BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

River Rendezvous
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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: Social Studies
Author: Sarah Bencze
Tupper Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

Social Studies 3. Geography - Elementary: Analyzes important geographic & environmental issues & questions.

Study about how people live, work and utilize natural resources

Keywords: rivers, habitat
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What are the significant characteristics of an Adirondack river located near your town?
Context:

Note from the author: I chose the Raquette River and based the presentation and model on the story "Dangerous Falls Ahead" by Liza Frenette. "Three Days in a River in a Red Canoe" by Vera Williams was also another useful story.

The Challenge:

In small groups of 3 or 4, create a model of an Adirondack river (or section of a river) that is close to our town. Th emodel may be 3-dimensional or a 2-dimensional graphic representation. As you construct your model, please be sure it cinlcudes the following:

- Physical characteristices of the river (waterfalls, oxbow, tributaries, meanders, wetlands, floodplains)

- At least three different animal habitats described or depicted

- The town(s) along the course of the the the river are named

- An indicator of scale

- An indicator of compass directions

Once you have completed your model, please prepare a presentation in which you share information about your model with an audience selected with the help of your teacher. The presentation should be clear and easy to understand. It may take the form of a lecture, a play, a song, a story, or a poem. All group members are expected to take part in the presentation in some way.

Please make sure your presentation includes all of the following:

- Name of the river

- Name(s) of the town(s) along its course

- Identification of the source and mouth of the river

- The direction of the river's flow -

The length of the river

- Information regarding at least two different ways that people have used the river either in the past or present

- A description of the important physical characteristics of the river as depicted in the model - A description of the animal habitats depicted in the model

- An explanation of any environmental threats posed to this particular river

You will have 5 class periods to complete your model and 5 class periods to work on your presentation.

Quality Standards:

Model:

  • Completed in 5 class periods
  • Is an actual river (or section of river) that is located near your town
  • Has an indicator of scale
  • Has an indicator of compass directions
  • Descirbes/depicts at least three different animal habitats
  • Town(s) along the river's course are identified

Presentation:

  • Completed in 5 class periods
  • Presentation is clear and easy to understand
  • Name of river is included
  • Name of town(s) along river's course are named
  • River's source is identified
  • River's mouth is identified
  • River's physical characteristics are described
  • River's length is noted
  • River's direction of flow is noted
  • At least 3 animal habitats along the river are described
  • Information regarding human use of the river either in the pat or present is included
  • Environmental threats to the river are described
  • All group members take some part in the presentation
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Model

  •  Completed in 5 class periods - 1
  • Is an actual river (or section of river) that is located near your town - 2
  • Has an indicator of scale - 2
  •  Has an indicator of compass directions - 2
  • Describ

9

  • Town(s) along the river's course are identified

10

  • Physical characteristics of river are depicted accurately

20

Presentation

  • Completed in 5 class periods  - 1
  • Name of river is included - 2
  • Name of town(s) along river's course are named - 2
  • River's source is identified - 2
  •  River's mouth is identified - 2

21

Presentation is clear and easy to understand

10

All group members participate in the presentation

20

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