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Curriculum Resources for the Alaskan Environment

Subject Areas: math, biology

Timeline: three weeks intensive, or one semester intermittently

Grade Levels: 10-12

Purpose: to investigate and determine normal local water usage; to investigate current and potential local water sources; to analyze data and develop possible solutions; to practice the scientific method and research techniques


Sherie Steele 
Water Usage Study


Square bullet Activities

  • Divide into research groups to survey current community water usage:

    average gallons per household, business, office, school, etc., and average cost for each

    survey the entire community or sample a representative portion.

  • Interview community leaders to determine a 10-20 year projection of water usage, taking into account construction, inside residential water systems, etc. 
  • Investigate current water supplies and sources. If your school has analysis kits, analyze water samples for impurities. Research potential health hazards.
  • Discuss future water sources: talk to mayor, city council, state agencies, PHS. Can you think of any unplanned future water sources?
  • Use various analysis techniques, graphs and charts, to project future water needs and costs.
  • Review and discuss findings with parents and community in an open house. Set up charts, show water samples from various sources, etc.

Square bullet Resources

  • for water analysis kits: PHS Sanitation or scientific supply companies
  • State Department of Public Health
  • Department of Natural Resources


  • Make a presentation to the village council.
  • Submit work to a science fair or exhibit.
  • Develop a booklet to give to city council for their planning needs or to the school library.
  • Conduct similar studies of waste and sewage disposal.

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