Ecosystem health

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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Student Activity Glossary

The Student Activity Glossary is a growing bank of strategies that can be used to increase student engagement, regardless of the content being taught. Many of these strategies will be familiar to you. Please let us know which are effective in your classroom and help us grow our glossary by sending us your favorite activities or add your comments and/or favorite student activities in the comments section.

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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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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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GMRI crab data from tuvalabs.com
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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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Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management

This curriculum is an extension of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum. Both can be done independently of one another, but were created to complement one another. This curriculum extension provides the parts and pieces to enable you and your students to go further with your Vital Signs work and put an invasive species management project into action!

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Population Change Over Time Data Investigation

This curriculum provides a scaffolded experience that has students doing a Vital Signs data investigation. Through this data investigation, students build their understandings of working with data, designing investigations, and the relationships between invasive, native, and non-native species. Students delve into past and present Vital Signs data and collect and analyze invasive species data from their community. Consider doing this data investigation in conjunction with the iMapInvasives Resource Management Curriculum mentioned throughout.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Post-Treatment Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets

These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units.

These are the modified datasheets for post-treatment observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Initial observation and assessment datasheets can be found here.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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Initial Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets

These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units.

These are the modified datasheets for initial observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Post-treatment datasheets can be found here.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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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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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Vital Communities Curriculum

The Vital Communities Curriculum is an extension of a Vital Signs Investigation Unit (it is assumed that before doing this curriculum you have gone through a Vital Signs Investigation. By doing the Vital Signs Investigation, students do invasive species research, they then, with Vital Communities, design and plan a solution to engage communities in invasive species and ecosystem monitoring.

In designing this curriculum, we used the KIDS Consortium service-learning framework as one of our guiding resources.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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