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  • Get To Know

    Alaska & The Iditarod: A Guide to Lessons in Geography,

    History and Social Studies

    Created by Linda Fenton 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

    Lessons are geared for Grades 3-6, but can be modified to fit any grade level.

    Graphic courtesy of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Alaska_area_compared_to_conte

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    Get To Know Alaska & Iditarod: A Guide to Lessons in Geography, History, and Social Studies

    Section Topic Lesson/Activity Page

    1

    State Symbols Compare your states

    symbols to those of Alaska

    2

    2

    Cultures

    Learn about and compare the different Alaska Native

    Cultures

    5

    3

    Timeline

    Create an Iditarod History Timeline

    8

    4

    Map Scale

    Compare the size of Alaska to your state

    11

    5

    Tabletop Map

    Use National Geographic Mapmaker to learn about

    the state of Alaska

    15

    6

    Physical Map

    Create a Physical Map of Alaska using Salt Dough

    18

    7

    Mapping Skills

    Create a Dogsled Race in your own state

    23

    8

    Iditarod Checkpoints

    Learn about the Checkpoints along the

    Iditarod Trail

    26

    9

    Iditarod Checkpoints

    Graph the Checkpoint populations along the

    Iditarod Trail

    29

    10

    Classroom Iditawalk

    Using the Iditarod Trail Map, walk the Trail

    32

    11

    Iditarod Facts

    Create a One Pager with your Iditarod Facts

    38

    12

    Iditarod Colors

    Create a visual presentation based on one color

    41

    13

    Resource

    A shared resource from the Alaska Bureau of Land

    Management

    44

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    Compare Alaskas Symbols Developed by: Linda Fenton 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

    Discipline/Subject: Social Studies

    Topic: Comparing State Symbols (Birds, Flowers, Trees) Revised 10/15 Grade Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th Resources/References/Materials Teacher Needs: Activity Sheet Books about Alaska & your state Internet Lesson Summary: Students will compare the state symbols of Alaska to their own state. Standards Addressed: Common Core Standards Reading Informational Text Grade 3 1. RI.3.5. Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently. 2. RI.3.7. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). Learning Objective: Discover Alaskas resources compared to your own.

    Assessment: Activity sheet

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    Procedural Activities: 1. Discuss your state bird, tree, and flower. 2. If students dont know what these are, let them work in books or on internet to discover each symbol. (I used it as a homework assignment.) 3. Draw and label pictures of each symbol in the right box on the activity sheet. 4. Next let them discover the same things for Alaska. 5. Again, draw and label in the correct box on activity sheet. Materials Students Need: Activity sheet Books about Alaska & your state Internet access Technology Utilized to Enhance Learning: Use of internet to find state symbols. Students can set up a table in Word, Pages or Google Chrome to drag pictures of symbols. Other Information: More information (population density, area, etc.) and symbols can be added depending age level. Modification for Special Learners/Enhancement Opportunities: Teacher can set up a table in Word, Pages or Google Chrome to drag pictures of the various symbols.

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    Compare Alaska Symbols

    Alaska

    T R E E

    F L O W E R

    B I R D

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    Comparing Alaskas Cultures

    Developed by: Linda Fenton 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

    Discipline/Subject: Geography/Social Studies

    Topic: Compare the different Alaska Native Cultures

    Grade Level: 3rd & Up

    Resources/References/Materials Teacher Needs: Computer/Internet access for sites: http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=195 http://alaska.si.edu/cultures.asp Compare/Contrast sheet Lesson Summary: Students will visit the Alaska History and Cultural Studies website to learn about the various Alaska cultures.

    Standards Addressed: Integration of Knowledge and Ideas: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7 Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.9 Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic. Learning Objective: Students will learn the various native people and their cultures throughout Alaska.

    Assessment: Assess Comparison Sheet

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    Procedural Activities:

    1. Share the cultural map from:

    http://alaska.si.edu/cultures.asp

    http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=195

    2. Discuss how different people have different ways of life and brainstorm what may be different and why.

    3. Students can work independently or with a partner to explore the websites.

    4. Complete Comparison Sheet

    Materials Students Need: Comparison Sheet Computer/Internet access Technology Utilized to Enhance Learning: http://www.akhistorycourse.org/articles/article.php?artID=195 http://alaska.si.edu/cultures.asp Other Information: The categories can be tweaked for various grade levels. I keep it fairly basic for third graders. Once you explore the sites, you can choose the focus for your students. Modification for Special Learners/Enhancement Opportunities: Choose one or two Cultures to focus on.

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    Alaska Cultures

    Culture

    Location

    Where in Alaska?

    Iditarod

    Trail? Y or N

    House

    Type of shelter

    Dress

    Native Clothing

    Athabascan

    Yupik Chupik

    Inupiaq, St.

    Lawrence Island Yupik

    Aleut Alutiiq

    Eyak Tlingit Haida

    Tsimshian

    Use the back of your sheet for more facts and notes.

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    Iditarod History Timeline

    Developed by: Linda Fenton 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

    Discipline/Subject: Social Studies

    Topic: History

    Grade Level: 3rd and up

    Resources/References/Materials Teacher Needs: Computers/Internet http://iditarod.com/about/history/ Various books with the History of the Iditarod Some suggestions: Snow Dogs! Racers of the North by Ian Whitelaw Iditarod: The Great Race to Nome by Bill Sherwonit The Iditarod Fact Book: A Complete Guide to the Last Great Race by Tricia Brown The Iditarod: Story of the Last Great Race by Ian Young Lesson Summary: Create a Timeline of the Iditarod History

    Standards Addressed: Wisconsin State Standards Social Studies: B.4.2 Use a timeline to select, organize, and sequence information describing eras in history Learning Objective: Students will use research skills to place events in chronological order.

    Assessment: Dates and events should match.

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    Procedural Activities: 1. Allow students to look at the website http://iditarod.com/about/history/

    Take notes on dates and events.

    2. Allow students to look at books add to dates and events from the website.

    3. Put events in chronological order. (I have students pick the 10 most important events to use, but older students can pick many more.)

    4. Using http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/

    Create a timeline. These can be saved and printed on student accounts.

    Materials Students Need: Computer/Internet access Timeline notes (see attached sheet) Books see teacher materials Technology Utilized to Enhance Learning: http://iditarod.com/about/history/ http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/ Other Information: Timelines can be as elaborate as you would like. I use http://www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/interactives/timeline_2/ because of the ease of use, but there are many other on-line timeline creators you could also use. Modification for Special Learners/Enhancement Opportunities: Highlight 2 or 3 dates for students to enter into a Timeline.

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    Iditarod Timeline

    Date Event

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