What do you have planned for Alaska Book Week, Oct 4-11, 2014?
A new local resource you'll want to share with teachers of Alaska studies is the Alaska Mining Hall of Fame Foundation webpage. The information about the "inductees" is fascinating even if there are a few typographical errors. Check it out! Katie
If you serve K-8 students and don't have a link to this wonderful site created by the Sea Grant program (and partners) for your teachers I'd recommend you add one to your webpage(s) and advertise it widely. There are lesson plans as well as science notebooks and tips for taking field trips. Also links to a few great videos as well as a short story read aloud in Tlingit!
We are looking into adding the site to the WebPath Express results in Destiny as well. Katie
This collection of books about polar regions around the world is a diverse variety of titles compiled by the United Nations Environment Programme. You might want to look them over for additions to your library, though they're not all recent publications.
This page is part of an incredible website called PolarTrec. Here is how it is described-
"PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 2-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together." There are lessons and links to resources. There is a webinar with one of the participating teachers next week, August 9th, register here. Teachers have til September 3 to apply to participate the next school year. The program is based here in Fairbanks. What a fantastic way for students to get involved in hands on science. Check it out! kt
This video was produced by Pamela Roehl, ANE Program tutor at Denali Elementary. She used material checked out from the Library Media Collection for her display, and you can too!!! Visit us at http://destiny.k12northstar.org
The National Park Service has created resources exploring the science behind the various national park facilities on their Alaska Park Science page. They publish journals twice a year which delve into topics such as the moraine formation of the Muldrow Glacier or caribou population dynamics. These are all archived for later use.
They also have a page for teachers and kids as well as a page with 50 plus games for kids. Beautiful graphics, some tense text and great bibliographies which might be useful for high school scientists as well as the games on their Web Rangers page for younger folks. Check it out
Start planning now for Women's History Day in March. The Alaska Digital Archives has a collection of photos honoring the "Women on the Pipeline" What a great way to link the event to Alaska!
Bring your class to a live webcast from the tundra!
November 15 and 16
Connect with world-renowned scientists during the annual polar bear migration. During this live webcast your students will see live footage of polar bears and have the chance to get their questions answered by an amazing panel of experts. Learn More
Understanding Polar Bears: Questions from Students Around the World - Monday, Nov. 15, 1PM ET
During this webcast, your students will see live footage of polar bears and have the chance to get their questions answered by an amazing panel of experts. Featuring Lance Rougeux, live on location.
Polar Bears and Climate Change - Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11AM ET
Join a panel of experts as they focus on the effect a changing climate has had on polar bears. Student questions can be submitted in advance to be answered by the panel. Featuring Lance Rougeux, live from the tundra.
Here is a website to share with your staff called Inupiat Heritage and Traditional Hunting. Not only does it have an extensive collection of wonderful photographs with some narration on the whale hunting process but also additional images of traditional activities like games and dancing as well as a page on a workshop about teen pregnancy. I think it could be used by elementary, middle and high school classes.
(this image courtesy of noaa.org) Katie
A wonderful tutorial titled The Front Page of Alaska's Digital Archives on using the Alaska Digital Achives site is now available on YouTube. This is a great 15 minute introduction to the resource and will be very useful to students, staff and families. Other tutorials prepared by the staff at Rasmuson Library on the UAF Campus include Collection-level Records in Alaska's Digital Archives. Hopefully more will be forthcoming. Especially nice would be a tutorial on advanced searching within the resource. It sounds like it may be in process.