BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Adirondack: A Place for Healing
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Grade: 8th Grade
Class: English Language Arts and/or Social Studies
Author: Stacy LaChapelle
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryCulture & The Arts
Performance Indicators:

ELA Standard 1 Performance Indicators:

  • Interpret and analyze information from textbooks and nonfiction books for young adults, as well as reference materials, audio and media presentations, oral interviews, graphs, charts, diagrams, and electronic data bases intended for a general audience
  • Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information and between fact and opinion
  • Develop information with appropriate supporting material, such as facts, details, illustrative examples or anecdotes; and exclude extraneous material
  • Use standard English for formal presentation of information, selecting appropriate grammatical constructions and vocabulary, using a variety of sentence structures, and observing the rules of punctuation, capitalization, and spelling

Geography Performance Indicators:

  • Investigate why people and places are located where they are located and what patterns can be perceived in these locations.
  • Describe the relationships between people and environments and the connections between people and places.
  • Use a number of research skills to locate and gather geographical information about issues and problems.
  • Present geographic information in a variety of formats, including maps, tables, graphs, charts, diagrams, and computer generated models
Keywords: curing, tuberculosis, collection box
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What would make hundreds of terminally ill patients flock to the remote wilderness of the Adirondacks?
Context:

This challenge originally created by both Stacy LaChapelle & Nicole LeClair

This Challenge is a culminating activity for the lesson of Curing in the Adirondacks.  After thorough research and reading by both teacher and students, students will create a product that represents their knowledge of the subject matter

The Challenge:

In groups of two, make a collection box that expresses the way people came to Saranac Lake to cure for Tuberculosis. Make a presentation to the class.

Research Section:

Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute.

Quality Standards:
  • Box contains at least 10 items.
  • Each item must show tools or procedures used in the curing process.
  • Items must be colorful.
  • Boxes must be shoebox size.
  • Box must be visually appealing.
  • Items must be hand drawn, computer generated, or creatively made models.
  • The box and items must be neat in appearance.
  • Each item contained in the box must have a neatly hand written or word processed explanation naming the item and its use in curing.
  • Box must have an appropriate and interesting title.
  • Box must be completed on time.
  • Both group members must participate equally in preparing and explaining their product.
  • All writing must have correct grammar, spelling, and word usage.
  • Group members will present final product to the class.
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Box contains at least 10 items.

10

Each item must show tools or procedures used in the curing process.

15

Items must be colorful.

Boxes must be shoebox size.

Box must be visually appealing.

Box must have an appropriate and interesting title.

10

Items must be hand drawn, computer generated, or creatively made models.

10

Participate equally in construction and preparation.

10

All writing must have correct grammar, spelling, and word usage.

20

Group members will present final product to the class.

20

Box must be completed on time.

5

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