Classroom Resources

A fun part of being a LabVenture! educator is getting to meet teachers from around the state. We love to hear stories about how you've been inspired by LabVenture! and how you're integrating this experience into your classroom. Check out some of these stories below, then send us your story to share here!


Plastic Ocean Pollution: Classroom Resources

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Although the subject of the growing problem of microplastics in our oceans is a sad and scary one, there are a lot of fun activities to do with your students so they can learn about microplastics, engage in hands-on science in the classroom, and make a difference! Here is a lesson plan with...

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Gulf of Maine, Explained Video Series

Thursday, October 5, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Check out GMRI's Gulf of Maine Explained video series! They are each only a few minutes long but very informative and interesting. Trawling Electronic Monitoring Anadromous Fish Eating Sustainably Otoliths

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Tick Time for Teacher’s Too

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 by Julia

Way too much alliteration, I know. Sorry to any ELA teachers reading this. This week we posted some info about ticks on the student LabVenture! blog, so I thought it would be a good time to talk ticks with teachers as well. I’m sure most of you have heard that this is supposed to be a particularly...

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Aquaculture Toolkits for the classroom

Friday, March 31, 2017 by Julia

The Maine 4H Cooperative Extension, Maine EPSCoR, the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Research Network (SEANET), and the University of Maine Aquaculture Research Institute have developed "Aquaculute Toolkits" for educators. The toolkits are designed to be used in a variety of settings from formal...

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LAST DAY! Nominate a teacher for the McCarthy Award

Friday, March 17, 2017 by Julia

Please nominate a teacher for the Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award who is involved in one of more of GMRI's education programs! This teacher should exemplify the qualities and principles of Kevin McCarthy, Unuum's retired CEO, described below. The nomination form can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/sKC3ueFOmBKvWLkc2...

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Nominate a Teacher for the 2017 Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 by Ciera Akins

Please nominate a teacher for the Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award who is involved in one of more of GMRI's education programs! This teacher should exemplify the qualities and principles of Kevin McCarthy, Unuum's retired CEO, described below. The nomination form can be found here: https://goo.gl/forms/sKC3ueFOmBKvWLkc2...

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K-8 Be Tick Smart Poster Contest

Friday, January 20, 2017 by Katie

May is Lyme Disease Awareness month in Maine, and Maine CDC is planning events throughout the month to raise awareness of the disease and increase knowledge about prevention. This year will be our 8 th annual state wide poster contest in schools for students K-8. Children at this age have high rates...

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NOAA Contest to Design Content for NOAA's Science On a Sphere

Friday, January 20, 2017 by Katie

NOAA launches a contest for K-12 and college students to design content for NOAA’s Science On a Sphere ® .   Is there a story you’ve heard about how Earth is changing that you can tell using maps and images? Where do major weather events (like hurricanes and tornadoes) occur...

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Paid Professional Development Opportunity at UMaine

Friday, December 16, 2016 by Katie

7th Annual University Classroom Observation Program - Now Accepting Applications   The Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (the RiSE Center) is pleased to offer an opportunity for middle school and high school science, technology, engineering, or mathematics teachers to observe...

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2016 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 by Meredyth

The Maine STEM Collaborative (in which GMRI is a memeber), with financial support from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is pleased to announce the inaugural STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition. Our intention is to schedule a competition every other year in order to coincide with the...

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Ocean Literacy Summit

Friday, May 13, 2016 by Meredyth

Join scientists, informal and formal educators, students, and others at the 2016 Ocean Literacy Summit , hosted by the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) .  The 2016 Summit will take place along the working waterfront of Portland, Maine, on November 3 and 4, 2016, and...

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The Atlantic Cup is coming to Portland in June!

Monday, March 14, 2016 by Becca and Dave

The Atlantic Cup, presented by 11th Hour Racing, is one of the premier Class40 sailing events in the world. In June, it will finish its second leg, in the waters around Portland, ME. Additionally a series of five inshore races will be held in Casco Bay on June 10th and 11th. The Atlantic Cup is...

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Make LabVenture! a Full-Day Excursion

Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Meredyth

Do you love the LabVenture! experience and wish you and your students could take even better advantage of being in Portland? The city and surrounding area have many opportunities that could be paired with your LabVenture! visit to turn the half-day lab experience into a full-day excursion. One...

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Free iBook about Climate Change

Friday, January 8, 2016 by Katie

Just Right Climate Science for Young Readers  is a free iBook that is geared towards educating students ages 9-ll about climate change. It is a free resource that you may find useful for your classroom. It features some really neat diagrams about Earth's climate and systems.  It is described...

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New Science Writing Prompts

Monday, January 4, 2016 by Kim Little

Last winter we piloted a project with the Telling Room , an organization that works with young writers to improve literacy skills, to develop some science writing prompts. We are happy that this collaboration has continued and have developed a new set of prompts for this year. After...

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Maine Science Festival

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 by Meredyth

The Maine Science Festival is March 18 th , 19 th , and 20 th 2016 in Bangor! There are tons of things going on as part of the event including activities for the general public, families, and school kids. The final schedule won't be out until January but now is the time to learn more about how your...

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Explore Plankton Near You

Friday, November 13, 2015 by Kim Little

During LabVenture! students get the chance to start exploring the world of plankton. Every morning our staff go out and collect a sample of plankton from our pier for students to observe during the visit. A professional plankton net, like the one that we use to collect our samples can be expensive,...

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LabVenture! back in the classroom

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 by Meredyth

Teachers all over the state are extending the LabVenture! program back in the their classroom. Check out these posts to see some of their work: Extending LabVenture! at Lake Region Middle Extending LabVenture! at Fisher Mitchell School Extending LabVenture! at McMahon Elementary ...

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Vital Signs Online Intro Institute

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 by Molly

Interested in GMRI's other education programs? Check out this upcoming oppurtunitiy with Vital Signs .  Vital Signs Online Intro Institute —It can be done from wherever you are! Goes from October 19 - November 9 with weekly assignments and optional office hours on Wednesday...

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Video chatting with another school - An additional connection for your Complex System!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 by Becca

During their time at GMRI, students learn how 5 species in the Gulf of Maine connect and interact with each other, but the connections don’t have to stop there!  On our Educator Survey, a teacher expressed interest in connecting with another school through video chat to share and compare...

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Why is our world getting warmer?

Monday, July 6, 2015 by Kim Little

Scientists agree that our world has been getting warmer. In fact data shows that Earth has warmed 1.4°F since 1880. This visualization explores the natural and human factors that may be causing the temperature to rise. Can you figure out what is responsible?

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System Games!

Thursday, July 2, 2015 by Becca Stanley

System Game To Show Interdependence: First, have everyone get in a circle. Then, have each person pick two people in the group, without telling anyone their choice. Tell the group that the goal is to move so that they are equidistant from the two people they picked. They have to keep adjusting...

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Extending LabVenture! at Lake Region Middle

Monday, June 29, 2015 by Kathy Minigell and Kathleen Tragert

This year we used the lessons we learned from the LabVenture program to first help our students get better acquainted with each other.  We used the cards to have the students make a web and explain their connections.  An ongoing theme in 6th grade science is Systems and what happens when a...

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Extending LabVenture! at Fisher Mitchell

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Kim Little

Today Ashley and Amy from Fisher Mitchell shared how they have been extending LabVenture! in their classrooms. Check out the video below to hear what they have been doing. Video Player Here: https://youtu.be/wVxpPrku2t Here is an example of the posters Amy's students made.

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Extending LabVenture! at McMahon Elementary

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by Amanda Capen

Our students spent about 2 ½ months learning about oceans.  In addition to  participating in the Complex Systems program at GMRI, they were given the opportunity to go to the Maine State Aquarium and learn about specific sea creatures that live in our ocean.  They spent another...

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Extending LabVenture! Online Sharing

Monday, June 22, 2015 by Kim Little

Recently some of our teachers who attend the LabVenture! Summer Institute shared how they have been extending LabVenture! into their classrooms. Hear what Holly and Rob from Lincoln Middle, Mary and Jenn from Woolwich Central, Sharon from Walker and Lorraine from Vassalboro have been up to. ...

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Join the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Vital Signs Community!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by Vital Signs

Imagine your students… Actively participating in research alongside scientists, citizens, students, and educators from York to Madawaska, Stratton to Baileyville. Supporting their claims with great evidence like this student from Dedham Middle School. Going outside to collect critical...

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Science Writing Prompts

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by Kim Little

In LabVenture! this winter we are piloting a project with the Telling Room , an organization that  works with young writers to improve literacy skills. After experiencing LabVenture!, this pilot asks students to choose one of three prompts to respond to back in the classroom. Students get...

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Kevin McCarthy Education Innovation Award

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Meredyth

Maine’s passionate, talented educators are an invaluable treasure. You engage your students with science and give them the tools to think critically about their world. You inspire us to create cutting edge science experiences that support your innovative work. At the Gulf of Maine Research...

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Free NGSS Professional Development

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by Kim Little

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) has a series of archived professional development webinars about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Starting at the very beginning the webinars cover each practice, crosscutting concept, and the disciplinary core ideas by grade. There are also...

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System Games!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 by Becca Stanley and Kim Little

Looking for a fun pre or post visit activity to do with your students to help them understand systems? Try one of these easy system games!   System Game To Show Interdependence: First, have everyone get in a circle. Then, have each person pick two people in the group, without telling...

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King Tide Walking Trail

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Kim Little

Some reports suggest that by 2100 the sea level will have risen by 3 feet! It is hard to picture what that might mean for Maine's coastline and where the new water line would be. A group of students from the University of Southern Maine have created an exhibit, the King Tides Trail , to help people...

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Talk Science!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Kim Little

Last spring Meredyth and I participated in a professional development opportunity called Talk Science along with 23 other teachers from Southern Maine. We noticed changes in the discussions we were having with students who come to LabVenture! almost immediately. It was great professional development...

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LabVenture! Summer Institute Webinar Recording

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Kim Little

Last week during our LabVenture! Summer Institute we heard how two of our teacher leaders have been extending LabVenture! into their classrooms. Check what Amanda and Tonya have been up to! Video Player Here: http://youtu.be/xE4TnvjAhw Have you been extending LabVenture! into your classroom?...

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The Next Extending LabVenture! Webinar

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 by Kim Little

Recently we had our second webinar with teachers from our summer institute sharing how they have been extending LabVenture! into the classroom. Hear what Karen Fream from East End Community School, Amanda Lovejoy from Hermon Middle School, and Deb Doughty and Mary Cobb from Sacopee Valley Middle...

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Classroom Challenge: Have your students design their own Dive Deeper Activity Cards and Complex System.

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Kim Little

In our current LabVenture! program, Complex Systems, students research the interactions and connections between five species: Lobster, Humans, Cod, Herring, and Copepods. These five species make up only a small part of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, but they are all linked together in a very intricate...

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Dive Deeper Activity Cards Now Online!

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Kim Little

We have added a new resource to the activities page. Check out the Dive Deeper Activity Cards and have your students build a model in the classroom. If you  already have a set check out the new human card and the blank card, so you can make your own!

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Extending LabVenture! Webinar

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by Kim Little

Last week we had our first webinar where teachers from our summer institute got to share how they have been extending LabVenture! into the classroom. During this webinar Sherri and Susan from Narragansett, Amanda and Cathy from Warren Community, and Tonya and Marie from Woodstock and Crescent Park...

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Students Learn About Invasive Crabs During Lobster Trap Bycatch Study

Thursday, November 14, 2013 by Katie

The Chebeague School students are investigating species that enter a lobster trap other than lobsters. Students are hauling a trap twice a week to examine what species of bycatch they find inside. The school is teaming up with the Island Institute and using the data collected to produce graphs and provide...

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NERACOOS Ocean and Weather Climate Display Tool

Friday, October 18, 2013 by Kim Little

Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal and Ocean Observing Systems (NERACOOS) has been collecting data from buoys throughout the Gulf of Maine and compiling it into an easy to use graphing tool. This online tool allows you to find and quickly graph data on water temperature, water density, salinity,...

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LabVenture! Summer Institute Webinar

Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Meredyth

Check out this recording of our summer webinar. In it you will hear from two teachers about how they are extending LabVenture! in their classroom. Note: The video starts off with a black screen but shows screen sharing after the first mintute. Are you extending LabVenture! in your classroom?...

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Would your class like to be in a movie?!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by Kim Little

Then tell us how cool your watershed is! The LabVenture! program is creating a video to play on the bus ride to GMRI highlighting all of the cool and different parts of the Gulf of Maine’s watershed. If you and your class would like to show off the watershed around your school or community...

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Sea State Lecture Series

Tuesday, August 6, 2013 by GMRI

Join us for this free public lecture series! Fall/Winter 2013 Re-imagining Education for the 21st Century Sponsored by: Morton-Kelly Charitable Tru st FishVet ...

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Inspirational App!!

Monday, May 6, 2013 by Rachelle Pinault

This year in the Cohen Center, along with the introduction of our brand new content Complex Systems, we have added the use of iPads. In Complex Systems, the students are challenged to discover how five species interact and effect each other’s populations in the Gulf of Maine. We introduce the...

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Building Connections and Making Thinking Visible

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by Gayle Bodge

From Toni Barboza, 6th grade teacher at Etna-Dixmont School: I created a learning web using OmniGraph on the MLTI image with both 6th grade homerooms today about our field trip yesterday using information they learned.  The students really enjoyed seeing their thoughts and information come...

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Lobster Scientists Discuss Record Highs

Monday, December 10, 2012 by Kim Little

This summer we had record lobster catches, causing a crash in lobster price. Many people have been wondering why this has happened and what it means for the future. Patricia Dunphy from Madison Elementary was kind enough to pass along two interviews with some scientists and fishermen addressing these...

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A Good Catch

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Gayle

NOAA Fisheries Service has published a beautifully illustrated book that tackles the complexities of “managing fisheries to meet the nation’s demand for seafood.” A Good Catch , by Taylor Morrison explores many of the same questions that GMRI’s LabVenture! Complex Systems ...

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Live Lobsters...at School!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"What's in that box?" Sixth grade students at Oxford Elementary School are curious. Through a game of 20 questions, they discover there are lobsters in their classroom! Brought to you by Maine's lobstermen and available at your local grocery store, lobsters can literally become your class's special...

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Bring the Gulf of Maine into your Classroom

Monday, February 13, 2012

Inspired by their trip to GMRI for the LabVenture! program, Mrs. Flick’s 6th grade students at Greene Central School investigated the Gulf of Maine, creating 3-D maps of the watershed, researching and writing a report, and using their creativity in the design of tri-fold posters. But her...

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