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Biodiversity

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Learning activities Biodiversity, Invasive species Purple loosestrife and biodiversity mini-investigation with existing data Students will collect print outs of existing data from along a mock transect inside the school building. They will compare results, first in this small dataset organized in graphs created by hand and then in a large online database, to determine whether purple loosestrife has an impact on biodiversity in this mock investigation. Use this sequence as a stand-alone lesson in data analysis or as preparation for collecting data on purple loosestrife out in the field. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2018-08-27
Units of study Biodiversity, Invasive species Japanese knotweed and bug biodiversity data investigation Does Japanese knotweed have an affect on bug populations? There is not a lot of existing data to say. Be among the first to investigate this question with your students. This full unit, originally developed for a week-long middle school summer STEM program and now adapted for the classroom, includes 8 to 12 days of lesson plans, student notebook, and flexible final project rubric. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2018-08-27
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Findings from the Field: Abbreviated Article Format Many classrooms across the state of Maine are investigating interesting questions, collecting data, and drawing conclusions that ought to be shared with the science community but just do not have time to produce a full research article. For that reason, Findings from the Field is now accepting abbreviated submissions. Submissions following the abbreviated format must include: A graph, table, chart, or figure showing data that was collected A short description of the data (2 to 3 sentences) A scientific argument, including: Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-11-07
Field work resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Fieldwork Management Strategies: Supporting Documents Use these documents, developed by Vital Signs teacher Kellie Ouellette, to manage student teams and support students in monitoring their own growth and learning in their Vital Signs investigations. Kellie's explanation of how she uses the resources: Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-10-30
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Oh Deer! Invasive Species and Ecosystem Modeling Game--with Data Analysis! This lesson expands on the old favorite modeling game, Oh Deer!: Invasive Species Style by adding a data analysis component. Dig deeper by tracking changes in abundance of habitat resources, native, and invasive species over time. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-10-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing Tools: Science Article Overview and Checklist Use this checklist as a quick reference for the components of a science article. For more complete descriptions and resources see other Formal Science Writing lesson plans and handouts in the Vital Signs curriculum bank. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-09-12
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources, Tutorials, Instructional models Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Independent Ecology Investigation This full unit of study structures a student-driven learning experience that has students defining a research question, planning a Vital Signs data investigation, analyzing and interpreting their data, and communicating their findings. Students are guided through group activities designed to develop background knowledge in relationships in ecosystems and skills around data collection and analysis. Students extend this work by applying the newly developed skills and concepts to a student-driven investigation which culminates in creating a product to share their results. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-09-12
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Results Representing and describing data are challenging tasks. The tools included here support students in pulling together their results section, including choosing a graph and writing a results narrative. Resources include organizers, handouts to prompt student writing, and peer review forms for a results section of a science article. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Student and Teacher Rubrics Here are rubrics in both student and teacher-friendly formats that can be used to monitor progress towards and final assessment of science articles. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Abstracts Abstracts are often the unfamiliar to students who have not written formal science articles. This minilesson breaks down the information in an abstract into clear, manageable components and provides tools for students to review and strengthen their work. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24