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Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Intro Activity for Water Quality Bioassessment Mission Use this short, energizing lesson to prepare students for gathering and analyzing water quality data. Students will be introduced to Benthic Macro-Invertebrates (BMIs) and how they are used to monitor water quality. In three stations, students will develop skills in distinguishing BMIs with similar characteristics, identifying BMIs, and gathering data from the Vital Signs database on where BMIs have been found and not found. Students will use the data that they gathered to determine the water quality of a specific pond that has been monitored by other Vital Signs students. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-05-26
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Vee Diagram The Vee Diagram is a graphic organizer that outlines an authentic science investigation. Use this tool to help students track their process as they move from questioning to gathering data to drawing conclusions. This resource is pulled from the Invasive Species and Biodiversity Curriculum found here: http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-species-biodiversity-data-investigation... Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-05-01
Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Developing Skills in Preparation for Fieldwork Use these in-class activities and stations to hone skills in collecting high quality data and familiarize students with Vital Signs data sheets and identification resources before students go out in the field. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation - New and Improved! Explore the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity in my area?" with this full unit of study. Through this investigation, your students will develop understandings around interdependent relationships in ecosystems, skills in analyzing and interpreting data, and confidence in conducting authentic scientific research.They will explore the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity in local habitats while they collect and interpret real data and communicate their findings with a community of scientists. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-20
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Student Activity Glossary The Student Activity Glossary is a growing bank of strategies that can be used to increase student engagement, regardless of the content being taught. Many of these strategies will be familiar to you. Please let us know which are effective in your classroom and help us grow our glossary by sending us your favorite activities or add your comments and/or favorite student activities in the comments section. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-17
Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry GMRI Green Crab Data on Tuva Students will practice using data to answer statistical questions using the online interactive, Tuva. Students will create graphs and then use their graphs to draw meaning from the data. Tuva hosts a variety of datasets with accompanying questions that students may explore on their own or with extra class time. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-13
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Boom! Quiz, Quiz, Trade Boom! Quiz, Quiz, Trade is a quick (maximum 5 minutes) easy strategy to use to get students moving, help them build comfort with sharing and interacting with each other, and review lots of material all at the same time. Students mingle around the classroom quizzing each other with question cards and trading those cards. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2016-10-07
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 This activity is part of the full Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation curriculum found here - http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-species-biodiversity-data-investigation... Students will model the experience of random versus non-random sampling to determine the total number of M&M’s in their M&M populations. First, students will choose where they want to sample, introducing bias into their sampling, and then they will try a random sampling technique. They will compile class data and compare their results to determine which sampling method is more accurate. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-27
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