Phone: (719) 328 - 4588
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science University of Northern Colorado Biology: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Master Of Arts University of Colorado Colorado Springs Education: Curriculum and Instruction Certified to Teach Secondary Science and Mathematics in Colorado
Ms. Megan Heier
My name is Megan Heier. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Northern Colorado and my Master of Arts in Instruction and Curriculum from UCCS. This is my fourth year at Russell, as well as my fourth year teaching. I am an adviser for National Junior Honor Society and I coach intramural softball. I can often be found wandering around school in my lab coat, because I love doing labs in class. I am a Russell Alumni and have a picture of myself from seventh grade hanging in the building. Its fairly easy to spot, because I look about the same, lab coat included.
Outside of school, I love to spend time with my two dogs, Arty and Trout, read, hike, crochet, play video games, read some more, and visit my younger, and only, sister. I am a member of the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and visit frequently. My favorite animal is the river otter. I love learning and hope to get a PhD in education one day in the near(ish) future. The most exciting thing I have ever done was living in Costa Rica for two months, where I was a field assistant for a research project on iguanas.
This course is a two-semester, standards-based science course. We will be learning about physical science, life science, and earth science. We heavily emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
- During first semester, we will learn about Ecology, and Weather and Climate.
- During second semester, we will learn about Force and Motion, and Space.
This course is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and Colorado State Standards. More information about these standards can be found here.
All materials can be found on Schoology.
Distance learning will be conducted through Schoology and Cisco Webex. Students will be expected to log into class at their class time. Each day students will be given an entry and exit ticket to take attendance. These may or may not be graded, depending on what they contain.
All sixth grade expectations apply to this class. Due to the nature of science class, there are a few additional expectations.
- In person class is conducted in a science lab. As such, students are expected to sign a safety contract that will be given out when they return to learning at school.
- Food is not permitted in the room during labs. On lab days, breakfast and snacks can be eaten in the hallway or during the time we are outside at the beginning of class.
An Average Science Class
This can and will vary, but a typical day will include...
- Science Starter (entry ticket): 5 minutes
- Science Practice (dependent on current topic; example- nature journaling): 10 minutes
- Daily Lesson: 10-25 minutes
- Free work time: 40-55 minutes
- Exit Ticket: 10 minutes