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(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
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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
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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.
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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
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Zip file of the complete intro Unit I to Astronomy A (first semester). Assessments (quizzes and a unit test) with answer keys included. Also student activities and worksheets on Word and PDF files. Files include three comprehensive PowerPoint
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This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge Indicators -
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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
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This PowerPoint lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge Indicators -
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(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
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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
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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.
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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
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Link to the video on Youtube is included in the title if the DVD or video tape is not available. 13 plus questions that students can answer in order while watching the video. Excellent video from the Discovery Channel that includes the latest CGI
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This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge Indicators - The
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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.
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This lesson 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
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(A link to youtube.com is provided in the title in case the DVD or video tape is not available. Thumbnail generation is not accurate - spacings are out of place etc.) Excellent series that was on the Discovery Channel and is now on the Science
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Season 1 episode 6 "Alien Galaxies" student video worksheet. Excellent video that describes galaxies, their formation and the current mysteries of the Universe. Worksheet contains questions that students can answer in order while watching the
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This PowerPoint lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards: "STANDARD 7 - The Earth The teacher understands the dynamic nature of the Earth and recognizes that its features and structures result from natural processes. Knowledge
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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
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

24 years as a science educator. Currently teaching high school. Developed curricula for astronomy, matter & energy 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 currently being incorporated as a link in the last PowerPoint slide in the matter & energy and earth science lessons. I have found kahoot.it 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

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

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