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Debbie Walker

BS Physics
​Debbie Walker is an experienced science teacher that brings Physics to life for students by incorporating real world examples into her lessons and creates a fun classroom atmosphere by promoting questions and discussion.  Debbie earned her Bachelor's degree in Physics with a minor in Psychology from Scripps College in Claremont, CA.  She spent 5 years teaching high school AP Physics, Physics and Chemistry.

 She took several years off teaching to pursue a full time position of Mom to her three wonderful children and two dogs.   She resumed her career by teaching hands-on science to elementary school children throughout Los Angeles with Quest in Science and has been with them since 2010.  She loves basketball and has enjoyed coaching her son's basketball team!   She is excited to be working with the students and families of HuckleBerry and looks forward to a great year!

Science Explorers

Teacher:  Debbie Walker

Age: 6-9

Fall:

Measure that Matter!
This exciting chemistry course will engage students' curiosity for science through fun hands-on investigations and activities. Students will learn how to safely and skillfully use science tools to explore the states of matter, create properly measured mixtures, and observe chemical reactions in action.  All of our science classes include daily hands-on experiments as well as take-home scientific method analysis of our investigations!

Winter:

5-8 Rockhounds
Where do rocks come from? Where do they go? What are rocks made of? How do we describe and classify rocks? Where can we find rocks on Earth? In this course, students become rockhounds to tackle these questions and more! We investigate the layers of the earth and learn how to read maps using scales and legends. Students observe and manipulate a large variety of igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. They describe and then classify them according to their properties. Students observe a sediment cylinder and find the layers and the sediments in the cylinder. Using sand, shells, and rocks,
students make their own sediment. Students dissolve and create crystals and observe different crystal shapes in igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks. They learn the different ways that fossils can form and create their own simulated fossil. Students will learn about soil and test the properties of soil,
sand, and rocks. They study how water, wind and ice affect rocks and create different landforms. Each day, our busy rockhounds work together in small lab groups to perform experiments and make observations. They maintain a record of our adventures together so they will never forget how to be a rockhound!

Spring:

Biomes and Insects
This spring quarter, Quest in Science offers the exciting hands-on learning science course, Biomes and Insects. This is a two-part course that first emphasizes a broad look at biomes and explores the relationship between the physical environment and animal survival. The second half offers a more
specific study of adaptations as we investigate the world through the eyes and mouths of insects. We learn how to correctly identify an insect by examining various characteristics and investigate the many benefits insects provide. With this course, we hope to provide not only a greater understanding of our
living world but a greater appreciation for it as well. Some of the fun, hands-on activities that the students will enjoy this quarter are beaver dress-up day, blubber hands, kaleidoscope bug- goggles, mealworm adoption and much, much more!

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