Sharon Ruggieri

NBCT AYA Science/Earth Science Specialty; VA certifications in Biology, Earth Space Science, and English as a Second Language (prek-12). Interests include: geology field trips, the Chesapeake Bay and Barataria Bay, human origins and genetics.


Arlington, VA

Recent Posts by Sharon

Thu Jun 07, 2012 10:08 AM in Transit of Venus on June 5
Here's an image of the transit from a sun spotter!

Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:19 AM in Learning by Gaming
For those of you that may be interested....The Federation of American Scientists are reviewing science learning games. Here is the info and links. Science Game Reviews FAS Learning Technologies announced in December that we have started reviewing Science Learning Games Games designed for players ages 10+ will be reviewed by FAS, a scientist and a teacher. You, the pu...

Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:32 AM in Gravity Interactive
Hello Harvey, Glad to hear you found the interactives website useful for your students. It is a very rich resource with numerous simulations for concepts in astronomy. Another fun activity when teaching about mass, distance and orbital velocity is a NASA activity "Distance to the Moon." This is an exercise in scale construction which can then be used to analyze mass and distance in the solar sy...

Recent Reviews by Sharon

Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:54 PM
5 Teaching Scale in Models
This activity was fun and concrete for students! The instructions are clear and my students were able to make the computations. We then applied the technique to a solar system model and they were able to evaluate its accuracy.

Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:50 AM
5 Repeat applause! Two thumbs up!
The research project in this article is such a perfect accompaniment to our grass growing project I had to give it a second shout out! Our grasses are up, we've read about eutrophication and its consequences and now my students are doing individual research projects on Chesapeake Bay organisms.

Fri Feb 17, 2012 8:36 AM
5 Modeling with computers and hands on
This is another excellent webinar from NASA Explorer Schools. Great lessons for hands on modeling of planet temperatures based on position in the solar system. And a great computer model for simulating insolation as a function of distance. Additional resources are lessons for modeling weather and climate with hands on concrete manipulation which can then be supplemented with the computer model.

Recent Public Collections by Sharon

Temperature and Earth climate Modeling Hot and Cold Planets

11 Resources

NASA explorer schools webinar - great resources for teaching about the solar system and insolation, seasons, weather and climate

Earth Climate Course: Radiation Balance Model
Type: User uploaded resource

Earth Climate Course: Radiation Balance Model
Type: User uploaded resource

Groundwater topics

9 Resources

Articles for teaching about groundwater topics

Into the Abyss
Type: Journal Article

An In-Depth Exploration of Karst
Type: Journal Article


20 Resources

Journal articles on integrating forensics into science courses as a tool of student engagement, higher order thinking skills and problem solving.

Dem Bones
Type: Journal Article

Accidental Drowning or Foul Play?
Type: Journal Article