State of Alaska - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment
Join me on a Pottery Road Trip. These lessons are a great way to teach kids history and geography through pottery. For each state, I list fun facts about the state. Then, I show you how to make a simple pottery project related to the state.
You can make these lessons as easy or as complicated as you want. Just follow the lesson or use it as a jumping off point. Make a lapbook about the state. Check out library books. Make recipes from the state. There are all kinds of possibilities!
Here are some quick facts about Alaska:
State Abbreviation: AK
The capital is Juneau.
"The Last Frontier" is the state nickname.
“North to the Future" is Alaska's state motto.
The state song is "Alaska’s Flag."
Have you ever seen a Willow Ptarmigan? That's Alaska's bird.
The state mammal is the moose.
A Four Spot Skimmer Butterfly is the state insect.
The state sport is dog mushing.
Some Famous People from Alabama:
Jimmy Doolittle, World World II General and Hero
Wyatt Earp, frontier law office
Nathan Jackson, artist specializing in totem poles
Sarah Palin, youngest and first female governor
-Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for less than 2 cents per acre.
-Alaska has a large deposit of jade, including a big mountain filled with dark green jade on the Seward Peninsula.
-Dog sledding used to be a popular form of transportation in Alaska. Now, it is popular sport and is considered the state sport.
-The record high temperature in Alaska was 100 degree. The record low was 78 degrees below 0.
-Alaska is only about 58 miles from Russia. This is closer than Orlando is to Tampa.
-Eskimo ice cream is a native delicacy traditionally made from whipped berries, seal oil and snow. Sometimes shortening, raisins and sugar are added or substituted. (I see a cooking project in your future!)
-The igloo is an Alaskan dwelling usually made of driftwood, whalebone and sod. It is the Canadian Eskimos, not the Alaskan, who built igloos from blocks of snow.
-Polar bears live in Alaska. The other places where polar bears live are Canada, Greenland, Russia and Norway.
For Alaska, our clay project is a sweet little polar bear.