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.

Throughout the curriculum, we prompt you with formative assessment and modification ideas. These are meant to be suggestions. The Vital Signs Notebook (Appendix A) is a great tool for both formative and summative assessment. This notebook is organized with questions for each activity throughout this curriculum.

*This curriculum was generously supported by The Clowes Fund, a family foundation established in 1952 in Indianapolis, Indiana which makes grants in Indianapolis, Seattle, Washington, Massachusetts, and northern New England to support human services, education, and the arts.

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


Sixth Grade Science Mahoney MS SoPo

This will be our third fall using Vital Signs to introduce observations skills, picture taking, measurement to nearest mm, area in square meters, etc. It is a way for me to engage my students in authentic data collection and reflection. It pushes them to experience being a citizen scientist and they themselves take it to a new level.

We collect data, analyze it, discuss issues and solutions.

One of our main focuses the past two years and will continue to be this year is having sixth graders write strong evidence based entries into their vital signs projects. We have come a long way in short time!