BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: Social Studies
Author: Sarah Bencze
Tupper Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Keywords: rivers
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does a river in the Adirondacks compare with a river on a different continent?
Context:

Teacher needs to develop a list of 12 curriculum appropriate questions for their students to use in the interview process.

The Challenge:

In groups of 4, "interview" a river in the Adirondacks near your school district. Research using resources provided (including internet).

Choose (or assign) a river on another continent and "interview" that river:

Murray-Darling- Australia

Ganges-Hindus-Yellow-Ob-Asia

Amazon-Parana-Orinoco-South America

Nile-Niger-Congo-Africa

Volga-Danube-Rhine-Europe

Each  member of the group will orally answer 3 of the questions for each river and provide a graphic  (computer or hand drawn) to supplement answer.  Students should be creative in their sharing of the interview. At the end of the interview, the group will share a complete picture of the river from source to mouth, highlighting the major questions used in the interview.   The interview should be concluded by a comparison/contrast of lifestyles on the two rivers.   

Suggested Books:

  • Sacred River-T.Lewin
  • LIving By A River-Alan Fowler
  • Amazon-Jan Reynolds
  • The River-Thomas Locker
  • The Nile River-Alan Fowler
  • Dangerous Falls Ahead-Liza Frenette
  • Hudson River-Peter Lourie

Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute

Quality Standards:
  • All interview questions are answered correctly
  • Each member of the group orally answers 3 questions and supplements each answer with a graphic
  • Oral answers are articulated clearly and easy to understand
  • Group displays map of river in conclusion of interview and highlights major points.
  • Interview is creative
  • Interview is concluded  by comparing/contrasting lifestyles of the people living along the two rivers chosen
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Complete map of each river from source to mouth

10

Each interview question is answered correcty and is articulated correctly and easy to understand

20

Each interview question is supplemented with a graphic and/or specific example

20

Major points of river are highlighted in conclusion

20

One river is from the Adirondacks and one river is from another continent

10

Interview is concluded by comparing/contrasting lifestyles among people on the two rivers chosen

20

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