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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
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