Invasive species

Student Flyers Examples

Three examples of student flyers that were part of a combined project to raise community awareness about invasive species and their effect on the environment. You can easily build your own rubrics depending on your focus. Criteria could include content, mechanics, accuracy, layout & design, citations, creativity, user friendly, group cooperation, or other criteria important to you.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
Vital Signs species identification cards, invasive species kit from the state, Internet, and iPads.
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Green Crab Mark Recapture Datasheet

This is a datasheet from Ruth Indrick, a project coordinator with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) that they use for Green Crab Mark Recapture studies. Vital Signs partnered with KELT for an event at the Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) Conservation Conference in 2015, and demonstrated tools and techniques for engaging schools and community members in invasive species monitoring. Use this datasheet out in the field and use the contained equations for estimating crab populations.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
Lincoln Peterson Method/Lincoln Index, Chapman Estimator, Schnabel Method
How should others reference your work?: 
Ruth Indrick, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, 07/23/15
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LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

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.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
Next Generation Science Standards, Disciplinary Core Ideas
How should others reference your work?: 
kmwbailey, Middle Level Science teacher, 11/01/14
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2-Column Notes for Green Crab Video

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!

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Rcy71DSBus
How should others reference your work?: 
Christinev, Green Crab Video 2-column Notes, Vital Signs Program, 04/02/15
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Videos
Videos: 
See video

Tree identification videos

Check this out! Dr. Don Leopold has identified over 100 tree species on YouTube. Follow this link:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBE1197A3397CAE00&feature=plcp
In 2 minutes or less he summarizes how to identify a native or non-native species (mostly from the northeast) and shares solid ecological info about the species. Great as a species ID tool. Great as a motivator to create your own identification videos! (manyeyes hearts VS)

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
YouTube

Invasive Species Forum

This project had the goal of empowering students as environmental leaders in their communities to re-energize community-based environmental monitoring efforts, contributing data and community power to monitoring for high priority invasive species.

At Massabesic Middle School we extended our Vital Signs investigation into the community by hosting an invasive species forum. The forum highlighted species in 4 categories: upland plants, forest pests, freshwater plants, and marine invasives.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Resources I used: 
Students used a variety of sources for their information, many found on the Vital Signs website. State experts and guest speakers supplied information, brochures etc.
How should others reference your work?: 
pparent, Invasive Species Forum, Vital Signs Program, 02/06/15
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Vital Signs Formative Assessment (VSFA

Students have an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Mission to determine whether or not Christine has found an invasive plant species, Japanese knotweed. During the mission, they view a short video clip, a series of photos, and a field guide that compares this plant to a similar species, Giant knotweed.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
Vital Signs database for student photos, research on student learning in argumentation, and the use of contrast sets to to make claims.
How should others reference your work?: 
Wildflower, Vital Signs Formative Assessment (VSFA), Virtual Vital Signs Mission, 12/5/2014
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Create an Alien Invader

After classroom discussion and activities around scientific names, invasive species, habitats, and adaptions, this project should include a colorful drawing of an imaginary creature, invading a new habitat, its Latin name, its common name, and a list of at least three structural and behavioral adaptations which will allow it to survive in a new environment. Be sure to look for Latin roots that describe the imaginary animal, when creating a scientific name.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Bug Biodiversity

Just saw this article on twitter. The article describes how to make a bug vacuum. Cool!

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bring-science-home-bug-...

What's more cool is that I was thinking how you could make the bug vacuum, then you could sample in a site with an invasive (like Japanese knotweed or loose strife, for instance), and then do a second investigation in a site without that invasive.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bring-science-home-bug-vacuum

Vital Signs Independent Study

Download the Independent Study document BELOW!

This independent study can be used to extend students' work with Vital Signs both in and out of the classroom. The independent study allows students to drive their own investigation, acting like scientists, and using Mission questions to explore the environment around them.

The goal of the independent study is to allow students to use Vital Signs to further their experimental design skills.

There are two main components to the attached document:

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs Independent Study, Morrisseau/Rubel/Voyer, 19 July 2013
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