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Alonna Smith

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K20 Center

Academic Credentials

Bachelor's of Secondary Science Education
University of Central Oklahoma 2014

About Me

Alonna has worked at the K20 Center since June of 2019. Previously, she worked as a high school science teacher and department chair at Oklahoma City Public schools. Alonna is currently pursuing her master's degree in secondary science education at the University of Oklahoma. As a curriculum specialist, Alonna spends her time working directly with teachers to implement authentic teaching practices, as well as writing ready to use lessons for K20's LEARN website.

Recent Publications

The Bigger the Heart, the Bigger the Attraction

Relative Gravity and Gravitational Force

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th Grade

Building upon students' understanding of gravity, this lesson helps them to determine that gravity is attractive and is correlated with mass and inversely correlative with distance. Rather than using calculations or formulas, students use data and tables to determine whether the provided information... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
The Bigger the Heart, the Bigger the Attraction

Relative Gravity and Gravitational Force

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Earth Science, Physical Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • MS-PS2-4, 8.PS2.4.2
More 90 minutes
Time Frame 2-3 class period(s)
Who Was Henrietta Lacks?

Ethics in Scientific Research

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

This lesson is intended to support life science standards found in biology. The lesson is not intended to cover the standards completely, but rather to supplement them and raise awareness of ethical issues and racism in science and medicine. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Who Was Henrietta Lacks?

Ethics in Scientific Research

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 7th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 6.LS1.1 , 6.LS1.1.1, 6.LS1.1.2, 6.LS1.2 , 6.ESS2, 6.LS1.3 , 6.LS1.3.1, 8.LS4, 8.LS3.1.1, 8.LS3.1.2, 8.LS3.1.3, 8.LS3.1.4, 8.LS3.1.5, B.LS1.2, B.LS1.2.1
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Time Frame 4 class periods
What's Under Our Feet?

Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

In this lesson, students use an online fossil database to explore changes in life forms throughout the history of life on Earth. Students also make predictions about environmental changes and how those changes affect organisms living in different environments. Students then analyze anatomical similarities... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
What's Under Our Feet?

Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Subject Subject

  • Science

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 8th Grade

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • 8.LS4.1 , 8.LS4.1.1, 8.LS4.1.2, 8.LS4.2 , 8.LS4.2.1
More 3-4 class periods
Time Frame 200 minutes
Connecting Social Issues & Human Health Inequities Unit, Lesson 5

Environmental Racism in America

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

During this fifth and final lesson in the Connecting Social Issues and Health Inequalities unit, students analyze Marvin Gaye's song, "Mercy Mercy Me," discuss the history of environmental racism in America, and complete and present their project proposals. Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, B.LS2.2 , B.LS2.2.1, B.LS2.2.2, B.LS2.2.3, B.LS2.2.4, B.LS2.2.5, B.LS2.6 , B.LS2.6.1, B.LS2.6.2, B.LS2.6.3
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Time Frame
Connecting Social Issues & Human Health Inequities Unit, Lesson 4

Comparing Communities

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

During this fourth lesson in the Connecting Social Issues and Health Inequities unit, students view Oklahoma's life expectancy map, identify environmental threats that contribute to these life expectancies, and discuss what these threats mean with regard to air quality and society. Students then compare... Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS1-3, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, B.LS1.3 , B.LS1.3.1, B.LS2.2 , B.LS2.2.1, B.LS2.2.2, B.LS2.2.3, B.LS2.2.4, B.LS2.2.5, B.LS2.5 , B.LS2.5.1, B.LS2.5.2, B.LS2.6 , B.LS2.6.1, B.LS2.6.2, B.LS2.6.3
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Connecting Social Issues & Human Health Inequities Unit, Lesson 3

The Role of Green Spaces

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

During this third lesson in the Connecting Social Issues and Health Inequities unit, students analyze satellite images of two locations, calculate the percentage of squares that are mostly forested and those that are mostly urbanized, using aerial images of two different zip codes with drastically different... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS1-3, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS2-5, HS-LS2-6, HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6, B.LS1.3 , B.LS1.3.1, B.LS2.2 , B.LS2.2.1, B.LS2.2.2, B.LS2.2.3, B.LS2.2.4, B.LS2.2.5, B.LS2.5 , B.LS2.5.1, B.LS2.5.2, B.LS2.6 , B.LS2.6.1, B.LS2.6.2, B.LS2.6.3
More 4-5 Periods
Time Frame 240-300 minutes
Connecting Social Issues & Human Health Inequities Unit, Lesson 2

Environmental Factors

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - Undergraduate

During this second lesson in the Connecting Social Issues and Health Inequities unit, students analyze Oklahoma City's Air Quality and pollutant levels from 2020 and summarize important information about air pollutants in a public service announcement. Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - Undergraduate

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS2-7, HS-LS4-6
More 6-7 periods
Time Frame 360-420 minutes
Connecting Social Issues & Human Health Inequities Unit, Lesson 1

Understanding Asthma

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

In this introductory lesson to the Connecting Social Issues and Human Health Inequities unit, students will explore asthma through a variety of station activities, videos, readings, and charts. In doing so, students will better understand what occurs in the respiratory system before, during, and after... Read more »

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 9th - 12th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Course Course

  • Biology I, Environmental Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-3, B.LS1.2, B.LS1.2.1, B.LS1.3 , B.LS1.3.1
More 4-5 Periods
Time Frame 240-300 minutes
Action, Reaction

Forces and Motion

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

This lesson focuses on applying Newton's third law of motion, and on finding solutions to problems associated with collision. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to examine and explain evidence to support Newton's third law of motion, identify a real-world problem involving a transfer of... Read more »

Lesson 5E Lesson
Action, Reaction

Forces and Motion

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 8th

Subject Subject

  • Science

Copied To Clipboard Standards

  • MS-PS2-1, 7.ESS3.1.2
More 250 minutes
Time Frame 4-5 class period(s)

Participants will develop a broader understanding of what makes real-world phenomena engaging, student-centered, relevant, and grade-appropriate. During this session, participants will explore the role of phenomena in lessons that may be delivered virtually or in blended learning environments. By centering... Read more »

Tag Target Audience

  • All Staff or Teachers, New Teachers, Teachers

Tag Calendar Placement

  • Any time of year

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Active Engagement, Analyze, Collaborate, Elaborate, Evaluate, Hypothesize, Interpret, Problem Solving, Reason
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Time Frame 60 minutes