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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
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
Units of study, Learning activities Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Vital Communities Curriculum The Vital Communities Curriculum is an extension of a Vital Signs Investigation Unit (it is assumed that before doing this curriculum you have gone through a Vital Signs Investigation. By doing the Vital Signs Investigation, students do invasive species research, they then, with Vital Communities, design and plan a solution to engage communities in invasive species and ecosystem monitoring. In designing this curriculum, we used the KIDS Consortium service-learning framework as one of our guiding resources.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2015-10-02
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation Explore the the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity?" with the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Vital Signs Data Investigation Curriculum Extension. This extension assumes that you have experience implementing Vital Signs in your classroom and have developed a unit plan around an investigation or use one like the Change Over Time Unit: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2015-10-02
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