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THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT WEB SITE
(www.livingenvironmentbiology.com)

  PROVIDING  UNIQUE "TEACHER-MADE" BIOLOGY RESOURCES FOR THE CLASSOOM SINCE 2000



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LOOKING FOR SOMETHING DIFFERENT ?

These are tough times for teachers. You work hard to meet all the demands placed on you by students, parents, and administrators.  If you are ready to try some different classroom tools to help you meet these demands, then the books and media described on this web site may be just what you are looking for !!
This Living Environment Web Site describes unique products designed to meet the needs of biology teachers, especially those teaching The Living Environment Core Curriculum for the N.Y.S. Regents.

In the near future, books found on this site may also be purchased on amazon.com. I will post more information (date) when this opportunity becomes available.


The Living Environment product line is listed below.
Each of the products is based on the Performance Indicators that are part of The Living Environment Core Curriculum.


YOU MAY CLICK ON THE PRODUCT TITLE IN THE TABLE BELOW TO GET MORE INFORMATION OR CLICK TO ORDER.
* = recommended for Regents review
 The Living Environment-Biology Lessons
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Comb or square back binding

non-reproducible; laminated cover

$29.95  (comb binding)
.
(NEW)  $34.95 (square back binding text style)

*L.E.A.F. Study Guides
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
 Unbound / not reproducible

Class of 5 (7 dbl. sided pgs./student for a total of 35 dbl. sided pages/class) = $39.95 (laminated)

SAVE $10. Class of 10 (7 dbl. sided pgs./student for a total of 70 dbl. sided pages/class) = $69.90 (laminated)



 Teacher Lecture Guide
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
  Comb bound / reproducible
$19.95 (laminated cover); $17.95 (unlaminated cover)



 Bio-Cubics
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Manipulatives (pre-cut)

Includes reproducible worksheet

and teacher guide

 $22.95; Class of 20 gets 60 cubes (6 cubes/team of two students serves 20 students)

$2.20 for each additional set of 6 cubes for a specific topic only after purchase of class of 20 for that same topic. In other words, no specific topic set will be sold for $2.20 unless a class of 20 for that same specific topic has first been purchased.




 Student Lecture Guide
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Unbound / reproducible


 $15.95 unbound , reproducible


 Case Studies
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
  Comb bound / not reproducible
 $19.95 teacher manual (laminated); unlaminated $17.95
$16.95 student manual (laminated); unlaminated $14.95

                                    

 Living Environment in 3D
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Comb bound / not reproducible

Includes sterio glasses

 $19.95 (laminated); unlaminated $17.95



 Bio-Briefs Review
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
 Comb bound / not reproducible
 $19.95 (laminated); unlaminated $17.95

                                    
 
 *PowerPoint Slides & Notes
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Mac CD and PC compatable

Includes reproducible, unbound student notebook coordinated with slides;

 $24.95 for Std.1; $49.95 for Std.4; Std.1 and 4 for $79.90 (SAVE $5). If both CDs are ordered, then one combined disk will be sent unless otherwise requested. Student Notebook is included with the CD's that are ordered.



 *Regents Mastery Review
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
 Unbound/ reproducible  $21.95


 Animated Tutorials
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

Mac CD compatable (PC version not yet available)

Reproducible student CD programs + teacher answer key and guide

$24.95



 *Regents Computer Exam Prep
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)

 Mac CD compatable (PC version not) yet available)

Reproducible student CD + teacher PDF exam and answer key

$21.95 (if 20 questions); $24.95 (if 25 questions)



 Human Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle Game
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
 3 5/8" X 9" laminated, carboard backing, wave pattern edges
$9.95



 Bio-Baggie Activities (NEW)
(click on title above for more info.)

(click here to order)
 Self-contained biology activities in plastic bags; sold 5 bags/topic
 1 pkg. (5 bags for 10 students for 2 students/bag) = $34.75




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ATTENTION
In the near future, books from this site may also be purchased on amazon.com.  I will post more information (date) when this opportunity becomes available.


 
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF BOOKS
 
1. The Living Environment- Biology Lessons. (5th Edition)
(Laminated covers, comb binding: $29.95 each; (NEW) Laminated covers, square back binding: $34.95 each

This is a unique teacher-made book. It is especially good for hard to reach students, but has separate advanced sections for your regular groups. Research shows that connecting new information to previous information that students are 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 to the 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) Square back glue binding (above; 5th edition)
CLICK for a single picture of the square back bound text"
OR

Square back binding (also called perfect binding)
Uses glue binding similar to premium paper backs. These books are built to last, easy to store, and also have laminated glossy covers (not the less durable UV gloss cover on most hardbacks and paperbacks). This is a great option for an economical textbook (at less than 1/2 the price of many popular textbooks that may cost $84.95 or more). There is a minimum order of 24 books. Once I receive your book order, it will take approximately 7 to 21 days before you receive your books. If concerned, E-mail me for approximate shipment date.

Features in both types of books
1. Black and white print text pages
2. Colored cover (as shown above)
3. Printed double sided
4. Durable, laminated card stock covers
5.
  5th Edition
, re-proofed, updated, and new information (as compared to earlier editions)

6. Sequenced in the same
order as The Living Environment Core Curriculum for Standard 4
7. Summary "Lesson Links"
at beginning of each unit (summarizes and explains how unit lessons are tied together)
8. Main Idea, Essential Question,
and Objectives listed prior to each sub-unit
9. Includes "Performance
Indicators" and "Major Understandings" at beginning of each lesson
10. Hundreds of illustrations
and diagrams
11. Includes "Stop, Think,
Discuss Questions"; Also includes "Problems", "Excursions", and "Enrichment" sections.
12. Appendix includes RNA
Genetic Code, Lab Requirements, Standard 1 outline ( Includes"PerformanceIndicators" and "Major Understandings" with practical examples); Practice NYS Regents exams; Internet URL listing of great biology sites, Index with vocabulary correlated with Performance Indicators and Major Understandings)
13.  323 pages

14. Use as a class text
or supplementary review book
15. Ideal for resource students
that require simple illustrations
16. Cover picture may change for new editions.
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2. The Living Environment- L.E.A.F. Study Guides
(Living Environment Abbreviated Facts)
(Class of 10 = $69.95; Class of 5 = $39.95)

Great for starting the beginning of each unit with the "Big Picture" (whole to parts approach).
These guides are also useful for review at
the end of each unit, helping absent students catch-up, or preparing for the Regents exam. Each student package consists of seven, double sided L.E.A.F. Study Guides (14 pages total). For each unit, all the "major understandings" are condensed on one side of each page for quick and easy reading (Scientific Inquiry and Ecology use two sides). The diagrams below do not do justice to the appearance of these study guides. The pages are beautifully colored prints, laminated for year-long protection, and are printed double sided. Each page is 3-hole punched for convenient storage in the student's notebook. These pages are similar to the stiff, quick review college study sheets sold in major bookstores.
 
In many cases, the language used in the "Major Understandings" have been simplified for easier understanding. These pages are great for students that have a tough time preparing for exams. Each sheet contains the basic information required to understand each unit. Once the students have mastered these sheets, they will then be ready to move on to any additional information desired by the teacher. An order for a class of 10 includes seven, double sided pages per student for a total of 70 double sides pages (140 total pages). This top quality product is one that your students are sure to 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
"Major Understanding" that is written in easy to understand language and accompanied
by colorful diagrams representing the meaning of the "Major Understanding."
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3. BIO-CUBICS
Class of 20 (total of 60 cubics supplying 6 cubes to each team of two students; in other words, 10 teams serves 20 students) = $22.95
Additional set of 6 cubes available at $2.20 after purchase of class of 20 (10 teams) for same topic
 
Capture your student's minds with these one of a kind manipulatives.
With "Bio-Cubics" there is no way your students cannot focus !
These fascinating 3 dimensional cubes will force students to read, analyze, sequence, and comprehend while rotating and stacking these unique structures. This is active learning at its best and is perfect for cooperative group activities.
Each set has six identical cubes (1 set/ team of two). Each side contains a different picture. The pictures represent different steps in a process that the students must learn. After you review the basic process in class, the students will be given the cubes and asked to arrange the cubes 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 blocks 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 and having fun at the same time. The cubes are also an excellent way to review each unit.
The great thing about the cubics is that they are sturdy, laminated, structures that allow you to pick them up at the end of one class and use them over again in the next class. One master set is all you need. In addition, each kit comes with reproducible student worksheet that will allow the students to record what they did and answer questions that will further solidify their understanding. A teacher guide is also provided.

The 2013 stock cubic sets presently available are:
1. The Scientific Method
2. Life's Levels of Organization
3. Diffusion
4. DNA Synthesis
5. Protein Synthesis
6. Natural Selection
7. Intepreting Fossil Evidence
8. Mitotic Division
9. Meiotic Division
10. Hormone Feedback System
11. Immunity Antibody Reaction
12. Photosynthesis
13. Cell Respiration
14. Enzyme Reaction
15. Food Web
16. Ecological Succession
17. Biodiversity
18. Population Ecology
19. Gobal Warming
20. Invasive Species
Don't see what you want ? I will custom design sets for teachers. Just E-mail me. State the Unit (ex. Genetics, Ecology, etc.) and the process or sequence you want designed (ex. crossing over, menstrual cycle, etc.). For one class set (ex. 60 cubics at $21.95) I will need approximately 3 days from the date that I receive payment before shipment is possible (for larger orders I will need up to 10 days). I charge the same price as my existing sets.


Images above show six different samples of cubes. Each team (2 students) would get 6 cubes (Ex. 6 of one of the cubes shown above- depending on what biology process you ordered). Pictured above are cubes for the processes of DNA synthesis, protein synthesis, levels of living organization, natural selection, diffusion, and the scientific method. Sold pre-cut (no cutting required) and laminated. Just fold and tape. Note that as of 2/14/12 the background color on the cubics will be white (images will still be colored).
 
Two copies of a reproducible student worksheet and one teacher guide comes with each cubic activity.
Estimated preparation days, after the day I receive order, before I ship
(preparation time for printing, laminating, cutting, and packing):
 Number of sets (60 cubes/set)
 Estimated prep. time (days)
 1-4
 1
 5-8
 2
9-12
 3
13-16
 4
17-20
 5
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4. The Living Environment- REGENTS MASTERY REVIEW
$21.95 (unbound, reproducible)

YOU CAN NOW QUICKLY ZERO IN ON THOSE WEAK AREAS WITHOUT BEING FORCED TO "COVER" EVERYTHING.
Perhaps the greatest value of this book is access to practice questions that tend to be repeated on the Regents exam vs. those that rarely appear.

FEATURES INCLUDE:

                                        A. Over 400 reproducible multiple choice Regents questions. Buy one book and reproduce as many pages as you wish for your classes.

                                        B. Questions are grouped by unit topics

                                                 1) Scientific Inquiry and Lab Skills

                                                 2) Life Characteristics

                                                 3) Genetics

                                                 4) Evolution

                                                 5) Reproduction

                                                 6) Energenics

                                                 7) Disease

                                                 8) Dynamic Equilibrium 

                                                 9) Ecology

                                        C. Each section is preceded by a two page "Quick Review" outline of basic concepts and terms related to the unit topic

                                        D. The page opposite each question is left blank for the students and the teacher to write notes that relate to the question

                                        E. Separate teacher "Answer Key" for all questions (may be reproduced by topic)

                                        F. "Answer Key" relates each question back to the "Quick Review" page

                                        G. Separate, easy to use "Student Analysis Page" (may be reproduced).


  

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5. Bio-Brief Review.
$17.95 unlaminated cover;  $19.95 laminated cover (laminated orders must use Master Order Form)

Great 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.

 FEATURES INCLUDE:

                                                                        1. Plastic comb ring book binder

                                                                        2. Pages are printed two sided

                                                                        3. Durable (65 lb card stock) cover

                                                                        4. Outline form

                                                                        5. "Performance Indicators" for all "Key Ideas" include interpretations or examples;
                                                                            "Major Understandings" include examples
and corresponding questions;
                                                                            summary review page exists for each Key
Idea; summary question page for each Key Idea

                                                                        6. Many illustrations and diagrams

                                                                        7. A great review book to use at the end of the year to prepare for Regents exam or may                                                                                                                                                                                                            be used as a notebook from September to June

                                                                        8. Ideal for resource students that require pre-printed notes

                                                                        9. Keeps your student's notes organized, complete, readable, and available.

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6. Teacher Lecture Guide.
$17.95 unlaminated cover;  $19.95 laminated cover (laminated orders must use Master Order Form)



This reproducible outline
includes:


                                                                             1. Plastic comb ring book binder

                                                                             2. Pages are printed two sided

                                                                             3. Durable card stock cover (option on laminated cover)

                                                                            4. "Teacher Planning
Guide" for each chapter to write lesson plans, etc.

                                                                             5. Chapter "Assignment" pages

                                                                             6. Content notes (based on TLE "Understandings") in outline form

                                                                            7. Suggested student "Activities" include answers

                                                                             8. 40 master Illustrations (may copy for student use)

                                                                             9. Coded "Vocabulary Word List"

                                                                             10. "Internet Resources" list.


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7. Student Lecture Guide.
($15.95, unbound & reproducible)

 FEATURES INCLUDE:

                                                                      1. Unbound, reproducible pages

                                                                      2. This is a student companion package 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 student notes (instead of teacher activities

                                                                          "Student Review Questions" (without answers typed in)

                                                                      5. Pages to record assignments

                                                                      6. Printed on 1 side to allow a blank page for additional notes.
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8. Case Studies.
 Teacher manual 17.95 unlaminated cover;  $19.95 laminated cover (laminated orders must use Master Order Form)
 Student manual 14.95 unlaminated cover);  $16.95 laminated cover (laminated orders must use Master Order Form)

The Case Studies are a great way to introduce each new Performance Indicator !
This booklet includes 29 case studies-
one for each Performance Indicator in the New York State The Living Environment Core Curriculum. The case studies cover both Standard 1 and Standard 4. Each "Case Study" is an article providing a realistic illustration that is related to the Performance Indicator. 
Each reproducible booklet features the following: (see attachment)

FEATURES INCLUDE:

                                                                                  1. Attractive, durable (card stock), colored cover page

                                                                                  2. A brief, "Example" for each Performance Indicator

                                                                                  3. Performance Indicator codes (ex. Std.1, P.I. 1.2)

                                                                                  4. Performance Indicator Statements (from Core Curriculum)

                                                                                  5. "Internet Resources" page to find or develop new cases

                                                                                  6. A plastic comb binding for easy opening

                                                                                  7. A "Teacher Lesson Guide" for each Case Study

                                                                                  8. "Case Study" articles for each Performance Indicator

                                                                                  9. Student "Questions" for each Case Study

 
TOPICS INCLUDE:

Huntington's disease
DNA Discovery
Yeast poisoning
Panda Evolution
Beri Beri
Mendel
Martian Life
Red Dye #2
Lynx cycle
Standard Deviation
Smoking Risks
Love Canal
Cancer and UV Rays
Keystone Species
Heart Attacks
Balantidium
Protein synthesis
Recombinant DNA (insulin)
Horse Evolution
Cloning
Lactic Acid Fatigue
AIDS
Marijuana
Food Pyramids
Tropical Rain forests
Mt. St.Helens
Overpopulation
Ozone Hole
Insecticides

(Titles may occasionally be changed to provide improvements)
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9. The Living Environment in 3D.
 unlaminated cover $17.95;  laminated cover $19.95 (laminated orders must use Master Order Form)

Students will see biology diagrams that seem to "pop" out of the page.
Coded to the NYS Core Curriculum in The Living Environment.
Over 60 stereoscopic images. Fun, educational, and a great way to get students to take that "second look" at important diagrams and information (see attachment). Non-reproducible.

FEATURES INCLUDE: 

                                                                                1. Free plastic stereoscopic glasses with each book

                                                                                2. Coloring activity with each 3D diagram

                                                                                3. Plastic comb bound card stock cover

                                                                                4. Text and related questions with each 3D diagram

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10. PowerPoint Notes 
(Standard 1 CD = $24.95; Standard 4 CD = $77.95; Std.1 and 4 = $89.90 (Save $13); Std.1 Site license = $25; Std.4 Site license = $50)
 
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 is accompanied with one reproducible Student Notebook (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 (Standard 1 and 4), bound Student Notebook (105 pages), without the CDs, can also be purchased separately (with answer key).

Full set includes:
1. Scientific Inquiry
2. Ecosystem Interactions
3. Cellular interactions
4. Genetics
5. Evolution
6. Reproduction
7. Energenics
8. Feedback systems
9. Immunity
10. Basic Ecology
11. Human Ecology
A Great Buy when you figure the average price of each PowerPoint is only $12.36

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(slides are in color)
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11. Animated Tutorials. (for Macs only)
($24.95; Reproducible; 15-20 cards each; Teacher Guide, Answer Key) (Must use Master Order Form or Credit Card Order Form to order)

Animated, drop and drag, learning lessons.
These CD's are intended to be used individually by the student at school (load into school computers) or at home (student copies may be made by teacher for students to take home). These programs can also be used for class lectures in which the teacher calls out student names to answer CD questions and to describe the motions to be used in the drag-drop sequences.
These are great for introductions to new topics, review, remediation, and homework (ex. flip-flop teaching approach).
Each CD contains scrollable text information, animated lessons, drag-drop learning activities, and periodic questions. During the program a cartoon character (Dewey) helps to highlight the main points. New scientific words are highlighted in red and may be "clicked" to hear the pronunciation of the word.
The questions allow students to type in answers after reading each short mini-lesson in the program. If the student is incorrect, the program automatically sends the student back to the mini-lesson for remediation. The student then goes back to the question to try again. This is repeated until the question is answered correctly.
A page with the students name or student ID number appears at the end of the program to signify that the student has successfully completed the program. This may be printed and used by the student as evidence that they successfully completed the lesson (ex. evidence they did their homework).
These CD's are a great bargain since the teacher can duplicate as many copies of the program as is necessary for each student (no site license). Also included is a teacher guide and the answers to the CD questions. There are only two program available now: 1) Immunity 2) Energy Flow Through an Ecosystem (Energy Pyramid), but I anticipate new programs. The next CD availalbe will be Photosynthesis vs. Cell Respiration. I am hoping to develop programs that will play on a PC in the near future.
Sample animation page (below).

 
Sample drag-drop page (below)
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12. Regents Computer Exam Prep CD (Macs only)
($21.95 - $24.95; Reproducible; 20-25 questions respectively; Teacher PDF exam copy and answer key)(Must use Master Order Form or Credit Card Order Form to order)

Students are asked questions and remediated until they experience success.
These CD's are intended to be used individually by the student at school (load into school computers) or at home (student copies may be made by teacher for students to take home). These programs can also be used for class lectures in which the teacher calls out student names to answer CD questions.
These are great for preparing students for the Regents exam. The average student usually can complete the exam in 20 to 30 minutes depending on the number of questions in the exam.
Each CD contains 20 to 25 questions that are carefully selected to represent the unit. During the program the questions are randomly scrambled so that if the test is taken over again the questions are not necessarily in the same exact order. This helps prevent cheating and encourages reading and thinking if the exam is repeatedly taken.
The questions are multiple choice and allow students to type the answer in an "answer box" after reading each question. If the student is incorrect, the program automatically sends the student to a remediation page. The student is then sent back to the question to try again. This is repeated until the question is answered correctly.
A page with the students name (and/or student ID number) appears at the end of the program along with the number of questions wrong and the exam score. This page may be printed (or just viewed by the teacher) and used by the student as evidence that they successfully completed the exam.
These CD's, like the Animated Tutorials, are a great bargain since the teacher can duplicate as many copies of the program as is necessary for each student (no site license). Also included is a teacher pdf copy of the exam and answer key to the CD questions. There is only one program available now: Scientific Inquiry (25 questions + remediation), but I anticipate new programs. I am hoping to develop programs that will play on a PC in the near future.

Sample question
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13. Human Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle Game
($9.95 ) (Must use Master Order Form or Credit Card Order Form to order)

The Human Anatomy Jigsaw Puzzle Game is a competitive, two person game in which students will learn about the structures, locations, names, and functions of 25 internal, human organs.
Specifically, they will learn about the mouth, salivary glands, pharynx, tongue, esophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, small intestines, and large intestines, kidneys, ureter, urinary bladder, urethra, liver, nasal cavity, epiglottis, trachea, bronchi, lungs, diaphragm, heart, appendix, and the spleen. Students will have fun and learn about the body as they compete with each other when playing this unique jigsaw puzzle game. Usually 1-2 days prep time before shipping.

The game includes:
1. 20 piece, laminated cardboard, wave pattern jigsaw puzzle (3 5/8" x 9")
2. A laminated game board on which the puzzle is put together
3. Game instructions and answer key
4. Two student summary worksheets

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Puzzle on Puzzle Board
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14. BIO-BAGGIE ACTIVITIES (NEW)
(1 package containing 5 baggie activities on same topic = $34.75)

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 structures and/or processes such as diffusion, evolution, DNA replication, etc. Each activity comes in a zip lock baggie that contains all 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 data page, and teacher answer key/guide are provided. These activities 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). Three baggie topics are presently available. More activities will be available in the future. Descriptions of the activities presently available include:
*(only mini-simulation labs come with a Data page and flow pen)

1. DIFFUSION. 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
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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 strands in the nucelus.
 

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 require 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 model.
                 
Ex. The Cell Model Baggie package contains 10 hard plastic organelles (very tough and about the thicknes of a quarter) like the one 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 reticulum. The yellow cell body (approximately 6"x7") is laminated.
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