Alaska regions and features
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Identifies geographical regions and features of Alaska.
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- Definition of "geographical region", "geographical feature"
ABLE TO DO
- Can identify basic geographical features: bodies of water, mountain ranges, deserts, major rivers, plains, basins, and plateaus
- Can identify the major regions of Alaska
Here is a blank line master map:
Other Map Resources
University of Texas Perry-Castenada Map Collection - This is a GREAT resource for downloadable, high quality maps of Alaska maps of nearly every type. Invaluable instructional tool.
Town and Village Mural Lesson Plan from Project ARTiculate. Students examine Diego Rivera's murals and identify important landmarks/buildings/resources/etc. of their state/village/region. Students create a mural of their state/region/village.
PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES:
Blank Alaska Map Alaska Map with list of features and regions to be labeled.
- Place a map of Alaska on upside down pop boxes. Students place push-pins with feature and region tags into the correct areas.
- Cut regions into puzzle pieces. Students put puzzle together then identify the region.
- Have outline Alaska. Students use colored salt dough to create features.
- Students color a map of Alaska. Use a different color for each region, and a different mark for each feature.
- Create an Edible Map of Alaska
Materials: 2 cups smooth peanut butter, 2 1/2 cups powdered milk, 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 2 cups white corn syrup. Mix the ingredients together and spread on the base (as a base, you could use pizza dough, graham crakers, cake, brownies...) Shape the mixture into the state of Alaska. Decorate the state of Ak with icing for rivers, oceans (use blue food coloring), chocolate chips for mountains, Hershey kiss for Juneau, etc. Use tooth pick banners to label regions, mountains, rivers, directions (such as north, south, east, west, western, interior, far north, southeast), Canada, characteristics, location of local groups etc. After making it, students can enjoy eating their map!
- The above picture is an edible map that Koyuk students made in February 2009. Students enjoyed this activity. The most effective way to do this would be to have each student have a cake/brownie/cookie of their own as their base. Then each student could make their own map of Alaska. It can be done as a group project, but would be more effective if done individually.
A reading from Sidney Huntington's Shadows on the Koyukuk to use with a map activity: Alaska Geography:Northwest
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