In this learning center, the students are a given a brief overview of Alaska and its majesty. The center will be available for the students to use throughout the unit. The center includes many student activities, while displaying a number of pictures of wildlife, scenery of Alaska, and some background knowledge of the state. Students will be given a “learning center” folder in which to keep their completed activities.
A tri-fold board provides the focus of the learning center. The background of the board is painted with a picture of the Aurora Borealis. On top of the board are cut out letters spelling ALASKA. They are posted on construction paper and held up by wire and duct tape. On the sides of the tri-fold board there are pictures of various animals a person may find in the Alaskan wilderness. They include the following: moose, bald eagle, ram, polar bear, artic wolf, humpback whale, and Kodiak bear. Just below the animal pictures are pictures of Alaskan scenery. The picture on the left is of a glacier, and the one of the right is of a dogsled team racing. On the bottom of each of the side panels there is a writing activity for the student to complete. “Imagine” challenges the students to write a journal entry based on the situation they pick from one of the cards. “Make a Postcard,” will allow the students to illustrate and write as if they were in Alaska writing to a friend or family member.
In the middle of the board there is a map outline of the state with four important places marked on it. Around the map are pictures of the places with strings attaching the picture to the location on the map. The places that were used are: Katmai National Park, Mount McKinley, Anchorage, and Juneau. Toward the bottom of the board there are authentic pictures of the Aurora Borealis, with an explanation for the students to read.
Books, stuffed animals, and various other things from the state of Alaska, which we have found in our homes, surround the board. Included are: bears, moose, dog, blanket, and photo album. There are also five activities the students are presented with.
Hall, Amanda. The Stolen Sun. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2002.
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