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Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change One point rubrics for NGSS LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Included are one point rubrics aligned to the NGSS middle level standards under the category LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. There are three rubrics included, each with several performance expectations: - LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity (LS4.1, 4.2, 4.3) - LS4.B Natural Selection (LS4.4 & 4.5) - LS4.C Adaptation (LS4.6) Although I haven't used these directly in conjunction with a vital signs mission, they can be used as support or transition to another unit. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems One point rubric for NGSS LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.3. I have not yet used this standard directly with a vital signs mission, however, believe it can be used to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships and energy transfer. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change, Ecosystems One point rubric for NGSS LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Interdependent Relationshios in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.1 & LS2.2, both of which I use as a prelude to vital signs investigations. The can also be used during a study to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems One Point Rubrics NGSS MS-LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. The performance expectations included are LS2.4 & LS2.5, both of which I use with vital signs investigations. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Learning activities Invasive species Invasive Species Carnival This is a math/science interdisciplinary unit created for the Vital Communities project. The outlines the process used to encourage kids to create their own carnival using probability games to educate the public about invasive species. Middle school (grades 6-8) MrsPovak 0 2015-08-18
Learning activities Invasive species Student Flyers Examples Three examples of student flyers that were part of a combined project to raise community awareness about invasive species and their effect on the environment. You can easily build your own rubrics depending on your focus. Criteria could include content, mechanics, accuracy, layout & design, citations, creativity, user friendly, group cooperation, or other criteria important to you. Middle school (grades 6-8) Breakfast Club 1 2015-07-27
Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Invasive species Green Crab Mark Recapture Datasheet This is a datasheet from Ruth Indrick, a project coordinator with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) that they use for Green Crab Mark Recapture studies. Vital Signs partnered with KELT for an event at the Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) Conservation Conference in 2015, and demonstrated tools and techniques for engaging schools and community members in invasive species monitoring. Use this datasheet out in the field and use the contained equations for estimating crab populations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Urchin 0 2015-07-23
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Vital Signs Starter Module This module walks you through some of the key components of an introductory Vital Signs Institute. While doing this module does not replicate getting together in person with a group of teachers to share ideas and experiences and learning about Vital Signs, it is a great way to get started with the program. In fact, we find that when teachers start with this module, we can dig deeper into topics of interest when we get together in person. Vital Signs can be integrated into science and math classrooms, but can also be used to scaffold an interdisciplinary unit across the entire curriculum. Professional development vitalteach 0 2015-06-11
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Below is a rubric I created aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards DCI's for biodiversity and invasive species. Feel free to change it to fit your curriculum needs! It covers the DCI LS2.c: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. Performance expectations MS-LS2-4 and MS-LS2-5. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 1 2015-05-18
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