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Biodiversity

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Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Quiz, Quiz, Trade 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-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
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
Learning activities Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Statistical Question Challenge This is a modification of Part I Activity 3 in the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. http://vitalsignsme.org/invasive-biodiversity-data-investigation
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-03-10
Units of study, Learning activities, Instructional models Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Messalonskee Middle School Data Investigation Amanda Ripa (science teacher at Messalonskee Middle School), her interdisciplinary team of teachers, and their students completed a Vital Signs investigation and extended this experience with the Vital Signs Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation. From nature journaling, using minnow traps to sample crayfish in their school pond, dissecting crayfish, and collecting, posting, and analyzing data, these citizen scientists really hit a home run! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-03-09
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 Species & 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 1 2015-10-02
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
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience Below is a rubric I created aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards DCI's for biodiversity and invasive species. Feel free to change it to fit your curriculum needs! It covers the DCI LS2.c: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. Performance expectations MS-LS2-4 and MS-LS2-5. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 1 2015-05-18
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 2 2014-12-05