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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Super Secondary TpT Giveaway!

Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week.  So here it is early.....

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!

Thanks to all of you teachers out there!!  I have had a fantastic school year, and I hope you have, too!  In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, I have teamed up with a fantastic group of secondary teachers to offer a lucky winner a fantastic prize of 40 different teaching lessons/materials.    Many thanks to Danielle Knight (Author of the blog, Study All Knight)  and Brittany Wheaton (Author of the blog, The Super Hero Teacher)  for organizing this fantastic giveaway.

So without further ado, let's get started!  The contest begins on May 1st and ends on May 6th.  The winner will be announced on Monday, May 6th!
(The contest has been extended one day to Monday, May 6.)

Good luck!

Here are the 40 products that compose this amazing prize package:

Algebra Slope and Y-Intercept Task Cards by Teaching High School Math
Mother's Day Gift Craftivity and More by Janet Rainey
Creative Exit Passes For Any Subject! Effective Formative Assessments by Presto Plans
Creative Activities for Any Novel or Story by Tracee Orman
A Separate Peace Close Reading Study Guide by Wohls
The Mother Nature Awards for Planet Earth by Science Stuff
Winner's Choice! from Lovin Lit
Plato's REPUBLIC Quiz #2 and discussion questions (Book I 331E-336A) by Linda Jennifer
Health-Smoking Assessment by Innovative Teacher
Fraction, Decimal, Percent War Game by Danielle Krantz
Fearless - our most popular empowerment tune by I am Bullyproof Music
winner's choice from The Traveling Classroom
Holocaust Timeline Activity by Michele Luck's Social Studies
Literary Criticism Powerpoint for Beginners by Tara Armstead
Essay Writing Trivia Game by The Classroom Sparrow
Kingdom Taxonomic Card Sort Manipulative by Bond with James
Por y Para: All in Spanish Handout and Worksheet by Night-Light Lessons
Japanese Internment Camp Human Rights Activity- by Different Drummer Secondary Resources
Writing: Voice, Audience, and Purpose by Darlene Anne
Interactive Student Notebook by Chalk Dust Diva 
Solving Equations Color By Number Bundle by 4 the Love of Math
How to Write Powerful Thesis Statements by Dianne Mason
Kickin' High Tops & Sneakers Clipart by Glitter Meets Glue Designs
Shakespearean Slam/Flattery Contest Materials by Laura Randazzo
Eight Parts of Speech PowerPoint by HappyEdugator
Circulatory system lab and foldable pack by Tara L (Science in the City)
Starry Night - the painting and 2 poems by Poetgrl78
Frankenstein Analysis Question Package by Adam Horowitz
Factoring Polynomials "Spin to Win" Game! by All Things Algebra
Igneous Rocks Common Core Mini Bundle by Michael Giovacchini
Chemical Bonding Go Fish  by The Science Vault
Disagree without Bullying by Ellen Weber
Sub Plans for Any High School Class-10 Motivating Articles Activity by Mrs. S
End of Year Math Activities for Middle School by Lindsay Perro
Welcome to Middle School {End-of-the Year Activity} by Right Down the Middle with Andrea
One Year of Daily Warm Up Questions for US History by Students of History
Tragic Lovers from Literature Made Happy By You! by Special Education- Peggy Simpson

Good Luck Everyone!!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Springtime is the Perfect Time to Teach the Plant Kingdom!

Introduction to the Plant Kingdom
Complete Teaching Unit
(Bundle of Products)

By far, the most popular items in my TpT store are my complete unit plan bundles.  These unit plan bundles contain everything you need to teach a thorough and complete unit to a typical biology or life science class.  All of my unit plan bundles come with a colorful and engaging PowerPoint presentation, notes for the teacher, notes outline for the student, several labs, homework assignments, daily quizzes, crossword puzzles for vocabulary review, review PowerPoints, and a final unit test.

I have just recently completed my latest unit plan bundle.  It is called "Introduction to the Plant Kingdom."  No biology class is complete without a survey of the Kingdom Plantae.  In short, life could not exist on earth without the plants.  Plants are the producers in every food chain.  Plants carry out photosynthesis, producing organic compounds from inorganic compounds.  The plant uses much of this glucose as a source of energy, but a portion of the glucose is passed up the food chain.  This sustains life on earth.  Not only do plants produce food for all heterotrophs, they also provide the oxygen that fills our atmosphere.

Simply put, this is one of the “must-teach” topics in a biology class!

This complete teaching bundle contains 10 separate products bundled into one digital download.  When appropriate, I have included each product as a Word document, and I have also included each product in PDF form.  Each of these products is sold separately in my TpT store, but buying the entire unit in one download will save you money.  If these products were purchased separately, the total cost would be $30.00.  I am selling this bundled package of products for $19.99.

All products have answer keys included.

The bundled unit contains the following.  Details of each product can be found below.
1. A 97-Slide PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student
2. A 130-Slide Review PowerPoint
3. Lab:  Liverworts, Mosses, and Ferns
4. Lab: Transpiration in Plants
5. Lab:  Diversity in the Plant Kingdom (A Living Plant Lab)
6. Homework Question Packet of 99 questions
7. A Set of 3 Quizzes
8. A set of 2 Crossword Puzzles
9. Graphic Organizer Study Aid
10. Unit Test of 100 Questions

Topics covered by this Unit:
1.  Introduction to Plants:  Importance of plants to life on Earth, definition of a plant.
2.  Plant life cycle:  Alternation of generations, sporophyte and gametophyte generations, haploid and diploid phases, the production of spores by meiosis, flow chart showing alternation of generations.
3.  The Transition of Plants to Land:  The algae were the first plants on earth, evidence that algae are the ancestors to the land plants, advantages to a life on land, challenges to a life on land.
4.   Cladogram showing the evolution of mosses, liverworts, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms from ancestral algae.
5.   Traits of the True Land Plants:  Alternation of generations, spores produced by sporangia, multicellular gametangia, apical meristems, vascular tissue, nonmotile gametes, root system, protection from dehydration.
6.   Classification of Land Plants:  Vascular and nonvascular land plants, bryophytes, tracheophytes, seedless plants, seed plants, gymnosperms, angiosperms, monocots and dicots.
7.   Flow chart showing the classification of the land plants.
8.   Bryophytes:  Characteristics of bryophytes, examples of bryophytes, explanation of why the bryophytes are still tied to a watery existence, bryophytes are nonvascular plants, bryophytes have a dominant gametophyte generation.
9.   Example:  The Liverworts.  Characteristics of liverworts, students will draw and label the structures of a liverwort, liverwort life cycle.
10. Example:  The Mosses.  Characteristics of mosses, students will draw and label the structures of a moss, moss life cycle.
11. The Seedless Vascular Plants:  The evolution of vascular tissue, the importance of xylem and phloem, why ferns are classified as seedless vascular plants.
12. Characteristics of ferns, students will draw and label the structures of a fern, fern life cycle.
13. The Seed Plants:  Seed plants are the dominant plants on earth, two groups of seed plants, gymnosperms and angiosperms, the advantage of having a type of reproduction free from water, adaptations seen in the seed plants, cones and flowers, pollen, seeds, the evolution of seed plants.
14. Characteristics of gymnosperms.
15. Characteristics of angiosperms.
16. Comparison of monocots and dicots.

Below I have listed each product with a brief description.  I have included a hyperlink to each individual product.  You can click on the links below to view a complete and thorough description of each product and download a free preview of the product.

Introduction to Plants PowerPoint with Notes for Teacher and Student

It consists of 97 slides that are colorful, informative and visually stimulating.  Pictures and diagrams are included that will greatly enhance your instruction to your students.  This product also includes a set of notes for the teacher (12 pages) and a set of notes in outline form for the student (17 pages).  Graphics, diagrams, clip art, and photographs were chosen to capture the attention of the student as the lesson is being taught.

This product contains 3 quizzes that can be used at various stages as the unit is being taught.   I always break up the content into manageable amounts of study material and give my students several small quizzes on this material prior to the unit test.

This document is a 9-page student worksheet consisting of 99 questions.  As I am teaching my introductory unit on plants, I assign a portion of these questions for homework each night.  This document provides quality homework assignments and ends up being a completed and thorough study guide for the unit test.

This PowerPoint consists of 130 slides of questions and answers and  provides an excellent review for the chapter test.

This is an in depth lab that looks at the structures of mosses, liverworts, and ferns.  You will need quite a few prepared slides to be able to do this lab.   Students are asked to compare Bryophytes to Tracheophytes and will discuss which are truly adapted to life on land and why.

1.  To measure the amount of water lost from the leaves of a plant over a given amount of time.
2.  To calculate the surface area of leaves on a plant.
3.  To calculate the rate of transpiration from the leaf under different environmental conditions.

In this lab, students will circulate through 8 different lab stations.  At each station, the student is required to make a drawing and answer 5 to 8 questions.  The eight stations are as follows:
Station #1  Living Mosses
Station #2  Living Ferns
Station #3  Fern Gametophyte
Station #4  Living Gymnosperm
Station #5  Pine Pollen
Station #6  Living Angiosperm with Flower (dicot)
Station #7  Living Angiosperm (monocot)
Station #8  Fruits

I love crossword puzzles and I use them all the time in my biology classes.  Crossword puzzles are a great way to reinforce and review the many, many vocabulary words covered in a biology class.   Crosswords not only help with strengthening vocabulary, they also provide invaluable spelling practice.

This is a simple study skill graphic organizer that I use with my Biology students to help them prepare for the unit test.  The student will compare and contrast the traits found in liverworts, mosses, ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms.*NOTE:  This is one of my FREE items in my TpT store.  Even if you do not purchase this unit plan bundle, please download this freebie!!

This unit test has 100 questions.  There are 63 fill in the blank questions, 11 matching questions, and 26 multiple choice questions.

This final link will return you to the product-listing page on   
Happy Teaching!


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Genetics in the Laboratory

Do you want to do a great genetics lab with your students, but don't have time for fruit flies?

Having enough "time" is an issue for me every single year!  I finally had to come to the realization that my fruit fly genetics lab would have to go.  It is such a great lab, but just too time consuming.

Now we grow corn!  It only takes a few minutes to plant and you are practically done!  I do have my students water their corn every few days, and in about 2 weeks we are ready to do the lab.

In corn, green stem (due to chlorophyll production) is dominant over albino stem.  I order seeds that are the F-2 offspring of heterozygous parents.  The expected ratio when the seeds grow is, of course, 3/4 green stem and 1/4 albino stem.  Students then compare the expected ratios to the actual number of each type of offspring observed.

For an added component to the lab, have the students consider the effect of the environment on the expression of the gene. When the seeds are first planted, I have half the class place their trays on a table in front of a window.  The other half of the class place their trays in a cabinet in complete darkness. When the seeds finally sprout and grow, we compare the number of albinos grown in the dark to the number of albinos grown in the light.

For those plants grown in the light, the results are fairly close to the expected 3:1 ratio.  But, the seeds grown in the dark are a different story.  100% of the seeds grown in the dark turn out to be albino.

After this first observation, all trays are left in the light for 48 hours, and a second observation is made two days later.  Miraculously : )  about 3/4's of the albinos from the dark trays have now turned green.

Students quickly determine that the environment plays a very important role in gene expression.

If you choose, you can order seeds showing two traits as seen in the photo to the left.  When these seeds were grown, students could determine the expected and actual numbers of green and albino stems as well as the number of tall and dwarf plants.

You can view this lab in my TpT store by clicking this link:

Lab: The Effect of the Environment on Gene Expression