BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Turning Observations Into Tales
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|Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Tupper Lake Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Culture & The Arts
ELA 1: Language for information & understanding - use details, examples, anecdotes, or personal experiences to explain or clarify information
|Investigative Question or Issue: How can you record your observations, thoughts, and feelings about an adventure you have had in the Adirondacks?|
Note from the author: I would like to teach journaling beforehand, illustration techniques, noting details, drawing a map and showing important landmarks. This could be done right outside of a school, down in the woods and various places to get different perspectives.
My artist in residence was Liza Frenette, author of "Dangerous Falls Ahead". We complete several challenges based on her book when learning about the Raquette River. She did some journaling lessons, and writing with the students, teaching them to share their observations. She has a wonderful knack for storytelling and making characters come to life.
Using materials provided by your teacher,and decorative items you have collected, create a journal that you will use to record observations, thoughts and feelings about an adventure you have had in the Adirondacks.
After participating in chosen adventure with class (ie- nature trail walk, hike up mountain, snowshoe , cross-country ski, visit to Visitor's Center, etc.) record entry into nature journal. Entry must include:
You will be asked to reflect on your journal observations and share with class.
An Arts Forever Wild 2 Artists-in-Residence Project challenge
Journal is created and decorated in class Journal entries include:
Reflect on journal by answering the following:
Journal entry is shared with class
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Journal cover is decorated with collected items
Journal entry is dated, time and weather
Illustration is included with labels
Descriptive words are used
Entry include details about any habitats observed
Journal entry is student's own work
Entry includes a map drawing showing where you went on adventure in relation to where you began
Journal Entry is reflected upon by answering the 6 questions:
Journal entry is willingly shared with class
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