Adult Ed

Wild New York

Overview | Activities

Introductory Activities

Elicit a list of words that your students associate with New York City and record them on posted newsprint paper. Ask your students to note the most common or frequent associations with the words and talk about associations that are infrequent or missing.

Concentric Circles
Divide the class into two groups and have one group form an inner circle facing out and the other group to form an outer circle facing in. Next, give each student sitting in the inner circle a strip of paper with a question from the Concentric Circle Questions (.doc) handout. Have students in the inner circle ask the student they are facing the question they have been assigned and take notes on their responses. Students in the outer circle move clockwise approximately every minute until they return to the seat where they were asked the first question. Students from the inner circle take a moment to review student responses and identify an answer that was surprising, interesting, funny or popular. Students from the inner circle report back with their findings.

Find Someone Who
Distribute the Find Someone Who (.doc) handout, review question formation and ask students to turn each phrase into a question in the second person. Next, have your students walk around the classroom asking their classmates the questions and listing the names of only the students who respond affirmatively. Students should sit down once they have found positive answers for each of the questions. Once that is done, have the whole class sit in a circle with students taking turns reading their answers in statement, third person form. The class should note if they were unable to find someone who answered a question affirmatively.

Web Quest
Divide the class into pairs and distribute the Wild New York Survey (.doc) handout, which your students should complete in a computer lab.

Learning Activities

Involving Students in Selecting Wild New York Field Trips
Distribute the Wild New York Field Trips (.doc) handout for your students to read. Have your students review the information they found in completing the Wild New York Survey (.doc) and respond in writing to the questions on Wild New York Field Trips (.doc). With your class, discuss their responses and make a tally of field trip choices on the blackboard. Collect your students' writing and create a field trip schedule (see Wild New York Field Trip Schedule (.doc) ) based on students' interest and distribute it to them at the next class.

Nature Journaling
Distribute the Nature Journaling (.doc) handout for your students to read. Ask your students to glue or staple the Nature Journaling framework into their 6"x 9" notebooks. Next, distribute the Nature Journaling Sample (.doc) and explain they will be producing a journal entry similar to the sample. Review tips (see Field Trip Schedule) and details of Trip #1.

Wild New York Inquiry Projects
Assign small groups of your students a wild place in New York that the class will be visiting. Distribute the Wild New York Inquiry Project Description (.doc) handout for your students to read. Afterwards, have a class discussion about the project, providing a time frame and further clarifying your expectations. Next, have your students complete the Wild New York Inquiry Project Proposal (.doc) handout. Once you approve the proposal, your students should commence work on their projects.

Field Trips
Meet your class at a designated meeting spot and go on a field trip. Engage your students in conversation about their observations throughout the trip. With your students, take photos of the wild place. Have your class stop for a period of time to make nature journal entries following the assigned format. At the beginning of the next class, tell your students to complete the Field Trip Follow-up Activity Guide (.doc). Follow these steps for each field trip.

Culminating Activities

Wild New Inquiry Project PowerPoint presentations
Have your students synthesize information collected about the wild place they have researched by completing a PowerPoint presentation. Tell them to select photos they have taken of the place or have found on the Internet and use them in a PowerPoint presentation. Have your students complete the handout, Wild New York Inquiry Project PowerPoint Checklist (.doc). After your students present their PowerPoint presentations, their classmates may give them feedback by filling out the Wild New York Inquiry Project PowerPoint Presentation Evaluation (.doc) handout.

Publication of Nature Journal Entries
Ask your students to select and type a nature journal entry from one of the field trips. Read the entries and make editing suggestions. Have your students revise and add any drawings or images that were on the original journal entry. Compile the journal entries and create a book. Encourage your students to select a title and create a cover. If possible, make copies of the book for every student.

Extension Activities

Wild New York Radio show
Distribute the Wild New York Radio Show Description (.doc) handout. Have your students rehearse their radio shows, and record the shows in the classroom with a tape recorder or in a speech lab. Set up the recordings in a carousel format and have your students circulate to listen to the different radio shows. Have the class reconvene to discuss how the radio shows were the same and different and which ones stood out and why.

Nature Journal Readings
Tell your students to read the collection of nature journal entries and alternate reading them aloud. Additional copies of the book may be made and distributed to any "outside" guests that are invited to the readings.

Community Activities

Wild New York Bulletin Board
Have your students create a bulletin board outside of the classroom that displays photos, nature journal entries from and information about the wild places they have visited. Tell your students to review what they have learned and what they would like others to learn from the bulletin board. Divide the class into working groups that focus on Design and Content. The bulletin board should include a title, name of the class and date.

Wild New York Travel Brochure
Have your students pool their favorite Web sites and books for finding information about Wild New York. Next, have the Wild New York Inquiry Project Description (.doc) groups submit a brief description of their sites. Edit the descriptions and ask your students to revise them as necessary. Assign a small group of students to design and create a brochure that highlights New York City's wild places. Photocopy the brochure, distribute it to students, and post it on the Wild New York Bulletin Board.