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Learning activities Scientific inquiry Online Comments & Community Review The VS community actively reviews all species observations, projects, and curriculum resources. Community involvement in the review process lets us applaud great work, and share our own expertise in ways that help others learn and improve. This activity offers a structure for deciding what type of feedback you (and your group) would like to leave, and for creating your own set of norms to guide you as you leave comments for other participants.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-03-23
Units of study Ecosystems All My Watershed Neighbors What species live in my neighborhood? Students investigate the species that live within their local watershed habitats and the resources those species (and they!) need. 13 activities! All My Watershed Neighbors (http://vitalventure.gmri.org/watershed-experiences/neighbors/) GMRI's Watershed Experiences get students outside to observe, ask questions, investigate, take action, and deepen their scientific understanding and connection to their local watersheds. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2010-04-16
Units of study Ecosystem health, Ecosystems Ecosystem Health: Checking the Vital Signs of a Maine Watershed How healthy are your local ecosystems? Students use a variety of health indicators to investigate and assess the health of a local upland, freshwater, or coastal system. They share conclusions and fresh ideas with local planners and resource managers in their communities, and report their findings more broadly to the scientific community through the Vital Signs website.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2010-04-16
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Putting Photos on Google Earth Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jamien Jacobs 0 2010-06-25
Analysis resources Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010 This is a Google Earth map layer of the towns in Maine with official reports of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Data are from the Maine Forest Service (http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm). Please note that the map markers are placed on the town name, and not on the exact location of the HWA infestations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-11
Learning activities Constancy & change, Scientific inquiry How many are there? Practice counting & estimating coverage Before you do your fieldwork, use this skill building activity to practice counting stems and estimating percent cover of plants and sessile animals. Counts and coverage can change quickly from one growing season to the next – especially when invasive species are involved – so it is important to master this skill and monitor the change in coverage frequently.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-12
Learning activities Constancy & change, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Mystery Graph: Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) Use this activity to kick off a Vital Signs investigation focused on invasive Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Use your graphing skills to figure out and explain what happened during a 3-week study of Japanese knotweed growth. Japanese knotweed’s early, aggressive spring growth helps it out-compete native species for sunlight, space, and nutrients.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2010-08-16
Tutorials Scientific inquiry How many student teams? A guide designed to help teachers think about how best to divide their students into investigation teams. See how teachers Mike, Laura, Sue, Pat, and Diana manage 80 students in their own special ways. Download the guide below under Documents. Professional development gmri 0 2010-09-30
Learning activities Invasive species Mystery Graph Adelgid Redone This is a revamp of the bar graph for the Adelgid. Line graphs are used to show change over time so the Mystery graph was converted to a line graph. For students who might be struggling in both math and reading, it is done as a matching activity. In addition, reference to the storyline, the table, and the graph, were included in this activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) mstafford 0 2010-10-01
Analysis resources, Tutorials Constancy & change Analysis workshop & exercises for teachers This pdf version of the Noteshare notebook contains a series of professional development activities for teachers and other educators. These step-by-step exercises are annotated with screen shots and are designed to help teachers become familiar with Vital Signs data, and other analysis tools such as Numbers, Excel and GoogleEarth. You can also access a recorded MLTI webinar where Alexa uses the tools described in the Noteshare in the MLTI archive. Professional development iSpyaSign 0 2010-10-06