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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
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 2 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 1 2015-01-22