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I LOVE creating relevant, engaging resources that make learning fun for students and life a little easier for teachers! I have 18 years of public high school teaching experience, mostly in Hawaii. My primary subjects were Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, but I have also taught Physical, Earth, and Environmental Science. I received my B.S. from UT Chattanooga, my M.Ed. from Chaminade University, and I have been National Board Certified in Science since 2002.

I LOVE creating relevant, engaging resources that make learning fun for students and life a little easier for teachers! I have 18 years of public high school teaching experience, mostly in Hawaii. My primary subjects were Biology and Anatomy & Physiology, but I have also taught Physical, Earth, and Environmental Science. I received my B.S. from UT Chattanooga, my M.Ed. from Chaminade University, and I have been National Board Certified in Science since 2002.
Inheritance Patterns in the Kolo: Genetics Activity
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Inheritance Patterns in the Kolo: Genetics Activity

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In this activity, students will discover the variety of offspring that can come from one set of heterozygous Kolo parents. Kolos are cute little creatures that are rumored to live behind Rainbow Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii. In fact, Kolo means “to creep or crawl” in Hawaiian. All Kolos are very happy, but they have a few characteristics that vary from one Kolo to the next. Students will simulate inheritance principles as they determine the traits of their own unique Kolo, and then they get to color, name and display their adorable Hawaiian critter. Students will flip coins to determine 7 Kolo traits using a variety of inheritance patterns including Mendelian (straightforward dominant/recessive), codominance, and intermediate inheritance. There are also optional extension activities that allow you to take the learning to a higher level of fun. It will be helpful if students are familiar with the following terms before attempting this activity: • allele • dominant • recessive • genotype • phenotype • heterozygous • homozygous • codominance • intermediate inheritance The only materials needed for this activity are coins and colored pencils, crayons or markers. Have fun! If your students enjoy the Kolo, please leave feedback and let me know. Thanks! Happy Teaching! Carla Brooks Science Island
Chemistry and Biology PowerPoint Review for Advanced Science Electives
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Chemistry and Biology PowerPoint Review for Advanced Science Electives

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This presentation is perfect for the first week of school in just about any science elective course such as Anatomy and Physiology, Ecology, Marine Science, etc. You could also use it as a year-end review or for test preparation. Over 30 slides with clear, concise content and gorgeous images includes a basic review of important Chemistry and Biology facts that students should have learned in these prerequisite courses. Terms and Topics Include: • chemistry • matter • element • atom • protons • neutrons • electrons • atomic number • atomic mass • molecule • compound • chemical reaction • chemical equation • ionic bond • covalent bond • hydrogen bond • polar molecule • pH • biology • cell theory • mitosis • cellular respiration • mitochondria • photosynthesis • chloroplast • deoxyribonucleic acid • passive transport • active transport • diffusion • osmosis • organ systems • biosphere • ecosystems • communities • populations • organisms • protists • fungi • plants • animals Aloha, Carla Brooks Science Island