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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:  2024 - 2025

Teacher:  Debbie Walker

Age: 6-9

Homework:  Occassional

Type of Class:  Students that attend this class and do the homework do not need to do additional learning outside of the class to learn this subject.

 PreReqs:  Must be able to read and write to be successful in this class.

Science Explorers will study 9 different science topics over 3 years, so your student can remain in this hands-on science experience for 3 years, and then graduate into our Science Investigators class for another 9 science topics taught over 3 years!

Fall:  Light and Energy

In our class, Light and Energy, students will become energy experts by understanding that energy is responsible for all movement and change in our world.  We will explore the many forms of energy:  heat, mechanical, electrical, chemical, sound, solar, and light.  We will concentrate the second half of the trimester on Light energy.  We will study how it travels, reflects, and bends.  Also, students will learn how the eye sees light by learning the various parts of the eye and their purpose.  Some of the many projects the class will include are:  creating roller coaster tracts to show change in potential and kinetic energy, racing solar cars to convert sun’s energy to mechanical energy, making pinhole cameras to demonstrate how light travels, building kaleidoscopes to show how light reflects and many more fun scientific experiments. 

 

Winter:  Weather Systems

This winter session, our student scientists will study the world’s weather in the Quest in Science course, Weather Watch! They will investigate winds, the four seasons, the water cycle, clouds, air pressure, greenhouse effects, and all the wild weather we experience around the world.   Students will keep their own weather calendar.   Our student scientists will learn about various weather situations with hands-on lessons including tornado tubes, season wheels, hydration evaporation plates, and many more.  Throughout the quarter, students work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data. They will keep a science folder for all their work related to our science studies that will go home with them each week and can be used for their evidence of science for your records! 

Spring:  Animal Habitats & Classification

This spring session, our Science Explorers will study the animal kingdom in the Quest in Science course, Animal Habitats and Classification! They will investigate the many types of animal habitats on Earth, such as forests, deserts, the arctic, and the ocean, each with its own special environment.  Each habitat provides shelter and food for animals that live there.  The students will learn how scientists classify animals into mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and spiders.  They will identify the physical and behavioral adaptations of animals to understand how each has adapted to their environments, even extreme environments.  Some activities will include modeling bird beaks through similar shaped tools, designing their own fish by combining various physical characteristics, participating in a role play activity to demonstrate the musk oxen defense circle, and conducting an experiment to learn the importance of blubber for keeping some animals warm!  Students will also learn how animals can work in groups to survive and how they compete for resources.  Throughout the quarter, students work together in small lab groups to perform experiments, test hypotheses, and gather and record data. They will keep a science folder for all their work related to our science studies that will go home with them each week and can be used for their evidence of science for your records!

Our Science Explorers Series has 3 cycles, with each series occurring every 3 years.  

That means that kids can continue to take Science Explorers

for 3 years before they repeat a subject!

Each year we offer a Physical, Earth and Life Science!

Series 1 (2024-2025): 

Fall:  Light & Energy

Winter:  Weather Systems

Spring:  Animal Habitats & Classification

 

Series 2 (2025-2026):  

Fall:  Measure That Matter!,

Winter:  Rock Hounds

Spring:  Biomes, Ecosystems & Insects

 

Series 3 (202): 6-2027

Fall:  Forces & Simple Machines

Winter:  Astronomy

Spring:  Our Green World

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