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Learning activities Current events, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Research Jigsaw: Japanese knotweed This is a jigsaw you can do with students to build knowledge and context for a study focused on Japanese knotweed. The research question driving this jigsaw is: Is there more invasive Japanese knotweed in southern or northern parts of Maine? Rest assured, this jigsaw will work incredibly well with other research questions about Japanese knotweed! In their Jigsaw Teams, students attack these questions, then return to the Fieldwork Teams share what they learned and come up with informed predictions: 1. What's the big deal about knotweed? 2. How do I know it when I see it? 3.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2013-03-19
Rubrics and Assessment Tools Scientific inquiry Combined Standard/Numerical Grade Sheet After using the new rubrics offered by Vital Signs for observations, argument, and collaboration, I created several documents to streamline the process for my students. To keep data entry day moving smoothly and to hold each group member accountable, I created a document for data entry. To hold students accountable for a numerical grade (we are not a standards based school), I created a score sheet that also includes an area to score students on Expert, Intermediate, Novice, and Recruit status (without aligning this with their actual numerical grade). Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 1 2012-12-14
Learning activities, Field work resources Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Great Introduction to Field Study: The Treehugger Game The Treehugger Game Abstract: Oftentimes the best way to conduct a field study with students, especially younger ones, is to begin with a game. Games can release the stress and energy built up throughout the day and create a more focused and calm learning environment. Additionally, in the colder months games can prolong students exposure to cold weather by increasing their body temperature during play. The Treehugger game allows students to hone their observational skills in a fun environment and release stress, preparing them to use these skills in proceeding field studies. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jmlynch 0 2012-11-08
Learning activities Invasive species Triumphs, hurdles, and the evolution of Vital Signs in my classroom Laura Seaver, grade 8 science teacher at Loranger Middle School in Old Orchard Beach, reflects on her Vital Signs experiences to date. This is good stuff, especially for teachers new to Vital Signs. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2012-09-27
Learning activities Invasive species A Teacher's Reflection on Missions 1 and 2 Tim Hebda, grades 4-5 teacher at Waynflete School, shares the highlights and missteps of his first Vital Signs Missions, and his excitement for getting his 56 students participating in the Vital Signs community. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2012-09-27
Units of study Biodiversity, Invasive species Invasive Invertebrates Where are they? Where aren't they? Eight day starter plan for high school biodiversity and invasive species. High school (grades 9-12) Breakfast Club 1 2012-04-07
Units of study, Field work resources, Instructional models Invasive species, Scientific inquiry What I Should Have Done The First Time If I Would Have Listened Suggestions and observations from someone who learns the hard way. What I should have done with my first VS investigation.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
pparent 2 2012-04-07
Units of study Invasive species A Modified 10-day curriculum: Change over Time This document was created for a Vital Signs spring institute by a teacher leader. It contains a modified 10 day curriculum for beginning in the program as well as reflections on beginning with the program and a "wish-list" of future projects with the program. The Original 10-day curriculum: http://vitalsignsme.org/10-day-curriculum-population-change-over-time Middle school (grades 6-8) Mrs. Tate 1 2012-04-02
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template How can I see if an invasive is spreading? Eliza uses the Vital Signs map to track variable watermilfoil. See how you can use the map to watch a species changes through time, and then quickly turn your analysis into a movie! Scroll down to download this Guide under "Documents" Watch the movie under "Videos"
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
gmri 0 2012-03-23
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Where else is that species? In this How-To Map Guide, see how you can use the map to find out where the species you're most interested in has been found in Maine! Scroll down to download this Guide under "Documents"
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
gmri 0 2012-03-16