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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
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Vital Signs Quality Assurance & Peer Review - Updated 2013 Before observations are published to the Vital Signs website and made public, data must undergo a Quality Assurance Check and an optional Peer Review. The Quality Check is a first step in the online review process to ensure that the data entry form is complete, and jives with the Vital Signs site policy. Peer Review is a process the scientific community uses to critique and validate scientists’ work before it is published. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2013-05-02
Field work resources Ecosystem health Why are water quality data important? This document gives a quick overview of why scientists pay attention to water quality, and the importance and expected ranges of each of the chemical measurements: temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and salinity.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-04-27
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Collaboration Self-Reflection Assessment Tool How well do you collaboration with your teammates during fieldwork, data entry, and making conclusions about your investigation? Use this tool to reflect on and build your collaboration skills over time. This tool was created with the help of a team of teachers in August 2012. If you use this tool, please share back with the community the ways that you use and modify it. Use the comments section below and/or post your new version back to the curriculum bank. Thanks!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-04-11