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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, Units of study Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Formal Science Writing and Revision Tools: Methods Involving your students in designing investigations? Use these tools to support their planning process. Interested in what students understand about investigations that they are conducting? Here are resources to help them write about what they are doing and why they are doing it. Included on this page is a planning tool designed to organize ideas around conducting investigations and an accompanying peer review tool. Both are extensive and are meant to by pared down according to what aspects of conducting investigations you are focusing on with your students. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-08-24
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
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation - Online PD Module Goals for this anytime anywhere module: Understand why working with data is important and a key part of doing science and an opportunity to bridge the math and science disciplines Recognize student understanding of and skill with statistical questions and variability as parts of being science literate Become familiar with Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum Professional development vitalteach 0 2017-06-01
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management - Online PD Module Goals for this anytime anywhere module: Become familiar with the Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curriculum Have hands-on experience with key components of this curriculum that will help you support students in: Identifying and asking statistical questions Developing data collection skills Making decisions based on data as evidence Collaborating with peers to form an invasive species management project Executing and monitoring the success of that project Professional development vitalteach 0 2017-05-30
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
Units of study, Learning activities Scientific inquiry Getting Started with Scientific Inquiry This year I made a commitment to myself to do a Vital Signs investigation with my 7th graders. The timeline posted here details how I plan to incorporate my old curriculum and scope and sequence with Vital Signs and more scientific inquiry. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is also a great resource. The BirdSleuth Investigating Evidence provides lots of resources and ideas for supporting this effort. The Meet a Scientist worksheet is something I found on BirdSleuth but tweaked it a bit. Middle school (grades 6-8) kezarslc 0 2016-09-18
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management This curriculum is an extension of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation curriculum. Both can be done independently of one another, but were created to complement one another. This curriculum extension provides the parts and pieces to enable you and your students to go further with your Vital Signs work and put an invasive species management project into action! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 2 2016-08-08
Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Population Change Over Time Data Investigation This curriculum provides a scaffolded experience that has students doing a Vital Signs data investigation. Through this data investigation, students build their understandings of working with data, designing investigations, and the relationships between invasive, native, and non-native species. Students delve into past and present Vital Signs data and collect and analyze invasive species data from their community. Consider doing this data investigation in conjunction with the iMapInvasives Resource Management Curriculum mentioned throughout. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2016-08-08