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Units of study Constancy & change, Ecosystems, Invasive species 10-Day Curriculum: Population change over time This 10-day Vital Signs curriculum focuses on how species and populations change over time in response to invasive species introductions. Students use simple graphs to visualize, interpret, make predictions, and tell stories about data based on evidence. By interacting with graphs that depict change over time in three different ways, students gain comfort and mastery of this skill and learning result. Includes a slick student hand-out and fancy examples for Day 9 predictions and graphing! Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 26 2010-09-06
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Invasive species 2-Column Notes for Green Crab Video Have your students complete these 2-column notes while they watch the attached short video on green crabs. The video was created by O'Chang Studios. It's an engaging resource on the invasive green crab. Other resources you can use include - Vital Signs species ID card (http://vitalsignsme.org/sites/default/files/content/ci_carcinus_maenas_0...) Vital Signs Field Mission (http://vitalsignsme.org/mission-green-crab) and newspaper articles Follow the video up with a discussion about what we know about green crab, what we need to know more about, and how we can all help!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2015-04-10
Units of study Invasive species A Modified 10-day curriculum: Change over Time This document was created for a Vital Signs spring institute by a teacher leader. It contains a modified 10 day curriculum for beginning in the program as well as reflections on beginning with the program and a "wish-list" of future projects with the program. The Original 10-day curriculum: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 1 2012-04-02
Learning activities Ecosystem health A Picture of Health: Ecosystem Health Continuum The Ecosystem Health Continuum gets students playing and experimenting with their own understanding of and assessment criteria for determining ecosystem health. Students look at a series of photographs of ecosystems that show a range of health. They arrange them along a continuum from healthy to unhealthy, and practice backing up the claims they make using evidence.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 1 2010-10-26
Learning activities Ecosystem health A Picture of Health: Human Health Continuum Use A Picture of Health to prime students to think about what it means to be healthy. Before they tackle ecosystem health, students consider human health – a topic more familiar that they all have personal experience with. Students look at a set of photographs of people that show a range of health. They work together to arrange them along a continuum from healthy to unhealthy. They practice backing up their decisions with reasons and evidence, a skill they will use when assessing ecosystem health.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-05-06
Learning activities Invasive species A Teacher's Reflection on Missions 1 and 2 Tim Hebda, grades 4-5 teacher at Waynflete School, shares the highlights and missteps of his first Vital Signs Missions, and his excitement for getting his 56 students participating in the Vital Signs community. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2012-09-27
Tutorials Scientific inquiry Aaah! We lost our data! Nope. No you didn't. This guide aims to provide drama-free data entry. Too often people think they've lost their species observations. Watch team "unicorns and glitter" figure out that their species observation is just a click away! Download the guide below under Documents.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-10-28
Field work resources, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Adding to a Field Book We put together our field books with some modifications. Using the printed sheets from Vital signs, we added to create our field books. We used a title page that students decorate. They can then photograph this in case the camera tags get lost - we'll know which group used which camera, and which class. After the site information, we added a page titled "Species #1" before the Vital Signs species 1 sheet. The students can then photograph this page to help separate species #1 pictures from species#2 (a page titled "Species #2" is also in the packet/field book). Middle school (grades 6-8) smoore 1 2010-10-03
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
Analysis resources, Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Analysis tutorial - Do invasive species affect biodiversity? See how Wesley and Josephine use the VS export table and Excel to create a simple bar graph using species data and biodiversity counts. This analysis lets them compare the biodiversity counts where invasive species were found with the biodiversity counts where invasive species were not found. Is biodiversity different where invasive species are found? So nerdy.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2011-08-09