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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 explore biodiversity and populations using Alaska's wildlife as their focus. In this environmental statistics lesson, students examine the concept of exponential growth in a population and calculate the change in population. Students compare reproductive rates to rates of population. They describe their graphs and three factors that affect the rate of population growth.
Gator or croc? Frog or toad? Mushroom or toadstool? How are they alike? How do they differ? Alaska’s Three Bears, by Shelley Gill, prompts a study of the different characteristics of commonly confused plants and animals. Class members use a data chart to record salient characteristics. A great list of informational texts that could be used, as well as teacher directions, chart template, and an answer key are 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 explore earth science by completing a flash card activity. In this weather lesson plan, students examine a list of numerous Alaska ecology flash cards and identify the animals or plants on the front of the card and read the information on the back. Students quiz themselves and each other while using the flash cards.
Students inquire about biology by creating ecology flash cards. In this wetland lesson, students identify the many different plants in Alaska and examine their characteristics by creating a group of flash cards with their image on the front. Students quiz each other on the plants and animals that reside in the great northern state.
Fifth graders conduct an experiment to test the possibility a legend is based in truth and understand the topography of Lituya Bay. In this Lituya Bay lesson, 5th graders examine the effects of earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and tidal actions. Students recognize the effects of the Fairweather Fault on Alaska
Learners react to statements about volcanoes, then read a news article about scientists monitoring eruptions at Augustine volcano in Alaska. In this earth science and current events lesson, the teacher introduces the lesson with a discussion and vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a class discussion. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Students plan and conduct an expedition through their neighborhood based on the techniques used by the Harriman Expedition to Alaska in 1899. They research the Harriman expedition on the internet and then create a route and collection techniques to put together an album of their neighborhood journey.