BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Camping - Equipment Selection
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Grade: 10th Grade
Class: Physical Education, Health, Home & Careers
Author: Jack Drury
Leading Edge
NYS Content Area Standard:
Health, Physical Education & Home Economics:
Standard 2: A Safe and Healthy Environment
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Health, Recreation & Life Skills
Performance Indicators:

Students will demonstrate personally and socially responsible behaviors. They will care for and respect themselves and others. They will recognize threats to the environment and offer appropriate strategies to minimize them.

Keywords: camping equipment, backcountry, advertisement
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What criteria should we use to guide our selection/purchase of major pieces of equipment for backcountry travel?
Context:

You are a team of editors for Backcountry Trekker magazine. Thousands of subscribers anticipate your annual review and recommendations regarding the quality of new gear for backcountry travel. As part of your annual process, your team reviews and re-establishes its list of criteria for making recommendations in each category of equipment: backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and stoves. This year you agree to make equipment recommendations appropriate for three-season travel in the Adirondacks.

Follow this process to set up the remainder of this challenge:

1)  Form teams. Each team should examine the references provided and, based on your research, begin to create a team’s list of criteria for selecting each of the pieces of equipment cited above.

2)  Once all the teams have completed their research, organize a “Carousel” with the help of your instructor. In this Carousel, acquire five pieces of blank poster paper and title each one with the label of a different piece of equipment. For instance, one poster paper is labeled “backpacks”, another “stoves”, etc.

3)  Timed by the instructor, each team should move from one poster to another writing down its suggestions for criteria for the equipment cited at the top of the paper. Build on or add to the suggestions of previous teams. NO CROSSING OUT CRITERIA SUGGESTED BY PREVIOUS TEAM!

4)  Once all teams have commented on all equipment, have first team to comment on each poster return to that poster and distill/clarify/cull the language so the list of criteria is clear to all. Post these clarified lists for viewing, discussion, and common agreement, if possible. Each team must be prepared to support any of its suggestions with references to specific authoritative sources if challenged to defend what the team has written.

The Challenge:

Using the criteria established, create an engaging and informative print ADVERTISEMENT wherein you recommend a specific piece of equipment in each category above as the BEST VALUE for your readers. Your selections must be currently available for purchase. Be prepared to share both your advertisement and the rationale behind your choices with others in the group. 

Quality Standards:

Quality Standards:      

Form Criteria

  • Advertisement is on one page of poster paper.
  • Advertisement is engaging – causes the viewer to look with interest, pause, and read.
  • Advertisement is informative – provides viewer with important/relevant information.

Content Criteria

  • Advertisement includes a recommendation for a BEST VALUE piece of equipment in each category.

Knowledge

  • Participants can knowledgeably discuss the criteria for selecting major pieces of backcountry equipment.
  • Participants can adequately defend their Best Value choices in terms of the established criteria.

Skill: Decision-making: Analyzes and prioritizes relevant information.

  • Participants can cite information from authoritative resources that supports their choices of criteria and equipment.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Advertisement is on one page of poster paper.

20

Advertisement is engaging – causes the viewer to look with interest, pause, and read.

20

Advertisement is informative – provides viewer with important/relevant information

20

Advertisement includes a recommendation for a BEST VALUE piece of equipment in each category.

40

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