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Living Environment- Biology Lessons. (5th
(Laminated covers, comb
binding: $24.95 each
This is a unique
teacher-made book. It is especially
good for hard to reach students,
advanced sections for your regular groups. Research
that connecting new information to previous
information that students
familiar with is essential
for good learning. Each lesson in
this book begins
with an analogy or metaphor to give your
students an understandable model that they can use as a link
new biology concepts being taught.
The Main Ideas, Essential Questions, Objectives, and
Performance Indicators are life savers if you are doing
curriculum mapping or need to write comprehensive lesson plans
for your administrator. This book is great for any teacher with
a busy schedule and looking for something different to use in
the classroom. This is my #1 seller.
Plastic comb binding (above; 5th edition)
SAMPLE PAGE 1 -Table of Contents
SAMPLE PAGE 1
SAMPLE PAGE 2
comb ring book binding
Lies flat on desk
Comb bound books are usually shipped in 1-8 days depending on quantity
(but usually 1-2 days for 1-2 books)
No minimum order requirement.
Colored cover (as shown above)
laminated card stock
"Lesson Links" at
beginning of each unit
(explains how unit
5. Main Idea,
Essential Question, and Objectives listed prior to each sub-unit
and "Major Understandings" at beginning of each lesson
of illustrations and
"Stop, Think, Discuss
Questions," "Problems," "Excursions," and "Enrichment" sections
includes RNA genetic
code, lab requirements, and Standard 1 outline (with "Performance
Understandings" with practical examples), practice Regents
exams, internet URL listing
biology sites, index with
correlated with 'Performance Indicators" and "Major Understandings"
11. Use as a
class text or
supplementary review book
12. Ideal for
resource students that
require simple illustrations
Cover picture may change for
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2. The Living Environment- L.E.A.F.
Environment Abbreviated Facts)
(Class of 10 = $69.95; Class
of 5 = $39.95)
the beginning of
each unit with the
(whole to parts approach).
These guides are also useful for:
the "Major Understandings"
1. review at
end of each unit,
2. helping absent students catch-up, or preparing
Each student package
consists of seven, double sided L.E.A.F.
Study Guides (14
For each unit, all the "major understandings"
are condensed on
each page for quick and easy reading (Scientific Inquiry
and Ecology use
diagrams below do not do justice
to the appearance of these study
guides. The pages are beautifully
year-long protection, and are printed
double sided. Each page is 3-hole punched for convenient storage
the student's notebook. These
to the stiff,
college study sheets sold in major bookstores.
have been simplified for easier understanding. These
great for students that have
a tough time preparing for
Each sheet contains
required to understand
each unit. Once the students have
mastered these sheets,
will then be ready to move on to any additional information
by the teacher.
An order for
of 10 includes seven, double sided pages
for a total of 70 double
pages (140 total pages).
This top quality product is one that your students are sure
use and appreciate.
These pages are laminated and
printed on both sides
(total of 14 pages/student)
Each page is 3-hole
punched and divided
into sections. Each section represents a
is written in easy to understand language
and accompanied by colorful diagrams
meaning of the "Major Understanding."
1 set = $16.95 (ex. 1 topic); 2 or more sets (ex. 2 differet
topics or 2 of same topic, etc.) = $14.95 for each set
student's attention with these
will force students to read, analyze, sequence,
comprehend the concept being reviewed. This active learning
process is perfect for cooperative
offers you 20 topics to choose from
Each pack of cards
will contain 6 different colored, laminated picture
cards for the particular topic
purchased. Each pack of cards comes in
a zip lock pouch. The pictures represent different
that the students must learn. After you review
the basic process in
class, the students will be given the cards and asked
to arrange the
cards on their desk to show the proper
sequences of steps in the
process being studied (ex. steps of
natural selection, mitosis, etc.).
A simple walk around the room
will let you immediately see
misconceptions and point out any cards
that are not sequenced
correctly (for students to think
about again). Eventually, they will
get it correct. You will see
them debating with each other as they
decide the proper sequence.
The cards are also an excellent way to
review each unit.
about the cards is that they are laminated to allow
you to pick them up
at the end of one class and use
again in the next class. One master set is all you need for
In addition, each set comes with reproducible
that will allow the
students to record
did and answer
questions that will further
A teacher guide is also provided.
One set will be enough for 12 individual students for 1 topic (or 24
students if teams of 2 students are
used). One set includes 12 packs
of cards with 6 cards on a topic in each pack (the 6 cards in each pack must be cut-out).
A Teacher Guide and master Student Worksheet will be included.
The 2015 card
sets presently available are:
1. The Scientific Method
2. Life's Levels of
4. DNA Synthesis
5. Protein Synthesis
6. Natural Selection
7. Intepreting Fossil
8. Mitotic Division
9. Meiotic Division
10. Hormone Feedback
11. Immunity Antibody
13. Cell Respiration
14. Enzyme Reaction
15. Food Web
16. Ecological Succession
18. Population Ecology
19. Gobal Warming
20. Invasive Species
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REGENTS MASTERY REVIEW
$21.95 (unbound, unlimited reproductions for your classroom)
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Perhaps the greatest value of this book is access to practice questions
that tend to be repeated on the Regents exam vs. those
A. Over 400
reproducible multiple choice Regents questions.
one book and reproduce as many pages as you wish for your classes.
are grouped by unit topics
Inquiry and Lab Skills
8) Dynamic Equilibrium
section is preceded by a two page "Quick Review"
outline of basic concepts and
terms related to the unit topic
page opposite each question is left blank
the students and the teacher to
write notes that relate tothe question
teacher "Answer Key" for all questions (may be reproduced by topic)
each question back to the "Quick
easy to use "Student
Analysis Page" (may be reproduced).
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unlaminated cover, not reproducible
for students that need brief, straight to the point explanations
and examples, without
being buried in details. Teachers can use
the book as a scaffold for developing their lesson plans.
1. Plastic comb ring book
Pages are printed on two sides
Durable (65 lb card stock)
"Performance Indicators" for
all "Key Ideas" include interpretations or examples;
Many illustrations and
A great review book to
use at the end of the year
prepare for Regents
or may be
used as a notebook from September to June
Ideal for resource students
that require pre-printed
Keeps your student's notes
readable, and available.
Click to see sample page 1
Click to see sample page 2
Click to see sample page 3
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Teacher Lecture Guide.
unlaminated cover, not reproducible
ring book binder
are printed two sided
4. "Teacher Planning Guide" for each chapter to write
lesson plans, etc.
notes (based on TLE
"Understandings") in outline form
student "Activities" include answers
master Illustrations (may copy for student use)
Coded "Vocabulary Word List"
"Internet Resources" list.
Click to see sample page 1
Student Lecture Guide.
unbound & unlimited reproduction for your classroom use)
2. This is a student
to the Teacher Lecture Guide
3. The topical
outline and content
notes found in The Teacher Lecture Guide
4. A "Lecture Notes" column that includes blank spaces for
teacher activities "Student Review Questions"
5. Pages to record assignments
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booklet 17.95, bound, unlaminated
cover, not reproducible
19.95, 2 sided, unbound, unlimited reproduction for your classroom use
Case Studies are a
great way to
each new Performance Indicator !
This booklet includes
29 case studies- one for each Performance Indicator
in the The Living
Core Curriculum. The case studies
cover both Standard 1 and Standard 4. Each
article providing a realistic illustration that is related to
the Performance Indicator.
features the following: (see attachment)
1. Attractive, durable
stock), colored cover
page (Teacher book only)
2. A brief,
each Performance Indicator (both books)
Performance Indicator codes (ex. Std.1, P.I. 1.2) (both books)
Performance Indicator Statements (from Core Curriculum) (both books)
to find or develop new cases (Teacher book only)
plastic comb binding for easy opening (Teacher book only)
"Teacher Lesson Guide"
for each Case Study with answer key for questions (Teacher book
"Case Study" articles
for each Performance
Indicator (both books)
9. Student "Questions"
for each Case
Study (both books)
10. Reproducible for your classroom use
(unbound, Student booklet
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Red Dye #2
Cancer and UV Rays
Recombinant DNA (insulin)
Lactic Acid Fatigue
Tropical Rain forests
(Titles may occasionally be
changed to provide improvements)
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The Living Environment in 3D.
biology diagrams that seem to "pop" out of
60 stereoscopic images. Fun, educational, and a great way to get
students to take that "second look" at important diagrams
and information (see attachment).
CLICK TO SEE SAMPLE PAGE 1
1. Free plastic stereoscopic glasses with each book
2. Coloring activity with each 3D diagram
Plastic comb bound card stock cover
4. Text and related questions with each 3D diagram
5. Coded to the Core Curriculum in The Living Environment.
CLICK TO SEE SAMPLE PAGE 2
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Std.1 and 4 = $49.95, includes unbound, reproducible
Std. 1 + 4 Site license = $65. Standard 1
and 4 Answer Key = $9.95
The ultimate solution
for new or busy teachers.
Includes 11 PowerPoint
slide shows for Standard 1
(Scientific Inquiry) and Standard
4 (Scientific concepts, principles,
and theories). Each slide
show includes one reproducible
(unbound) that is
coordinated with the
Standard that the slide
show purchased represents. The notebooks are richly illustrated
with the same pictures as seen on
the CD. Below each picture is
room for additional notes. Together, the notebook and CD show
will make a great impression
on your students and provide them
with a permanent copy of great looking notes that they can use.
With a click of the
mouse the teacher controls fly-in
"key words" (copied by student into notebook), drawings,
and animations. This program,
a total of eleven PowerPoint
programs, can save you hundreds of hours of prep time.
Mac and PC compatible. A complete
a Power Point Answer Key Manual can be purchased
A Great Buy
you figure the average price of each of the 11 PowerPoint slide shows
is only $8.17
(slides are in color)
SAMPLE NOTE PAGE
(notes are in black and white)
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(1 package containing
5 baggie activities on same topic = $34.95)
The Bio-Baggie Activities
are self-contained, hands-on, manipulative-based lessons.
The activities involve mini-simulation labs,
model building, and games that simulate and/or demonstrate biology
and/or processes such as diffusion, evolution, DNA
replication, etc. Each activity comes in a zip lock baggie that
the equipment needed for a team of two students.
Also included in the baggie are laminated instructions
and a re-usable,
laminated data page* with a water soluble
flow pen*. A separate master conclusion page, additional master
and teacher answer key/guide are provided.
are meant to be used as short, hands-on, introductions to major
concepts. Most of the activities should take
only 15-25 minutes
to complete. The activities are re-usable as you proceed from
one class to the next. Just have the
students return everything
to the baggie and they are ready for the next class. These are
great time savers. They are also
perfect for students that have
missed class. All you need to do is hand them a baggie and they
are ready to go. One package
contains 5 baggie activities/topic
that can be used for 5 pairs of students (10 students).
topics are presently available. More activities will be available
in the future. Descriptions of the activities
mini-simulation labs come with a Data page and flow pen)
Students will simulate kinetic energy, random motion, membrane
selectivity, different molecular
concentrations, and demonstrate
how these processes relate to diffusion (see photo below).
Ex. Diffusion Baggie package
contains 5 labs like the one shown above
(plus separate master conclusion
page, additional master data page, and teacher answer key/guide)
2. DNA, GENES,
CHROMATIN, AND CHROMOSOMES. Students will create "histone-DNA"
models to demonstrate the
relationship between DNA, genes, chromatin,
and chromosomes. Students will also demonstrate the histone difference
between active chromatin (with genes "on") and
non-active chromatin (with genes "off") . Finally, this
activity is a great
way to show how and why chromatin condenses
back and forth between chromosomes and "loose" chromatin
3. CELL MODEL. Each
student team will create a cell, using plastic organelles, based on a
chart that describes what each
organelle looks like. The team will then
place the organelle over a specified (numbered) location on a laminated
outline of a
cell. Teachers can roam the room to see if
each student team was successful. A question page is included that will
the student to read a description of how cystic fibrosis
results from problems at the cellular level. Based on what they read,
the team will then assign a function to each organelle that is part of
The Cell Model Baggie package contains 10 hard plastic organelles (very
tough and about the thicknes of a quarter) like
those shown above.
The plastic parts include the mitochondria, lysosome, vacuole, free
ribosomes, nucleus (with nucleolus),
golgi apparatus, cell membrane,
centrioles, rough endoplasmic reticulum, and smooth endoplasmic
The yellow cell body (approximately 6"x7") is laminated.
12. BIO-LOGIC CARD KITS
class of 6 students
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The Bio-Logic Card Kit activities are a hands-on,
learning technique based on new neurological research.
RECALL AND MEMORY ARE DIFFERENT
Sometimes even great lessons do not always produce
the desirable exam
anticipated. Very often students demonstrate that they understand what
you have just taught in class. They answer your oral questions,
perform well on a class activity, and even do well on a quiz at the end
of the period. Unfortunately, days later when your done with the
lesson, they seemed to have forgotten much of what they apperared to
have learned. This happens despite homework, class worksheets, graphic
organizers, and all your best efforts. What many teachers may not
realize is that the students probably do have this material in their
memory (and it may be there for the rest of their lives). The problem
they have is not their memory, but rather recalling information from
their memory. These research
kits address this issue by showing how to use "deliberate distractions"
and a 3 stage learning process as a way to improve the recall of
The kits are based on the research of R.
Douglas Fields (1)
as applied to a modified version of the Spaced Learning technique described
by Paul Kelley and Terry Whatson (2). The kit's approach
starts with a PowerPoint lesson, then uses two more
lessons that requires students to arrange Bio-Logic question cards and
picture cards to learn basic concepts. Interspaced between these lessons are
distractions" that provide time for the brain
to process what was taught and begin the long
term storage process (consolidation) needed for effective recall.
This includes forming new neural
pathways and changes at nerve synapses. The kits are
meant to serve as a solid scaffold on which to build your regular
lessons. The Bio-Logic
Cards are the size of busines cards (2"x 3.5"). Card colors may be
substituted for other colors based on paper
In research by Paul Kelly and
Terry Whatson, data showed that Spaced Learning could accomplish as
much in one hour as
can be accomplish in four
standard teaching. (2)
Fields, R. Douglas, Making
Memories Stick. Scientific American, 00368733, Feb. 2005, Vol. 292,
2 Kelley P
and Whatson T
(2013) Making long-term memories in minutes: a spaced learning pattern
from memory research in education.
Front. Hum. Neurosci. 7:589. doi:
In addition to the use of Spaced
Learning, information will be provided on how to use Retrieval Practice to further help
improve both short term and long term
recall of learned material.
Two kits are
ORGANIZATION : The 8 concepts
studied include cell
levels of organization,
human systems and 1-celled organism "systems", homeostasis, cell
grouping and interaction,
cell parts, cell membrane functions, digestion and diffusion, receptor
GENETICS : The 8 concepts studied include genes, DNA, protein
mutations, gene regulation, gene-environmental
asexual vs. sexual inheritance, and differentiation
Scientific Inquiry and Evolution
CONTAINS 6 STUDENT SUPPLY
BAGS AND 1 TEACHER
(To achieve expected results, I do not recommend that students
work in teams unless
they are equally involved and highly motivated)
A. Each Student
Supply Bag contains
the Student Supply Bag is re-usable
for the next class.)
1. Bio-Logic Card
B. The Teacher Supply Bag contains the following
2. Eight (8) small,
numbered baggies (1 for each concept
baggie contains 8 manipulative cards for one concept
(ex. genes). Four
of these eight Bio-Logic
Cards involve sequencing a question and its answer (see pink sample
below) and four involve sequencing
pictures that represent
the concept (see blue sample below). There is a total of 64
Bio-Logic Cards/student. Total cards/6 students = 384
cards. The Bio-Logic Cards are laminated to allow
1. Teacher Guide (16
pages, including Masters)
2. 18-20 slide
Introduces the topic (includes
answer keys). Requires PowerPoint on your computer
or downloaded free
*Schools are responsible for supplying card stock paper (2
for flash cards (not for Bio-Logic Cards) and an envelope (1/student)
store the flash cards. Flash cards will be used for a retrieval practice routine also
described in the kit.
Sample Bio-Logic Cards (laminated)
(above: question sequence cards from Kit #1; concept 3 on homeostasis)
(above: picture sequence
cards from Kit #2; concept 5 on protein synthessis)
shot of a "Genetics" PowerPoint screen shot
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$39.95 for topics 1-6 (360 cards/total; 5 kits/topic; 72 cards/student;
for topics 7-12 (360 cards/total; 5 kits/topic; 72
The proven way to increase retention of
basic facts and concepts for exams.
This kit contains flashcards with multiple choice Regents type
side 1 and the answers with
side 2. Pre-cut, laminated, business size cards (2"x 3.5"). The
flashcards may be used in one class and then reused in the next class
for review. Each
topic contains 12 carefully
selected questions/student (sold as 6 topics/kit). The questions
that have been selected represent important Major Understandings associated
with each Regents unit (Key Ideas).
I have limited the number of cards to allow students time to properly use the cards without discouraging
student use of the cards. A modified Leitner and Distributed Practice system is
explained in the Teacher's
Guide to help teachers
explain how to properly use the flashcards.
There are 12 topics and a total of
144 different flashcards for Standards 1 and 4 and lab skills.
The titles of the
individual kits available at this time include (topics 1-12):
Kit 1: Scientific Inquiry (Std.
1, Key Ideas 1-3).................
Kit 2: Cell Organization (Std. 4, Key Idea 1.1)..........
Kit 3: Population
4, Key Idea 1.2) .....
Genetics (Standard 4, Key Idea 2).................
5: Evolution (Standard 4, Key Idea 3)..............
Kit 6: Reproduction (Standard 4, Key Idea 4)
Kit 7: Energetics (Standard 4, Key
Kit 8: Disease (Standard 4, Key Idea 5.2)................
Kit 9: Feedback (Standard 4, Key
10: Basic Ecology (Standard 4,
Key Idea 6)
Kit 11: Human Ecology (Standard
4, Key Idea
12: Lab Skills...............
microscope skills, pH, measurements, staining, indicators, graph
interpretation, dichotomous key, gel electrophoresis, paper
Kits 1-6 (topics 1-6) may be purchased together (for class of 5
This equals 30 card sets (5 card sets for each of the 6 topics) at
Kits 7-12 (topics
7-12) may be purchased together
(for class of 5
This equals 30 card
sets (5 card sets for each of the 6 topics) at
Masters provided for one student (72 or 144 cards).
Have your school run-off unlimited copies of the masters on
cover or card stock paper for your students.
Students can then cut-out their own cards.
topics 1-6 (unlamainated, master copy for 72 cards)
$69.95 for topics 7-12 (unlamainated, master copy for
Flashcard (side 1 and 2)
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