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Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Invasive species Ratatouille and Your Friend The Rat Disney and the invasive species connection. Four-By-Rat activity. This is an adaptation of the quick write / quick draw activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) slittlefield 1 2009-11-05
Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Invasive species The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh Go green! This is a great science fiction novel to use with 7th and 8th grade students to get them thinking about taking care of our planet and what might happen if we don't. Discussions of evolution, adaptations, biodiversity, characteristics and needs of living organisms and much more will be sparked but this thought provoking novel. (69 pages) Middle school (grades 6-8) slittlefield 0 2009-11-05
Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Aquatic Ecosystem Research Project Students choose a body of water (preferably in Maine) to research. They focus their research on three questions: 1) What are important features of the body of water? 2) What is some data on invasive species or water quality from your ecosystem? 3) A question of student choice Middle school (grades 6-8) chotaling 0 2009-11-05
Learning activities Current events Project New Media Literacies Learning Library Challenges Clear and fun introduction to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons licensing
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
team_zeezoo 1 2009-11-05
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Vital Signs Quality Assurance & Peer Review Before observations are published to the Vital Signs website and made public, data must undergo a Quality Assurance Check and an optional Peer Review. The Quality Check is a first step in the online review process to ensure that the data entry form is complete, and jives with the Vital Signs site policy. Peer Review is a process the scientific community uses to critique and validate scientists’ work before it is published. A combined Quality Check and Peer Review is the very best way to make sure that a data collector's very best work is available for the Vital Signs community to use. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Devour or Savor Students are challenged to slow themselves down to make careful observations about what they see, smell, hear, and taste. Self awareness gained and observation skills built during this activity will be invaluable during fieldwork as students must slow down in order to closely observe species and habitat at their study site. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2009-11-04
Learning activities Biodiversity Spot the Difference Spot the difference is a high energy, competitive activity that helps students develop and hone their observation skills. Students play Spot the Difference to train their eyes to closely observe plants and animals, and to find characteristics that make them the same species or a different species. Species observation skills built while playing Spot the Difference will be used by students during their fieldwork to help them decide whether or not the native or invasive species they are looking for is at their study site. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2009-11-04
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Persuade and Motivate This lesson guides students' creation of an action project. Persuasive writing may be something that students are unfamiliar with or unpracticed at, but they all have personal experiences to draw from where they tried to get someone to do something they wanted them to do. This writing guide will help them formulate the perfect persuasive, motivational message. Students then design, create, and publish their own media projects to convey their message to their audience. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Organize to Analyze Organizing data before students start the analysis process is a critical and often overlooked step. Students use the Vital Signs Sort & Export table to find the data they need (their own, that of their classmates, and data from their comparison site). They use Venn Diagrams and T-charts to organize data before trying to make sense of it. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Looking Closely Students practice looking closely at a leaf, flower, leg, wing, shell, etc. to really hone their observation skills and see the pieces and parts they wouldn’t otherwise see. Species observation skills gained during this detailed drawing activity will help students tell different species apart when they do their own Vital Signs investigation. This activity may be done as individuals or as a team. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04