Science is a class where students are encouraged to question, explore and engage in the world around them. They will use prior knowledge to further engage in topics through experiments. Students in grades K-12 will generally study the same topics during the year, but activities are differentiated to meet skill levels of the students.
This upcoming school year we will start with an activity in each class where students work together to practice, review and strengthen their science skills and get to know their classmates. We will also spend a few weeks learning about and/or reviewing the metric system. Students will identify and use a variety of lab equipment items to better understand how and when to use them.
Our first big unit of the year for grades 2-8 will focus on chemistry. We will learn how materials interact to form new materials. We will spend time learning about the periodic table of the elements and conduct some exciting lab experiments.
Grades K-1 will spend several weeks this fall learning all about insects. They will learn how to identify an insect and we will spend some time outdoors catching and observing insects (and then we will safely release them back into their environment). Kindergarten and first graders will also have an opportunity to participate in some small chemistry activities. This will take us through winter break.
After winter break we will have the opportunity to study animals, care for some and dissect others to learn about the internal structure of living things. We will finish off the school year with a unit on plants. We will learn about the structure of plants, how to identify them, grow some of our own and investigate why they are so important to our ecosystem.
High School science will look a little different this year. I will be teaching several Fridays in the fall and spring. In November and December we will spend our science time dissecting and in April and May we will do a pond study and incorporate plants and invertebrates into our activities. I am really looking forward to this new format!
I am looking forward to a wonderful year with your children. My biggest wish is for them to enjoy science, ask endless questions about our topics and become more aware of science in their everyday lives.
MEET SARAH TROSPER
K-12 SCIENCE TEACHER
I attended Drake University to receive my B.S. in Biology and Secondary Education. Then I went on to attend Iowa State University to receive my M.S. in Science Education.
I taught middle school science and high school biology for the Des Moines Public Schools for 10 years. When our oldest daughter was born, I was able to stay home and continued substitute teaching part-time. I began teaching for the HSAP program in 2014.
My husband, Chris, and I have three children: Abby, John, and Kate.
I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family riding bikes, swimming and gardening. My husband and I enjoy scuba diving on the island of Bonaire. I also enjoy Hawkeye football and I LOVE the CUBS!
WHY I LOVE TEACHING
I love sharing my love of science and nature with kids! Their curiosity and questions keep me learning new things every day.