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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 help@adkcurriculumproject.org with your full name and school district. A password will be automatically generated and sent to you (you may change it after you log in).

Step 2: Log in on the Lesson Plan/Challenge page with your email address and password.


Step 3: 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 more.

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.

Challenge Tips
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?
  • Select the main content area and you will be able to choose the specific standards that will apply to your challenge.
  • If your 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?
INVESTIGATIVE QUESTIONWhat 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?
CHALLENGE: What 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:
  • the nature of the task or product
  • group size and makeup
  • conditions or positive interdependence
  • conditions for individual accountability
  • necessary resources, time, materials, technology, etc.
  • opportunities for choice & ownership
  • how the products can be shared with an audience (class, school, community, internet)
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 to learn?
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
  • Include the point system you will use

ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES ARE STUDENT CENTERED, ACTIVITY BASED LESSONS DESIGNED TO MAKE REQUIRED LEARNING MORE INTERESTING BY CONNECTING IT TO SOMETHING STUDENTS ARE ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH - THE PLACE WHERE THEY LIVE!

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