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Educator Forums

Share how you're using Vital Signs with students, implementing best practices, and experimenting with different ways to facilitate investigations. Your insider ideas and practices are critical to the evolution of Vital Signs.

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Professional Development

Come join the Vital Signs educator community and learn how to connect your students with the scientific community, engage in authentic science investigations, and collaborate and network with similarly-inspired teachers throughout Maine.

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How-to Guides

Step-by-step guides on how to set up investigations for students, collect and post data online, and more!

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Fieldwork Toolkits

Your one-stop-shop to find datasheets and species ID cards and more! These links will help you find the right toolkit for the coastal, freshwater, or upland ecosystem you're investigating.

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Data Quality

Don't forget to quality check you data before you post. Check out this page to find many useful data quality check resources.

Quality Assurance Checklist, Peer Review Form, and more!

Units of Study

Your complete package. Relevant questions, introductory games, skills development, scientific practice, and online interaction with the scientific community!



How diverse is your local ecosystem? Compare local biodiversity counts to those in other areas of your watershed.

Population change over time

How do populations change over time in response to invasive species introductions? Graph it and tell evidence-based stories.

Ecosystem health

How healthy are your local ecosystems? Use health indicators to investigate and assess the health of an upland, freshwater, or coastal system.



Learn through play. Use games to establish a context for learning, build content knowledge, practice fieldwork and discussion skills, and simulate ecosystem processes.


New bird in town ("MnM game")

What does it feel like to be invasive?

Oh deer: Invasive species style

High energy! How do communities change over time?

Biodiversity Jenga

How do invasives affect biodiversity?

Investigable question survivor

Vote the uninvestigables off your island!

Talk moves

Bring fun, productive talk & argument into your discussions.


Science skills

What skill! Lots of activities here for doing fieldwork, identifying species, generating quality evidence, having evidence-based discussions, and making meaning of data.


Devour or savor

A delicious observation activity. Eat chocolate s--l--o--w--l--y.

Spot the difference

Can you see differences between crabs before I do? Build ID skills.

Data quality hunt

Decide for yourself what great data looks like.

Prove it!

Make your best case using evidence. Show me with photos! Convince me with words!



Science needs company. Vital Signs science content is good friends with social studies, language arts, math, and communications.


Nature journaling

Use your senses to observe, question, and write about what's around you.

Mystery Graphs

Put your graphing skills to the test. Tell evidence-based stories!

The Green Book

Science fiction reading meet Vital Signs!

Science Notebooks!

Organize, document, and reflect on your investigations!