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|NYS Content Area Standard
Language for information & understanding
- use details,
examples, anecdotes, or personal experiences to explain or clarify
Observations Into Tales
Grade Level: 3rd
Author: Sarah Bencze
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area
___ Natural History
___ Human History
_√_ Culture & the Arts
___ Government & Civics
___ Health, Recreation &
Investigative Question or Issue: How can you record
your observations, thoughts, and feelings about an adventure you have
had in the Adirondacks?
materials provided by your teacher,and decorative items you have
collected, create a journal that you will use to record observations,
thoughts and feelings about an adventure you have had in the
After participating in chosen adventure with class (ie- nature trail
walk, hike up mountain, snowshoe , cross-country ski, visit to
Visitor's Center, etc.) record entry into nature journal.
Entry must include:
You will be asked to reflect on your journal
observations and share with class.
- date, weather, time,
- illustration(s) with labels,
- descriptive words, details about
habitats you observe,
- a map drawing of where you went in relation to
where you started, and
- anything else you wish to include in your
Adapted for the Adirondack
Curriculum Project from
the work of Education By Design TM and Leading EDGE, LLC
|Journal is created
and decorated in class
Journal entries include:
-Reflect on journal by answering the following:
-illustrations with labels
-details about habitats you observe
-a map drawing of where you went in relation to
where you started
-anything else you wish to include to show your
thoughts, feelings, and observations about the adventure
a-What were the most
interesting things you learned?
-Journal entry is shared with class
b-What big ideas have you learned from this journal
c-What skills do you plan to improve upon over the
next set of entries?
d-Which observations and comments would you most
like to share with others?
e-How can you incorporate more details,descriptive
illustrations or words into your journal entries?
f- What are some other important things you can keep
a journal for?