BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Creating a Map
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Grade: 6th Grade
Class: Social Studies
Author: Cheryl Williams
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

Map information about people, places, and environments

Keywords: mapping, geography
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What areas of interest should be noted on a map of the Adirondacks to inform people about the region?
The Challenge:

Imagine Rand McNally has decided to create new, age-appropriate maps to be sold across the United States.  They have contacted local schools and asked for input from various age groups.  Our school has been contacted to research and map the areas of interest of the Adirondacks.  The areas of interest can be either natural or man-made.  Keep in mind you are making this map for your peers.  You may choose to include places you have been to, places you would like to visit, or places you think another 6th grader would like to visit. 

In teams of 2, you will research the Adirondacks and generate a list of a minimum of 7 areas of interest.  You will then draw a map of the Adironacks and plot your choices.  You must then create a symbol to represent your areas of interest.  Be sure to include this information in your legend.  You must also incorporate the map features we have discussed and include those items in your map as well (map scale, compass rose, and legend).

Quality Standards:
  • The teams will work cooperatively.
  • Each team will generate a list of a minimum of 7 areas of interest.
  • Draw a map of the Adirondacks on a sheet of 10" X 14" white paper.
  • Create a symbol for each area of interest. 
  • Draw these symbols in the appropriate location on the map.
  • The map will also include a map scale, compass rose, and a legend.
  • On a separate sheet of lined paper include a sentence or two about why each area was chosen. Both team members names must be on this sheet.  Attach this sheet to your map.
  • Map must be neat and legible.
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

The team worked cooperatively.

10

A list of at least 7 areas of interest was generated.

10

A map of the Adirondacks was drawn on 10" X 14" white paper.

10

Map symbols were created for each area of interest.

10

Each symbol was drawn in the appropriate location.

20

Map includes a map scale, compass rose, and legend.

10

A sentence or two why each area was chosen is included.

20

Map is neat and legible.

10

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