BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

An Adirondack Calendar
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Grade: 3rd Grade Author: Sarah Bencze
Tupper Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural History
Performance Indicators:

ELA 1: Gather and interpret information from listening to descriptions of animals from a yearly guide.

Keywords: Adirondack wildlife, habitats
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: How does wildlife in the Adirondacks adapt to changes that occur throughout the year?
Context:

Prior to engaging in this challenge, students should explore selected readings and illustrated resources which describe how various animials of the Adirondacks adapt to seasonal changes in their habitat. Some of the resources may be passages of text from a yearly guide that is read to the students by the teacher.

The Challenge:

In teams of two formed with the help of your teacher, choose an animal native to the Adirondacks that is of interest to both of you.

Create a series of 12 calendar illustrations that could be used to show how your selected animal adapts to changes in its habitat during each month of the year. Be sure that your work accurately depicts both the habitat of the animal as well as any special characteristics of the animal you've chosen.

As you create your illustrations, please consider the following:

  • Some of your illustrations must be completed within 30 minutes after your teacher reads you a selected passage about your animal.
  • You will have ____ periods to complete work on your illustrations.
  • Your illustrations and coloring should be neat.
  • Your illustrations should clearly show the adaptations of your animal during the month you are depicting
Quality Standards:

Calendar Illustrations:

  • Selected illustrations are completed in allotted time after selection has been read
  • Each illustration accurately shows both the habitat and the adaptation of the animal during the month
  • Illustration and coloring are neat in appearance.
  • Total package of illustrations are completed on time
Product Quality Checklist
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Selected illustrations are completed in allotted time after selection has been read

Each illustration accurately shows both the habitat and the adaptation of the animal during the month

 Your illustrations and coloring should be neat in appearance

 Total package of illustrations are completed on time

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