- Colored markers
- Construction paper
- Props for actors
- Divide the class into groups of four to five students.
- Each small group will become a "Travelin' Troupe" touring through the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed. Troupes in times past were costumed actors/actresses who acted out plays that informed and entertained audiences. The Troupe's charge is to
promote the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed as a tourist attraction having unique and exciting features and abundant plants and animals.
- Each Troupe must develop:
- A script promoting the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed
- A promotional poster to advertise their "performance;"
- A program for the "performance;"
- A "Participation in the Basin" survey for the audience.
Sample Survey Questions
- In your lifetime, what major changes have you witnessed in the lake and surrounding areas?
- Did you ever swim in the lake?
- Do you use the lake for boating, crabbing, or fishing?
- Have you read any information in the newspaper about the lake?
- Have you participated in a lake cleanup?
- What do you do at your home that influences the water quality of the lake?
- Troupes may choose to emphasize the cultural, geologic, biologic, or geographic features of the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed. They must, however, include a variety of sites or features.
- Troupes will:
- perform a script that they write, for example, a travelogue;
- give a formal oral presentation like a panel discussion;
- perform a creative dance or write a song about the sites chosen, e.g., Native American sites along the shores of the lake.
- Is it colorful?
Is is legible?
Does it provide accurate information?
Does it grab/draw the viewer's attention?
- Does it clearly and completely outline and describe the performance?
Is it well organized?
Is creativity exemplified through novel, unique, or original elements?
- Is it well organized?
Is there a clear focus?
Does it provide useful information?
Does it allow the participants to voice concerns/interests about the Basin?
- Is it well organized?
Are the participants articulate?
Do the participants present useful information?
Do the participants use visual aids?
- Ask the students to plan a trip with their families to various locations the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed.
- Encourage the students to create a photojournal of the Lake Pontchartrain Watershed.
- Ask the students to keep a journal while researching this project. Entries may include memories, questions, wishes, plans.
- Display and share the theme maps made in the previous activity with family, friends, or others. Ask for other ideas about maps for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Watershed.
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