Changes in Our Local Environment

In this activity, students research changes to the environment in the Arctic/Bering Sea over time using oral and photographic histories. Developed for Alaska Native students, this activity can be customized for other regions.

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Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum
Alaska Sea Grant

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

This lesson is easily adaptable for other communities in the world.

Instructor may want to provide students with a scoring rubric that outlines science and research content.

The research project/interview and presentation can be tied together by inviting the elders and other community members to the school to see the finished posters or student work. (A similar step is done in the evaluation and extension of curricular connections)

Reviewing the differences between weather and climate at the beginning of the activity is highly recommended.

Community-based and could be combined with community mapping projects.