Welcome to 6th grade science on the Sapphire team! I’ve been teaching middle and high school science for more than 20 years! I grew up on a farm in northern Michigan and moved to Montana with my husband and kids in 2002. I earned a B.S. in Earth Science/Geography with teacher certification in Secondary Education from Michigan State University and an M.S. in Science Education from Montana State University. (I only attend MSU’s- ha!) I’m passionate about Earth Science and middle school is my absolute favorite level to teach. Can’t wait to dig into some science with you!
I can identify and use a variety of methods/processes and tools to make measurements and observations.
I can develop an explanation w/ evidence for a proposed solution to a science/engineering problem.
I can evaluate different solutions to determine how well they meet the criteria/constraints.
I can model how the Earth, sun and moon interact to make seasons, eclipses and phases.
I can use data to compare objects in our solar system.
I can describe how gravity affects the formation of galaxies, solar systems and planets.
I can give examples of the interactions between Earth’s four spheres.
I can make a model of to show Earth’s interior.
I can explain how temperature affects the density of particles.
I can illustrate and explain how energy cycles from Earth’s core to the crust.
I can use evidence from fossils and rocks to explain plate tectonics
I can use evidence from continental shapes to explain plate tectonics.
I can use evidence from seafloor spreading to explain plate tectonics.
I can describe how Earth’s surface is continuously changed by plate movement.
I can develop a model to show how rocks are recycled.
I can identify the source of energy that drives the rock cycle.
I can explain why minerals are found in clusters around the globe.
I can model how the sun and gravity affect the water cycle.
I can explain how masses of air have different qualities based on their origin.
I can model how masses of air interact to change the weather.
I can analyze data (including clouds, air pressure and other weather factors) to predict weather.
I can identify evidence for and ask questions about the rise in global temperature over the last century.