very short ppt, then have them answer Regent's Questions on the topic, and finally make a foldable comparing the four types of transport. My personal email is gpokela@gmail.com. If you'd like the guided notes for the third day, shoot me an email and I'll happily send them along for free. =) Thank you, and have a wonderful weekend!
November 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Janet Iadanza
Janet I. re: Cell Membrane and Cell Transport Powerpoint
Does this PowerPoint go with the cell membrane and cell transport guided notes day 1, etc? I will happily purchase this and the guided notes if it does.
November 2, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
It certainly does. Thank you for visiting my store, and I hope these products are useful for you.
November 3, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

starcollector
Buyer re: Vocabulary Origami
Is a word doc so I could change it for different units?
August 10, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hello starcollector!

The vocab origami that I included with the cell organelles is only meant to be an example. The blank copy is the one I give to students. Give them the task of filling in the words and their definitions, before they play the game! Good luck, and I hope the product helps you with many units.
August 11, 2013 Report inappropriate comment

Allan Bernabe
Allan B. re: Lab Activity- Solving a crime using fake urine, inference, and biology
Hi Grace!

I bought your 'Bibermans'. Its good...thanks
But do you have the answers (or a good response) to the "Do Now" part ? (the concept circles)
please let me know,

Allan
January 31, 2013 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hi Allen! I instruct my students to write one to three sentences using every word in the concept circles. Any student answer would be acceptable, as long as they use the words in a correct manner. An example of a correct answer for the first word circle is: "Organisms maintain a steady body temperature through shivering, goosebumps, panting, and sweating." An example for the second circle is: "The body maintains a steady level of glucose in the blood through a negative feedback loop. This doesn't work in people with diabetes because they don't produce or respond to insulin." An example for the third circle is: "The kidneys and the nervous system work together to maintain homeostasis by regulating osmolarity." I hope the lesson works well for you!
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jbarrons
Buyer re: Aim: How Can We Become Familiar with Scientific Language?
Grace,

I really like your Biology unit, however as I preview the text and ppts there seem to be instructions missing. For example, there are no instructions in the pkg on how to work the vocabulary origami. There are several other instances where you have provided materials but I can't find the explanation.

Thanks

Jeff
December 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hi Jeff,

I'm sorry you've had difficulty with my product! As for your question regarding the vocabulary origami, it works like the fortune tellers middle schoolers make to distract themselves in class. I have detailed instructions that I include with purchase of the vocabulary origami alone- I didn't realize that I neglected to include them with purchase of the entire unit. If you email me at my personal email - gpokela@gmail.com - I would be more than happy to send you the instructions and any other explanations or materials you need. Happy Teaching! -Ms. Pokela
December 10, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

monica jackson
Monica J. re: Aim: How Can We Separate Living from Non-living things?
what items did you in this lab?
December 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Hi Monica-
You can use absolutely any items, but I always make sure I use fire (because kids often think it's alive, and it's not) and seeds (because kids often think it's not alive, and it is.) Other things that I have used are plants, wind-up toys, a hamster, an insect, a stuffed animal, moldy bread, a remote-control car, a rock, a piece of wood, a plastic plant, other toys.
December 2, 2012 Report inappropriate comment

Michelle Wisniewski
Michelle W. re: A Complete Laboratory Curriculum for NY State HS Living Environment
Another question: Is there anyway you can post the names of the labs you provide in this lab package? There are only 3 labs posted for your name, so I am interested in what topics your labs cover. Thanks.
October 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
Sure! TPT isn't letting me download the file, so this is what I believe is there. If you decide to purchase the zip file, and anything is missing, just let me know. I'll re-upload it and press the "revised" button so you can download it again.

The labs are:
Lab 1- Safety Cartoon (about lab safety)
Lab 2-Measuring and making graphs
Lab 3- Making connections (This is a NYS required lab that I modified)
Lab 4- Making connections part 2 (ibid)
Lab 5- Letter "e" lab (microscope practice, this is a lab you can find a number of places online. I modified it to fit my lab format)
Lab 6- Cheek Cell Investigation
Lab 7- Food nutrient tests
Lab 8- Properties of catalase
Lab 9- How does temperature affect diffusion
Lab 10-Rate of photosynthesis (I never finished modifying this lab, because my elodea died! But it's a good template.)
Lab 11-Osmosis in onion cells (A NYS required lab that I modified)
Lab 12- Diffusion through a membrane (ibid)
Lab 13- Earthworm and frog dissection pre-lab
Lab 14- Earthworm dissection
Lab 15- Bullfrog dissection
Lab 16- DNA extraction
Lab 17- Relationships and biodiversity (Another NYS lab that I modified.)
Lab 18- Beaks of finches lab (ibid)
(19 was Regent's practice)
Lab 20- Owl pellet dissection

Other labs included-
The Chesterton's baby- a blood-typing lab
Who Burgled the Bibermans? A forensic science lab involving testing fake urine
Pineapple Enzymes experiment
Penny Genetics (This is a PDF available for free online- I didn't alter it)
and
Fetal Pig Dissection.

It also includes a powerpoint to assist you in doing the Relationships and biodiversity lab if you choose not to use materials for this lab.

=)
October 18, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

Michelle Wisniewski
Michelle W. re: A Complete Laboratory Curriculum for NY State HS Living Environment
Are your labs in this bundle pdfs or word documents?
October 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment
Grace Pokela
Grace Pokela  (TpT Seller)
They're all word documents. A couple of PDFs that I got for free online and did not write or alter are also included.
October 17, 2011 Report inappropriate comment

jackdudley
Buyer
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After college, I taught paraprofessionally for on year before joining the New York City Teaching Fellows in 2007. I worked in the city for four years. I am now teaching science in the Hudson Valley.

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I graduated from Smith College in 2006. I graduated from CCNY in 2011.

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