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Tutorials Current events, Tutorial/ Template How to write a press release How to write a press release - Advice from GMRI’s Communication Manager 1. Decide on a headline - This should hook the audience. Reporters have many stories coming across their desks. Pique their interest right away with an attention-grabbing headline. 2. Answer “the 5 W’s and the H” - Include the answers to the most important questions in the first paragraph. Then use the following paragraphs for supporting information: Who did it? What did they do? When did they do it? Where did they do it? Why did they do it? Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-21
Units of study, Analysis resources, Instructional models Biodiversity, Ecosystems, Tutorial/ Template Biodiversity Data Investigations Online PD Module Goals for this anytime anywhere module: 1. Understand why working with data is important and a key part of doing science and an opportunity to bridge the math and science disciplines. Professional development vitalteach 0 2016-07-13
Units of study, Instructional models Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Vital Communities Online PD Module Goals for this anytime anywhere module: 1. Become familiar with the Vital Communities Curriculum Extension. 2. For you to be excited to empower your students as environmental leaders in their communities through the Vital Communities curriculum. 3. For you to be comfortable and confident to start engaging your students in an open-ended process that empowers them as the designers and problem-solvers. Overview The Vital Communities curriculum came out of work funded in part by Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF). Professional development vitalteach 0 2016-07-13
Learning activities Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Statistical Question Challenge This is a modification of Part I Activity 3 in the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-03-10
Units of study, Learning activities, Instructional models Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Messalonskee Middle School Data Investigation Amanda Ripa (science teacher at Messalonskee Middle School), her interdisciplinary team of teachers, and their students completed a Vital Signs investigation and extended this experience with the Vital Signs Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. From nature journaling, using minnow traps to sample crayfish in their school pond, dissecting crayfish, and collecting, posting, and analyzing data, these citizen scientists really hit a home run! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-03-09
Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Vital Signs Data Entry Template - with extra quality check notes This is another VS data entry template that you can use a template in Google Docs before students go to the VS site to publish. After all students in a team have added their evidence, photos, etc. to this Google Doc, they can then post this information to the VS site. This allows for co-editing, quality check, and peer review without the temptation of posting before the observation is really ready. This template is slightly different from the other Vital Signs Data Entry Template because it has some extra notes about quality checking.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-02-25
Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Vital Signs Data Entry Template In order to allow for all members of a VS team to edit simultaneously, many teachers use a data entry template in Google Docs. After all students in a team have added their evidence, photos, etc. to this Google Doc, they can then post this information to the VS site. This allows for co-editing, quality check, and peer review without the temptation of posting before the observation is really ready. Take a look at this great data observation template, provided by Sue Richman.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-02-23
Learning activities Invasive species Know Your Reds - Natives VS Invasives Use photos and specimens to help students learn to identify filamentous red seaweeds they find along the shore. Students must support their identifications with evidence photos and statements, giving them some practice before they post to the Vital Signs website. High school (grades 9-12) srichman 0 2015-10-20
Units of study, Learning activities Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Vital Communities Curriculum The Vital Communities Curriculum is an extension of a Vital Signs Investigation Unit (it is assumed that before doing this curriculum you have gone through a Vital Signs Investigation. By doing the Vital Signs Investigation, students do invasive species research, they then, with Vital Communities, design and plan a solution to engage communities in invasive species and ecosystem monitoring. In designing this curriculum, we used the KIDS Consortium service-learning framework as one of our guiding resources.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2015-10-02
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation Explore the the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity?" with the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Vital Signs Data Investigation Curriculum Extension. This extension assumes that you have experience implementing Vital Signs in your classroom and have developed a unit plan around an investigation or use one like the Change Over Time Unit: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2015-10-02