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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: language arts, health, physical science

Timeline: two weeks

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to increase awareness of fire hazards in homes and elsewhere; to encourage individual and group repsonsibility toward fire prevention; to teach fire fighting procedures


Nancy Stringham Buck
Fire Safety



Square bullet Activities

  • Survey and analyze visible fire hazards in the community and in homes.
  • Invite community members to school to view films on fire prevention and safety (or show these films during community events).
  • Generate discussion about the films and visible fire hazards.
  • Expand the discussion to include nonviable situations that could lead to fire (q., faulty wiring).
  • Encourage individual homeowners and the city council to correct hazardous conditions.

Square bullet Resources

  • regional fire departments
  • Mauneluk Association, Box 256, Kotzebue, AK 99752, (907) 442-3311 (fire safety program for school children)
  • Alaska State Troopers, "Safety Bear" Program
  • Alaska Department of Public Safety
  • Alaska State Film Library
  • Cooperative Extension Service


  • Invite a fire marshall to lecture and show films. 
  • Stage a mock fire and possible results.
  • Have students evaluate the school's escape route system and conduct schoolwide fire drills.
  • Have this work coincide with national Fire Safety Week.


Village Map and Directory

Land Selection

Local Weather Station

Star Mapping

6" Newtonian Reflecting Telescope Construction

Planetarium Construction

Investigation of Snow Melting

Insulation Experiments: Cardboard Boxes/Snow-Fenced Houses

Durable, Energy-Efficient Homes

Practical Application of Alternative Energy System

Solar Energy Uses

Construction of School/Community Facilities

Bush Shop or How to Learn Carpentry Without Wood

Basic Home Maintenance

Snowmachine Maintenance

Glider Construction (Aviation Shop)

Subsistence Tool Construction

Operating a Trapline, Subsistence Trapline, or Subsistence Net

Survival Skills

Heritage Campout

Netting Fish Efficiently

Natural History

Study of a Food Resource

Effects of Diet on Mice or Rats

Medicinal Plants

Farming the Sea

Summer Marine Science Program

Vegetable Gardening

Greenhouse Construction and Gardening

Chicken Farming

Water Usage Study

Garbage Disposal

Village Dogs

Fire Safety



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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified August 17, 2006