BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Identifying Adirondack Geographical Features
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|Grade: 2nd Grade
Class: Social Studies
|NYS Content Area Standard:
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
National Geography Standards
Std.3 How to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth's surface. Std.4 The physical and human characteristics of places.
NYS Social Studies Standard 3 Geography:
Key idea 1 and 2 Performance indicator SS3: Students describe the physical characteristics of the Earth's surface. Key idea
SS3.C.2A Plan, organize, and present geographical research projects. Performance Indicator
SS3.C.2C Students select and design graphic representations to present geographic information.
|Keywords: geography, diorama|
|Investigative Question or Issue: What Adirondack geographical features can we identify from our school's nature trails and surrounding views?|
This challenge is a culminating activity to a unit on geographical terms. It assumes that the teacher and class have access to the natural and cultural resources mentioned below. Before starting this challenge, students might make a vocabulary booklet of geographical terms potentially relevant to the Adirondacks. Among the terms included might be river, stream, mountain, hill, valley, forest, glacier, marsh, bog, pond, and waterfall.The teacher might then show pictures taken in the Adirondacks and other areas of the geographical features listed and discuss each. Students can then write each term, its definition, and illustrate it.
Next the class will go out on the school's nature trails and look for any of the geographical features they have been learning about. The children should record/illustrate their observations in their nature journals.
On a different day the class will take a field trip to the Wild Center where we will watch the panoramic movie about the Adirondacks. After the movie we will discuss what geographical features we noticed in the movie. Next we will walk through the museum and children will observe all of the replicas of geographical features and record/illustrate in their nature journals any additional information they learn about the vocabulary words
Note from author: Dioramas will be displayed in the school's window display case at the entrance to the school. Parents will be encouraged to come to school and observe the dioramas.
In teams of 2 create, create a diorama out of model magic and any other materials available in the classroom that represent geographical features of the Adirondacks that we can see on our school's nature trails and surrounding views. Be as creative as you can in using the materials we have to make your diorama.
As you plan your work, please make sure your diorama meets the following guidelines:
After completing your diorama on time, each member of your team should be prepared to present your work to the class. In your brief presentation be sure to you explain what each physical feature is on your diorama and how one feature differs from the others. Be ready to answer questions about your work. When speaking you should model the criteria for quality speaking.
Produced at the 2008 Adirondack Geography Institute; revised & edited by the ACP.
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