Proposal for a Community Recreational Site:
A Web Based Problem Solving Task
Designed for Science, Math, Gifted and Technology
Sixth Grade

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Introduction
Louisiana forests cover over 1/2 of the state. Our journey in forestry increased our awareness that over the years, such things like urban encroachment-building restaurants, shopping centers and highways-have replaced thousands of acres of valuable woodlands and wildlife habitat. As these forests disappear, it becomes more important than ever for our community, nation, and our world to protect the trees that remain.

We also learned that trees are a renewable resource. That means that there is virtually an unlimited supply if we take care of our forests. By practicing proper forest management, we can maintain healthy ecosystems and provide a steady supply of products.

Task
Imagine that you are a field guide for Chicot State Park. Because of your knowledge and experience with ecosystems, you have been asked to join a committee in Lafayette for the proposal of a community recreational site for the city.

The city of Lafayette is accepting a gift of 20 acres on the north side. A wealthy, anonymous donor has graciously given this land for the sole use of city improvement towards the construction of an ecosystem that will serve as a recreational facility for public use.

The committee appointed to this project bears the following responsibilities:

You must divide the task among committee members. Take note that presently the land is overgrown with much brush but has a few 30-year old water oaks on it. The center and west side of the land is in a flood zone with poor drainage, about 5 acres of the total acreage. This land is located near a low-income neighborhood, with an elementary school located approximately 1 mile away.

Resources
You may find the following Internet resources useful in your proposal (Remember to use the Back button to return to this page):

Walking Trail Work Begins. An Article from the Daily Advertiser in Lafayette. http://vh80299.vh8.infi.net/html/7DB93B48-A60C-441B-9ACC-6BB75F9C36DF.shtml

Species Survival Commission: a site based on survival of certain species of animals. http://www.iucn.org/themes/ssc/

The Cooperative had plans to establish a Community Forest, to be managed according to eco-forestry principles, on Denman Island. http://www.denmanis.bc.ca/forestry.htm

People and Parks: Wildlife, conservation and communities http://www.panos.org.uk/briefing/cites.htm

National Incentives for Smart Growth Communities http://www.ecoiq.com/onlineresources/anthologies/landuse/index.html

Evaluation Rubric
Performances will be evaluated according to the following rubric:

 

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Score

 

Individual Participation

 

Individual works toward group goals, contributes ideas and knowledge, and stays on task to help group only when prompted. Student exhibits no response to or engagement in activities
Individual needs occasional prompting to stay on task, work toward group goals, and contribute knowledge, opinions, and skills. Student response and engagement is minimal.
Individual consistently stays on task and actively works toward group goals. Individual consistently and actively contributes knowledge, opinions, and skills. Student response is enthusiastic and demonstrates engagement

 

Process: Teamwork

 

 

The final product is not the result of collaborative effort. The group showed little evidence of collaboration.
The team worked well together, but could have utilized each otherís skills to a better degree.
Mutual effort and cohesive unit created the final product.

 

Process: Task Completion

 

 

The task is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the products.
At least one areas of the task was not addressed. The plan followed by the team demonstrated a moderate level of thought and originality.
All areas of the task were addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication.
The ideas expressed in the products demonstrate mostly original ideas.
The plan followed by the team demonstrated a great deal of thought.

 

Product:
Budget

 

Budget created in EXCEL, but with only 1 category. Few sources of cost estimations cited.
Many (3-5) calculation errors.
Budget created in EXCEL, with costs broken into 2 categories (materials and labor).
Some sources of cost estimated cited.
1-2 errors in calculations.
Budget created in EXCEL, with costs broken into at least 2 categories (materials and labor).
All sources of cost estimates cited.
All calculations in rows and columns accurate.

Product:
Drawing and Model

Diagram is not drawn to scale and has many (3-5) spelling or grammar errors.
Model is not neat and does not depict the diagram.
Diagram of proposed project is drawn to scale and readable but with 1-2 spelling or grammar errors.
Model is neat, but does not reflect all diagram components.
Diagram of proposed project is drawn to scale and readable with no spelling or grammar errors.
Model is neatly constructed and reflects all diagram components.

Product: Abstract with Pros and Cons of Project
Abstract is created in MS Word with many (3-5) spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. Description is vague and does not address positive or negative aspects.
The document has many (3-5) spelling, grammar,
Abstract is created in MS Word and includes a vague description of the project, plus at least 1 positive aspect and 1 negative aspect. The document has some (1-2) spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. Abstract is created in MS Word and includes a thorough description of the project, plus 2 positive aspects and 2 negative aspects of the project. The document is free of spelling, grammar, and formatting errors.  
Product: Implementation of Outline
Outline is created in MS Word or Inspiration with three sections: Time for completion, Total cost for the city, and Supplies. Topics do not include at least 1 subtopic or subtopics do not give relevant information. Many (3-5) spelling, grammar, or formatting errors. Outline is created in MS Word or Inspiration with three sections: Time for completion, Total cost for the city, and Supplies. Each topic includes at least 1 subtopic that gives relevant information. The document has some (1-2) spelling, grammar, and formatting errors. Outline is created in MS Word or Inspiration with three sections: Time for completion, Total cost for the city, and Supplies. Each topic includes at least 2 subtopics that give relevant information.  
      Total Points  


 

 


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