|Teachers: Join the ACP Community!
Use our "Adirondack Challenges" in your classrooms,
submit comments, and then create and submit some of your own challenges.
Step 1: Send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
with your full name and school district. A password will be
automatically generated and sent to you (you may change it after you
Step 2: Log in on
the Lesson Plan/Challenge page with your email address and password.
Click on "Create" to begin. (see tips on this page). Clicking on
"Save", whether finished or not, will save your challenge in your
Profile. You can log out and return later to edit or work on it some
Step 4: When
finished, you may "Submit" your challenge for review and publication.
We suggest you try out the challenge in your own classroom first, but
it's not required. If you do teach it, be sure to select "Student
Tested" and attach an example of student work.
Step 5: Upon review
by an ACP administrator, your challenge will either be "Approved" and
published on the web site, or if there are question or suggestions for
it, you will be contacted.
Step 6: Once a
challenge is published, you may always access it via your profile and
edit or change it - however it will need to be reviewed again.
|TITLE: Come up with a simple, desciptive title
that mentions your topic
|GRADE LEVEL/CLASS: Select
the specific grade level you are creating this for - or you may type in
a range of grades your challenge where it could be used. Type in the
class you are using it in.
|NYS STANDARDS: What do you really want your students
to know and understand? What are you going to evaluate?
the main content area and you will be able to choose the specific
standards that will apply to your challenge.
challenge addresses a second or interdisciplinary content area (for
example a science challenge that your students will write a story
about, ELA), and you plan to assess it, then select that content area.
|PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: A
link to the NYS Standards is provided - take the time to look at the
standards you've selected and idenfy the performance indicators closest
to what you expect your students to achieve. You may copy and paste
them directly into the space provided.
|ADIRONDACK CONTENT AREA: What
connects your challenge to the Adirondacks? It may seem to relate to
many - just select the 1 or 2 that are of most importance. What will
your students be learning about?
What is the
issue or question driving this challenge? It should be something that
cannot be answered with a Yes or No.
|CONTEXT FOR THE CHALLENGE: Sometimes
this is best completed after you have taught the challenge. How did
your students need to be prepared? What preliminary knowledge or skills
did they need to do the challenge?
PRODUCT do you want your students to create that will provide evidence
of their knowledge and skills (connects your activities to the
Standards and State Assessments)? Consider:
nature of the task or product
size and makeup
or positive interdependence
for individual accountability
resources, time, materials, technology, etc.
for choice & ownership
the products can be shared with an audience (class, school, community,
|QUALITY STANDARDS: What
are the criteria for a PRODUCT of good quality? What does it need to
look like to show that the students have learned what you expect them
|PRODUCT QUALITY CHECKLIST: This
is what you will look for when you grade each students' PRODUCT. It
should match the QUALITY STANDARDS. If students are old enough, it's
suggested that a copy of the checklist be given to them so they can
clearly see what they are expected to accomplish.
- Break it
down into clear descriptions
- Make sure
the standards and performance indicators are addressed
the point system you will use