Invasive species

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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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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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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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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Know Your Reds - Natives VS Invasives

Use photos and specimens to help students learn to identify filamentous red seaweeds they find along the shore. Students must support their identifications with evidence photos and statements, giving them some practice before they post to the Vital Signs website.

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Grade Level: 
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
Vital Signs Species Identification Card Various field guides Digital cameras
How should others reference your work?: 
SRichman, Red Seaweeds, Vital Signs Program, 10/20/2015
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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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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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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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Invasive Species Carnival

This is a math/science interdisciplinary unit created for the Vital Communities project. The outlines the process used to encourage kids to create their own carnival using probability games to educate the public about invasive species.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
How should others reference your work?: 
MrsPovak, Invasive Species Carnival, Vital Signs Program 8/18/2015
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