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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
Analysis resources, Tutorials Tutorial/ Template Analysis tutorial - Do invasive species affect biodiversity? See how Wesley and Josephine use the VS export table and Excel to create a simple bar graph using species data and biodiversity counts. This analysis lets them compare the biodiversity counts where invasive species were found with the biodiversity counts where invasive species were not found. Is biodiversity different where invasive species are found? So nerdy.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2011-08-09
Learning activities Ecosystem health A Picture of Health: Human Health Continuum Use A Picture of Health to prime students to think about what it means to be healthy. Before they tackle ecosystem health, students consider human health – a topic more familiar that they all have personal experience with. Students look at a set of photographs of people that show a range of health. They work together to arrange them along a continuum from healthy to unhealthy. They practice backing up their decisions with reasons and evidence, a skill they will use when assessing ecosystem health.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-05-06
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Vital Signs Fieldwork Skills Stations Doctors and nurses routinely check “vital signs” (temperature, pulse, blood pressure, breathing, etc.) to get a sense of a person’s health. Similarly, scientists use tools to check an ecosystem’s “vital signs” and assess health. Students practice the Vital Signs Fieldwork Skills that will ultimately help them collect high quality data to determine the health of their own local ecosystem.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 3 2011-05-06
Instructional models Scientific inquiry Self-organize around your interests Self-organization and choice are two powerful motivational tools that get students excited and personally invested in the learning or investigating they are about to do. Use this process whenever you want students to team up to learn or investigate something in which they are personally interested, invested, and excited.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2011-05-06
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Make Public Service Announcements! Public Service Announcements are short videos that try to convince people to pay attention to something, think differently, or behave a certain way. Students create a series of 30- or 60-second Public Service Announcements that explain, raise awareness, generate support, change behavior, or motivate action!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-05-06