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Tutorials Current events, Tutorial/ Template How to write a press release How to write a press release - Advice from GMRI’s Communication Manager 1. Decide on a headline - This should hook the audience. Reporters have many stories coming across their desks. Pique their interest right away with an attention-grabbing headline. 2. Answer “the 5 W’s and the H” - Include the answers to the most important questions in the first paragraph. Then use the following paragraphs for supporting information: Who did it? What did they do? When did they do it? Where did they do it? Why did they do it? Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2016-07-21
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
Field work resources Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Initial Observation and Assessment Modified Vital Signs/iMapInvasives Datasheets These Vital Signs datasheets have been modified to be used to collect data for Vital Signs and iMapInvasives as part of the Vital Signs Population Change Over Time Data Investigation and Managing Invasive Species: Engaging the Next Generation in Resource Management curricula units. These are the modified datasheets for initial observations and assessments for upland, coastal, and freshwater habitats. Post-treatment datasheets can be found here.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2016-07-22
Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Intro Activity for Water Quality Bioassessment Mission Use this short, energizing lesson to prepare students for gathering and analyzing water quality data. Students will be introduced to Benthic Macro-Invertebrates (BMIs) and how they are used to monitor water quality. In two stations, students will develop skills in identifying BMIs and gathering data from the Vital Signs database on where BMIs have been found and not found. Students will use the data that they gathered to determine the water quality of a specific pond that has been monitored by other Vital Signs students. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2017-05-26
Learning activities Tutorial/ Template Introduction to Vital Signs Web Site This is a series of questions to introduce the Vital Signs website. The students will search and find out the purpose of VS, who is involved, how the learning is different, and how they will be involved. Students also get a feel for how the website is setup and how to navigate it.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Science Lady 0 2010-11-27
Units of study Biodiversity, Invasive species Invasive Invertebrates Where are they? Where aren't they? Eight day starter plan for high school biodiversity and invasive species. High school (grades 9-12) Breakfast Club 1 2012-04-07
Learning activities Invasive species Invasive passage, Main Idea/Supporting details This is a quick formative assessment that I'm doing with students that has two objectives: Introducing the concepts and vocabulary of invasive species, and getting a sense of how well they can pull the main idea and supporting details from a passage. Middle school (grades 6-8) brilea 0 2010-10-15
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Ecosystems Invasive Species This is simply a modification/combination of some plans I found on the Vital signs site. It was specifically designed to fit the NGSS Middle school standards MS-LS2-1 and MS-LS2-4. The plan includes background knowledge a teacher might need to teach the lesson and common misconceptions within the topic of ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) KCurtis 2 2013-12-18
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
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