BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|An Adirondack Spider Folk Tale
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|Grade: 3rd Grade||
Tupper Lake Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 1: Analysis, Inquiry and Design
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
|Keywords: folk tales, spiders, rivers, journals|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How might folk tales be used to explain naturally occuring phenomena?|
This challenge originally created by Michelle Lamere and Sarah Bencze.
Many cultures use Spider folk tales to explain a number of naturally occuring phenomena. This challenge is intended to encourage students to use a spider folk tale to explain the formation of a River in the Adirondacks. Prior to issuing this challenge, students should be given examples of Spider folk tales from African, Japanese, and Native American sources to look analyze for theri common elements. They should also have an opportunity to learn about spiders and river formation.
The spider challenge will be the culmination of a two week unit on the anatomy of spiders, their habitats, role in ecocystems, observations and journaling, and identification of spiders and webs. The spider unit follows a unit on Rivers of The World, with a specific focus on the Raquette River.
Create a unique, illustrated Spider folk tale, that explains the role of the spider in the formation of the Raquette River here in the Adironacks. The illustrations that go with your folk tale should be neat, creative, and show the reader you understand the text you have written.
Your folk tale should have the following characteristics:
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The folk tale explains the role of the spider in the formation of the River
The folk tale includes accurate factual information about spiders
The folk tale includes accurate factual information about the source of the river
The folk tale is written with correct sequencing - a beginning, middle, & conclusion
The folk tale includes a topic sentence that describes the formation of the River
The folk tale is written in correct sequence: beginning, middle and conclusion
Illustrations show that author understands the text that has been written
Illustrations are neat and accurate
Folk tale is unique.
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