Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities about Alaska


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Please note that with regard to lesson plans dealing with anthropology, archaeology, indigenous people, ancient civilizations, history, etc, there may be some cross-over and blurring of lines between the topics.  For example, a lesson plan dealing with archaeology is automatically dealing with an anthropological subject.  A lesson plan dealing with indigenous people is also automatically dealing with anthropology and any of them may, or may not, be dealing with history or ancient civilizations.  While every attempt will be made to keep the topic lines as 'clean' as possible, be aware this may not always be possible.

Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all lesson resources. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.

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This page is a supplement to Alaska Social Studies where you will find additional material including history, colleges and universities, capital city profile, lesson plans, state government and more.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


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Alaska __ "Students will understand the following: 1. Alaska has presented both benefits for and challenges to the United States. 2. Americans were not of one mind on the purchase of Alaska."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From school.discovery.com - http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/rediscoveringamerica-thealaskahighway/ 

Alaska History and Cultural Studies - Lesson Plans & Activities - Modern Alaska - 5 weeks __ Well, the title just about says it all.  You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. - From akhistorycourse.org - http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=326 

Alaska History and Cultural Studies - Lesson Plans & Activities - Regional History & Geography - 1 week __ See above.  This unit just doesn't take as long. - From akhistorycourse.org - http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=320 

ALASKA A Mini Unit Study __ "This mini unit on ALASKA uses the cross curricular approach to education. There are several activities from different academics subjects for you to choose from. One of the most important things is to have fun!" - From easyfunschool.com - http://www.easyfunschool.com/article1947.html 


Alaska State Flag __ While not a lesson plan 'per se,'  it would be an excellent basis for one for teaching younger students about your state flag with descriptions, history, and much more. - From allstates-flag.com - http://allstates-flag.com/fotw/flags/us-ak.html 

Alaska State Unit Study __ "These state unit studies are designed to help children learn the geography of the United States and learn factual information about every state. These studies are great for children in the public and private education system as well as homeschooled children." You will find lessons, printables, activities, quizzes, maps, fun facts, and many other classroom activity items. - From About.com - http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitssubjgeog/a/susak.htm 

Alaska Word Search __ Students find names of this state's cities on a printable puzzle - From thepotters.com - http://www.thepotters.com/puzzles/alaska.html 

Arctic Animals of Alaska __ Your students will use geography and research skills to make a guide to the many types of animals living in Denali National Park. Lesson is designed for internet research, but it is adaptable.  Goals, procedure. - From Sandra Boe - http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/alaska/index.html 

BlackDog's United States of America Coloring Book - Alaska __ The youngest of students can have fun coloring a map of their state along with learning some interesting things about it.  You will find a print out for this classroom activity. - From blackdog.net - http://www.blackdog.net/refrigerator/coloringbook/usa/alaska.html 


Eat Your State! Social Studies Lesson Plan... __ Students make an "edible" map of their state and its resources.  When the lesson is over, let 'em munch away at their efforts. - From lessonplanspage.com - http://www.lessonplanspage.com/SSEatYourState-StateNaturalResourcesIdea24.htm 

Explore Alaska: Three Scavenger Hunts __ "In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Alaskan statehood, Education World introduces your students to some of the best Web sites for learning about Alaska. Challenge your students to answer the questions in one of three grade-appropriate scavenger hunts. Choose the hunt that's best for your students, whether they're in grades 1-3, grades 4-6, or grades 7-12. (Answer Keys are provided.)" - From education-world.com - http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson095.shtml 

Focus: St. George Island __ This is a lesson plan with printable primary source maps, reading, and illustrations to teach students about Alaska's Unagan, Russian and American periods. Students hold a fur seal debate and discuss issues in their own communities. - Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From alaskool.org - http://www.alaskool.org/native_ed/curriculum/st_george/st_george_toc.html 

KidZone Geography - United States Printables for various State Emblems: __ You will find class activity material for your state as well as all the others.  These activities are for the earliest grade levels. - From kidzone - http://www.kidzone.ws/geography/usa/index.htm

Knowing Where You Are __ "Students research place names in their state and discover and analyze the varied sources of these place names." Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduplace.com - http://www.eduplace.com/ss/act/knowing.html 


Lesson Plans - Make State Maps With MapMachine __ This lesson can be made Alaska specific.  "This lesson asks students to compare and contrast their state with another one using observations they make from National Geographic's MapMachine. They'll look at their own state's maps as the teacher creates them for the class, and they'll make their own maps of another state of their choice. They'll list their observations of the two states' maps then write paragraphs comparing and contrasting what they've seen." - Goals, procedure - From nationalgeographic.com - http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g35/exploremaps.html 

Let Me Tell You About My State! __ "The purpose of this activity is to develop an awareness of the concepts of the United States through the Amateur Radio communication services. It provides an opportunity for the students to verbally interact information about their state. Comparing and collecting data about different cultures, current events, geography, history, government, natural resources, and climate conditions are examples of shared data. Students will be given the opportunity to interact with another student operator to exchange information. Verbal questioning skills, critical thinking skills and the growth of writing skills will be enhanced. Through sharing of information about ones' state, published reports will be written from the acquired data."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/bz9ou 

The Living Edens "Denali National Park" __ You will find general information about the park and Denali Activities for the Classroom. - illustrated - From PBS - http://www.pbs.org/edens/denali/index.html 

Mini Study of a State __ The students will learn to do research while comparing your state with one of the states of the U.S. They will be graded on information, drawing and art work, spelling and punctuation and neatness.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8y9ks


Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike __ Your students use maps, readings, and historic pictures to learn about the beginnings of the Klondike Gold Rush in Alaska.  Goals, procedure, materials. - From National Park Service - http://www.cr.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/75skagway/75skagway.htm 

State Reports __ Students will use different types of resources (computer software, research books, etc.) to find the climate, landforms, natural resources, government officials, etc. of a specific state.  In this case, yours.  Goals, procedure and materials. - From eduref.org - http://tinyurl.com/8alyq 

Teaching With Documents Lesson Plan: Migration North to Alaska __ You will find a series of eight excellent lessons about Alaska with goals, procedure and materials needed. - From National Archives - http://www.archives.gov/digital_classroom/lessons/alaska_migration/alaska_migration.html 

"Who Are You? What do you Want?" - Social Research in the Alaskan Arctic __ A lesson plan for advanced students dealing with cultural studies in the Arctic. - From arcticcircle.uconn.edu - http://arcticcircle.uconn.edu/VirtualClassroom/casestudy5.html 

Women in Alaska's History __ This is a webquest which could be used as a class activity.  "Here you will learn about some of the women that helped shape the Alaska we know today. We have tried to include a diverse group of women but there were many more who came to accept the challenge of Alaska. We have included information about the women, crafts, stories, and plenty of resources. We also have a search engine and time-line so you can search for a specific woman or time period in our history. Educators, be sure and check out our activities section with ideas and fun projects to supplement this site." - From thinkquest.org - http://library.thinkquest.org/11313/ 

US template __ Print out this template for your students to create a state brochure as a class activity. - From North Canton City Schools - http://tinyurl.com/cgcaj 


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