BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Identifying Adirondack Geographical Features
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Grade: 2nd Grade
Class: Social Studies
Author: Margaret O'Leary
NYS Content Area Standard:
Social Studies:
Geography
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

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
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What Adirondack geographical features can we identify from our school's nature trails and surrounding views?
Context:

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.

The Challenge:

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:

1) The diorama depicts only those geographic features visible from our school's nature trails and surrounding area.

2) The diorama is made from model magic

3) The diorama is neat, colorful and painted accurately

4) The features of the diorama are proportional to each other. For instance, a stream is smaller than a river, a mountain larger than a hill.

5) Each geographical feature is accurately labeled using correct spelling

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.  

Student Handout

Examples of Student Work

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

Quality Standards:

The Diorama

  • The diorama depicts only those geographic features visible from our school's nature trails and surrounding area
  • The diorama is made from model magic
  • The diorama is neat, colorful and painted accurately
  • The features of the diorama are proportional to each other. For instance, a stream is smaller than a river, a mountain larger than a hill.
  • Each geographical feature is accurately labeled using correct spelling
  • There is evidence of creativity in the use of available materials in the display
  • The diorama is complete on time

The Presentation

  • Presenters identify the features of the diorama accurately and can explain how one feature differs from another
  • The presenters display their diorama so everyone can see it
  • The presenters model the criteria for quality speaking (see Product Quality Checklist)
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Diorama Model

  • The diorama clearly depicts only those geographic features visible from our school's nature trails and surrounding area (i.e mountain, river, valley, stream, forest)
  • The diorama is made from model magic
  • The diorama is neat, colorful and painted accurately
  • The features of the diorama are proportional to each other. For instance, a stream is smaller than a river, a mountain larger than a hill.
  • Each geographical feature is accurately labeled using correct spelling
  • There is evidence of creativity in the use of available materials in the display
  • The diorama is complete on time

The Presentation

  • Presenters identify the features of the diorama accurately and can explain how one feature differs from another
  • The presenters display their diorama so everyone can see it
  • The presenters model the criteria for quality speaking (see Product Quality Checklist)

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