BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack Vocabulary Game
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Grade: 1st - 3rd grade
Class: English Language Arts and/or Science
Author: Eileen Hayes
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryHuman History
Keywords: thing-a-ma-jig game, vocabulary
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: Which Adirondack terms do you think are the most important and can you teach them using a game format?
Context:

The author suggests students become familiar with several Adirondack books including: "Adirondack Alphabet Book" by Sheri Amsel, "Cecil's New Adirondack Adventure" by Sheri Amsel, "Cecil's Great Northern Adventure" by Sheri Amsel, and "Drawing Adirondack Wildlife" by Sheri Amsel. There are other books that may be just as useful. Or vocabulary words could be developed during a trip to a museum like the Wild Center.

Students will become familiar with the generic game of "Thing-a-ma-jig", playing it with their teacher until they understand the format.

The format of the game is as follows:

  1. A vocabulary definition and/or word clues is given by the leader.
  2. All the children in the small group (5 students) quickly write down the word they think is being described.  Students cover up their answers.
  3. When the correct answer is revealed, all students hold up their answers.
  4. Students with the correct answers receive a token from a common pile.
  5. After all the definitions have been given, the student with the most tokens is the winner.
The Challenge:

Students will brainstorm the Adirondack terms that they think are most important and come up with a list of 25.

Using the Adirondack books as a resource and a reference, students will write a definition/clues for each of their 5 words. They will write their definition on an index card.

After writing their definition/clues on the index card, students will either illustrate or glue a picture of the definition on the card (pictures will be provided by the teacher, copied from the Adirondack books).

Students will clearly articulate, to a small group, how to play the game and take turns leading the group in a round of the Adirondack Vocabulary Game.

 

Quality Standards:
  • All students will participate in and demonstrate an understanding of how to play the game "Thing-a-ma-jig".
  • All students will contribute to the brainstorming of important Adirondack vocabulary.
  • All students will participate in the creation of the final list of words.
  • All students will stay on task and complete 5 index cards with definitions and illustrations/pictures.
  • Each student will take a turn explaining to a partner how to play the Adirondack Vocabulary game.
  • Each child will successfully take a turn take a turn leading a small group in playing the game.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

All students will participate in and demonstrate an understanding of how to play the game "Thing-a-ma-jig"

All students will contribute to the brainstorming of important Adirondack vocabulary.

All students will participate in the creation of the final list of words.

All students will stay on task and complete 5 index cards with definitions and illustrations/pictures.

Each student will take a turn explaining to a partner how to play the Adirondack Vocabulary game.

Each child will successfully take a turn take a turn leading a small group in playing the game.

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