Alaska: Biomes of the North

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Resource Type:Online Outreach Programs; Outreach Programs
Grade Level:
5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve; National Park Service (NPS)
Summary:Experience the unique biomes of northern Alaska from the comfort of your own classroom! Through this distance-learning program from the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Fairbanks, Alaska, students can meet an NPS ranger and learn about the diversity of Alaska's habitats. Targeted for students in grades 5-12, this 50-minute lesson explores the tundra of boreal forest biomes of Northern Alaska, particularly the nonliving factors that create these unique ecosystems and the animals that call these extreme environments home.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 3; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS2.A; LS2.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-LS2-1; HS-LS2-2; HS-LS2-6; HS-LS2-7; MS-LS2-1; MS-LS2-2; MS-LS2-4; MS-LS2-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence; Using mathematics and computational thinking
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Scale, proportion, and quantity; Stability and change
Subjects: alaska; ecosystem; environment; nps; online learning; outreach
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