Invasive species

Project Participation Rubric

This rubric could be used by students to self-assess their work in a project.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
How should others reference your work?: 
SKistenmacher, Project Participation Rubric, Vital Signs Program, 9/25/2010
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10-Day Curriculum: Population change over time

This 10-day Vital Signs curriculum focuses on how species and populations change over time in response to invasive species introductions. Students use simple graphs to visualize, interpret, make predictions, and tell stories about data based on evidence. By interacting with graphs that depict change over time in three different ways, students gain comfort and mastery of this skill and learning result.

Includes a slick student hand-out and fancy examples for Day 9 predictions and graphing!

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, 10-day Curriculum: Change Over Time, Vital Signs Program, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2010
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Mystery Graph: Hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae)

Use this activity to kick off a Vital Signs investigation focused on hemlock woolly adelgid (Adelges tsugae). Use your graphing skills to figure out and explain the introduction and spread of hemlock woolly adelgid in Maine from 1999 to 2010.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
WCSH6 video: http://vitalsignsme.org/blog/welcome-beetles (Direct link: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=96865&provider=email) HWA news articles from May 2010: http://www.citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100507/GJNEWS_01/705079894/-1/FOSNEWS0302 http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20100530-NEWS-5300330 Map of official HWA sites in Maine (2010): http://vitalsignsme.org/hemlock-woolly-adelgid-maine-2010 Note: You need Google Earth on your computer to view this map Maine Forest Service website: http://www.state.me.us/doc/mfs/idmhwa.htm
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, Mystery Graph: Hemlock woolly adelgid, Vital Signs Program, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2010
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Mystery Graph: Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) & the Galerucella beetle

Use this activity to kick off a Vital Signs investigation focused on purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria). Use your graphing skills to figure out and explain what happened during a 12-year scientific study in New Jersey to control the spread of invasive purple loosestrife. Learn about a similar study happening at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Wells, Maine.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
Beetles used to fight invasive plant July 14, 2008 Amy Sinclair http://www.necn.com/Boston/SciTech/Beetles-used-to-fight-invasive-plant-/1216068621.html
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, Mystery Graph: Purple loosestrife & Galerucella beetle, Vital Signs Program, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2010
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Mystery Graph: Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica)

Use this activity to kick off a Vital Signs investigation focused on invasive Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Use your graphing skills to figure out and explain what happened during a 3-week study of Japanese knotweed growth. Japanese knotweed’s early, aggressive spring growth helps it out-compete native species for sunlight, space, and nutrients.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Resources I used: 
BBC News video on the VS blog: http://vitalsignsme.org/blog/uk-and-sarah-k-find-common-ground (Direct link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7644242.stm)
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, Mystery Graph: Japanese knotweed, Vital Signs Program, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2010
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Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010

This is a Google Earth map layer of the towns in Maine with official reports of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Data are from the Maine Forest Service (http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm). Please note that the map markers are placed on the town name, and not on the exact location of the HWA infestations.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Resources I used: 
List of towns with HWA came from the MFS website - http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm
How should others reference your work?: 
vitalteach, Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010, Vital Signs Program, 08/06/10
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Putting Photos on Google Earth

Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
Resources I used: 
https://www.google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?service=panoramio&continue=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.panoramio.com%2Fdo%2Fga_signin%3Fcontinue_url%3D%252Fupload&hl=en_US.utf8

Maine Watersheds Map Layer

This map contains boundary files for 17 Maine watersheds.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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Maine Invasive Aquatic Plants - known infestations March 2010

This Google Earth layer was created to pin point the water bodies in Maine with known infestations of an aquatic invasive plant species. The exact location of the plants within a given waterbody is not identified in this layer. This layer can be used for analysis of vectors, and offers a March 2010 snapshot for time series analysis of the spread of aquatic invasive species going forward. This layer is based on source data publicly provided by the Maine DEP Bureau of Land and Water Quality, originally provided in pdf format on the DEPs website.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Resources I used: 
The DEP invasive aquatic plants, known locations in Maine list as of March 2010, as well as an online latitude and longitude finder tool.
How should others reference your work?: 
iSpyASign, Maine aquatic invasive species map layer dated March 2010, Vital Signs Program, 03/15/10
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Invasive Species Impacts on Biodiversity in a Maine Watershed

How diverse is my local ecosystem? Students compare local biodiversity counts to those in other areas of their watershed.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs Program, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 2009
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