Mariah Ramos

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Mariah Ramos

Hello, and welcome! This is my fourth year teaching at Spring Hill since graduating from Emporia State University.  I currently live in Spring Hill, with my husband and our kitties, Leo and Amelia. They're fluffy divas. (The cats, not the husband). I teach Earth/Space Science and Integrated Science.

 Earth/Space Science: In this class, we explore the physical characteristics of our planet, and will be looking at the interactions between the geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and the hydrosphere.

Integrated Science: This class blends the highlights of physics, chemistry, environmental science, and earth science. At its heart, this class aims to address the everyday science that we encounter. This class has many real-world applications and will use labs and other hands-on applications to explore these concepts.  

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at ramosm@usd230.org.

Quarter 1:

Earth/Space Science: We will start with the nature of science. We will then move into Earth as a system and practice measurements/scientific notation. Next is our space unit! Students will learn about space exploration, star life cycles and the Big Bang. Then we will delve into chemistry where wewill study the basic information needed to further explore earth science (atoms, molecules, and bonding). We will end the quarter by studying the impacts of density of the layers of the Earth and corresponding characteristics. 



Integrated : After reviewing the scientific method, we will practice graphing by studying Newton’s Laws of Motion. We will study momentum, friction, speed, and velocity. We will then use those concepts to develop balloon-powered race cars. Further exploration of motion will take place via studying the physics of roller coasters including potential and kinetic energy. We will round out the quarter with our unit on circuits and electricity where students will complete a soldering project





Quarter 2: 


Earth/Space Science: We will study rocks, minerals, and the rock cycle this quarter. This involves growing crystals and looking at the compounds that make up the Earth's crust. We will then investigate the theory of plate tectonics and how it has shaped the surface of our planet. We will learn about the different types of plate boundaries and the resulting landforms and end the semester by talking about natural hazards associated with plate tectonics, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building. 


Our second unit will encompass chemistry concepts, including the structure of an atom, periodic table trends, and isotope formation. Then, we will discover chemical reactions and use these to investigate the chemistry of everyday materials. We will round out the quarter with acids, bases, and pH indicator. 






 

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