BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

The Adirondacks & the Five Themes of Geography
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Grade: 9th Grade
Class: Global Studies
Author: Jim Fletcher
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryHuman History
Performance Indicators:

SS3.C1A Understand how to develop and use maps and other graphic representations to display  geographic issues, problems and questions.  

SS3.C.1B describe the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface and investigate the  continual reshaping of the surface by physical processes and human activities.

SS3.c.1C  Investigate the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on the Earth's surface.

Keywords: physical characteristics, maps, population, presentation
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How has the land shaped life and opportunity in the Adirondacks?
Context:

In preparation for this challenge the teacher will want to ensure that the on-line, hard copy, and computer software resources necessary to research and create the product are readily available to the students. The teacher will also want to be very familiar with either MS Office PowerPoint or Mac Keynote software so as to assist students in the work.

The Challenge:

You are consultants for a committee charged with encouraging the development of the local economy in your part of the Adirondacks. You've been asked to give the committee an example of a way in which 21st century media can be used to persuade businesses and individuals from outside NYS to come to the Adirondacks to live, work, or play. In your team of 3 formed with the help of your teacher, create a stand alone multimedia presentation appropriate for use as a weblink or as a looped video as part of a conference exhibit that will promote the Adirondacks as an attractive place to work, live, and play. Your multimedia presentation should be informative, engaging, and very persuasive. You are encouraged to format your work using either PowerPoint (PC) or Keynote (Mac) software. As you prepare your presentation, please be sure to meet the following guidelines:

1. The presentation should be no longer than 3 minutes in length

2. The presentation should include colorful visual images (maps, graphs, photos, video clips, artwork) as well as music, text, and voice overs that will capture the interest of the viewer and help them understand your message.

3. The presentation must have a catchy/memorable phrase or thematic slogan that communicates the essence of the image you wish to project about the Adirondacks as a desirable place to live, work, or play. This theme or slogan should be the glue that holds all the parts of your work together.

4. The content of your presentation must address all of the following questions with timely & accurate information:

  • Where are the Adirondacks in terms of relative and absolute location?
  • What is the environment of the Adirondacks like in terms of climate, weather, natural resources, ecosystems, etc?
  • How have people lived, worked, and played in the Adirondacks over time? What opportunities does the envirornment offer for people seeking business or pleasure? What challenges of the environment might a resident or visitor need to overcome?
  • What kinds of transportation and communication links connect communities within the Adirondacks and the Adirondacks with the outside world?  How might these connections provide opportunity for people who want to live, work, or play in the Adirondacks?

To make sure you are ready to present your work on by the deadline, create a timeline for your work that indicates the tasks to be completed, the target time for completion, and the individual responsible for doing so. Your adherence to this timeline will be checked as appropriate.

Finally, all members of your consulting team should be prepared to answer any question about the process of creation or content of your work.

You will be expected to present a final copy of your presentation to a review committee on ________.

Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute; edited & revised by ACP.

Quality Standards:
  • Presentation is multimedia (i.e. includes colorful visuals as well as music, text, and voice overs).
  • Presentation does not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • Presentation is "stand-alone" (self-explanatory) and suitable for use as a weblink or as a looped video that is part of a conference exhibit
  • Presentation is informative (communicates essential and accurate information) and engaging (causes a viewer to stop, look, perhaps ask questions), and persuasive (viewer is convinced)
  • Presentation has a catchy slogan or theme that communicates the essence of its message. This slogan or theme unifies all elements of the presentation
  • The presentation addresses each of the guiding questions adequately
  • Members of the consulting team create and implement a timeline of work that results in the successful completion of the project on time.
  • All members of the consulting team respond adquately to questions about the process of creation or content of their work
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Presentation is multimedia (i.e. includes colorful visuals as well as music, text, and voice overs)

Presentation does not exceed 3 minutes in length.

Presentation is "stand-alone" (self-explanatory) and suitable for use as a weblink or as a looped video that is part of a conference exhibit

Presentation is informative (communicates essential and accurate information) and engaging (causes a viewer to stop, look, perhaps ask questions), and persuasive (viewer is convinced)

Presentation has a catchy slogan or theme that communicates the essence of its message. This slogan or theme unifies all elements of the presentation

The presentation addresses each of the guiding questions adequately

Members of the consulting team create and implement a timeline of work that results in the successful completion of the project on time.

All members of the consulting team respond adquately to questions about the process of creation or content of their work

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