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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 1 2015-03-25
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
Learning activities, Tutorials, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Creating Visual Communication - Graphic Design 101 Originally created for our Vital Communities pilot (learn about Massabesic Middle School's Vital Communities project here), this curriculum uses Engineering is Elementary's engineering design process to create a poster, flyer, or other graphic communication. Graphic Design 101 curriculum
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Moss Boss 1 2015-01-22
Learning activities, Analysis resources, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Data Quality Hunt Vital Signs Kick-Start for Returning Students Has it been a few months (or a year) since your students have taken part in a Vital Signs investigation? Do you have a few new students that missed your initial investigation? One way to ease everyone back into Vital Signs and shine the spotlight on quality data observations is to use the Data Quality Hunt (make this a link) resource provided by the Vital Signs team. There are many ways to use this resource in your classroom - below is an explanation for how I used it this past year with my 7th and 8th grade students. Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 2 2014-09-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Collaboration Self-Reflection Assessment Tool How well do you collaboration with your teammates during fieldwork, data entry, and making conclusions about your investigation? Use this tool to reflect on and build your collaboration skills over time. This tool was created with the help of a team of teachers in August 2012. If you use this tool, please share back with the community the ways that you use and modify it. Use the comments section below and/or post your new version back to the curriculum bank. Thanks!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-04-11