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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 Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Intro Activity for Water Quality Bioassessment Mission Use this short, energizing lesson to prepare students for gathering and analyzing water quality data. Students will be introduced to Benthic Macro-Invertebrates (BMIs) and how they are used to monitor water quality. In three stations, students will develop skills in distinguishing BMIs with similar characteristics, identifying BMIs, and gathering data from the Vital Signs database on where BMIs have been found and not found. Students will use the data that they gathered to determine the water quality of a specific pond that has been monitored by other Vital Signs students. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-05-26
Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Developing Skills in Preparation for Fieldwork Use these in-class activities and stations to hone skills in collecting high quality data and familiarize students with Vital Signs data sheets and identification resources before students go out in the field. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation - New and Improved! Explore the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity in my area?" with this full unit of study. Through this investigation, your students will develop understandings around interdependent relationships in ecosystems, skills in analyzing and interpreting data, and confidence in conducting authentic scientific research.They will explore the impact that invasive species have on biodiversity in local habitats while they collect and interpret real data and communicate their findings with a community of scientists. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-20
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, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry GMRI Green Crab Data on Tuva Students will practice using data to answer statistical questions using the online interactive, Tuva. Students will create graphs and then use their graphs to draw meaning from the data. Tuva hosts a variety of datasets with accompanying questions that students may explore on their own or with extra class time. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-04-13
Learning activities, Field work resources Invasive species Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME supporting documents The files here will help you gather and post data as part of Mission: Forest Pests in NH and ME; 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: Forest Pests in NH and ME Alternate Data Publishing Format for Mission: Forest Pests in NH Guide for Posting Data - Mission: Forest Pests in NH Quality Checklist for posting to the Project Bank Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-10-31
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
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Boom! Quiz, Quiz, Trade Boom! 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
Learning activities, Tutorials Invasive species, Tutorial/ Template Exploring the Vital Signs Website This is a short, simple exercise to get students familiar with the website. Can be done individually or in pairs. This guided inquiry Worked really well with my students! They greatly appreciated having the opportunity to explore the site, and choose their own species of interest. Make sure to review their comments before they post! Enjoy. Jamien
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Jamien Jacobs 0 2016-09-28