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By AstronomyDad
Zip file of the complete intro Unit I to Astronomy A (first semester). Assessments (quizz and a unit test) with answer keys included. Assessments in this unit have been converted and can now (also) be given online and auto-graded through Easel.
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7
$35.00
26
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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:
Science, Chemistry, Physical Science
Grades:
7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Internet Activities, Webquests, Simulations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
31
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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:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Webquests, Lesson
$140.00
4
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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:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Unit Plans, Webquests
$140.00
3
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
25
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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). Assessments in this unit have been converted and can
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$40.00
11
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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
The episode link to YouTube is provided in the title if the video is not available on DVD. 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 Theory on the
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Activities, Video Files
$5.00
16
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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:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Worksheets, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$6.00
15
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By AstronomyDad
PowerPoint lesson IV in the "Electricity and Magnetism" Unit VI - introductory physics. This lesson identifies the effects of magnetic forces and how magnetic poles interact; describes magnetic field lines around a magnet; and explains how and why
Subjects:
Science, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lectures, 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
18
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By AstronomyDad
This lesson aligns with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): "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 - The
Subjects:
Science, Earth Sciences
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$6.00
20
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By AstronomyDad
PowerPoint lesson V in the "Electricity and Magnetism" Unit VI - introductory physics. This lesson explains how an electric charge creates a magnetic field; describes how electromagnets are used, and relates electromagnets to everyday
Subjects:
Science, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lectures, 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
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By AstronomyDad
First Unit in Astronomy B (second semester). Three PowerPoint lessons with kahoot.it and quizizz.com that are included as links in the last slide and can be used as an informal assessment and/or review; three review programs with printable color PDF
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$40.00
6
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By AstronomyDad
PowerPoint lesson V in the "Energy" unit - introductory physics. This lesson explains why conduction is slower in gases; describes convection currents and their importance and discusses three laws of thermodynamics.PowerPoint lessons contain many
Subjects:
Science, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lectures, 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
12
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By AstronomyDad
Student Internet investigation or "webquest" that explores the subjects associated with the foundations of astronomy; history of astronomy and solar system models, and the birth of modern astronomy. The activity is divided into three parts. Part one
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
Worksheets, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RST.9-10.8, RST.9-10.9
$6.00
3
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By AstronomyDad
Zip file of the complete Unit IV Astronomy "The Inner Planets." Includes an assessment folder with answer keys; student worksheets, activities and reviews in both Word and PDF format. Assessments in this unit have been converted and can now (also)
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.11-12.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$40.00
9
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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:
Activities, Internet Activities, Webquests
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.9-10.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$6.00
14
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By AstronomyDad
The last unit in Astronomy B - second semester. This unit attempts to explain some fairly abstract concepts and ideas in Cosmology - in mostly simple non-mathematical terms. Short videos were selected in the PowerPoint programs to emphasize and
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
CCSS:
RST.9-10.3, RST.9-10.4, RST.11-12.7, RST.11-12.9, RST.11-12.10
$40.00
5
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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:
Science, Physics, Physical Science
Grades:
6th, 7th, 8th, 9th
Types:
Lectures, PowerPoint Presentations, Activities
CCSS:
RST.6-8.3, RST.6-8.4, RST.6-8.7, RST.6-8.9, RST.9-10.10
$5.00
15
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By AstronomyDad
Fourth Unit (out of five) in Astronomy B - second semester. Four inclusive PowerPoint lessons with short video links and slide sorter notes for the instructor; four review programs with printable color PDF worksheets; student guidelines/notes and
Subjects:
Science, Astronomy, Earth Sciences
Grades:
8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Types:
PowerPoint Presentations, Worksheets, Lesson
$45.00
2
Digital Download ZIP (113.10 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

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

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