BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Trees of the Adirondacks
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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: Science, English Language Arts
Author: Kathy Farkas
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

ELA 1: Language for Information & Understanding: Speaking & Writing: present information clearly in a variety of oral and written forms such as summaries, paraphrases, brief reports, stories, posters, and charts

Keywords: trees, writing
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What kinds of trees grow in the Adirondacks?
Context:

The teacher will want to ensure that students have easy access to the outdoors to collect appropriate leaf samples for both coniferous and deciduous trees. Students should be given this challenge before they go out to collect leaf samples.

The Challenge:

Divide into small groups with the help of your teacher. In your group, go on the Nature Trail or into the forest and collect samples of leaves from at least two different types of conifer (coniferous) trees and two different broad leaf (deciduous) trees.

Create a small book that could be displayed in your classroom. Your book should have a title page that includes the name of your book, an attractive ilustration suggesting what your book is about, and the names of the authors.

Inside your book please create a section of pages for each of the different trees from which you collected a leaf. Include the following in each of these sections:

- A descriptive paragragh  of the special characteristics of the tree from which the leaf was collected. Please use the writing process to write these descriptions.

- An illustration of the tree that shows the special characteristics of the tree mentioned in your paragraph.

- An illustration of the leaf you collected from the tree you have Illustrated and written about.

All members of your group should be prepared to discuss the contents of your book and trees if asked questions about them.

Quality Standards:
  • Book contains at least 4 sections each focusing on a different tree found in the Adirondacks; two conifer and two broad leaf
  • Each section of the book contains a paragraph describing the special characteristics of the tree that is the subject of that section
  • Each section of the book contains an illustration showing the special characteristics of the tree described in the paragraph
  • Each section of the book contains an illustration of the leaf from the subject tree
  • The book has a title page that includes the name of the book, an attractive illustration suggesting what the book is about, and the names of the authors.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Book contains at least 4 sections each focusing on a different tree found in the Adirondacks; two conifer and two broad leaf

20

Each section of the book contains a paragraph describing the special characteristics of the tree that is the subject of that section

20

Each section of the book contains an illustration showing the special characteristics of the tree described in the paragraph

20

Each section of the book contains an illustration of the leaf from the subject tree

20

The book has a title page that includes the name of the book, an attractive illustration suggesting what the book is about, and the names of the authors.

20

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