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Ecosystems

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Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources, Tutorials Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Mission: Native vs Invasive Shrub Phenology Teacher Resources Mission: Native vs. Invasive Shrub Phenology investigates the question, "How is climate change affecting the timing of seasonal changes in native and invasive shrubs?" The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment below or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-27
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Mission: Vernal Pool Egg Masses Teacher Resources Mission: Vernal Pool Egg Masses explores the question, "How is climate change impacting reproduction in amphibians that breed in vernal pools?" The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment below or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-26
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Mission: Fairy Shrimp Teacher Resources Mission: Fairy Shrimp explores the question, "What can we find out about the preferred habitat of Fairy Shrimp?" The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment below or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-26
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Mission: Crayfish Teacher Resources Mission: Crayfish explores the questions, "Where are native and invasive crayfish in the northeast? How will their range shift as our climate changes?" The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-21
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Mission: Caddisfly Range Teacher Resources Mission: Caddisfly Range explores the question, "How is climate change affecting the range of caddisfly populations?" The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-21
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Mission: Macroinvertebrate Function Teacher Resources Mission: Macroinvertebrate Function explores the question, "How active are the benthic macroinvertebrates (BMIs) in Maine's freshwater systems? The attached teacher resources include standards alignment, materials needed, tips for fieldwork, a full unit outline, lesson plans, and a student notebook to support teachers in conducting this investigation with students. Please let us know what you think of these resources by leaving a comment or contacting us at vitalsigns@gmri.org. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-12-20
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
Instructional models Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Findings From the Field Volume 0: Spring 2017 The pilot issue of Findings From the Field. Articles cover beach profiling in Old Orchard Beach, investigations of chestnut blight, and explorations of the factors that impact maple syrup production. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-10-17