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Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Vital Signs Science Notebook Scientists operate in an inquiry environment. They observe, ask questions, make predictions, record observations, analyze data, make and defend claims, and share their conclusions with the larger community. Similarly, students will carry out their investigations as though they are professional scientists. An online Science Notebook (available to registered participants on the Vital Signs website) helps students organize, document, and reflect on their investigation. It guides students through each stage of the inquiry process as they seek answers to their research questions.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Size Matters Students hone critical measurement skills, and learn to quickly estimate size using their own body parts. These measurement and estimation skills will come in handy when students try to determine whether or not they find the native or invasive species they will look for at their study site during their Vital Signs investigation. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Biodiversity Jenga Engage students with the concept of biodiversity with this hands-on modeling activity, inspired by Bill Nye. Students remove native species from an ecosystem, and add non-native or invasive species. They analyze the data collected through the activity to provide evidence for how these actions may ultimately compromise the health and stability of an ecosystem and show the importance of maintaining healthy, diverse ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04