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Learning activities Constancy & change, Scientific inquiry How many are there? Practice counting & estimating coverage Before you do your fieldwork, use this skill building activity to practice counting stems and estimating percent cover of plants and sessile animals. Counts and coverage can change quickly from one growing season to the next – especially when invasive species are involved – so it is important to master this skill and monitor the change in coverage frequently.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-12
Analysis resources Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010 This is a Google Earth map layer of the towns in Maine with official reports of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Data are from the Maine Forest Service (http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm). Please note that the map markers are placed on the town name, and not on the exact location of the HWA infestations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-11
Learning activities Ecosystems, Scientific inquiry Oh Deer: Invasive species style In this active and competitive game, students experience how a community of native animals and plants changes over time in response to resource availability in their habitat. Students collect data during the game and then graph and analyze how predators, limited resources, habitat health, and INVASIVE SPECIES can disrupt the natural ebbs and flows of native communities. Students visualize and analyze their results using graphs and story telling.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 9 2010-07-27
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Species in focus: A photo critique activity Through a thoughtful critique of this collection of good and bad species photos, learn what it takes to take great species photographs. Create your own list of "what makes a great species photo," and then practice taking and critiquing your own.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 1 2010-07-27
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Putting Photos on Google Earth Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jamien Jacobs 0 2010-06-25
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
Units of study Ecosystem health, Ecosystems Ecosystem Health: Checking the Vital Signs of a Maine Watershed How healthy are your local ecosystems? Students use a variety of health indicators to investigate and assess the health of a local upland, freshwater, or coastal system. They share conclusions and fresh ideas with local planners and resource managers in their communities, and report their findings more broadly to the scientific community through the Vital Signs website.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2010-04-16
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
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Online Comments & Community Review The VS community actively reviews all species observations, projects, and curriculum resources. Community involvement in the review process lets us applaud great work, and share our own expertise in ways that help others learn and improve. This activity offers a structure for deciding what type of feedback you (and your group) would like to leave, and for creating your own set of norms to guide you as you leave comments for other participants.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-03-23
Analysis resources Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Maine Watersheds Map Layer This map contains boundary files for 17 Maine watersheds.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-03-15