Hello! I teach Biology, AP Biology, Earth & Space Science, Astronomy, and Oceanography. I've been teaching now for 27 years. I am very active with the Michigan Earth Science Teachers Association, currently as their past president.
My profile pic is from my flight on SOFIA as one of the first two Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors. This is an amazing airborne infrared telescope.
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These will be used with my Oceanography students for a unit on climate change. They will also be shared with others who are looking for resources to teach about climate change.
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Sun, Apr 07, 2019 1:03 PM in Sun Study
Galileo was the first scientist to use an instrument to study the sun (telescope). One feature he was able to observe were sunspots. I built a simple image projector for our campers to use to observe the sun the summer of the total solar eclipse. You could make one for your students to use to observe and track sunspots.
Here is the link: http://richardsont.people.cofc.edu/safe_solar_fold...
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Fri, Dec 28, 2018 10:10 AM in 9th Grade Earth Science
NSTA has some high school resources that have been vetted, with suggestions made to make the activities more aligned with NGSS. They can be found here: https://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=9 ' target="_blank"> https://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resources-results.aspx?CoreIdea=9 " target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> https://ngss.nsta.org/classroom-resourc...
Sat, Nov 24, 2018 3:10 PM in 3rd Grade Mixtures Lesson
I found this lesson on the Teach Engineering website that may be useful. It is called "Properties of Mixtures vs Solutions: Mix it Up!"
https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_mix_lesson3 ' target="_blank"> https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_mix_lesson3 " target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_mix_l...
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Forensics Science Collection
Mon, Jan 06, 2014 5:18 PM Forensic Science Collection
We are in the process of designing a Forensic Science elective course in our department. We want to make it fun, engaging, and meaningful for our students. The activities in this collection will provide me with the tools I need to bring the department together as we explore our options.
The Career of the Month and Careers in Science features will help our students see forensic science as a possible career path for themselves. There are also several useful labs included. I really like the one called Forensic Science Demonstration via Hawaii Five-O. The soil analysis they use there could also be extended to my Astronomy class when we talk about how rovers like Curiosity test for the presence of organics in the soil on Mars.
Heredity and Variation
Mon, Jun 03, 2013 1:51 PM Heredity and Variation SciPack Review
This SciPack did an excellent job of challenging my current understanding of genetics and heredity. I teach Biology and thought that it would not require much thought. I was wrong. I would recommend this resource to anyone who would like either an in-depth refresher of modern genetics, or a deeper look at something they have a more limited background on.
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