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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 Also known as the "M&M game", 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
Field work resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Initial 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 initial observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Post-treatment datasheets can be found here.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-07-22
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