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Students explain how changes on the Earth's surface affect the organisms on it. In this earth science lesson, students connect this event to subsistence in Alaska. They listen to a local Elder's presentation and complete a worksheet right after.
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.
Learners explore earth science by completing a flash card activity. In this weather lesson, 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. Learners quiz themselves and each other while using the flash cards.
Students define the term "place," collect data about Alaska and the Iditarod from several web sites, take online quiz using information gathered, and draw conclusions based upon their data collection and analysis.
Students determine the role of producers, consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem. In this biology activity, students construct a wetland food web. They apply what they learned by playing a board game.
Fourth graders explore how humans adapt to variations in physical environment, compare how people in different communities adapt to or modify the physical environment and identify and compare the human characteristics of selected regions.
Pupils watch a video on the Alaskan native ways. They examine how knowledge was passed down from elders and how the Alaskans lived with harmony in nature.  Learners then prepare and present a classroom science fair project based on their own lives. 
Students discover the animals of Alaska. For this Alaskan animals lesson, students work in groups to think of animals they may find in Alaska. Students research Internet sites for information on the animals they chose. Students make a poster about the animals and share with the class.
Students develop their globe skills. For this geography skills lesson, students explore the area added to the United States when the Alaskan territory was purchased from Russia.
In this United States history worksheet, students use the 15 clues in order to fill in the crossword puzzle with the appropriate answers pertaining to Alaska.
In this Alaska state worksheet, students research and respond to various questions related to the state of Alaska. They identify and name the state's capital and statehood. Then, students identify and name the motto, bird, flower, and tree of Alaska.
In this Alaska outline map worksheet, learners examine political boundaries of the state and the placement its capital city as well as its major cities. This map is not labeled.
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 instructional activity, 5th graders examine the effects of earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis and tidal actions. Students recognize the effects of the Fairweather Fault on Alaska
Students gather data about the weather in Nome, Alaska. In this Nome Temperature lesson, students create an excel graph to explore the weather trends in Nome.  Students will find the average weather and add a trend line to their graph.
Students react to statements about volcanoes, then read a news article about scientists monitoring eruptions at Augustine volcano in Alaska. For 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.
Learners understand that temperatures in Alaska can be negative numbers. In this temperature instructional activity, students recognize the temperatures above and below zero. Learners compare temperatures using the greater than and less than signs. students look at weather words from Alaska. Learners complete a worksheet recording temperatures.
Students observe world geography by examining a topographic map. In this Alaska lesson, 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 acquire a working knowledge of the geographical concepts: absolute location, relative location, longitude and latitude. They analyze primary sources that shows the physical and human characteristics of the places along the 1899 Harriman Alaska Expedition's route. Students generate route maps using sequencing skills.
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.

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