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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, Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Results Representing and describing data are challenging tasks. The tools included here support students in pulling together their results section, including choosing a graph and writing a results narrative. Resources include organizers, handouts to prompt student writing, and peer review forms for a results section of a science article. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Abstracts Abstracts are often the unfamiliar to students who have not written formal science articles. This minilesson breaks down the information in an abstract into clear, manageable components and provides tools for students to review and strengthen their work. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Titles The titles of science research articles have particular components that make them different from titles of other forms of writing. These fun and quick minilessons will help students understand the parts of a title and support them in creating their own. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Discussion and Conclusions These writing and revision tools are designed to support scientific argumentation. Beginning with the conventional claim, evidence, and reasoning structures, these tools push beyond to encourage students to incorporate discussion of the certainty of their findings and alternative explanations. Resources include a graphic organizer and a new addition of the Vital Signs Scientific Conclusion Peer Review Tool. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Analyze Vital Signs Data Using Tuva--Japanese Knotweed Example Tuva is an online tool that involves students in manipulating data to create meaningful visualizations. This lesson guides students through making meaning of the Japanese knotweed data from the Vital Signs database. There are also instructions including for exporting Vital Signs data and importing into Tuva so that it can be adapted for use for a variety of topics, provided there is enough data to work with. Teacher instructions and student handouts are included in the attached file. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Introductions These tools are designed to support students in constructing and then revising an introduction to a science research article. These two modified versions of the same tools include graphic organizers to structure writing and a revision technique to ensure that the essential information (and nothing extra) is included. These handouts work great in conjunction with a background research jigsaw activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Background Research Jigsaw--Japanese Knotweed Use this structure to support collaborative research. In one to two class periods, students work together to gather and share background information to inform an investigation. Links provided are specific to Japanese knotweed; however, this activity can easily be adapted for any Vital Signs investigation. This is a great activity to prepare students for writing an introduction for a science research article. Included on this page are teacher instructions and accompanying student handouts. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
Learning activities Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing: Introduction to Science Articles Use this short lesson to introduce students to the structure of a science article. Students skim student work samples to develop an understanding of the organization and essential information communicated in formal scientific writing. This is a great resource for preparing students to produce their own science research articles. Resources attached include lesson descriptions, student handouts, and a completed student work sample. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24