BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Great Sacandaga Lake Community History
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Grade: 7th Grade
Class: Social Studies & English Language Arts
Author: Kelly Wolf
Northville Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Human HistoryNatural History
Performance Indicators:

ELA 1: Reading & Writing for Information & Understanding

Keywords: Sacandaga, map
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How did the formation of the Great Sacandaga Lake impact area communities in regards to their economy, people, physical environment, tourism, hunting, fishing, and nature?
Context:

Originally created by Kelly Wolf & Michele Reidell.

The Challenge:

A. As a class we will take a field trip to the Schoolhouse Museum, the Bradt Museum, and tour the Sacandaga Park area.

B. In groups of 2, research a given Sacandaga Lake Community (FishHouse, Edinburg, Cranberry Creek, Northville/Northampton, Mayfield, Providence, Batchelorville, and Broadabin) focusing on the specific elements in the question (economy, people, physical environment, tourism, hunting, fishing, and nature (flora and fauna) and write a 2 page essay answering the invetigative question in detail. Your final draft must be typed and double-spaced.

C. Create a detailed map, diorama or model of your community prior to 1930. Your selection must be historically accurate and include 3 aspects of the impact of flooding the valley. You must provide a caption with your selection which describes in detail what your visual display depicts.

D. You will present your visual project and give a 3-4 minute synopsis of your area community and the impactss of the lake.

Quality Standards:
  • In pairs, students research one Sacandaga Lake area community and the impact that the flooding of the valley had on that community.
  • Write a 2 page double-spaced essay explaining the impact that the flooding of the valley had on the economy, people, physical environment, tourism, hunting, fishing, and nature of the lake community.
  • Create one of the following: detailed map, diorama, or model of assignment community prior to 1930 and the flooding of the valley which focuses on ant 3 aspects of economy, people, physical environment, tourism, hunting, fishing, and nature of the lake community.
  • Give an oral presentation of the visual project and a 3-4 minute summary of the impact of the flooding on the community.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Content:

  • Includes accurate historical facts about community's  economy, people, physical environment, tourism, hunting, fishing, and nature?
  • Proper essay form

20

Mechanics:

  • Correct spelling
  • Organized format
  • Neat

10

Map/Diorama/Model:

  • Attention to detail
  • Accurate colors
  • Historically accurate
  • Caption Card (5 sentences)

30

Oral Presentation:

  • Clarity of voice
  • Eye contact
  • Various tone

10

Above & beyond

10

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