Rubrics and Assessment Tools

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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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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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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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation

Explore the the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity?" with the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Vital Signs Data Investigation Curriculum Extension. This extension assumes that you have experience implementing Vital Signs in your classroom and have developed a unit plan around an investigation or use one like the Change Over Time Unit: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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One point rubrics for NGSS LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Included are one point rubrics aligned to the NGSS middle level standards under the category LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. There are three rubrics included, each with several performance expectations:

- LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity (LS4.1, 4.2, 4.3)
- LS4.B Natural Selection (LS4.4 & 4.5)
- LS4.C Adaptation (LS4.6)

Although I haven't used these directly in conjunction with a vital signs mission, they can be used as support or transition to another unit.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
NGSS One point rubric draft - Dr. Stewart McCafferty
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Science and Math teacher, 2015
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One point rubric for NGSS LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems

This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.3. I have not yet used this standard directly with a vital signs mission, however, believe it can be used to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships and energy transfer. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
NGSS One point rubric format - Dr. Stewart McCafferty
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Science and Math teacher, 2015
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One point rubric for NGSS LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems

This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Interdependent Relationshios in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.1 & LS2.2, both of which I use as a prelude to vital signs investigations. The can also be used during a study to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
NGSS One point rubric format - Dr. Stewart McCafferty
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Science and Math teacher, 2015
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One Point Rubrics NGSS MS-LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience

This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. The performance expectations included are LS2.4 & LS2.5, both of which I use with vital signs investigations. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
NGSS One point rubric developed by Dr. Stewart McCafferty
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Science and Math teacher, 2015
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LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

Below is a rubric I created aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards DCI's for biodiversity and invasive species. Feel free to change it to fit your curriculum needs!

It covers the DCI LS2.c: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. Performance expectations MS-LS2-4 and MS-LS2-5.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
Next Generation Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Middle Level Science teacher, 11/01/14
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2-Column Notes for Green Crab Video

Have your students complete these 2-column notes while they watch the attached short video on green crabs. The video was created by O'Chang Studios. It's an engaging resource on the invasive green crab.

Other resources you can use include -
Vital Signs species ID card (http://vitalsignsme.org/sites/default/files/content/ci_carcinus_maenas_0...)
Vital Signs Field Mission (http://vitalsignsme.org/mission-green-crab)
and newspaper articles

Follow the video up with a discussion about what we know about green crab, what we need to know more about, and how we can all help!

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rcy71DSBus
How should others reference your work?: 
Christinev, Green Crab Video 2-column Notes, Vital Signs Program, 04/02/15
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Maine Data Literacy Project Graph Choice Chart

Posted with the permission of the Maine Data Literacy Project team.

This resources is awesome! You and your students can use this tool to help decide how to analyze and visualize your data to help answer your question. Check it out and find more resources on the Maine Data Literacy Project website http://participatoryscience.org/project/maine-data-literacy-project.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
This tool was created by the Maine Data Literacy Project and shared with permission. http://participatoryscience.org/project/maine-data-literacy-project
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