Deborah Sparby

I am a 6th grade science teacher at Severna Park Middle School and have taught there since 2000. I am also a mom of 4 and just celebrated my 28th wedding anniversary, plus I have the cutest Dachshund ever named Annie. My recent professional developments have included a summer internship through NASA and Towson University in the BEST program. I have also attended Northrop Grumman PD's including the TEAACH academy and the Hour of Code. Last year, I was selected by NASA to participate in a yearlong GPM Master Teacher Program that is an outreach program educating students in Earth Science using the new GPM Satellite data. I have applied my learning into action projects and grant writing to create two storm water projects that increase infiltration of rain water on our campus in order to improve the water quality of the Chesapeake Bay. This project was selected as project of the year that year. This year, I was nominated by students, parents and staff as the representative of our sch




Severna Park Middle

Recent Posts by Deborah

Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:19 PM in Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
No. I don't like the county idea, which to me is boring. I think the engineering project allows them to apply all the content into a real world crisis and go through the entire engineering and design process and work in collaborative groups with assigned roles where each has a specific problem they consider. One may deal with chemistry, another with materials management, an integration role to ...

Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:43 PM in Project Based Learning in Fifth Grade Science Classroom
Yes I have done Project based learning. Our story line for our first unit is the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. In that unit we cover the concepts of global water issues, properties of water, Adams, the first 20 elements in the periodic table, chemical and physical changes all too demonstrate how when the project manager didn't add the required chemicals once they switch the water supply, that it ca...

Sun May 07, 2017 8:15 PM in Energy Flow Misconceptions
The biggest misconception is that matter cycles and energy flows. They think energy cycles. Instead, use the energy pyramid to show some energy is lost as one consumer eats the next. They also think plants don't use the energy they store for their own life functions.

Recent Public Collections by Deborah

Oceans with climate

2 Resources

Resources and Human Impact
Type: SciPack

Ocean's Effect on Weather and Climate: Global Climate Patterns
Type: Science Object