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Learning activities, Analysis resources, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Data Quality Hunt Vital Signs Kick-Start for Returning Students Has it been a few months (or a year) since your students have taken part in a Vital Signs investigation? Do you have a few new students that missed your initial investigation? One way to ease everyone back into Vital Signs and shine the spotlight on quality data observations is to use the Data Quality Hunt (make this a link) resource provided by the Vital Signs team. There are many ways to use this resource in your classroom - below is an explanation for how I used it this past year with my 7th and 8th grade students. Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 1 2014-09-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Observation Scaffolding Worksheet I use this worksheet with students before they begin entering data onto Vital Signs. This gives the students time to talk to each other, edit their work with other groups and make sure they have everything organized before they begin working on their computers. I have students pull their pictures up on their laptop screen to view but they do all of their writing on this worksheet.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
MrsPovak 0 2014-09-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Invasive species 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. Middle school (grades 6-8) Joel_Higgins 0 2014-08-07
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Using the Google Earth iPhone App to Display a Location in Digital Degrees This document gives instructions on how to set up the Google Earth app on an iPhone to display latitude and longitude of a location in digital degrees.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
deek490 1 2014-05-15
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Preparing for Scientific Observation This tool is based on the "Scientific Observation Assessment Tool." We designed it to work as preparation for fieldwork, to help students start looking closely the characteristics of their target species. You can have them use this in conjunction with a species ID card, then once in the field students will have a better sense of what characteristics to look closely for. It makes a great skills station! Let us know how it works for you and your students.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2014-03-21
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Ecosystems Invasive Species This is simply a modification/combination of some plans I found on the Vital signs site. It was specifically designed to fit the NGSS Middle school standards MS-LS2-1 and MS-LS2-4. The plan includes background knowledge a teacher might need to teach the lesson and common misconceptions within the topic of ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) KCurtis 2 2013-12-18
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Use your smart phone to make a microscope! A cool Instructable on how to turn smart phones into microscopes. Could this help to ID Heterosiphonia in the field? If you try it, let us know. :) http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conv...
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 0 2013-10-29
Field work resources Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry 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.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2013-08-01
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Vital Signs Independent Study Download the Independent Study document BELOW!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Mainer95 0 2013-07-19
Field work resources Ecosystem health, Ecosystems Macroinvertebrate identification sheet Use this sheet for easy identification of macroinvertebrates out in the field. The sheet is designed to work either as a companion sheet to work with species cards or as a stand-alone resource. This sheet makes macroinvertebrate identification easy: organisms are grouped by pollution tolerance class and relative sizes are given for the organisms along with hand-drawn sketches and short identification pointers. It is a must-use when out in the field for macroinvertebrate identification.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Mainer95 0 2013-06-25