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Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Invasive species 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!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2015-04-10
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources, Tutorials Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Maine Data Literacy Project Graph Choice Chart Posted with the permission of the Maine Data Literacy Project team. This resources is awesome! You and your students can use this tool to help decide how to analyze and visualize your data to help answer your question. Check it out and find more resources on the Maine Data Literacy Project website http://participatoryscience.org/project/maine-data-literacy-project.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2015-04-09
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry BSCS Analogy Map Vital Signs Adaptation - Making meaning of models Working with models is one of the science practices in NGSS. We use lots of models in Vital Signs and in our classrooms, and sometimes we think students make the connections with the real world, but we aren't sure. I learned about this strategy at NSTA annual conference from BSCS and thought it would be a great addition to the New Bird in Town game, Oh, Deer! Invasive Species Style, or any other modeling activity or game. Here's one way it could work: 1.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2015-03-25
Field work resources Invasive species 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)
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
manyeyes 1 2015-03-10
Units of study, Instructional models Current events, Ecosystem health, Invasive species 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.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
pparent 0 2015-02-06
Learning activities, Tutorials, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Creating Visual Communication - Graphic Design 101 Originally created for our Vital Communities pilot (learn about Massabesic Middle School's Vital Communities project here), this curriculum uses Engineering is Elementary's engineering design process to create a poster, flyer, or other graphic communication. Graphic Design 101 curriculum
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Moss Boss 0 2015-01-22
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template 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. Middle school (grades 6-8) Wildflower 0 2014-12-05
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 2 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 2 2014-08-07