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Field work resources Scientific inquiry Student Contract for Fieldwork Roles Students take their responsibilities more seriously when they feel an obligation towards their peers. This "contract" can be used to clarify between students on a team what each is responsible for. Students were asked to take the time to read out loud to the rest of the team what their responsibilities were, before signing - making it sort of ritualistic conveys that sense of gravity about their work. Middle school (grades 6-8) gretchenfeiss 0 2010-11-22
Analysis resources Invasive species Maine Invasive Aquatic Plants - known infestations March 2010 This Google Earth layer was created to pin point the water bodies in Maine with known infestations of an aquatic invasive plant species. The exact location of the plants within a given waterbody is not identified in this layer. This layer can be used for analysis of vectors, and offers a March 2010 snapshot for time series analysis of the spread of aquatic invasive species going forward. This layer is based on source data publicly provided by the Maine DEP Bureau of Land and Water Quality, originally provided in pdf format on the DEPs website.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 0 2010-03-15
Analysis resources Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Maine Watersheds Map Layer This map contains boundary files for 17 Maine watersheds.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-03-15
Analysis resources, Tutorials Constancy & change How to create a Google Earth map layer of your own data set The Vital Signs map is great for looking at and comparing observations, but Google Earth is a much more powerful tool you can use to see Vital Signs data with other layers of information. Follow these 12 easy steps to create a .kml map layer of your own Vital Signs data. Then layer and learn!
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-04-23
Tutorials Constancy & change How to create a graph with Vital Signs data A screen-by-screen annotated tutorial designed to guide teachers and students through the process of exporting Vital Signs data and creating a simple bar graph to analyze your results, using Microsoft Excel, Numbers or NeoOffice.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 1 2010-10-06
Analysis resources, Tutorials Constancy & change Analysis workshop & exercises for teachers This pdf version of the Noteshare notebook contains a series of professional development activities for teachers and other educators. These step-by-step exercises are annotated with screen shots and are designed to help teachers become familiar with Vital Signs data, and other analysis tools such as Numbers, Excel and GoogleEarth. You can also access a recorded MLTI webinar where Alexa uses the tools described in the Noteshare in the MLTI archive. Professional development iSpyaSign 0 2010-10-06
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Putting Photos on Google Earth Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jamien Jacobs 0 2010-06-25
Learning activities, Tutorials Invasive species, Tutorial/ Template Exploring the Vital Signs Website This is a short, simple exercise to get students familiar with the website. Can be done individually or in pairs. This guided inquiry Worked really well with my students! They greatly appreciated having the opportunity to explore the site, and choose their own species of interest. Make sure to review their comments before they post! Enjoy. Jamien
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
Jamien Jacobs 0 2016-09-28
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
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