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Winds
And
Weather

by Jonas Ramoth and Sidney Stephens


Section I - Observing Locally


Each community in Alaska has its own weather pattern related partly to the general circulation in the atmosphere, and partly to local disturbances and variations. Long-term observers often know the nuances of local weather with great intimacy and have a sense of which factors in combination are predictive of which weather outcomes for their particular area. They depend upon this knowledge to make decisions about such things as how to dress, the safety of travel, and the best times for subsistence activities. Such knowledge bearers believe that it is critical for adolescents to learn weather observation and forecasting skills so that they too will know how to be safe when travelling independently on the land.

Consequently, in this section students work with local experts and their teacher to design and conduct a weather study built initially upon traditional weather knowledge. Such a study is aimed at developing the habit of weather watching and the skills of: observing and describing weather; noticing sequences of events; identifying locally significant patterns and relationships; and applying this knowledge to their daily lives. It is also aimed at developing appreciation and understanding of the ways in which the local culture and environment have affected the development of scientific knowledge about weather. This unit is built upon the information generously shared by Jonas Ramoth (please see preface).


 

Standards

Section I - Observing Locally

Section II - Understanding Wind

Section III - Connecting Globally

Appendix A - Selawik Weather Information from Jonas Ramoth

Appendix B - Assessment

Appendix C - Weather Resource List

Appendix D - Interdisciplinary Integration


 

 

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Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum by Sidney Stephens
Excerpt: "The information and insights contained in this document will be of interest to anyone involved in bringing local knowledge to bear in school curriculum. Drawing upon the efforts of many people over a period of several years, Sidney Stephens has managed to distill and synthesize the critical ingredients for making the teaching of science relevant and meaningful in culturally adaptable ways."

 

 

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