BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

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Grade: 10th Grade
Class: Living Environment
Author: Gail Meyer
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryGovernment & Civics
Keywords: invasive species, mapping
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Do we have invasive plant species located on our school grounds? If so, can we do anything about it?
Context:

This challenge assumes that there are in fact examples of invasive plant species on the property of the school and that school officials are willing to have them identified.

The Challenge:

In teams of four created with the help of your teacher, conduct a survey of the plant species present within your assigned plot of school property. Determine which if any of these species are invasive.

Create an accurate and informative plant species "map" of your plot. The map of your plot of property will eventually be merged with the maps of all the other members of the class so we can construct an accurate overview of the plant life and invasive species located around our school. Make suire you and all your classmates design your maps with this final product in mind.

As your team creates the map of your section of property, be sure to meet the following guidelines:

  • The map has a title indicating its content, a key/legend translating symbols, a compass rose for direction, and an indicator of scale.
  • The map identifies the major plant species found in your plot and the location of each. All team members must agree on the accuracy of plant identification based on their research and use of appropriate plant identification field guides and keys
  • The map clearly distinguishes between plant species that are native or benign and those plant species that are invasive

Each indivdual on your team must maintain a personal journal of the work you do in the field. This journal should be an accurate account of all the work you do personally and as a team. It should include detailed notes and sketches regarding the plants you find.

At the conclusion of this project we will merge the individual team maps into a overall class map showing the location and prevalence of native or benign plant species vs. that of invasive species on school property. The class will then make recommendations to our Supervisor of Building & Grounds regarding the control or eradication of those invasive species we've found.

Product of the 2008 ACP Biodiversity Workshop, funded by a grant from the New York Biodiversity Research Institute.

Quality Standards:

Team Map

  • The team map has a title indicating its content, a key/legend translating symbols, a compass rose for direction, and an indicator of scale.
  • The map correctly identifies the major plant species found in your plot and the location of each. All team members must agree on the accuracy of plant identification based on their research and use of appropriate plant identification field guides and keys
  • The map clearly distinguishes between plant species that are native or benign and those plant species that are invasive

Personal Field Journal

  • The journal accurately represents the work of the team and journal author while in the field
  • The journal includes detailed notes and sketches of the plants found

Class Recommendation

  • The recommendation is supported by data illustrated on the class map
  • The recommendation includes specific suggestions for the control or eradication of the invasive species that were found
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Team Map

  • The team map has a title indicating its content, a key/legend translating symbols, a compass rose for direction, and an indicator of scale

10

  • The map correctly identifies the major plant species found in your plot and the location of each. All team membersĀ  agree on the accuracy of plant identification based on their research and use of appropriate plant identification field guides and keys

20

  • The map clearly distinguishes between plant species that are native or benign and those plant species that are invasiveĀ 

20

Individual Field Journal

  • The journal accurately represents the work of the team and journal author while in the field

15

  • The journal includes detailed notes and sketches of the plants found

15

Class Recommendation

  • The recommendation is supported by data illustrated on the class map

10

  • The recommendation includes specific suggestions for the control or eradication of the invasive species that were found

10

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