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Learning activities, Field work resources Invasive species Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME supporting documents The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME; 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: Forest Pests in NH and ME Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Forest Pests in NH Guide for Posting Data - Mission: Forest Pests in NH Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-10-31
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Quiz, Quiz, Trade Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a quick (maximum 5 minutes) easy strategy to use to get students moving, help them build comfort with sharing and interacting with each other, and review lots of material all at the same time. Students mingle around the classroom quizzing each other with question cards and trading those cards. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2016-10-07
Learning activities, Tutorials Invasive species, Tutorial/ Template 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
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Jamien Jacobs 0 2016-09-28
Units of study, Learning activities Scientific inquiry Getting Started with Scientific Inquiry This year I made a commitment to myself to do a Vital Signs investigation with my 7th graders. The timeline posted here details how I plan to incorporate my old curriculum and scope and sequence with Vital Signs and more scientific inquiry. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is also a great resource. The BirdSleuth Investigating Evidence provides lots of resources and ideas for supporting this effort. The Meet a Scientist worksheet is something I found on BirdSleuth but tweaked it a bit. Middle school (grades 6-8) kezarslc 0 2016-09-18
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management This curriculum is an extension of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum. Both can be done independently of one another, but were created to complement one another. This curriculum extension provides the parts and pieces to enable you and your students to go further with your Vital Signs work and put an invasive species management project into action! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 2 2016-08-08
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry 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. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2016-08-08
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Scientific inquiry Scientific conclusion peer review tool This tool comes from the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation Have students use this tool when they are reviewing and critiquing scientific conclusions. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-27
Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Designing a data collection plan This activity is part of the full Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation Students will learn about different sampling techniques. Then they will use the skills and knowledge they have developed about these sampling techniques, random sampling - http://vitalsignsme.org/random-sampling-activity, and the skills stations - http://vitalsignsme.org/vital-signs-fieldwork-skills-stations, to design a sampling protocol. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-27
Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Random sampling activity This activity is part of the full Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation Students will model the experience of random versus non-random sampling to determine the total number of M&M’s and the diversity of M&Ms in their M&M populations. Half of the class will use random sampling, and the other half will choose where to sample, introducing bias into their sampling. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-27
Field work resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Post-Treatment Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units. These are the modified datasheets for post-treatment observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Initial observation and assessment datasheets can be found here.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-07-22