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By AstronomyDad
This activity/review aligns with the Common Core State Standards: STANDARD 5 - Matter and Energy"The teacher understands the nature and properties of energy in its various forms, and the processes by which energy is exchanged and/or transformed.5A.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Chemistry
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Webquests, Simulations, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
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By AstronomyDad
Zip file of the complete intro Unit I to Astronomy A (first semester). Assessments (quizzes and a unit test) with answer keys included. Many student activities and worksheets are also included on Word and PDF files. Files include three
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$30.00
25
Digital Download ZIP (81.11 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This activity/review aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The competent science teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes.
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Webquests, Activities, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$4.00
23
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Student Internet investigation that explores the topic of soils. The lab utilizes websites from the NRCS (National Resources Conservation Service) and allows students to study soils and soil types in your area/region. Maps and interactive GIS data
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Webquests, Internet Activities
$4.00
20
Digital Download DOCX (0.02 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Zip file of the complete Unit II in Astronomy.This unit includes assessments - two quizzes (20 questions each); one Unit test (60 questions both PDF and in Word) scantron with answer keys (PDF); three comprehensive PowerPoint lessons with
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$35.00
10
Digital Download ZIP (59.40 MB)
By AstronomyDad
(An HD link to youtube.com is provided in the title in case the DVD or video tape is not available.)Excellent series that was on the Discovery Channel and is now on the Science Channel. This worksheet is on episode #1 and explains the Big Bang
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Video Files, Activities
$5.00
16
Digital Download DOCX (0.10 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Student Internet investigation that explores the Solar System; spacecraft exploration of the Solar System, and the formation of planetary systems. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one gives students an overview of comparative
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Webquests, Activities, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$6.00
14
Digital Download DOCX (0.03 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 5 - Matter and Energy The teacher understands the nature and properties of energy in its various forms, and the processes by which energy is exchanged and/or transformed. 5A.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
17
Digital Download PPTX (2.11 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Student Internet investigation that explores the subject of landforms, weathering and erosion. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one investigates what defines a landform and the four main types of mountains. Part two explores the
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences, Environment
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Webquests, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$6.00
15
Digital Download DOCX (0.03 MB)
By AstronomyDad
All five units for the second semester are bundled into one zip file at a discounted price. Units include:Unit VI - "Radiation and The Sun"Unit VII - "Stars and Nebulae"Unit VIII - "Stellar Evolution"Unit IX - "The Milky Way and Other Galaxies"Unit
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Lesson Plans (Bundled), Webquests, PowerPoint Presentations
$140.00
4
Digital Download ZIP (430.53 MB)
By AstronomyDad
All five units for the first semester are bundled into one file at a discounted price. Units include:Unit I - "Introduction Into Astronomy"Unit II - "The Solar System"Unit III - "Planet Earth And The Moon"Unit IV - "The Inner Planets"Unit V - "The
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Webquests, Whole Courses
$140.00
3
Digital Download ZIP (406.07 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 5 - Matter and Energy The teacher understands the nature and properties of energy in its various forms, and the processes by which energy is exchanged and/or transformed. 5D.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
11
Digital Download PPTX (5.75 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 5 - Matter and Energy The teacher understands the nature and properties of energy in its various forms, and the processes by which energy is exchanged and/or transformed. 5A.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
9
Digital Download PPTX (0.87 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Zip file of the complete Unit IV Astronomy "The Inner Planets." Includes an assessment folder with answer keys; student worksheets, texts, activities and reviews in both Word and PDF format.Files also include two comprehensive PowerPoint lessons
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.11-12.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$35.00
8
Digital Download ZIP (72.17 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This unit aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The competent science teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Worksheets, Lesson Plans (Bundled), PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.1, RST.6-8.2, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.8, RST.6-8.9, RST.6-8.10
$35.00
9
Digital Download ZIP (31.99 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 6 - Force and Motion The teacher understands and applies the concepts that describe force and motion and the principles that explain them. 6B. understands the concepts and
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$4.00
14
Digital Download PPTX (1.32 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 5 - Matter and Energy The teacher understands the nature and properties of energy in its various forms, and the processes by which energy is exchanged and/or transformed. 5A.
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$4.00
11
Digital Download PPTX (1.36 MB)
By AstronomyDad
Student Internet investigation that explores the subject of the geologic time scale; early, ancient and recent Earth history. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one investigates the geologic timescale and how it is used to describe
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Webquests, Internet Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
8
Digital Download DOCX (0.03 MB)
By AstronomyDad
This PowerPoint lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards:"STANDARD 7 - The EarthThe teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes.Knowledge Indicators -
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 6th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
11
Digital Download PPTX (3.27 MB)
By AstronomyDad
(Note: thumbnail generation may not represent the PowerPoint program - headings and spaces are out of place. Please download the preview file if interested - thanks!) This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 6 - Force and
Subjects:
Physical Science, Science, Physics
Grades:
8th, 9th, 7th
Types:
Lectures, Multimedia, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$4.00
13
Digital Download PPTX (1.55 MB)
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

29 years as a science educator. Developed curricula for astronomy, physics, chemistry and the earth sciences for many years. Conducted technology in-services for staff and training seminars for use of new technology in the classroom.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Teach all ability levels in science from grades 6-12. Lessons are reflective of interactive learning & student inquiry in the classroom. Astronomy is a very visual science so I try to incorporate that into the lessons & reviews whenever possible. Math is kept at a reasonable minimum - but there are expectations of having at least a first-year algebra level of math (Kepler and Newton's Laws as well as Einstein's theory of Special Relativity etc.) "Hands-on labs" are few due to the nature of the subject - however Internet activities/labs have proven to be an effective substitute. Power Point lessons include many graphics; some animations and several short video links. An optional kahoot.it interactive 20-question quiz/review is incorporated as a link in the last PowerPoint slide in all PPT lessons. I have found that online kahoot.it and Quizziz programs to be a very effective and fun way to gauge student understanding of the subjects. Students will have a note guide to follow along with the PowerPoint lessons as well. Lessons are set up as a framework in which students can ask questions, and class discussions are highly encouraged. Most lessons are listed as 30 minutes but will vary depending on the amount of student interactions and (optional) links to the short videos (and kahoot.it quizzes) that can be shown. ActivInspire programs are used for review of a lesson or a unit covered and also include many graphics (the answers are sometimes in the graphics or gives a "hint"). The instant feedback and student discussions that are associated with this style of review is unmatched. There are many ways to conduct an ActivInspire review - I will usually have students work in pairs or in teams to see who can score the most points or answer the most questions correctly. I strive to make it fun; informative & interactive for students at all levels. The greatest gift as a teacher is imparting a sense of wonder of what the Universe is about. When students graduate and return to tell you how your class was a such a positive experience - well - words can't fully explain the moment. I guess it does mean that you are making a difference!

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

(a few honors/awards but not into self-congratulations)

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

BS Astronomy/Geology; BS Earth Science Ed; M.Ed Science

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Happy father of three boys who tolerate Dad lecturing about the world around us.

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