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This project-based learning assessment explores ecology concepts through the context of invasive species. Students should already have an understanding of ecosystem structure and ecological relationships, and they should have been introduced to the
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$8.00
108 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
What happens when something disrupts the ability of a system to meet the needs of the organisms within its bounds? In this activity, students will explore what that “something” might be when presented with the problem of a precipitous decline in the
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.9, WHST.6-8.1, WHST.6-8.1a, WHST.6-8.1b, WHST.6-8.1e, WHST.6-8.2f, WHST.6-8.4, WHST.6-8.8, WHST.6-8.9
$13.00
78 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
This card set explores ecology concepts like biological and physical components of ecosystems (aka biotic and abiotic factors), ecological relationships, and changes in ecosystems. The situation cards touch on NGSS MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, and MS-LS2-4.
Subjects:
Science, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Task Cards
$5.00
39 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
In this activity bundle, students obtain information from "field notes" to draw conclusions about the roles of organisms in ecosystems -- producers, consumers, and decomposers. In subsequent activities, they use these field notes to track the flow
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
$15.00
$9.00
16 ratings
3.9
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By iExploreScience
In this activity, students will simulate the work of an ecologist by taking a population count of red oak trees in Allegheny Forest. They will use math to calculate the average population present in three samples and then use that data to
Subjects:
Applied Math, Biology, General Science
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
$2.00
14 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
This activity set assesses student understand of NGSS MS-LS2-4, specifically focusing on how the introduction of an invasive species affects native populations in an area. Students explore the case of the cane toad in Australia by analyzing real
Subjects:
Science, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Graphic Organizers
$8.00
$6.00
13 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
This 5E activity pack explores ecology concepts like biological and physical components of ecosystems (aka biotic and abiotic factors), ecological relationships, and changes in ecosystems. Activities touch on NGSS MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, and MS-LS2-4.
Subjects:
Science, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
CCRA.R.7, CCRA.W.1, CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.4, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7
$20.00
$15.00
10 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
In this activity, students use everyday materials to develop devices, based on real tools, that can be used to clean up oil spills in ocean waters. They evaluate the effectiveness of their devices with and without the use of a dispersant. Included
Subjects:
Science, Environment, General Science
Grades:
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Laboratory
$3.00
5 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
This complete 5E instructional sequence introduces Earth’s biomes and uses these as a vehicle through which to teach biotic and abiotic factors and address the Next Generation Science Standard MS-LS2-1. It is the first unit in my NGSS-aligned Middle
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, General Science
Grades:
5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Thematic Unit Plans
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.1, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.4, CCRA.SL.6
$10.00
$7.00
4 ratings
3.9
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By iExploreScience
Students analyze and interpret data to create graphs, identify causal relationships, and make predictions about the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations in this NGSS-aligned three dimensional assessment designed to evaluate
Subjects:
Science, Biology, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RST.6-8.7, MP4
$6.00
2 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
Biome In A Box Project is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their understanding of Earth’s biomes and the interactions between biotic and abiotic factors to address the Next Generation Science Standards Disciplinary Core Idea: LS2.A
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Workbooks, Research, Projects
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.7, CCRA.W.8, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.2, CCRA.SL.6
$5.00
3 ratings
4.0
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By iExploreScience
In this activity, students explore the different ways organisms can interact in ecosystems by learning about a number of examples, developing their own categories, and providing a reasoning for their decisions. This is a perfect Explore activity for
Subjects:
Science, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Cooperative Learning
CCSS:
RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.10
$5.00
1 rating
4.0
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By iExploreScience
In this explore, explain, and elaborate activity bundle (three activities!), students first identify factors that impact living things in photos of different ecosystems. Through discussion, they categorize their ideas and ultimately sort their
Subjects:
Science, Biology, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, Homeschool
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Simulations
$10.00
$7.00
1 rating
4.0
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By iExploreScience
The Biomes Workbook introduces students to the seven major terrestrial biomes, as well as the concept of biomes, ecosystems, and biotic and abiotic factors. It includes information on the human impact in each biome, adding relevancy to the text. It
Subjects:
Biology, Environment, General Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th
Types:
Workbooks, Activities, Handouts
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.2
$2.00
7 ratings
4.0
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

eleven years in education :: private and public school experience :: urban classrooms

MY TEACHING STYLE

hands-on :: student-centered :: aligned to national standards :: Next Generation Science Standards :: BSCS 5E Model :: student ownership of their learning :: authentic learning tasks

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

NSTA Shell Science Lab District Winner (2015 and 2016) :: PSTA William B. McIlwaine Science Teaching Award (2014) :: NSTA Maitland P. Simmons Award for New Teachers (2014) :: Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society (2011) :: Allegheny College Harold Huntley Haine Prize in History (2010) :: Allegheny College Alden Scholar (2006-2009) :: Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society (2009), Allegheny College Outstanding Junior History Major (2009) :: Lambda Sigma Honor Society

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Master of Education in Middle and Secondary Curriculum and Instruction, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania (2010-2012) :: Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Environmental Education, Allegheny College (2010) :: "Preserving Coastal Diversity: Sea Turtles and Bay Resources" The School for Field Studies: Center for Coastal Studies

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Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association (2014 - Present) :: National Science Teachers Association (2013 - Present)

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