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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:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$8.00
155
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By iExploreScience
This text set reviews Earth's biomes (both biotic and abiotic factors within the biomes), incorporates data analysis, and extends student learning by addressing human impacts in these areas. Links to additional resources are included. This is now a
Subjects:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Handouts, Workbooks
CCSS:
CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.7, CCRA.R.10, CCRA.W.9, CCRA.SL.2
$3.00
19
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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:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, 9th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
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
109
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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:
General Science, Science, Environment
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Graphic Organizers, Activities, Assessment
$8.00
$6.00
31
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By iExploreScience
In this activity bundle (FOUR activities, including a stations-style task), students obtain information from "field notes" to draw conclusions about the roles of organisms in ecosystems -- producers, consumers, and decomposers. In subsequent
Subjects:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
$15.00
$10.00
33
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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:
General Science, Science, Environment
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
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
23
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By iExploreScience
This bundle is ideal for teachers using the phenomenon of invasive species in their ecology units. Each activity - some of my bestsellers - integrates invasive species and addresses relevant NGSS standards, including:MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
$29.00
$22.00
14
Bundle
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:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, 5th, 6th, 7th
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
$8.00
19
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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:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Activities, Assessment
CCSS:
RST.6-8.7, MP4
$6.00
11
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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:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Simulations, Activities
$10.00
$7.00
8
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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:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Workbooks, Research
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
10
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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:
General Science, Science, Environment
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Cooperative Learning, Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.10
$5.00
10
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By iExploreScience
Engaging students in mysteries and puzzles is a great way to drive learning forward throughout a unit OR assess understanding at the end of a unit. This bundle features activities from the growing Middle School Science Mysteries activity
Subjects:
Science, Biology, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Projects, Cooperative Learning, Assessment
$19.00
$15.00
3
Bundle
By iExploreScience
In this explore and explain activity bundle (three activities!), students first carry out research on organism using linked resources provided (and any supplemental materials you may add).  They use this research to create a "dating profile" and
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Simulations, Activities
$3.00
7
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By iExploreScience
In this explore and explain activity bundle (three activities!), students first rotate through stations at which they examine data to draw connections between resource availability (specifically the availability of water) and the growth of organisms
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Simulations, Activities
$5.00
5
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By iExploreScience
In this elaborate activity, students read two scientific texts adapted for classroom use to obtain information about the effects of changes to resource availability on organism growth and populations. They answer analysis questions to determine the
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Simulations, Activities
$3.00
4
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By iExploreScience
In this evaluate performance task, students are given a phenomenon via text and develop a model of the water cycle in the Mojave Desert. They then analyze data (MS-LS2-1) to evaluate the effects of a change in the availability of a resource (water)
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Assessment
$5.00
3
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By iExploreScience
A Trash Problem PuzzleIn the first task of this investigation, students will explore the idea that we have a “trash problem” and that it has increasingly become a concern. It is a problem that is getting worse over time. In the first activity,
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Unit Plans, Activities
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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

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

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

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