Geogirl

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What is environmental science? As a society--why should we care? As teenagers--who cares! This is an introduction to environmental science PowerPoint that shows how cultures exceeding the carrying capacity of the environment. This presentation
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This is the culmination of 2 years of planning for my APES course. I use the book, AP Environmental Science, by Keller, 8th addition. This assignment list goes through the entire year, by topic. It gives ALL assignments students are to do and I
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Solar energy is inexpensive compared to using fossil fuels. But...does solar energy have the same energy yield (amount of energy released) as the use of fossil fuels? What are the different types of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources
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This is a PowerPoint that covers how to write Lewis Dot Structures. This was written for a beginning chemistry class or general science class. My students use this PowerPoint to help them not only draw Lewis Dot Structures but also to help them
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So....What came first--the chicken or the egg? Are the rocks at the bottom of the cliff older than the rocks at the top of the cliff? The Law of Superposition deals with relative time. Rocks on the bottom HAD to have been deposited BEFORE the
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This is a PowerPoint presentation on topographic mapping. It goes over what intervals are and how to spot hill tops and depressions on a topographic map. This presentation is used for beginning earth science students and helps them understand how
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This is a PowerPoint that covers both surface and density currents of the oceans. It also touches upon salinity and thermoclines. This presentation goes hand-in-hand with the standards based questions pertaining to the oceans that I have also put
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Ocean currents is one of the important earth science standards for California. As a result, I put together this assignment about ocean currents. Students use the guidelines and the current map to help them figure out how ships used to use currents
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This is an award winning atmosphere & climate project by Laura Branch! (I received a grant for this one!) Students all learn differently. Some enjoy writing. Some enjoy music. Some learn best through art. Because of this, I put together
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What types of energy are there on Earth? What is the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy? How are each made and how are they harvested? This is a PowerPoint presentation that gives students an idea as to where these resources are
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This is an award winning project where students learn about volcanoes located around the world. After learning about viscosity of magma in volcanoes, students research a given volcano in a group of 3-4 and put together a PowerPoint presentation
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Nope--It's not in the California State Science Standards for some reason! Don't ask me why! All I know is that my students really enjoy learning about severe weather. They love death and destruction and they want to know why tornadoes occur where
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This is a PowerPoint that I put together for both my advanced geology class and my AP environmental science class. It goes through the major mass extinctions that caused major changes through time including the Permian mass extinction and the
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What are the minerals that make up Mohs Hardness Scale? What do these minerals look like? How do you use such a scale in the identification of a mineral? This is my PowerPoint presentation on Mohs Hardness Scale. It shows what each mineral looks
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This is a PowerPoint on sustainable agriculture. This presentation was written with AP Environmental Science students in mind. It goes through positive inputs in crops such as using lady bugs as pesticide and cop . From these inputs, farmers get
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This is a California State Science Standards-based project dealing with the ocean floor and it's topography. Students are to draw the given cross-section of the ocean floor in class and then draw and label it again on large poster paper. (11x17
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Biomes are an important concept for both biology and environmental science. Biomes and ecosystems are dependent on the climate of the area. Both biomes and ecosystems will change with climate change. I wrote this lab for my AP Environmental
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Yet another award winning lab/project from Laura Branch!!! This lab won a curriculum project grant in 2010! This is a great project that ties together the ideas of plate tectonics, volcanics and earthquakes in a fun project that students of all
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This is a PowerPoint that reflects some of the California State Science Standards for Earth Science. This PowerPoint covers concepts such as continental drift and Pangaea. It also provides evidence that supports the idea of continental drift.
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Based on the California State Science Standards, this presentation goes over the differences between asteroids, meteors and comets. Students will learn where the asteroid belt is located and why it is there. Students will learn the difference
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have 18 years of teaching experience at Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California. I teach students of all levels in a 9th grade earth science course along with an advanced geology course for 11th and 12th graders. I have been teaching the AP Environmental Science course since 2012. I am currently working on my CTE Credential in Energy, Environment and Utilities and I work very hard to align all my curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards. I was lucky enough to participate in the Amazon Rainforest Educators Academy through Eco-Teach, July 2016. I am now working with the coordinator on implementing an AP Educators workshop.

MY TEACHING STYLE

My personal philosophy and the reason I became a science teacher is because science should be hands-on. Students should be able to experience and talk about the science around them. When I teach, I want students to feel relaxed and comfortable so students can feel confident talking about and asking questions about real-world science. As a person who has gone on many geology field trips around the Western United States to learn the craft, I have found that eating, drinking and living science is the best way to learn about it. My students may create atmosphere and climate bumper stickers, build earthquake-proof buildings and floor plans or make ice cream to show phase changes in order to feel endothermic reactions. As students experience all of this, they start asking questions that make science real to them and in the end, they will come to class more and learn more while having fun.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

**Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest **Recipient, Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2016, NAGT **Recipient, Altrusa Community Grant for Water Testing Project, 2016 **Instructional Strategy Team Grant recipient—Betta Fish Alive, Healthy Ecosystems or Bust, 2015-2016 **Guest Speaker—Innovations in Teaching television show, Nov. 2013 **Project Curriculum Grant recipient—A Grave Mistake—Arsenic Groundwater Poisoning due to Embalming Practices during the Civil War, 2013-1014 **Project Curriculum Grant recipient—Santa Barbara County Watershed, 2013-2014 **Guest Speaker—Talking with Teachers television show, Feb 2013 **Instructional Strategy Team Member Grant recipient—Grants for Symbiotic Relationships, 2012-2013 **Care for the Earth Grant recipient, 2012 **Project Curriculum Grant recipient—Energy Unit—Renewable & Nonrenewable Sources, 2012-2013 **Project Curriculum Grant Recipient—Clay Among Us, 2012-2013 **Project Curriculum Grant recipient—Volcanoes, To be explosive or not to be explosive, that is the question, 2011-2012 ** Team Coach Grant recipient--Depositional Environments for Dummies, 2011-2012 **Innovative Technology Grant recipient—Art, Volcanoes and Prezi, 2011-2012 **Care for the Earth Grant recipient, 2010-2011 **Project Curriculum Grant recipient—Seismic Retrofit R Us, 2010 -2011 **Care for the Earth Grant recipient, 2010-2011 **South Coast Geological Society Teacher of the Year, 2003 **Tech2Go grant recipient, 2002

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have a M.Ed in education with an emphasis in teaching from UC Santa Barbara. I obtained this in 1999. I have a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Science, emphasis in Geoscience, from UCSB, 1999. I am CLAD certified. I have a bachelor's of science in geological sciences from San Diego State University. I graduated in 1996. I have an associates of arts in geological sciences from Santa Barbara City College. I graduated in 1994. I participated in an externship at Santa Maria Energy during the summer of 2012 along with an externship at Hardy Industries, Inc. during the summer of 2013. I participated in Project Lava in Hilo, Hawaii during the summer of 2001.

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

I love writing curriculum. I love watching students "do" science. I have written the course curricula and implemented the teaching of an advanced geology course in 2000. I have been writing the course curricula for AP Environmental Science which was implemented Fall 2012. I have traveled to Colorado Plateau, Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Hawaii and Zion to study geology. This experience gave me the hands-on experiences I need for creating innovative science curricula and to bring interesting real-world ideas into the classroom for my students. Personally: My husband and I are raising a 13 year old son and eight year old fraternal twin girls. This experience makes my life a little more hectic!

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