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Ecosystem health

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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
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management This curriculum is an extension of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum. Both can be done independently of one another, but were created to complement one another. This curriculum extension provides the parts and pieces to enable you and your students to go further with your Vital Signs work and put an invasive species management project into action! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 2 2016-08-08
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Population Change Over Time Data Investigation This curriculum provides a scaffolded experience that has students doing a Vital Signs data investigation. Through this data investigation, students build their understandings of working with data, designing investigations, and the relationships between invasive, native, and non-native species. Students delve into past and present Vital Signs data and collect and analyze invasive species data from their community. Consider doing this data investigation in conjunction with the iMapInvasives Resource Management Curriculum mentioned throughout. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2016-08-08
Field work resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Post-Treatment Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units. These are the modified datasheets for post-treatment observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Initial observation and assessment datasheets can be found here.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-07-22
Field work resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Initial Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units. These are the modified datasheets for initial observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Post-treatment datasheets can be found here.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-07-22
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
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
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 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 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