BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Nightime in the Adirondacks
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Grade: 2nd Grade
Class: English Language Arts
Author: Margaret O'Leary
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: Standard #1 - Speak & write for information and understanding.

Present information in a variety of oral and written forms; use details, examples to explain or clarify

Keywords: nocturnal animals
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What kind of nocturnal animals might you see on a night time walk in the Adirondacks?
Context:

In preparation for this challenge, the teacher should lead the class in a formal brainstorm of a list of nocturnal animals that live in the Adirondacks. The teacher may add animals if necessary to come up with enough so each child will have an animal. Sort these animals on a KWL chart.

The Challenge:

The Challenge: With the help of your teacher, choose an animal that is of interest to you. Using the handouts provided from learning.com, research your animal and find out about the following questions:

- What does your animal look like (color, size, special features)?

- What kind of habitat does your animal live in?

- What does it eat?

- Why is the Adirondacks a good place for your animal to live? How does your animal "fit" in?

You may want to highlight the information you need in your resources. Check with your teacher to make sure the information you have gathered answers the questions and is accurate.

Once you have completed your research, do the following:

- Complete a graphic organizer that shows how you connect all your  information to the questions above. Check with your teacher to make sure you've done this correctly.

- Use your graphic organizer to complete a well written paragraph about your animal. This paragraph should start with a topic sentence. The paragraph should contain at least four sentences that show use of proper spelling, capital letters and periods for each sentence, and handwriting that is neat and legible. All the information in the paragraph must be accurate. Be sure to have your teacher check a rough draft of your paragraph before writing your final copy onto special oaktag picture storywriting paper.

- Create a detailed and colorful illustration of your animal to go with your paragraph. - Prepare and give a short oral reading of your report to the class and show your illustration of them. Your teacher will help you prepare for this oral report. Comment:

As a concluding activity Mrs. Ingeborg Sapp, a story teller and artist who lives on Arab Lake in the summer and Plattsburgh in the winter will come in and tell some stories about Adirondack animals that the children have written reports on. She may do some drawing activities with the children as well.

During the  unit of study, students will be reading a variety of fiction and nonfiction books on nocturnal animals. They will be required to keep a book list and read at least 10 different books. The teacher will have a wide range of reading material available.  Students will be partner reading, reading in small groups, and reading independently.

Examples of Student Work: 1   2   3

Quality Standards:

- Graphic organizer is filled with correct information addressing the research questions

- Paragraph starts with a topic sentence

- Paragraph contains 4 complete, accurate sentences addressing the required information

- Handwriting is neat and legible.

- Student uses capitals and periods correctly in each sentence

- Illustration is detailed and colorful - Student orally presents report to the class. It is read in an audible voice and there is fluency

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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Graphic organizer is filled with correct information addressing the research questions

25

Paragraph starts with a topic sentence

5

Paragraph contains 4 complete, accurate sentences addressing the required information

40

Handwriting is neat and legible.

5

Students use capitals and periods correctly in each sentence.

10

 Illustration is detailed and colorful

10

Student orally presents report to the class. It is read in an audible voice and there is fluency.

5

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