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Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Nesting Bird Game This is a fun game where participants explore habitat and nesting bird sites with regard to invasive species. Specifically, it addresses the competition between native birds and invasive bird species when it comes to habitat resources and predators. Middle school (grades 6-8) ashdog 2 2011-04-16
Learning activities, Field work resources Scientific inquiry Nature Journaling Spend time using your senses to make and record observations of the natural world. From those observations, begin to think about the questions you have about the world around you.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 2 2011-04-12
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Investigable Questions Relay! Hone skills around identifying investigable questions in a fun, engaging, (slightly) competitive way.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-04-12
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Investigable Questions Survivor! Learn how to identify questions that can be investigated (investigable questions!). Teams look at a set of questions and use their new knowledge to decide which question doesn’t fit. That question gets “voted off the island.”
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2011-04-12
Learning activities Scientific inquiry Rubrics These rubrics were used for student self and peer assessment. Middle school (grades 6-8) kbeckler 0 2010-12-29
Field work resources, Analysis resources Invasive species Student Teams Self Assessment Here is an assessment that I used for my classes after they finished their Vital Signs Investigations. They evaluate how well their team cooperated and shared the responsibilities for this project. I also ask them to evaluate the program and to give suggestions to make this better for them. Middle school (grades 6-8) kjurdak 1 2010-12-15
Learning activities Invasive species VS Skils Round Robin > This is a sheet to record going through the process of rotating through a brief introduction of the skills. It has 8 skills on there; however, we did 2 rounds of 4 and 4. This is a brief summary and insight of what one of the rounds looked like for us. In essence: in a 2 hour period, we each saw 150-200 students for a skill session. (Guy: GPS, Joan: Quadrat/Species Cards, Sandy: Observation Sketches, Joelle: Camera) Now, it wasn't pretty; but, we did it again the following Friday, with the other 4 skills! :) And, certainly, armed with more strategies. Middle school (grades 6-8) jdrake 0 2010-12-15
Learning activities Invasive species Comic Life Invasive Species Project Rubric This is a rubric to help guide students when creating a culminating activity for the Vital Signs invasive species Comic Life project and help teachers score it. Middle school (grades 6-8) jdrake 1 2010-12-08
Tutorials Tutorial/ Template PowerPoint Presentation on Ready, Set, Science Ready, Set, Science is a must-read for all science educators (and administrators)! This is a practical guide on HOW to teach science in a way that is most beneficial to students. This book also clearly outlines why teaching science is vital in a democracy, how students can learn the art of debate through science and the way even very young children can think very deeply about relationships and concepts in science. This PowerPoint gives a brief overview of the first chapter and then a few hints about the rest of the book. Professional development ebailey 0 2010-12-07
Learning activities, Analysis resources Constancy & change, Invasive species Mystery Graph and Oh Deer followup This is the ppt presentation I used to outline my ideas after I played Oh Deer (we called it Oh Bluebird!) with my students. We started class with video highlights from the game we had played last class. Then we discussed the contents of the slideshow slowly - taking breaks on data slides for students to graph the information on mini whiteboards. I walked around directing struggling students how graph it. We ended with discussion on invasive species and the time lapse video of knotweed growth. Middle school (grades 6-8) brownz.ppsd 1 2010-12-04