Invasive species

Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation - Online PD Module

Goals for this anytime anywhere module:

  1. Understand why working with data is important and a key part of doing science and an opportunity to bridge the math and science disciplines
  2. Recognize student understanding of and skill with statistical questions and variability as parts of being science literate
  3. Become familiar with Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum
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Grade Level: 
Professional development
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, Population Change Over Time Data Investigation Online PD Module, Vital Signs Program, 06/01/17
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Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management - Online PD Module

Goals for this anytime anywhere module:

  1. Become familiar with the Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curriculum
  2. Have hands-on experience with key components of this curriculum that will help you support students in:
    • Identifying and asking statistical questions
    • Developing data collection skills
    • Making decisions based on data as evidence
    • Collaborating with peers to form an invasive species management project
    • Executing and monitoring the success of that project
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Grade Level: 
Professional development
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management Online PD Module, Vital Signs Program, 05/30/17
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Vee Diagram

The Vee Diagram is a graphic organizer that outlines an authentic science investigation. Use this tool to help students track their process as they move from questioning to gathering data to drawing conclusions.

This resource is pulled from the Invasive Species and Biodiversity Curriculum found here: http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-species-biodiversity-data-investigation...

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Developing Skills in Preparation for Fieldwork

Use these in-class activities and stations to hone skills in collecting high quality data and familiarize students with Vital Signs data sheets and identification resources before students go out in the field.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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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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Grade Level: 
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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Grade Level: 
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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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
GMRI crab data from tuvalabs.com
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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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Boom! Quiz, Quiz, Trade

Boom! 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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Grade Level: 
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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