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Learning activities Invasive species Comic Life Invasive Species Project Rubric This is a rubric to help guide students when creating a culminating activity for the Vital Signs invasive species Comic Life project and help teachers score it. Middle school (grades 6-8) jdrake 1 2010-12-08
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template PowerPoint Presentation on Ready, Set, Science Ready, Set, Science is a must-read for all science educators (and administrators)! This is a practical guide on HOW to teach science in a way that is most beneficial to students. This book also clearly outlines why teaching science is vital in a democracy, how students can learn the art of debate through science and the way even very young children can think very deeply about relationships and concepts in science. This PowerPoint gives a brief overview of the first chapter and then a few hints about the rest of the book. Professional development ebailey 0 2010-12-07
Learning activities, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Invasive species Mystery Graph and Oh Deer followup This is the ppt presentation I used to outline my ideas after I played Oh Deer (we called it Oh Bluebird!) with my students. We started class with video highlights from the game we had played last class. Then we discussed the contents of the slideshow slowly - taking breaks on data slides for students to graph the information on mini whiteboards. I walked around directing struggling students how graph it. We ended with discussion on invasive species and the time lapse video of knotweed growth. Middle school (grades 6-8) brownz.ppsd 1 2010-12-04
Field work resources Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Group Roles A half-sheet handout specifying group roles to help remind students of what must be done when they leave the classroom. Middle school (grades 6-8) brownz.ppsd 0 2010-12-04
Learning activities, Analysis resources Invasive species Oh Deer! (or Oh Bluebird!) outline/data collection template Teacher short notes for Oh Deer activity. Data collection template for Oh Deer activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) brownz.ppsd 0 2010-12-04
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
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
Learning activities Tutorial/ Template Vital Signs Vocabulary Activity This is a list of vocabulary that is important to Vital Signs. This activity is to be done before any other work to assess prior knowledge of these terms. The students are asked to write what they think the words mean first before discussing as a group and developing a group definition. This is similar to the activity done at the summer institute. There are eleven terms. The terms can also be cut apart and used as a word sort activity.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Science Lady 0 2010-11-27
Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Tool Bag Cards The cards developed here are to be used to label the tool bags and to help the teams remember to bring in all their equipment. The team name card is used to identify the team members and the name the team will use for their user name. The students write this information on the cards. The old first round MLTI computer bags work great for this.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Science Lady 0 2010-11-27
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