Invasive species

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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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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Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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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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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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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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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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Vital Communities Online PD Module

Goals for this anytime anywhere module:
1. Become familiar with the Vital Communities Curriculum Extension.
2. For you to be excited to empower your students as environmental leaders in their communities through the Vital Communities curriculum.
3. For you to be comfortable and confident to start engaging your students in an open-ended process that empowers them as the designers and problem-solvers.

Overview
The Vital Communities curriculum came out of work funded in part by Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF).

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Professional development
Resources I used: 
In designing this curriculum we used KIDS Consortium service-learning framework and KIDS as Planners as one of the guiding resources. We highly recommend this book as an additional resource.
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, Vital Communities Online PD Module, Vital Signs Program, 07/13/16
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