Learning activities

Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME supporting documents

The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME; a Vital Signs Field Mission that Maine and New Hampshire Vital Signs users can both contribute to.

Below you will find the following documents:

  • Teacher instructions for Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME
  • Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Forest Pests in NH
  • Guide for Posting Data - Mission: Forest Pests in NH
  • Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank
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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Mission: Invasive vs. Native Crabs supporting documents

The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs; a Vital Signs Field Mission that Maine and New Hampshire Vital Signs users can both contribute to.

Below you will find the following documents:

  • Teacher instructions for Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs
  • Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs
  • Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank
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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Quiz, Quiz, Trade

Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a quick (maximum 5 minutes) easy strategy to use to get students moving, help them build comfort with sharing and interacting with each other, and review lots of material all at the same time. Students mingle around the classroom quizzing each other with question cards and trading those cards.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Exploring the Vital Signs Website

This is a short, simple exercise to get students familiar with the website. Can be done individually or in pairs. This guided inquiry Worked really well with my students! They greatly appreciated having the opportunity to explore the site, and choose their own species of interest. Make sure to review their comments before they post! Enjoy. Jamien

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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Getting Started with Scientific Inquiry

This year I made a commitment to myself to do a Vital Signs investigation with my 7th graders.

The timeline posted here details how I plan to incorporate my old curriculum and scope and sequence with Vital Signs and more scientific inquiry. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is also a great resource. The BirdSleuth Investigating Evidence provides lots of resources and ideas for supporting this effort.

The Meet a Scientist worksheet is something I found on BirdSleuth but tweaked it a bit.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
Bird Sleuth pieces (Cornell Lab) http://www.birdsleuth.org/investigation/ Vital Signs - 10 day curriculum
How should others reference your work?: 
Anyone is welcome to use it and revise it in any way that makes sense for them. It is not necessary to reference my work.
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Scientific conclusion peer review tool

This tool comes from the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation

Have students use this tool when they are reviewing and critiquing scientific conclusions.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Designing a data collection plan

This activity is part of the full Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation

Students will learn about different sampling techniques. Then they will use the skills and knowledge they have developed about these sampling techniques, random sampling - http://vitalsignsme.org/random-sampling-activity, and the skills stations - http://vitalsignsme.org/vital-signs-fieldwork-skills-stations, to design a sampling protocol.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Random sampling activity

This activity is part of the full Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation

Students will model the experience of random versus non-random sampling to determine the total number of M&M’s and the diversity of M&Ms in their M&M populations. Half of the class will use random sampling, and the other half will choose where to sample, introducing bias into their sampling.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Statistical Question Challenge

This is a modification of Part I Activity 3 in the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, Statistical Question Challenge, Vital Signs Program, 03/10/16
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Messalonskee Middle School Data Investigation

Amanda Ripa (science teacher at Messalonskee Middle School), her interdisciplinary team of teachers, and their students completed a Vital Signs investigation and extended this experience with the Vital Signs Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. From nature journaling, using minnow traps to sample crayfish in their school pond, dissecting crayfish, and collecting, posting, and analyzing data, these citizen scientists really hit a home run!

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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