Lucas Talley

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Lucas Talley
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"Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted." - Dr. Suess
 
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In this activity students will learn about the layers of Earth's atmosphere through trial and error in a team competition setting. Students are assigned teams and given five signs with the labels "troposphere", "stratosphere", "mesosphere",
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This is a 20 day unit about the structure and scale of the universe, the big bang theory, and the life cycle of stars (among other things) that is guaranteed to engage your students and make your life a little easier. This is such a fantastic
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This took a loooong time to make, but it was totally worth it. Never before has there been a PowerPoint about continental drift and plate tectonics that is so straightforward and engaging, With dozens of original animations and illustrations, smooth
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In this assignment students will be analyzing four different maps displaying evidences used by Alfred Wegener to support his hypothesis of continental drift and then transferring that data to a map of Pangaea. The four maps used show rock layers,
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Very few, if any, Earth Science related topics will be more relevant for your students to understand than that of global warming and climate change. Your students will have heard about it in the news, in the media, and at home. Lucky for us
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I'm pretty proud of this one. Your students are guaranteed to be engrossed with this vivid and engaging PowerPoint about the life cycle of stars. With dozens of original illustrations and animations, tons of high resolution, jaw dropping images,
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This PowerPoint teaches the nitrogen cycle using original illustrations, creative and smooth animations, and simplified diagrams and terminology. The PowerPoint starts with nitrogen quick facts and then moves into the conflict between living things
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** This page is for the digital version of the Matter Cycle Game ** This colorful, creative, and engaging board game is a great way to introduce or review the carbon, nitrogen, and water cycles with your students. The goal of the game is for the
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This is a short and simple homework assignment testing student knowledge of the concepts of observations and inferences in an engaging way. The assignment is divided up into three parts. Part one gives the students a series of six somewhat comical
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In this lab students will have a chance to put the scientific method into practice as they build a roller coaster that will safely carry a passenger from start to finish. Roller coasters are made out of pipe insulator, masking tape, and assorted
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The Universe 101 Reading Packet covers some basic middle school and high school level astronomy topics, such as the structure of the universe, the big bang theory, evidences of the big bang theory (red shift, cosmic background radiation,
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This package includes an HR Diagram PowerPoint, an HR Diagram Assignment (and answer key), and a teacher guide / lesson plan that describes how these resources are used in my classroom. The PowerPoint builds an HR Diagram with the students so that
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This assignment covers the basics of atoms and elements and teaches students about the sources of the elements (hydrogen and helium from the big bang, helium through iron from nuclear fusion in stars, and elements heavier than iron from supernova
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The Big Bang Theory and its evidence can be difficult to teach to students because of its abstract nature. This package will give you ideas and resources that have proven effective in the classroom to better help your students to grasp these
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In this assignment students will create a board game that covers each of the major stages of the star life cycle in a creative and fun way. This is a great way for students to apply what they have been learning in class and try to find ways to make
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Few things capture student attention like a well taught astronomy unit. Everything about the scope and scale of the universe is fascinating. This PowerPoint introduces astronomy by guiding an alien from the outskirts of the known universe all the
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The Big Bang Waterfall assignment helps your students to apply what they have learned about the big bang theory in their own words and with their own pictures in a format that they won't bristle at. A "waterfall" is a type of booklet where each of
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In this assignment students will choose four ecosystems from the list provided and create a food chain for each ecosystem on each of the four sides of the food chain pyramid hand out. Each side of the pyramid will have a producer native to the
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This quick-paced, straightforward, and engaging PowerPoint about ozone is sure to keep your students interested and part of the class discussion. This PowerPoint boasts dozens of original animations, smooth transitions, and a healthy dose of humor
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This is one of my favorite PowerPoints, and a lot of time and love went in to making it. I honestly believe it to be the most straightforward and engaging PowerPoint about the atmosphere and atmospheric processes out there on the market. With dozens
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I love teaching all content areas but science holds a special place in my heart. There's nothing better than latching on to a student's natural sense of wonder and curiosity and guiding them in discovery of the world around them. I have taught 9th Grade Earth Science for five years. During the summers I teach an accelerated Earth Science course for those students interested in getting ahead in science and freeing up electives in high school. In addition to teaching I have also served on the Utah State Earth Science Core Writing Committee as a teacher expert in rewriting the state Earth Science core. In 2012 I was selected as the outstanding Earth Science teacher of the year for the state of Utah.

MY TEACHING STYLE

I believe in emphasizing student mastery over student grades. I also believe in offering students a variety of ways to prove mastery. I believe that consistency, student engagement, sincerity, a good plan, and the ability to adapt on the fly are the keys to classroom management and effective lessons. I believe that all teachers should switch up their teaching styles from day to day to keep everyone on their toes. I like using PowerPoint in my classroom because I strongly believe that, if used correctly, it can be one of the best visual tools that we have at our disposal. I vowed early on to avoid boring and stale presentations filled with walls of text. One of the greatest compliments my former students pay me is when they come back to visit years later and they tell me "Mr. Talley, I miss your PowerPoints." Download a few of my PowerPoints today and hopefully you'll see what I mean.

HONORS/AWARDS/SHINING TEACHER MOMENT

Earth Science Teacher of the Year for the state of Utah for the 2011-2012 school year. Selected as one of a handful of teacher experts to work on the new Earth Science core for the state of Utah.

MY OWN EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

Bachelor's Degree in Biology Composite Teaching from Brigham Young University, 2008 Master's Degree in Instructional Technology from Utah State University, 2012

ADDITIONAL BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

In addition to teaching I am a lover of good movies, good books, good video games, good food, and overall good times. In addition to teaching I am currently caught up in creating a variety of educational games that can be played on multiple platforms. I have been married to my beautiful wife Kellie for 11 years and I am the father of four children. Gabriella, age 8, Olivia, age 6, and twin 3 year old boys, Liam and Dashiell.

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