BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Tourism in Lake Placid (or "your" town)
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Laura Coffin
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 5: Technology
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryEconomy
Keywords: tourism
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What is to "see and do" in historic Lake Placid? (or "your" town)
Context:

Prior to issuing this challenge the teacher will want to investigate appropriate web sites to ensure student access to the information required. The challenge was originally written for Lake Placid students but can be adapted for any Adirondack community.

The Challenge:

In small teams created with the help of your teacher, create a tourism pamphlet that will encourage tourists in the region to visit four different historic places in the area around Lake Placid. Your pamphlet may put on display in school, local businesses, and at local hotels and motels,  so make it your best work.

You should begin your research for  this project be using the following websites;

www.lakeplacid.com

www.whiteface.com

www.mapquest.com

In addition to the websites, be sure to check out any professional pamphlets you can obtain from businesses or tourist information sources in the area as well as collect data during our Local History Tour.

As gather information for each of the four historical sites you select, please make sure you address each of these five Focus Questions questions:

1.  Why is this site important in history?

2.  What can kids do there?

3.  Where is it located?

4.  What are the hours/seasons/days of operations?

5.  How much does it cost?

Please include a map in your pamplet that shows the location of each historical site.

Please follow this process as you work on your pamphlet:

1. As you do your research, fill out an Internet Research Questionnaire

2. Complete a rough draft of the pamphlet on yellow paper, checking for accuracy of facts, spelling, and layout. 

3. Meet with your peer conference group before starting a final draft.  You need to show evidence of changes to your draft using information you received from your peer conference.

4. Construct your final draft pamphlet on the computer, using appropriate pictures from the internet and properly documenting the sites. 

Your pamphlet will be graded on its originality, quality of writing, and  accuracy of information and spelling. You will be asked to complete a Self-Assessment sheet and Scoreboard when you are finished. All team members are expected to do their fair share of the work.

Examples of Student Work: 1, 2, 3, 4

Quality Standards:

Process Criteria:

- Students fill out Internet Research Questionaire with the information they discover.

- Students  choose four historic destinations and answer the five key questions for each destination, using the internet and professional pamphlets as sources

- Students map the four historic destinations on a map of Lake Placid to be included in the pamphlet.

- Students choose a format for their pamphlet.

- Students complete their work using the writing process: drafts on yellow paper, conference with their peer conference groups, and show evidence of the writing process.

- Students  create a final copy of their pamphlet on the computer, and citing any photographs downloaded from the internet.

- Students complete a Self-Assessment sheet and Scoreboard. 

Product Criteria:

- Pamphlet includes accurate information answering the Focus Questions for each historic location

- Pamphlet includes a map of the area showing accurate travel information of how to get to each location

- Pamphlet is original in its design and formatting  - does not look exactly like the work of others

- Pamphlet text is written using correct grammar and spelling.

Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Process.

  • Fills out Internet Research Questionaire with the information discovered.

5

  • Chooses four historic destinations and answers the five key questions for each destination, using the internet and professional pamphlets as sources

25

  • Maps the four historic destinations on a map of Lake Placid area to be included in the pamphlet.

5

  • Chooses a format for their pamphlet

5

  • Complete  work using the writing process: drafts on yellow paper, conference with their peer conference groups, and show evidence of the writing process

20

  • Creates a final copy of the pamphlet on the computer, and citing any photographs downloaded from the internet.
  • Completes a Self-Assessment sheet and Scoreboard.

10

Product

  • Pamphlet includes accurate information answering the Focus Questions for each historic location

15

  • Pamphlet includes a map of the area showing accurate travel information of how to get to each location

5

  • Pamphlet is original in its design and formatting  - does not look exactly like the work of others

5

  • Pamphlet text is written using correct grammar and spelling

5

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