Alaska State History Teacher Resources
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Young scholars 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. Young scholars present their findings through drama and discuss how they can apply the leadership skills each of the leaders possessed to their own lives.
Students learn several facts about Alaska's history, geography and cultures.
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.
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.
Pupils read about Alaska's physical systems and determine how Alaska's physical makeup has impacted its history. They create timelines of their particular physical system.
Students research Alaska's state, local, and tribal governments, as well as Alaska's long and complex relationship with the federal government.
Students discuss that history is a series of interrelated events, processes, and movements. They discuss what criteria make a good cause-effect statement.
Young scholars 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.
Young scholars 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.
Third graders identify and discover why the Iditarod race is done each year. They explore the historical significance of the Iditarod. Students also use web sites to research related topics, i.e. diseases (diptheria), geography of Alaska, history of the Iditarod, and dog training. Finally, they develop a presentation using technology, such as a Power Point graph or chart, to be presented to the class.
Learners research the five regions of Alaska in terms of its major geographic features, climate, weather, history, economic base and original inhabitants. They present their findings.
Students read "Epidemic Timeline and Confessional Lists from Katmai 1831 and 1845." They construct a picture of life in Alaska during the Russian period.
Learners predict how people lived in Northwest Alaska before the arrival of the Europeans. They read an online selection to give them the answers.
Students explore Alaska. This lesson is gearing mostly for students who live in Alaska.
Go back in time and do the math for the major land purchases in US history. An activity testing skills in scientific notation and exponent rules allows learners to research the three major land purchases and use those findings for their calculations. A great way to incorporate cross-curricular topics into the classroom, but may require some additional resources for learners. Activity asks for conversion into acres and current price value which are not given in the resource, but can be provided separately.
Students study term associated with Alaska Native history and contemporary societies. They focus on trends and themes related to Alaska Native history.
Students examine the historical issues that impacted the development of the Alaska Constitution. Using the internet, they read various articles and answer questions related to the Constitution. They write an essay from the point of view of a framer of the Constitution and discuss how far the state has progressed.
Learners compare and contrast the United States and Alaska Constitution. After reading each preamble, they identify the reasons for each constitution to be drafted and discuss what they reveal about citizens responsiblity in government. They define and use new vocabulary as well.
Students reserach an Alaska Native leader. They present their report to the class and then write an essay in which they reflect on their understandings of the history of Alaska Natives.
Students examine the Alaska Constitution and determine what it means to them. In groups, they explore different sections of the document in which they match Article and Section cards with the correct translation. They review the answers as a class.