Grace Pokela
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Grace Pokela
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"A teacher effects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops - Henry Adams".
 
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This lesson teaches students about limiting factors and carrying capacity. Once students are introduced to the concepts through an interactive, animated powerpoint, they practice the skills by practicing picking out the limiting factor in an
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This lesson teaches students about relative dating and about how the fossil record provides evidence for evolution. The lesson ends in a student led activity in which students cut out fictitious fossils and past them onto a chart showing geological
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I was inspired to make this template based on a children's game I played in elementary and middle school. The game's original purpose was to find out your crush- now students can use it to study vocabulary. This template can be used for any grade
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This worksheet challenges students to solve real-life mysteries using drawings of electrophoresis gels. Among the mysteries students have to solve are two murders, two paternity tests, and one taxonomic study of closely related species. This
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This lesson introduces students to the concept of homeostasis and negative feedback systems. Students examine the concept of homeostasis through regulation of body temperature, which is an easy and intuitive way for students to understand this
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This activity is appropriate for lab or class. It makes students use higher-order thinking and inference to solve a real-life crime, so your advanced students will love it. However, the Flesch-Kinkaid reading level is only 5.5, so it is appropriate
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This lesson teaches students about comparative anatomy and about how this provides evidence for evolution. The lesson starts with a brief introduction to the concepts of vestigial organs, homologous structures, and analogous structures. Students
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File contains test review and test over cells, cell organelles, photosynthesis, and cellular respiration. Includes key for easy grading. Zip file contains: 1.PDF of test review, to guarantee formatting and for easy printing, 2.Word document of test
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This activity is appropriate for lab or class. It makes students use higher-order thinking and inference to uncover a medical dilemma, and then has them share their opinions on the correct course of action. For these reasons, your advanced
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This study aid teaches students about the 3 gas laws that beginning learners are expected to know. These laws are: Charles' law, Boyle's law, and the Ideal Gas Law. Students cut out the study aid and then stick them together with a brass fastener.
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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 all of the topics taught in the powerpoint demonstration. It is a very visual test, with lots of
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This lesson teaches students about ecological succession. The lesson begins by defining the difference between primary and secondary succession. Students are then told that secondary succession is a way for an ecosystem to “heal” after a disaster.
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This activity is appropriate for lab or class. It makes students use higher-order thinking and consider the consequences of organic chemistry concepts in the real world, so your advanced students will love it. However, the Flesch-Kinkaid reading
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This lesson introduces students to invasive species. Students learn about invasive species by studying the example of the Indonesian Brown Tree Snake and its devastating effect on the birds of Guam. A link to a short video is included. The
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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 they are needed. (For example, birds needed to be able to fly, and so they mutated to develop wings.)
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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 reinforcement. This lesson has been very successful for me. Since I started using it, nearly all of my
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This lab activity reinforces the idea of energy loss in a food chain or trophic pyramid. Students act as one of five members in a food chain: as a sun, a plant, a caddisfly larva, a crayfish, or a trout. They must work to send calories (beads) up
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This lesson makes students think more about how the line between living and non-living things is really very blurry. First, students are asked how they would decide whether an object brought back from the moon Europa is alive or not. Then, students
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This activity first asks students to brainstorm why scientists use specific lexicon, then features two activities to help them become more familiar with scientific language and word construction. First, students use a chart of word parts and their
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This lesson teaches students about habitats and niches. Once students are familiar with these two concepts, they use them to figure out how one species can dominate another by competitive exclusion. Ecological equivalents and invasive species are
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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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