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Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Units of study, Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Invasive Species & Biodiversity Data Investigation Explore the the research question, "Does an invasive species impact biodiversity?" with the Invasive Species & Biodiversity Vital Signs Data Investigation Curriculum Extension. This extension assumes that you have experience implementing Vital Signs in your classroom and have developed a unit plan around an investigation or use one like the Change Over Time Unit: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 1 2015-10-02
Learning activities, Instructional models Tutorial/ Template Norms Gallery The norms from the Norms Gallery have been compiled from many Vital Signs teachers over many years. Use this activity to set norms for your classroom. Feel free to pick and choose your norms or add your own.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2015-09-29
Field work resources Tutorial/ Template Modified Upland Species & Habitat Survey: Ruling out similar species A modified data collection sheet for upland species with a modification for information to rule out similar species.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 1 2015-09-16
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change One point rubrics for NGSS LS4 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity Included are one point rubrics aligned to the NGSS middle level standards under the category LS4. Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity. There are three rubrics included, each with several performance expectations: - LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity (LS4.1, 4.2, 4.3) - LS4.B Natural Selection (LS4.4 & 4.5) - LS4.C Adaptation (LS4.6) Although I haven't used these directly in conjunction with a vital signs mission, they can be used as support or transition to another unit. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems One point rubric for NGSS LS2.B Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Cycles of Matter and Energy Transfer in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.3. I have not yet used this standard directly with a vital signs mission, however, believe it can be used to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships and energy transfer. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Constancy & change, Ecosystems One point rubric for NGSS LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Interdependent Relationshios in Ecosystems. The performance expectations included are LS2.1 & LS2.2, both of which I use as a prelude to vital signs investigations. The can also be used during a study to aid student understanding of ecosystem relationships. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Biodiversity, Constancy & change, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems One Point Rubrics NGSS MS-LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning and Resilience This is a one point rubric aligned to the NGSS middle level standards for the DCI Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience. The performance expectations included are LS2.4 & LS2.5, both of which I use with vital signs investigations. The one point rubrics are designed to be entirely student friendly and include three columns. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmwbailey 0 2015-08-20
Learning activities Invasive species Invasive Species Carnival This is a math/science interdisciplinary unit created for the Vital Communities project. The outlines the process used to encourage kids to create their own carnival using probability games to educate the public about invasive species. Middle school (grades 6-8) MrsPovak 0 2015-08-18
Learning activities Invasive species Student Flyers Examples Three examples of student flyers that were part of a combined project to raise community awareness about invasive species and their effect on the environment. You can easily build your own rubrics depending on your focus. Criteria could include content, mechanics, accuracy, layout & design, citations, creativity, user friendly, group cooperation, or other criteria important to you. Middle school (grades 6-8) Breakfast Club 1 2015-07-27
Field work resources, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Invasive species Green Crab Mark Recapture Datasheet This is a datasheet from Ruth Indrick, a project coordinator with the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) that they use for Green Crab Mark Recapture studies. Vital Signs partnered with KELT for an event at the Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) Conservation Conference in 2015, and demonstrated tools and techniques for engaging schools and community members in invasive species monitoring. Use this datasheet out in the field and use the contained equations for estimating crab populations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Urchin 0 2015-07-23