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Native Pathways to Education
Alaska Native Cultural Resources
Indigenous Knowledge Systems
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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: science, biology, ecology

Timeline: one to two months

Grade Levels: 7-12

Purpose: to study an animal used for subsistence; to understand life cycles, food webs, and the concept of interdependence

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Sharon Moore
Study of a Food
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  • Have students make a list of all animals they use for food.
  • Decide on one animal to study, referred to here as SAM.
  • Come up with a few more lists:

    plants and/or animals eaten by SAM

    animals that eat SAM, including parasites

    organisms, animals, and plants that eat or use SAM's dead carcass.

  • Combine these lists and make a chart of SAM's food web. Don't forget to include people.
  • Chart SAM's life cycle, including changes in diet as SAM matures.
  • Discuss what would happen to SAM if one of the plants of animals he uses for food disappears or suddenly decreases. What happens if one of SAM's predators disappears? What would these changes mean to a village depending on SAM for food?
  • Use the information as a curriculum resource.

Square bullet Resources

  • village members, especially hunters
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game for pamphlets on various Alaskan animals
  • biology or ecology texts

Variations

  • Study more than one animal.

  

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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