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This is the mega bundle packet of demonstration and lab activities for States of Matter and Physical and Chemical Changes. Many of these activities are carried out with common household ingredients and fun recipes (Ice Cream, Grunt, Toffee, Rock
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Objective: Learn the parts of a sedimentary rock, understand how they form, and what it looks like up close. Describe a sedimentary rock. Science Indicators: 1. Compare distinct properties of rocks (e.g. coloring, layering and texture). 2. Observe
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This is a small bundle of demonstration and hands-on lab activities for States of Matter and Physical and Chemical Changes. These activities are carried out with common household food ingredients and fun recipes (this one features Ice Cream and
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This activity is perfect for a review of the rock cycle, but when done in its entirety is a simulation of the rock cycle! Good for learning it for the first time (for 3rd graders) or reviewing concepts and vocabulary (4th grade, 5th grade).
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In this activity, students will learn how radioactive decay proceeds, and how to interpret data from isotopes found in rocks. A set of dice will represent a population of decaying atoms, and as students roll and remove dice from the parent
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In these (2) activities, students will learn to describe geologic time, learn where rocks get their names, and represent time in various ways including by using geologic units of time. Points of special interest will be noted in geologic time, both
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Oobleck and slime activities with complete instructions, tips, and science explanation aligned to Ohio State Science standards. * Your students will do these activities at home. One year, several of mine used their mom's entire stock of
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Learning Objectives: Students will be able to understand how the earth’s rotation can be observed as a change in the direction of a shadow cast from an immobile object. Students will create ideas about what this knowledge could have been used for
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This zipped bundle includes 13 pages of notes about rocks and minerals and a fully editable Excell spreadsheet (one page each for Minerals, Sedimentary Rocks, Metamorphic Rocks, and Igneous Rocks) of all the 2013 Science Olympiad rocks and minerals.
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I'm working on some materials for students to investigate Earth like the Curiousity Rover investigates Mars, but this was too cute to not just offer up! Keep watching for a larger unit on sedimentary rocks and depositional environments. One image
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Earth Science Objective: Rocks and the Rock Cycle Learners will: • Distinguish between mineral and non-mineral objects • Identify or choose examples of factors used to classify rocks • Distinguish between intrusive and extrusive igneous
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One of my very favorite activities to do with students - in fact, I use it whenever I can because it provides an engaging way to get my students talking about plate tectonics, using new vocabulary, and flexing their creative muscles. If you haven't
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I was working in a collaborative classroom where the required curriculum was based on looking at pictures of rocks, and felt that this did not meet the needs of what we wanted for our students. We could do better. We would put minerals in their
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This is the keyword review and quiz I use for testing students understanding of the rock cycle, rocks, and rock forming minerals. This review and quiz complements the work students complete in my rock forming minerals and rocks unit, found here:
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This Spring is the 100-yr anniversary of the Great Dayton Flood, which was the most significant flooding event to occur in the SW Ohio region in modern times. The city of Dayton responded in historically significant ways that permanently influenced
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Learning Objectives: Recently, JPL (Jet Propulsion Labs) reported that there in fact has been moving water on Mars. How was this determined? What evidence do we have? Can that evidence mean anything else? Use principles of geology to
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A big list of hundreds of misconceptions in science, prepared as an editable handout. From http://betterscienceteaching.com/2012/11/27/misconceptions-part-4-are-there-really-that-many/
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I use this as an essay assignment for my pre-service teachers course. This provides a series of prompts critically evaluate the origins of a misconception, as well as how to prevent and correct it. A grading rubric is included. This assignment is
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Want to project an interactive notebook assignment or notes ON journal pages? Here ya go! Just load it up as your background image.
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Are you and your students beginning a unit on geologic time or fossils? These activities will help your students understand the scale of geologic time as well as how paleontologists use fossils to learn about past animals and environments. This
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have diverse educational experience including a public high school, college classroom, elementary classroom, and the educational department of a children's museum.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I prefer to lead activities for students and to provide them with opportunities for hands-on, minds-on learning. I rarely teach with powerpoint (unless students are creating presentations to show their classmates), but I love using various kinds of media in the classroom.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

I have been recognized by the faculty at both universities I've taught at for my teaching as well as the American Chemical Society.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a License in AYA Integrated Science, a PhD in Geology/Paleontology from Ohio State, MS in Geology, Master of Science in Teaching, and Bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry. I was also a finalist at the Intel ISEF once and an alternate finalist twice.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I am a full-time high school science teacher and part-time adjunct professor. My chemist husband and I share our home with two tiny budding scientists.