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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: astronomy, photography

Timeline: when the sky is clear and the nights are long

Grade Levels: 7-12

Purpose: to familiarize students with the constellations; to teach photography; to enjoy

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T. Gillespie
Star Mapping

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Square bullet Activities

  • Talk to elders about the stars: how they were viewed years ago, Native names, etc.
  • On a good night, go out with camera and tripod, field glasses, or telescope. Film the stars:
    • use a fast (high ASA or DIN) film such as Tri-X, Kodak 2435, or HP5
      meter your shots; take over- and under-exposures; set on "B" (leave the lens open for several minutes or more) to show star movement.
  • Use a guide to identify stars, planets, shooting stars, satellites.
  • Develop the photos; make a large sky map with all information included.

Square bullet Resources

  • field glasses, telescope, clock drive
  • Menzel, Donald H. (1962). Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. Houghton Muffin.
  • a good supply house for lenses and other parts: Edmunds Scientific, Hadonfield, NJ
  • Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Variations

  • Build a telescope.
  • Try color film.
  • Hook up a polar axis and clock drive.
  • Include the Northern Lights.
 

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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