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Alaska Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Explore the state of Alaska with your students using this active lesson plan. Students will use a text lesson to guide them through facts related to Alaska and will then apply learning in games and activities.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • share facts related to Alaska, such as state flag and population
  • describe Alaska's history
  • view and analyze geographical features of Alaska on a map

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Materials

  • Copies of the text lesson Alaska Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Index cards
  • Large wall map of Alaska
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • String

Key Vocabulary

  • Inuit
  • Isolated

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.2

Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Gather students together and show them the large wall map of Alaska. Give them several minutes to explore freely, noticing and noting features.
  • Divide students into partners and have them share their observations, then discuss as a whole class. Ask:
    • What do you notice about the landscape of Alaska?
    • How many cities did you notice?
    • What types of landforms does Alaska have?
    • How is Alaska like our state? How is it different?
  • Tell students they'll be learning about this state and have them talk to their partner about questions they have about Alaska.
  • Share questions, recording on chart paper.
  • Give each partner pair four index cards (two cards per student) and instruct them to fold them in half lengthwise.
  • Give each student one question and have them write that on the outer flap of the card. They will write the answer on the inside of the card while reading the lesson. The other two index cards will be used a little later.

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