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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. Middle school (grades 6-8) 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 & 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
Learning activities, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Norms Gallery The norms from the Norms Gallery have been compiled from many Vital Signs teachers over many years. Use this activity to set norms for your classroom. Feel free to pick and choose your norms or add your own.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2015-09-29
Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Modified Upland Species & Habitat Survey: Ruling out similar species A modified data collection sheet for upland species with a modification for information to rule out similar species.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 1 2015-09-16
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