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Author

The Nature Conservancy

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Career Skills

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New York, Hudson Valley & Eastern NY, Northern NY

Format

PDF

2023 Adirondacks Update Report

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Synopsis
  • This series of articles, organized in a newsletter format, provides updates on various climate solutions and a partnership with Indigenous people in the Adirondack area of New York.  
  • Students will learn about the Boquet River Watershed Protection and Restoration Project, a gathering at the heart of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, wildlife-friendly infrastructure improvements, and how art and nature connect.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • These articles can stand alone to expand on related topics, or teachers can use the whole set in a group of lessons.
  • Photographs provide visual references and enhance the learning experience for students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Some students may benefit from a definition list for the rigorous vocabulary.
  • Students and teachers will need access to the internet unless the teacher prints the pages.
  • Students should understand climate change and its impacts and should also understand the impact colonialism had and continues to have on Indigenous communities.

Differentiation

  • Geography teachers can have students read the articles and then create a map of the Adirondack Mountain area based on the information provided and additional research.
  • Social Studies teachers can have students read the article titled "Gathering At Niagara With Indigenous Partners" and then have students conduct further research on the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy—the Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora.
  • Art teachers can have students read the article "Art And Nature For All" and then research art styles native to the area.
  • Students can practice summarizing by participating in a jigsaw activity and sharing the key details with the rest of the class.
Scientist Notes
This publication from The Nature Conservancy doesn't have any specific science to review but is a highlight of the important work that TNC does. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.6.6-8 Explain how the physical and human characteristics of places and regions are connected to human identities and cultures.
      • D2.Geo.10.6-8 Analyze the ways in which cultural and environmental characteristics vary among various regions of the world.
      • D2.Geo.4.9-12 Analyze relationships and interactions within and between human and physical systems to explain reciprocal influences that occur among them.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.7.2 Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
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