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Students examine the benefits and the challenges Alaska has presented to the United States. They research what the government and the people of the United States considered at the time of the purchase of Alaska in order to debate the issue. For the debate, they assume roles of actual public figures from the period.
Students describe and explain variations in Alaska's physical environment including climate, landforms, natural resources and natural hazards and compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment.
In this Alaska activity, students complete 6 pages of readings and questions about the state of Alaska. Included are general facts, First Nation groups, European arrival, industry and people. Each page has a short text and 6 multiple choice questions.
Students view video clips and create presentations to illustrate the problems in Alaska related to global warming. In this climate change lesson, students view a Quick-Time video about the consequences of global warming in Alaska. They research an aspect of the problem and present it to the class.
Make connections with past history and current events with this critical thinking exercise. Kids read background information relating to Alaska's statehood as well as information on oil drilling and Alaska's economy. They put it all together to answer several critical thinking and opinion-based questions. 
Young scholars explore the unique population of Alaska. In this Native people of Alaska lesson plan, students discover the three groups of people who live in Alaska. Young scholars describe the similiarities and differences between the three groups. Students also design their own Native art.  
Learners examine biology by participating in a plant identification activity. In this botany lesson, students identify the local wildlife in Alaska and utilize magnifying lenses to examine them. Learners practice classifying the plant species while writing about them in a science journal.
Students explore the natural history of arctic Alaska through lecture and discussion. They write poems and complete research papers about Arctic animals.
In this books worksheet, learners complete seven multiple choice questions about the book, "Alaska." These questions contain concepts such as choosing the correct author, who published the book, when it was on the New York Times best seller list, popularity of other books at the same time, and more.
Students read "Alaska's Three Bears". In this Alaskan lesson, students locate Alaska on a map, learn about animals found in Alaska, and discuss animal adaptations that help them survive. An activity to write about bear facts is included.
Students create an electronic scrapbook of a virtual field trip to Alaska. They first check the weather and plan what to bring for a real trip. As they explore various websites representing five stopovers on the trip they copy photos and journal about the trip. they trip ends with an e-mail correspondence with an Alaskan pen pal.
Students read about the creation of a football program at a small-town school in Alaska. In this current events lesson, the teacher introduces the article with a map and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a think-pair-share discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students recognize modes of transportation. They research historical data from a variety of primary and secondary sources including the Harriman expedition journals, related web sites, and photographs from the expedition. Students compare modes of transportation used by the past Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899 to the Harriman Expedition Retraced in 2001.
Students participate in an on-line virtual field trip to the state of Alaska. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students research several Internet sites dealing with travel to Alaska and activities to participate in. Students create story math problems using facts about the Iditarod race.
Students examine the formation of seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska. In this seamount activity, student focus on how the Axial-Cobb-Eikelberg-Patton chain was formed. They learn the associated vocabulary, and watch a teacher demonstration of periodic volcanic eruptions using a frame screen. They view transparencies that show the process of seamount formation.
Middle schoolers observe and evaluate evidence of Alaska Native cultural symbols and artifacts. They research historical data from a variety of primary resources, including the Harriman expedition journals, related web sites, oral accounts, maps, and photographs. Students analyze data, make observations and generate and answer questions.
Learners read and analyze the short story about Alaskan Native heritage "Otoonah." They develop a class diagram comparing and contrasting the lives of the students and the Otoonah, conduct Internet research on tribes of Alaska, complete a worksheet, and create a PowerPoint presentation about a selected tribe.
Learners examine Alaska's agriculture numbers from previous years. They answer questions based on Alaska's production levels.
Students discover the contributions of 3 Alaskan leaders. In this Alaska history lesson, students research the leaders Nathaniel Bowditch, Ki'ianaa'ahu'ula, and Elizabeth Peratrovich. Students present their findings through drama and discuss how they can apply the leadership skills each of the leaders possessed to their own lives.
Students read an article on Alaska and its climate concerns.  In this research lesson students create a poster that contrasts Alaska then and now that pertains to climate change. 

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