BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Tourist Information Center
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Grade: 5th - 6th grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Shelley Gagnon
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Career Development & Occupational Studies:
Standard 3a: Universal Foundation Skills
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Health, Recreation & Life SkillsCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

ELA 1: Language for Information and Understanding

Speaking & writing to acquire & transmit information requires asking probing and clarifying questions, interpreting information in one’s own words, applying information from one context to another, and presenting the information and interpretation clearly, concisely, and comprehensibly.

Performance Indicator 1 Students will present information clearly in a variety of oral and written forms such as summaries, paraphrases, brief reports, stories, posters and charts.

NATIONAL STANDARDS

  • Language Arts: Writing; Reading
  • Life Skills: Thinking & Reasoning; Life Work; Working with Others
Keywords: tourism
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What information would be beneficial to tourists visiting the Adirondacks?
Context:

Challenge originally created by Shelley Gagnon & Meredith Aitchison-Phelps.

The Challenge:

In your group, plan and create informative and accurate materials that will highlight the uniqueness of the Adirondacks to be displayed at a tourist information center. Your materials must include three of the following products and a written rationale for each product.

Choose three of the following products:

  • Brochure
  • Postcard
  • Map
  • Newspaper article
  • Advertisement
  • Flyer
  • Poster
  • Historical Story

Your group will be given 4 topics of which you will choose three. These topics include berry picking, swimming spots, canoeing, hiking, bird watching, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, legendary people, tree identification, first aide, boat launches, and Adirondack name origins.  You will be given four class periods to prepare your materials. In order to accomplish this, a work contract must be signed by each member stating tasks, roles and due dates. On the fifth day, you will share and explain your products for the class.  All members will be expected to be able to answer questions about all materials created.

Finally, all products will be shared with the public at ____________________________.

A Northern Forest Partnership challenge.

Quality Standards:

•    Completed on time

•    3 products

•    A rationale for each product in paragraph form

•    Informative- provides important and accurate information

•    True representation of the products / media

•    Professional •    Easy to read and follow

•    Proper grammar and  mechanics (capitals, spelling, punctuation)

•    Attractive and creative (colorful, neat, proper use of space, etc.)

•    Work contract fulfilled (worked your plan)

•    Questions answered appropriately by all members

•    Graphics used appropriately

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

Completed on time

5

3 products

15

A rationale for each product in paragraph form

30

Informative- provides important and accurate information

10

True representation of the products / media

10

Easy to read and follow

10

Professional: attractive and creative (colorful, neat, proper use of space, etc.)

5

Work contract fulfilled (worked your plan)

5

Questions answered appropriately by all members

5

Above and beyond

5

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