Karon Decker

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Are you tired of assessing just through a test? Do you have a group of students who need a new and exciting way to demonstrate their knowledge? I found myself in this situation when teaching about the digestive system in the middle of my human
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Looking for a practical way to assess and have students apply their skills in reading a topographic map? This activity has students plan a trip to a wilderness area. They must use a map you provide to plan their route, where they will hike, get
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Want to track the phases of the moon for a month? Use this blank calender to record data for month then look for patterns in the passes of the moon.
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When introducing life science, the concept of what is alive, and classification, students need to start with the basics. What are the six kingdoms of living things and what makes each group unique? Students research each kingdom and create a flip
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Students work in groups of 3-5 to create an informative poster exploring the different types of plate boundries and their effect on the shape of the planet.
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Mind Maps, or concept maps, are an excellent way to get kids to start thinking about a topic, or a way to see how they are processing information at the end of the unit. The assignment ask students to create a concept map about the systems of the
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When learning about the respiratory unit within our study of the human body, students are very interested to know what effects their lung capacity. Students can do this lab with a variety of materials, but essentially the purpose is for students to
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When starting a unit on genetics, you can use this survey to help students see common genetic traits that are easily observed. I have also provided an extension activity. For the extension, students collect data from another school and compare and
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This test has 7 mulitple choice questions on vocabulary, 6 biome matching questions and a menu option of 6 short answer questions to choose from. I have also included an answer key and an example of how short answer questions should be answered.
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Are you looking for an in-depth lab to help students develop their skills in measurement, inquiry, data collection, analysis, and a way for them to present authentic information? I have included everything you would need to do a week long inquiry
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This is a comprehensive test that includes a diagram of the heart, blood flow questions, problem solving section regarding blood types and transfusions, and a critical thinking essay question. This was designed for a 7th grade science class.
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This is a detailed test over the major concepts covered in a unit on the cell. It included questions on the cell theory, scientist, organells, diagrams, charts and tables. If you purchase the adobe version and want a word doc. I am happy to
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Are you looking for a different way to see if your students grasp the vocabulary and steps of cell division and mitosis? This choice board has been designed to have students present their knowledge in a format that correlates with their learning
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Students recive an egg that becomes their "Mars Rover." They need to apply the three laws of physics to designing landing gear for their egg. This handout explains the assignment as well as includes a rubric.
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Are you looking for a way to engage your students and have them think critically about plants? SCAMPER is a great way to encourage divergent thinking, problems solving and application of basic knowledge about the topic. For this project students are
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Students research and complete this flood flip book foldable. They will explore the causes, effects and types of floods, and have a handy study guide when they finish.
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This Oceans Unit Project organizational handout is set up to go into a science notebook when copied front to back. Students have serverl type of projects to choose from and there is a grading rubric included.
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One of the things I strive for in my middle school life science class is having my students do authentic work on real world issues surrounding the topics we study. After we complete our genetics unit, we move into our unit on genetic disorders.
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Are you looking for a strait forward inquiry lab for upper elementary or middle school science students? This lab addresses the concept of how long certain foods provide energy for the body and why. Students place foods from several different food
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If I had to have only one tool to use with my biology students, it would be this list of commonly used Latin and Greek prefixes and suffixes. I literally give this to my students each nine weeks and have them put it in their binder or science
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I started off as an outdoor enviromental education instructor, then moved into working as a scientist for the national park service. I have taught everything from a self-contained elementary class of 4th, 5th and 6th grade students in a rural classroom in a two room school, to teaching in an upscale suburban middle school as an Earth and Space Science and Life Science teacher. I also have two special needs adopted sons that my husband and I homeschool.

MY TEACHING STYLE

Student Centered inquiry learning

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MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

I have an undergraduate degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Education. My masters degree is in Middle School Science and Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon University.

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Check out my comprehensive teaching blog. On it you will find my products organized by Life Science, Reading, Homeschool Lessons and essays on education. http://backyardlearning.blogspot.com/

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