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Students read and discuss Alaskan Native stories and legends. They share summaries and questions from the reading.
Middle schoolers predict how people lived in Northwest Alaska before the arrival of the Europeans. They read an online selection to give them the answers.
Young scholars 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 discuss that history is a series of interrelated events, processes, and movements. They discuss what criteria make a good cause-effect statement.
In this research worksheet, students research America buying Alaska, then complete a set of 4 short answer questions. Worksheet includes a link to additional activities.
Young scholars participate in an on-line virtual field trip to the state of Alaska. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students research several Internet sites dealing with travel to Alaska and activities to participate in. Young scholars create story math problems using facts about the Iditarod race.
Students recognize modes of transportation. They research historical data from a variety of primary and secondary sources including the Harriman expedition journals, related web sites, and photographs from the expedition. Students compare modes of transportation used by the past Harriman Alaska Expedition of 1899 to the Harriman Expedition Retraced in 2001.
First graders access prior knowledge of the sun and compare to Alaska's sunlight. In this Alaska sunlight lesson, 1st graders read Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights and focus on the illustrations of the sun. Students demonstrate the movement of the sun with a flashlight. Students compare the sun where they live to the sun in Alaska.
Students explore animal characteristics by conducting a science investigation. In this animal habitat lesson, students explore the Alaskan wilderness and discuss the animals which regularly inhabit the land and how they survive. Students create an animal science presentation and complete a worksheet regarding aquatic habitats.
Young scholars read an article on Alaska and its climate concerns. In this research lesson students create a poster that contrasts Alaska then and now that pertains to climate change.
Students investigate the natural resources on earth by reading a book in class. In this environmental lesson, students read select pages from the book Alaska by Rebecca Stefoff and discuss their feelings on the material. Students write an entry in their journal about the degradation of planet Earth due to oil spills.
Whether you are religious or not, humans can be caretakers of the Earth. Students will discuss recycling, how their wasteful actions effect the Earth, and the Alaskan oil spill. They then have small group discussion and write about how they can take better care of the Earth. This lesson is clearly intended for a Christian audience but contains a global message of responsibility and conservationism that any class can foster.
Humongous vegetables can inspire and awaken your mathematicians to the large math concepts in our Common Core standards. What is the secret to growing such gargantuan garden objects in Alaska? In the state that is closest to the North Pole, the length of the growing season and the average monthly daylight hours are extreme factors. This worksheet is full of engaging questions and interesting information about Alaskan farming. Teachers will appreciate the wealth of information, charts and tables that are helpful in implementing the activity in the classroom.
Learners answer questions about the altitude range of the sun over time in Barrow, Alaska.
Students work with monetary exchange rates and the metric system as they simulate working to help tourists travel through Canada to Alaska.
Seventh graders research Alaska, then construct their own food web after researching a habitat of their choice.
Young scholars 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. Young scholars compare reproductive rates to rates of population. They describe their graphs and three factors that affect the rate of population growth.
Eighth graders describe the motion of molecules in different states of matter. In this chemistry lesson, 8th graders investigate molecular motion using an online interactive simulation. They relate what they have learned to the spring ice break up in Alaska.
Students discuss the five stages of fire succession. In this earth science instructional activity, students identify the factors that determine the extent of wildfires' effect on permafrost. They study the history of Alaska wildfires using online multimedia.
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.