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Tutorials Scientific inquiry How teachers set up investigations for their students This tutorial walks teachers through the process of setting up a new investigation and setting up user accounts for student teams . Follow along as Tom gets ready to go on a Vital Signs adventure with his class! Download the guide below under Documents. Professional development vitalteach 2 2010-09-29
Analysis resources, Tutorials Constancy & change How to create a Google Earth map layer of your own data set The Vital Signs map is great for looking at and comparing observations, but Google Earth is a much more powerful tool you can use to see Vital Signs data with other layers of information. Follow these 12 easy steps to create a .kml map layer of your own Vital Signs data. Then layer and learn!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-04-23
Tutorials Constancy & change How to create a graph with Vital Signs data A screen-by-screen annotated tutorial designed to guide teachers and students through the process of exporting Vital Signs data and creating a simple bar graph to analyze your results, using Microsoft Excel, Numbers or NeoOffice.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-10-06
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template How to get notified when cool stuff happens Anyone with a username can get notified by email when stuff happens on the Vital Signs site. Here's how it works for teachers like Larry. (Note that the steps are the same for those of you with citizen scientist and student accounts! Go on, get notified!) Download the guide below under Documents or click on the video to watch. Professional development Anonymous 0 2010-12-01
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 Scientific inquiry Introducing a Vital Signs Mission Use this short lesson to introduce students to a Vital Signs mission. Middle school (grades 6-8) gmri 0 2018-09-14
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