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Learners 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.
Students observe world geography by examining a topographic map. In this Alaska instructional activity, students examine a map of the state and identify the surrounding area of Lituya Bay. Students utilize potatoes and food coloring to create a visual aid which details topography around Alaska.
Students evaluate maps using the TODALSIGs basic map analysis system, explained on the worksheet. They create a map of Alaska using TODALSIGs. Students brainstorm the elements of maps.
Students investigate the Iditarod. For this last great race lesson, students explore and research the Iditarod race which takes place in Alaska. Students explore a variety of websites and images to gather background information. A series of comprehension questions are included within the lesson.
Students 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. Students practice classifying the plant species while writing about them in a science journal.
Young scholars explore Earth science by completing a graphing activity. In this natural disasters lesson, students discuss the impact tsunamis have on Alaska and examine the statistics of the wave height. Young scholars create a graph of tsunami data and complete a worksheet based on the misconceptions of tsunamis.
Students get to know Alaska and the Iditarod route that is run by dogs as they track the mushers' progress on a map that they create specifically for the race. They learn about latitude, longitude, plotting on a map, checkpoints, and other issues related to the 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.
High schoolers study seamounts and the processes that form them. In this Gulf of Alaska instructional activity students interpret data and investigate a hypothesis.
Students explore world history by viewing a documentary film in class. In this tsunami lesson, students view the film "Ocean Fury" based upon the 1964 tsunami that impacted upon Alaska. Students answer study questions regarding the content and conduct a science activity.
Learners explore Alaska's Arctic region. In this environmental change activity, students participate in an activity that requires them to make observations about their environment and discuss the data they collect.
In this sinusoidal model worksheet, students use the sinusoidal model to solve word problems about the hours of daylight in Anchorage, Alaska. Students complete 5 problems.
Students discover the quest for a balance between oil exploration and a concern for the environment in Alaska. They synthesize their knowledge by debating the current length of the oil-drilling season.
Students research and discuss some of the changes that have occurred in Alaska over the last 50 years and how the changes have impacted Alaska Native cultures.
High schoolers research and debate the pros and cons of the Pebble Mine in Alaska from a variety of perspectives. They also write a position paper that either supports or opposed Pebble Mine develpoment.
Students examine how the climate and environment affect people in Alaska. They identify the five regions of Alaska on a map, conduct Internet research, write a report on the climate differences in the five Alaskan regions, and write a paper on ways of living and survival in the past in Alaska.
Students compare food production and procurement in Alaska and the Russian Federation. They compare food production and procurement within Alaska. Pupils comprehend and appreciate the differences Alaskan students meet children from another culture.
Students complete the Protecting Land anticipation guide. They use Internet to research land ownership in Alaska.
Young scholars read "Epidemic Timeline and Confessional Lists from Katmai 1831 and 1845." They construct a picture of life in Alaska during the Russian period.
Students investigate the history of agriculture as found in the state of Alaska. The teacher shares a book with the students to increase knowledge of history and reading comprehension skills. They determine if the life in the story follows any kind of predictable pattern.