Alaska State History Teacher Resources
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Three Alaska Native Leaders
Students discover the contributions of 3 Alaskan leaders. In this Alaska history activity, 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.
People and Whales: A History
Whales and people have had a long and sodid history. To understand the impact that biological populations have had on each other, learners conduct research on specific topics related to the whale industry. They use their findings to create Glogs, which are interactive posters that include text, animation, and illustration. Discussion, active research, and application, makes for a good lesson!
A Study Of Alaska: US Geography
Students learn several facts about Alaska's history, geography and cultures.
The Last Great Race
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.
Alaska's Physical Systems and History
Students 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.
Federalism - United States, Alaska, and Local Governments
Students research Alaska's state, local, and tribal governments, as well as Alaska's long and complex relationship with the federal government.
Cause-Effect Relationships in Alaska's American Period, 1867-present
Students discuss that history is a series of interrelated events, processes, and movements. They discuss what criteria make a good cause-effect statement.
A Study of Alaska
Students explore Alaska. This lesson is gearing mostly for students who live in Alaska.
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.
The Effects of Global Warming in Alaska
Learners view video clips and create presentations to illustrate the problems in Alaska related to global warming. In this climate change activity, 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.
Alaska's Native Population: Eskimos, Indians and Aleuts
Students 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. Students describe the similiarities and differences between the three groups. Students also design their own Native art.
In this Alaska worksheet, learners 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.
Jan. 3, 1959 | Alaska Becomes a State
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.
Russia's Colony: A Story of the Colony Through Primary Sources
Learners read "Epidemic Timeline and Confessional Lists from Katmai 1831 and 1845." They construct a picture of life in Alaska during the Russian period.
Living History- An Intergenerational Philanthropy
Learners gather information from a senior friend to write a biography. In this living history books instructional activity, students organize information to complete a book about their senior friend. Detailed teacher instructions for completing the book are included in the instructional activity.
Alaska Statehood: Profiles of Leadership
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.
How History Shaped the Alaska Constitution
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.
Alaska Native History Acronyms
Students study term associated with Alaska Native history and contemporary societies. They focus on trends and themes related to Alaska Native history.
Compare/Contrast: The United States and Alaska Constitutions
Pupils 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.
Profiles of Alaska Native Leaders
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.