Place-Based Social Studies Assignments

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File:Creating a Cultural Atlas.doc A unit involving culture and social studies standards where students create a cultural atlas for their site.

Surveying Activity for Native Allotments

Social Studies 3-5 Alaska Studies Unit Outline

Lots of places to insert Place Based Projects!!!

A.14 Geography

A.11 Imports and Exports- where do things come from?

Regions: Southeast, South Central, Southwest, Interior, Aleutians, Bering Sea, and North Slope

Features: Brooks Range, Alaska Range, Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Pacific Ocean, Bering Sea, Norton Sound, Chukchi Sea, Arctic Ocean

Local and state imports and exports

A.15 Key Elements of Culture A.16 Compare Cultures A.7 Authority (in the past)

Authority in the family, school, and tribe

Compare cultures: name, language, art, customs, dress

Introduce other Alaska Native cultures

A.12 Subsistence

Define subsistence

How are the animals used?

Collaboration with writing classes. Students choose a traditional food and write about the process of preparing the food.

Introduce subsistence foods from other parts of Alaska

A.18 European Exploration – fur traders, miners, missionaries- why did they come? What impact did they have? A.17 Native AK History Events:

A.07 Authority Now

Authority in the family, school, and tribe

Where does the state get its money?

How does the state spend its money?

A.08 Identify Current Leaders

A.09 Interview Leaders- ask them about their job, responsibilities

Define leaders: mayor, chief, governor, president, principal,

Outline appropriate interview techniques.

Brainstorm list of leaders to invite to class for interviews.

Alaska Studies Level 6-8

SS.6A.14 Human origin theories

Essential Questions: Where do I come from? Where am I going? How did human beings evolve?


Students will learn Native Alaskan origin stories. Invite a local storyteller, to visit the classroom. Students will learn story/stories told by the storyteller, as well as a story from outside literature. Students will work individually or in partners on traditional origin literature. Students individually/groups will then perform their story in class.

Options: Cultural Awareness Standards 5.03, 5.07 etc..

During storytelling invite students to sit on the floor in a circle.

Mask making for presentations. Option invite a member of the community or work with Bilingual/Bicultural

Paint a piece of 8" x 14" paper with a water-white glue mixture. Place another piece of paper over the first and smooth it down. While the paper is still wet, mold it to a student’s face, using masking tape to shape the forehead and chin. Be sure to form the paper around the eyes and nose. When dry, these "bases" can be built out with newspaper, cardboard and tape, covered with two layers of and painted.

Student created myths

Creation Myth Writing Exercise:

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