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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, Field work resources Biodiversity, Scientific inquiry Great Introduction to Field Study: The Treehugger Game The Treehugger Game Abstract: Oftentimes the best way to conduct a field study with students, especially younger ones, is to begin with a game. Games can release the stress and energy built up throughout the day and create a more focused and calm learning environment. Additionally, in the colder months games can prolong students exposure to cold weather by increasing their body temperature during play. The Treehugger game allows students to hone their observational skills in a fun environment and release stress, preparing them to use these skills in proceeding field studies. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jmlynch 0 2012-11-08
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities Invasive species Create an Alien Invader After classroom discussion and activities around scientific names, invasive species, habitats, and adaptions, this project should include a colorful drawing of an imaginary creature, invading a new habitat, its Latin name, its common name, and a list of at least three structural and behavioral adaptations which will allow it to survive in a new environment. Be sure to look for Latin roots that describe the imaginary animal, when creating a scientific name. Middle school (grades 6-8) Joel_Higgins 2 2014-08-07
Field work resources Scientific inquiry Field Journals We made field journals by taking water color paper and cutting it and folding it so that it would, when stapled hold 8.5 x 11 inch paper. Then we used thinned out oil paint placed on top of water to marbleize the covers and laminated them, then added the paper. This way the kids can add entries to their journals at the beginning of class and I can collect them, and they can bring them in the field to do their sketching etc. Middle school (grades 6-8) karenmccormick 2 2010-10-11
Learning activities, Field work resources, Analysis resources Invasive species Combine with Dichotomous Keys Use the species cards to translate and bridge the gap between them and the use of dichotomous keys in classification. Have students use the keys and cards to create mini keys that would help to identify the species that they are studying in the field. Middle school (grades 6-8) karenmccormick 1 2010-11-20
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
Rubrics and Assessment Tools, Learning activities, Field work resources Ecosystems Invasive Species This is simply a modification/combination of some plans I found on the Vital signs site. It was specifically designed to fit the NGSS Middle school standards MS-LS2-1 and MS-LS2-4. The plan includes background knowledge a teacher might need to teach the lesson and common misconceptions within the topic of ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) KCurtis 2 2013-12-18
Units of study, Learning activities Scientific inquiry Getting Started with Scientific Inquiry This year I made a commitment to myself to do a Vital Signs investigation with my 7th graders. The timeline posted here details how I plan to incorporate my old curriculum and scope and sequence with Vital Signs and more scientific inquiry. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is also a great resource. The BirdSleuth Investigating Evidence provides lots of resources and ideas for supporting this effort. The Meet a Scientist worksheet is something I found on BirdSleuth but tweaked it a bit. Middle school (grades 6-8) kezarslc 0 2016-09-18
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 Scientific inquiry Can You Find This? This activity helps introduce and engage students in using the Vital Signs Web site. When the invasive species project was first introduced I had students choose an invasive species found in Maine they might be interested in learning more about. Now I would like the students to become more familiar with the Vital Signs website – so they feel comfortable utilizing it’s rich resources during our investigations. Using an LCD projector that is attached to my computer I introduce the students to the web site. Middle school (grades 6-8) kmoniz 1 2010-11-22