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Learning activities Current events, Invasive species Invasive species & climate change in one delicious truffle story (resource from pparent, Massabesic Middle School) Sunday night (1/8/12) 60 Minutes aired a story on truffles, the most expensive food in the world. http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7394222n The story connects this lowly fungus to climate change - the harvest is down significantly, so prices are soaring. It also mentions that spores from imported Chinese truffles have infected some of the truffle sites in Europe - invasive species! I showed the clip to my classes with this document of guiding questions (download it below). They put it all together pretty quickly.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2012-01-12
Learning activities Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Plant Discovery Students take on the role of naturalist discovering a plant for the first time. They look closely, name the plant, collect detailed information about it, and sketch it. As a fun extension, have the students exchange their work with another class, and see if they can identify the mystery plants.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
gmri 0 2012-01-05
Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Aquatic Ecosystem Presentation Rubric Students choose an aquatic ecosystem in the state of Maine. After in depth research into the health of that ecosystem, students share their findings. This rubric and instruction sheet guide students as they work independently on their research.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
gmri 5 2012-01-03
Tutorials, Instructional models Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Fall Webinar 2011 - Create, Share & Connect Learn about - Creative ways for your students to share their findings with an authentic audience All the ways to participate in conversations and collaborate with the VS community! Professional development cvoyer 0 2011-11-08
Tutorials, Instructional models Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Fall Webinar 2011 - Mission: Analysis http://vitalsignsme.org/mission-analysis-webinar Learn about - Analysis Missions How students make meaning of their own species and habitat observations Making meaning using the larger Vital Signs database Professional development cvoyer 0 2011-11-08
Tutorials, Instructional models Invasive species, Scientific inquiry, Tutorial/ Template Fall Webinar 2011 - Vital Signs Refresher http://vitalsignsme.org/vs-refresher What : Learn about - Field Missions Tools and resources Data quality Publishing observations Professional development cvoyer 0 2011-11-08
Analysis resources, Tutorials Tutorial/ Template How do I find things on the map? Where is my school? Where is my house? I know they're down here somewhere! Dana shows you how he uses clues on the Vital Signs map to find the places in Maine he cares most about. Next step, using the Vital Signs data! To be continued.... Download the Guide below under "Documents"
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-09-30
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Data Quality Hunt Vital Signs data is used by students, the public, and professional scientists to better understand invasive and native species in Maine. For that reason, observations need to be of a certain quality to ensure their usefulness. Before students do their own data collection, they take time to explore and decide what good quality data looks like.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
cvoyer 2 2011-09-21
Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Prediction Jigsaw Students break into expert groups to help them make a prediction about what they expect to find in the field.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
christinev 0 2011-08-26
Learning activities, Instructional models Scientific inquiry Talk Moves Card Game Use talk moves cards to scaffold productive talk and argument. Middle school (grades 6-8) christinev 1 2011-08-26