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Middle schoolers 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.
In this Alaska worksheet, 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.
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. 
Students explore the unique population of Alaska. In this Native people of Alaska lesson, students discover the three groups of people who live in Alaska. Students describe the similiarities and differences between the three groups. Students also design their own Native art.  
Pupils explore the natural history of arctic Alaska through lecture and discussion. They write poems and complete research papers about Arctic animals.
In this books instructional activity, students 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.
Young scholars use their imagination and research skills to create a virtual tour of the "Land of the Midnight Sun." They are told that Alaska is the largest state in the United States. Students gather information about Alaska to help them plan an imaginary expedition there. They obtain travel information and maps. Young scholars choose their transportation mode-by rail, river, sea, land, or even dogsled.
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.
Learners examine the formation of seamounts in the Gulf of Alaska. In this seamount lesson, 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.
Young scholars 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.
Students 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.
Students examine Alaska's agriculture numbers from previous years. They answer questions based on Alaska's production levels.
Pupils 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. Pupils present their findings through drama and discuss how they can apply the leadership skills each of the leaders possessed to their own lives.
Students explore Alaska. This lesson is gearing mostly for students who live in Alaska.
Students explore the geography of Alaska and its effect on trade. In this ancient Alaska lesson, students participate in a simulation that requires them to trade with those in the territory and outside of it.
Young scholars learn several facts about Alaska's history, geography and cultures.
Learners explore an Internet website, locating and matching the shape of an elephant's head to a state in the U.S. They complete an Alaska worksheet, identifying other geographical locations surrounding Alaska.
Students examine the film THE 49TH STAR and a variety of other sources to the history of Alaska's statehood. They research more closely the life of one individual who played a role in the statehood process.

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