Rubrics and Assessment Tools
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Working with models is one of the science practices in NGSS. We use lots of models in Vital Signs and in our classrooms, and sometimes we think students make the connections with the real world, but we aren't sure. I learned about this strategy at NSTA annual conference from BSCS and thought it would be a great addition to the New Bird in Town game, Oh, Deer! Invasive Species Style, or any other modeling activity or game.
Here's one way it could work: