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Standards-based Lessons and Units for K-8

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    These online Alaska Seas and Watersheds teaching activities, developed by Alaska teachers, provide high-quality lesson plans and units for use by teachers and homeschoolers, as well as interpreters, youth groups, nature tour guides, and anyone seeking fascinating content on marine and associated watershed science topics. The lesson plans and units are complete and ready to use, aligned with Alaska state science standards, and include curricular connections to mathematics, English and Language Arts (ELA), art, and social studies; and teaching activities aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and Alaska Math and ELA standards have been recently added.

    The Alaska Seas and Watersheds program was previously named the Alaska Seas and Rivers program, and before that Alaska Sea Week. Our current name reflects the interdependence of ocean and the land environments along the vast coastline of Alaska and inland to the crests of the mountains. MORE about the program in relation to STEM education and environmental literacy

    Alaska’s 43,000-mile-long coast is the longest state coastline in the nation and its ocean provides nearly half of the seafood harvested in American waters. In this time of rapid environmental change, it’s vitally important that students learn about how Alaska marine ecosystems function and change and how to steward and sustain our coastal bounty. MORE about the importance of Alaska’s coastal ecosystems. MORE about the importance of Alaska’s coastal ecosystems

    Selected by CLEANFour units in the Grade 8 curriculum—Investigation 1, Ch-ch-ch-changes; Investigation 2, Impacts of Change in Glacier Ice; Investigation 3: Bering Sea Expedition; and Investigation 4, Changes in Our Local Environment—have undergone rigorous review and been selected as outstanding educational resources by the NSF-funded Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN).

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    Get Your Feet Wet


    Take your students on a field trip to your local beach, stream, pond, lake, or wetlands during fall or spring!  

    Alaska Seas and Watersheds teaching resources and activity ideas for field trips and stewardship projects are available for all grade levels along with new NGSS-aligned lesson plans and units for field trips and the use of drones and submersibles to collect environmental data.

    Teach about the Gulf of Alaska Marine Ecosystem!

    See the collection of teaching resources for the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research Project area and a link to resources. Every year, K-12 educators will be selected as participants in the NOAA Teacher-at-Sea program on the LTER research cruises in May, July, and September. The application period is usually November 1-30 for the following field season. For more information or to download an application, go to the NOAA Teacher at Sea website.

    Professional Development

    Alaska Sea Grant provides professional development in a variety of formats. Onsite in-service presentations and workshops are provided free-of-charge as an opportunity for Alaska K-8 teachers and informal educators to learn about our award-winning, Alaska-relevant curriculum materials and other educational resources.  Graduate-level courses can also be provided for the cost of Continuing Education Credits through the University of Alaska.

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     Resources for Teaching About Climate Change Impacts and Other Coastal Hazards

    Search for Alaska Sea Grant and other Alaska-relevant NGSS-aligned lesson plans, teacher background articles, readings, videos, citizen science opportunities and other educational resources on climate change impacts and other coastal hazard topics.

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    The contents of this website were developed with the assistance of Title II, Part B, Mathematics and Science Partnership Program federal funds from the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education & Early Development, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

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