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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 0 2015-01-22
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Vital Signs Formative Assessment (VSFA Students have an opportunity to participate in a Virtual Mission to determine whether or not Christine has found an invasive plant species, Japanese knotweed. During the mission, they view a short video clip, a series of photos, and a field guide that compares this plant to a similar species, Giant knotweed. Middle school (grades 6-8) Wildflower 0 2014-12-05
Learning activities, Analysis resources, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Data Quality Hunt Vital Signs Kick-Start for Returning Students Has it been a few months (or a year) since your students have taken part in a Vital Signs investigation? Do you have a few new students that missed your initial investigation? One way to ease everyone back into Vital Signs and shine the spotlight on quality data observations is to use the Data Quality Hunt (make this a link) resource provided by the Vital Signs team. There are many ways to use this resource in your classroom - below is an explanation for how I used it this past year with my 7th and 8th grade students. Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 1 2014-09-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Observation Scaffolding Worksheet I use this worksheet with students before they begin entering data onto Vital Signs. This gives the students time to talk to each other, edit their work with other groups and make sure they have everything organized before they begin working on their computers. I have students pull their pictures up on their laptop screen to view but they do all of their writing on this worksheet.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
MrsPovak 0 2014-09-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Invasive species Create an Alien Invader After classroom discussion and activities around scientific names, invasive species, habitats, and adaptions, this project should include a colorful drawing of an imaginary creature, invading a new habitat, its Latin name, its common name, and a list of at least three structural and behavioral adaptations which will allow it to survive in a new environment. Be sure to look for Latin roots that describe the imaginary animal, when creating a scientific name. Middle school (grades 6-8) Joel_Higgins 0 2014-08-07
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Using the Google Earth iPhone App to Display a Location in Digital Degrees This document gives instructions on how to set up the Google Earth app on an iPhone to display latitude and longitude of a location in digital degrees.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
deek490 1 2014-05-15
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Preparing for Scientific Observation This tool is based on the "Scientific Observation Assessment Tool." We designed it to work as preparation for fieldwork, to help students start looking closely the characteristics of their target species. You can have them use this in conjunction with a species ID card, then once in the field students will have a better sense of what characteristics to look closely for. It makes a great skills station! Let us know how it works for you and your students.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2014-03-21
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Ecosystems Invasive Species This is simply a modification/combination of some plans I found on the Vital signs site. It was specifically designed to fit the NGSS Middle school standards MS-LS2-1 and MS-LS2-4. The plan includes background knowledge a teacher might need to teach the lesson and common misconceptions within the topic of ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) KCurtis 2 2013-12-18
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Use your smart phone to make a microscope! A cool Instructable on how to turn smart phones into microscopes. Could this help to ID Heterosiphonia in the field? If you try it, let us know. :) http://www.instructables.com/id/10-Smartphone-to-digital-microscope-conv...
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 0 2013-10-29