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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
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources, Instructional models Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Findings from the Field: A Middle School Journal of Science Research Now Accepting Submissions for Volume 1! Findings from the Field is a journal of scientific research produced exclusively by Middle School students. Help us to get this journal off the ground by submitting to the first issue! Participation will elevate student learning through writing about investigations, engage students in a community of student scientists through peer review, and provide an authentic audience for students’ work. Timeline for Volume 1: Submit articles for peer review: September 2017 through March 2018 Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-09-12
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources, Tutorials, Instructional models Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Independent Ecology Investigation This full unit of study structures a student-driven learning experience that has students defining a research question, planning a Vital Signs data investigation, analyzing and interpreting their data, and communicating their findings. Students are guided through group activities designed to develop background knowledge in relationships in ecosystems and skills around data collection and analysis. Students extend this work by applying the newly developed skills and concepts to a student-driven investigation which culminates in creating a product to share their results. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-09-12
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Instructional models Invasive species Invasive Species Interdisciplinary Unit Last year, staff at the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences worked together to design and implement an invasive species three week unit. This unit is linked to science, technology, art, math, social studies and humanities. We connected with volunteers at the Sebasticook Land Trust, Friends of Messalonskee and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to bring local issues into the classroom. I have uploaded our syllabus, schedule for the unit, a Vital Signs scavenger hunt and a knowledge rating scale/pre-assessment. I welcome questions or networking opportunities! High school (grades 9-12) egribben 0 2017-07-28
Learning activities, Field work resources, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Mission: Invasive vs. Native Crabs supporting documents The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs; a Vital Signs Field Mission that Maine and New Hampshire Vital Signs users can both contribute to. Below you will find the following documents: Teacher instructions for Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Native vs. Invasive Crabs Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-10-25
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
Units of study, Instructional models Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Vital Communities Online PD Module Goals for this anytime anywhere module: 1. Become familiar with the Vital Communities Curriculum Extension. 2. For you to be excited to empower your students as environmental leaders in their communities through the Vital Communities curriculum. 3. For you to be comfortable and confident to start engaging your students in an open-ended process that empowers them as the designers and problem-solvers. Overview The Vital Communities curriculum came out of work funded in part by Leonard C. and Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund (MOHF). Professional development vitalteach 0 2016-07-13
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
Learning activities, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Norms Gallery The norms from the Norms Gallery have been compiled from many Vital Signs teachers over many years. Use this activity to set norms for your classroom. Feel free to pick and choose your norms or add your own.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2015-09-29
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry BSCS Analogy Map Vital Signs Adaptation - Making meaning of models Working with models is one of the science practices in NGSS. We use lots of models in Vital Signs and in our classrooms, and sometimes we think students make the connections with the real world, but we aren't sure. I learned about this strategy at NSTA annual conference from BSCS and thought it would be a great addition to the New Bird in Town game, Oh, Deer! Invasive Species Style, or any other modeling activity or game. Here's one way it could work:
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 2 2015-03-25