BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

An Adirondack Spider Folk Tale
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Grade: 3rd Grade Author: Michelle Lamere
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:
Natural History
Keywords: folk tales, spiders, rivers, journals
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How might folk tales be used to explain naturally occuring phenomena?
Context:

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.

The Challenge:

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:

  • 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 River, including information about its source
  • 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
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

The folk tale explains the role of the spider in the formation of the River

20

The folk tale includes accurate factual information about spiders

10

The folk tale includes accurate factual information about the source of the river

10

The folk tale is written with correct sequencing - a beginning, middle, & conclusion

10

The folk tale includes a topic sentence that describes the formation of the River

10

The folk tale is written in correct sequence: beginning, middle and conclusion 

10

Illustrations show that author understands the text that has been written

10

Illustrations are neat and accurate

10

Folk tale is unique.

10

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