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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 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
Tutorials Current events, Tutorial/ Template How to write a press release How to write a press release - Advice from GMRI’s Communication Manager 1. Decide on a headline - This should hook the audience. Reporters have many stories coming across their desks. Pique their interest right away with an attention-grabbing headline. 2. Answer “the 5 W’s and the H” - Include the answers to the most important questions in the first paragraph. Then use the following paragraphs for supporting information: Who did it? What did they do? When did they do it? Where did they do it? Why did they do it? Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-21
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. In designing this curriculum, we used the KIDS Consortium service-learning framework as one of our guiding resources.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2015-10-02
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
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
Learning activities Current events, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Research Jigsaw: Japanese knotweed This is a jigsaw you can do with students to build knowledge and context for a study focused on Japanese knotweed. The research question driving this jigsaw is: Is there more invasive Japanese knotweed in southern or northern parts of Maine? Rest assured, this jigsaw will work incredibly well with other research questions about Japanese knotweed! In their Jigsaw Teams, students attack these questions, then return to the Fieldwork Teams share what they learned and come up with informed predictions: 1. What's the big deal about knotweed? 2. How do I know it when I see it? 3.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-03-19
Learning activities Current events, Invasive species Invasive species & climate change in one delicious truffle story (resource from pparent, Massabesic Middle School) Sunday night (1/8/12) 60 Minutes aired a story on truffles, the most expensive food in the world. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7394222n The story connects this lowly fungus to climate change - the harvest is down significantly, so prices are soaring. It also mentions that spores from imported Chinese truffles have infected some of the truffle sites in Europe - invasive species! I showed the clip to my classes with this document of guiding questions (download it below). They put it all together pretty quickly.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2012-01-12
Analysis resources Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010 This is a Google Earth map layer of the towns in Maine with official reports of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Data are from the Maine Forest Service (http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm). Please note that the map markers are placed on the town name, and not on the exact location of the HWA infestations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-11
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Putting Photos on Google Earth Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jamien Jacobs 0 2010-06-25