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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Indigenous Education Worldwide

Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: earth science, math, geography, data recording, graphing, carpentry

Timeline: two semesters

Grade Levels: 9-12

Purpose: to predict the weather; to understand regional weather patterns


Gary Shriver
Local Weather Station



Square bullet Activities

  • Construct a small structure to house the weather instruments.
  • Maintain the structure; record the weather data daily.
  • Make a one- and three-day weather forecast
  • Graph data for possible long-range patterns.
  • Radio or telephone the community weather conditions to local air taxi services or control towers, if an airport is nearby.
  • Make the weather reports available to the community.
  • Use the data to attempt to make long-range predictions.

Square bullet Resources

  • regional resource centers
  • local Federal Aviation Administration sites
  • libraries
  • Weller, Gunter (Ed.). (1979, July). Alaska's Weather and Climate
  • United States Weather Bureau
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association


  • Make field trips to an Federal Aviation Administration site or airport control tower to see how weather data is collected, how weather maps and satellite photos are interpreted for incoming air traffic of weather conditions, and how forecasts arc made.
  • Collect local traditional and folk weather predicting methods.


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