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Findings from the Field: Abbreviated Article Format

Many classrooms across the state of Maine are investigating interesting questions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions that ought to be shared with the science community but just do not have time to produce a full research article. For that reason, Findings from the Field is now accepting abbreviated submissions.

Submissions following the abbreviated format must include:

    A graph, table, chart, or figure showing data that was collected
    A short description of the data (2 to 3 sentences)
    A scientific argument, including:
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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Findings from the Field: A Middle School Journal of Science Research

Now Accepting Submissions for Volume 1!

Findings from the Field is a journal of scientific research produced exclusively by Middle School students. Help us to get this journal off the ground by submitting to the first issue! Participation will elevate student learning through writing about investigations, engage students in a community of student scientists through peer review, and provide an authentic audience for students’ work.

Timeline for Volume 1:
Submit articles for peer review: September 2017 through March 2018

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Independent Ecology Investigation

This full unit of study structures a student-driven learning experience that has students defining a research question, planning a Vital Signs data investigation, analyzing and interpreting their data, and communicating their findings. Students are guided through group activities designed to develop background knowledge in relationships in ecosystems and skills around data collection and analysis. Students extend this work by applying the newly developed skills and concepts to a student-driven investigation which culminates in creating a product to share their results.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Results

Representing and describing data are challenging tasks. The tools included here support students in pulling together their results section, including choosing a graph and writing a results narrative. Resources include organizers, handouts to prompt student writing, and peer review forms for a results section of a science article.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
These resources were pulled together by teachers participating in the Vital Signs Next Steps Institute: Launching Maine's First Middle School Journal of Scientific Research.
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Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Abstracts

Abstracts are often the unfamiliar to students who have not written formal science articles. This minilesson breaks down the information in an abstract into clear, manageable components and provides tools for students to review and strengthen their work.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
This lesson was created and tested by Glenn Powers and 5th through 8th grade science students at the Center for Teaching and Learning in Edgecomb.
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Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Discussion and Conclusions

These writing and revision tools are designed to support scientific argumentation. Beginning with the conventional claim, evidence, and reasoning structures, these tools push beyond to encourage students to incorporate discussion of the certainty of their findings and alternative explanations. Resources include a graphic organizer and a new addition of the Vital Signs Scientific Conclusion Peer Review Tool.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Vee Diagram

The Vee Diagram is a graphic organizer that outlines an authentic science investigation. Use this tool to help students track their process as they move from questioning to gathering data to drawing conclusions.

This resource is pulled from the Invasive Species and Biodiversity Curriculum found here: http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-species-biodiversity-data-investigation...

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation - New and Improved!

Explore the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity in my area?" with this full unit of study. Through this investigation, your students will develop understandings around interdependent relationships in ecosystems, skills in analyzing and interpreting data, and confidence in conducting authentic scientific research.They will explore the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity in local habitats while they collect and interpret real data and communicate their findings with a community of scientists.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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GMRI Green Crab Data on Tuva

Students will practice using data to answer statistical questions using the online interactive, Tuva. Students will create graphs and then use their graphs to draw meaning from the data. Tuva hosts a variety of datasets with accompanying questions that students may explore on their own or with extra class time.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
GMRI crab data from tuvalabs.com
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Biodiversity Data Investigations Online PD Module

Goals for this anytime anywhere module:
1. Understand why working with data is important and a key part of doing science and an opportunity to bridge the math and science disciplines.

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Professional development
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, Biodiversity Data Investigations Online PD Module, Vital Signs Program, 07/13/16
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