BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Trip Plan
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Grade: 4th Grade
Class: English Language Arts and/or Social Studies
Author: Ginger Storey-Welch
Colton-Pierrepont Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
EconomyHealth, Recreation & Life Skills
Keywords: maps, directions, symbols, recreation
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What is fun to do in the Adirondacks?
Context:

Prior to doing this challenge, students might want to look at a road map of NY and select a town/city between 50-100 miles away from the Adirondack Park to serve as their "home town." Students will also need access to materials/tourist information/travel brochures about Adirondack attractions, and the like to use a resources for this project

The Challenge:

You live between 50-100 miles away from the Adirondack Park. A new neighbor has moved in next door and asked you to recommend someplace in the Adirondacks that would be fun for their family to visit.You agree to write-up a suggestion for them.

In teams of two, write a formal letter to your neighbor.  The letter's introduction should make your neighbor want to visit this location.  Give clear directions for getting to your destination, including route numbers, cardinal directions (north, south, east, west), and approximate distances by using the scale of miles. 

Tell one feature that will be passed on the way to this destination.  This feature may be natural, such as a lake, or one created by humans, such as a community.

Using your resource map symbols and the map key for ideas, describe three activities that your neighbors might enjoy doing at this destination.  You may also use tourist guides for additional ideas as well. Include at least 8 details that will make your neighbor want to visit this place.

You will have two days to complete this challenge

Quality Standards:
  • Letter is completed in 2 days
  • Letter is formal including date, greeting, body, closing, signature
  • Letter is well written with an introduction, body and conclusion
  • Letter includes at least 8 details that make location sound interesting to visit
  • Letter includes clear directions to location (route numbers, directions (north, south, east, west), distances)
  • Letter includes a description of one feature, either created by nature or humans, that will be passed on the way to location -
  • Letter includes a description of at least three activities that might be enjoyable activities at the destination.
  • A map key is used as a resource for determining these activities.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Letter is completed in 2 days

Letter is formal including date, greeting, body, closing, signature

Letter is well written with an introduction, body and conclusion

Letter includes at least 8 details that make location sound interesting to visit

Letter includes clear directions to location (route numbers, directions (north, south, east, west), distances)

Letter includes a description of one feature, either created by nature or humans, that will be passed on the way to location

Letter includes a description of at least three activities that might be enjoyable activities at the destination. A map key is used as a resource for determining these activities

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