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Mission: Invasive vs. Native Crabs supporting documents

The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs; 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: Native vs. Invasive Crabs
  • Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs
  • Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank
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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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How to write a press release

How to write a press release - Advice from GMRI’s Communication Manager

1. Decide on a headline - This should hook the audience. Reporters have many stories coming across their desks. Pique their interest right away with an attention-grabbing headline.

2. Answer “the 5 W’s and the H” - Include the answers to the most important questions in the first paragraph. Then use the following paragraphs for supporting information:

  • Who did it?
  • What did they do?
  • When did they do it?
  • Where did they do it?
  • Why did they do it?
Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)

Biodiversity Data Investigations 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.

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Grade Level: 
Professional development
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs, Biodiversity Data Investigations Online PD Module, Vital Signs Program, 07/13/16
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Videos
Videos: 
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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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Grade Level: 
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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Vital Signs Data Entry Template - with extra quality check notes

This is another VS data entry template that you can use a template in Google Docs before students go to the VS site to publish. After all students in a team have added their evidence, photos, etc. to this Google Doc, they can then post this information to the VS site. This allows for co-editing, quality check, and peer review without the temptation of posting before the observation is really ready.

This template is slightly different from the other Vital Signs Data Entry Template because it has some extra notes about quality checking.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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Vital Signs Data Entry Template

In order to allow for all members of a VS team to edit simultaneously, many teachers use a data entry template in Google Docs. After all students in a team have added their evidence, photos, etc. to this Google Doc, they can then post this information to the VS site. This allows for co-editing, quality check, and peer review without the temptation of posting before the observation is really ready.

Take a look at this great data observation template, provided by Sue Richman.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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Norms Gallery

The norms from the Norms Gallery have been compiled from many Vital Signs teachers over many years. Use this activity to set norms for your classroom. Feel free to pick and choose your norms or add your own.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
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Modified Upland Species & Habitat Survey: Ruling out similar species

A modified data collection sheet for upland species with a modification for information to rule out similar species.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
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Vital Signs Starter Module

This module walks you through some of the key components of an introductory Vital Signs Institute. While doing this module does not replicate getting together in person with a group of teachers to share ideas and experiences and learning about Vital Signs, it is a great way to get started with the program. In fact, we find that when teachers start with this module, we can dig deeper into topics of interest when we get together in person.

Project Information
Grade Level: 
Professional development
Resources I used: 
Vital Signs Institute Agendas
How should others reference your work?: 
Vital Signs Team, VS Starter Module, Vital Signs Program, 06/11/15
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