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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
154
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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
Digital Download PDF (34.28 MB)
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
107
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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
Digital Download ZIP (5.64 MB)
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
13
Bundle
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:
General Science, Biology, Environment
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Individual), Activities, Assessment
$15.00
$10.00
30
Digital Download ZIP (82.14 MB)
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
22
Digital Download ZIP (52.38 MB)
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
18
Digital Download ZIP (289.63 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this 5E Model activity bundle, students explore the characteristics of life to launch a unit that addresses NGSS standards MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, and MS-LS1-3. In the first explore activity, students participate in a digital card sort to activate
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Google Apps, Activities
$12.00
$7.00
8
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By iExploreScience
Students will generate questions about viruses and their effects on the body by exploring the 1918 Spanish Flu via a teacher-provided text or video (suggestions included in Storyline Summary file).  Then they will dive deeper into what viruses are
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Unit Plans, Activities, Assessment
$88.00
$65.00
3
Bundle
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
Digital Download ZIP (51.96 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this 5E Model activity bundle, students explore the characteristics of life to launch a unit that addresses NGSS standards MS-LS1-1, MS-LS1-2, and MS-LS1-3. In the first explore activity, students participate in a card sort to activate prior
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Laboratory
$12.00
$7.00
10
Digital Download ZIP (14.69 MB)
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
Digital Download ZIP (68.12 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this three dimensional assessment bundle, students first carry out an investigation to provide evidence for the claim that all living things are made of cells and cells are the basic unit of life.  Then, students develop a model to explain
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Activities, Assessment, Laboratory
$5.00
9
Digital Download ZIP (19.35 MB)
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 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
Digital Download ZIP (38.38 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this mini-unit, students learn about infectious diseases using resources available from Rice University – Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning. Then, they imagine a new disease, identifying the agents responsible, potential symptoms,
Subjects:
Biology, Other (Science), Health
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 5th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Thematic Unit Plans, Activities, Mini-Course
$4.00
23
Digital Download PDF (16.02 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this elaborate activity bundle (two activities!), students first carry out research on one organ system using the text and linked resources provided (and any supplemental materials you may add).  They use this research to create a "dating
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Cooperative Learning, Activities
$6.00
6
Digital Download ZIP (4.05 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this 5E Model activity bundle, students explore the differences between plant and animal cells to develop their understanding of the relationship between the structure of cells and their overall function. In the first explore activity, students
Subjects:
General Science, Science, Biology
Grades:
8th, Homeschool, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Activities, Laboratory
$12.00
$6.00
8
Digital Download ZIP (19.89 MB)
By iExploreScience
In this learning sequence, students explore the circulatory system to understand how the body works together to carry out complex functions. Students apply their understanding to a phenomenon related to "body invaders" like viruses and
Subjects:
Science, Anatomy, Biology
Grades:
8th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Unit Plans, Assessment
$37.00
$30.00
5
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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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