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Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry BSCS Analogy Map Vital Signs Adaptation - Making meaning of models Working with models is one of the science practices in NGSS. We use lots of models in Vital Signs and in our classrooms, and sometimes we think students make the connections with the real world, but we aren't sure. I learned about this strategy at NSTA annual conference from BSCS and thought it would be a great addition to the New Bird in Town game, Oh, Deer! Invasive Species Style, or any other modeling activity or game. Here's one way it could work:
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 2 2015-03-25
Field work resources Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Bug Biodiversity Just saw this article on twitter. The article describes how to make a bug vacuum. Cool! http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=bring-science-home-bug-... What's more cool is that I was thinking how you could make the bug vacuum, then you could sample in a site with an invasive (like Japanese knotweed or loose strife, for instance), and then do a second investigation in a site without that invasive.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 1 2013-08-01
Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems Build a Watershed In this activity students use rocks and aluminum foil to construct a watershed. Then they add pollutants (oil and manure) and observe how pollutants affect a watershed. Finally, they add a wetlands (a sponge) to observe how wetlands can help to clean pollutants from a watershed. Middle school (grades 6-8) skistenmacher 0 2009-11-05
Learning activities, Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Camera Study Activity This activity is used to help the students learn how to use the camera: the macro, focus in on an object, clearly communicate what the object is, and to evaluate their own and others pictures in a nonjudgmental way. The goal of this activity is to help them understand what good evidence would look like in pictures.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Science Lady 0 2010-11-27
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Can You Find This? This activity helps introduce and engage students in using the Vital Signs Web site. When the invasive species project was first introduced I had students choose an invasive species found in Maine they might be interested in learning more about. Now I would like the students to become more familiar with the Vital Signs website – so they feel comfortable utilizing it’s rich resources during our investigations. Using an LCD projector that is attached to my computer I introduce the students to the web site. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmoniz 1 2010-11-22
Learning activities Biodiversity Classification and Biodiversity How do you classify things? Students usually list size, color, and shape. This activity builds on their previous knowledge and can be used to broaden students knowledge into classifying by structure. Easy to fit into a single period and minimal preparation make this an ideal starter activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) ecollard 0 2009-11-05
Analysis resources Tutorial/ Template CODAP Challenge cards These cards will help students teach themselves how to use the Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) to analyze large datasets. Here are suggested steps for using the cards: Cut out each row of the Round 1 Challenge Cards. Do NOT cut down the center line between the two columns. Fold each row in half so that the challenge is on one side and the hint is on the other. Place the “Haven’t tried it/I’m stuck/”I did it” paper in the middle of your team where everyone can reach it. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2019-01-25
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Collaboration Self-Reflection Assessment Tool How well do you collaboration with your teammates during fieldwork, data entry, and making conclusions about your investigation? Use this tool to reflect on and build your collaboration skills over time. This tool was created with the help of a team of teachers in August 2012. If you use this tool, please share back with the community the ways that you use and modify it. Use the comments section below and/or post your new version back to the curriculum bank. Thanks!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-04-11
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Collaborative Conclusions Use this lesson to support students in drawing scientific conclusions based on a class investigation (not recommended for students conducting independent investigations). Students should already have collected and analyzed data in preparation for this activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2018-09-05
Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Invasive species Combine with Dichotomous Keys Use the species cards to translate and bridge the gap between them and the use of dichotomous keys in classification. Have students use the keys and cards to create mini keys that would help to identify the species that they are studying in the field. Middle school (grades 6-8) karenmccormick 1 2010-11-20