BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Nature Trail Tour Guide
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|Grade: 4th - 6th grade
Ballston Spa Central School
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
English Language Arts:
Standard 2: Language for Literary Response and Expression
|Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
|Keywords: nature trail|
|Investigative Question or Issue: How have plants and animals adapted to living in different environments?|
Challenge originally created by Lori Bishop & Karen VanAlstine.
Teachers will want to ensure that students have ready access to the various types of Northern Forest habitats/environments mentioned in this challenge. Local Nature Trails, Environmental Centers, and/or Parks may be a good place to stage this challenge especially as they may permit repeat visits over a period of time to record observations and gather longitudinal data. It may also be advisable to ask the staff of such a center to visit with your students to show them how to conduct a guided tour. The teacher will also want to spend time helping students understand the responsibilities of the different roles to which they may be assigned.
Work in groups to create a ‘Tour Guide’ for a local nature trail or park.
Distribute and go over Student Handout
A Northern Forest Partnership challenge
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|Standard/Criteria:||Points Possible:||Points Awarded:|
Challenge completed at the end of six weeks
The script contains correct spelling and punctuation.
Three different habitats are documented
All focus questions are addressed at each site
Easy to understand-visitors can accurately interpret information given by listening to your presentation.
All information about plants and animals is accurate.
Connections are made between plant/animal adaptations and environment.
Team members' names are on all written work.
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