BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

The Lost Channel Creature
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Grade: 3rd Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Sarah Bencze
Tupper Lake Central School
NYS Content Area Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Health, Recreation & Life Skills
Keywords: story
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What is the Lost Channel Creature?
Context:

To set the stage for this activity, the teacher should give the challenge to the class before reading Chapter #6  of "Dangerous Falls Ahead*" written by Liza Frenette. Doing so ensures that the listeners have a context for listening to the story with a purpose in mind.

"Dangerous Falls Ahead" is an Adirondack Story about a canoe trip from Long Lake to Tupper Lake.  Excellent book for 3rd -4th graders.

The Challenge:

Listen closely to the story read to you by your teacher. With a partner, use the materials provided to construct a creative model of the Lost Channel Creature that has the features described in the story.

Once you have finished constructing your Creature, you and your partner should each write a paragraph description of what the Creature looks like and what it does.

 Each of your paragraphs must be written in proper form with an introduction, a description about the Creature, and a concluding statement. Be sure that you use many descriptive words in your paragraphs to help the reader form a mental picture of the Creature. It is important as well that your handwriting be neat and legible.

You will have portions of one week of class time to complete this challenge.

Quality Standards:
  • Model and paragraph of Creature completed on time
  • Model of Creature exhibits characteristics similar to those described in the story
  • Model of Creature is creative and constructed of materials provided.
  • Paragraph describing Creature is written in proper form (Introduction, body, concluding statement)
  • Content of Paragraph accurately describes what the Creature looks like and what it does.
  • The Paragraph includes several descriptive words about the Creature.
  • Handwriting of is neat and legible.
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Model and paragraph are completed on time

5

Model of Creature exhibits characteristics similar to those described in the story

20

Model of Creature is creative and constructed of materials provided

15

Paragraph about Creature is written in proper form (Introduction, body, concluding statement)

20

Content of Paragraph accurately describes what Creature looks like and what it does

25

The Paragraph includes several descriptive words about the Creature.

10

Handwriting is neat and legible

5

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