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Physical Science Lab (40-103): Project based learning - Alaska!

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Project-based learning


Read one of several books about life in Alaska. Examples include Arctic Lights, Arctic Nights by Debbie Miller (2003), and Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (1972).

Language Arts 

Write a story or poem or produce a video story or a photo storyboard of life in Alaska or somewhere the seasons and/or weather are very different from your hometown.  

1) Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha (ebook) can serve as a model for a poem.

2) National Geographic articles on Alaska (html full text)

2) Photo books at Owens Library:

3) Streaming video from Films on Demand (available through Owens Library): Big Alaska 


Study the latitudes of U.S. cities that you are familiar with and compare these with foreign cities in the news.


Use different types of graphs to represent the distribution of water on Earth. Numbers are available from the U.S. Geological Survey at

Art and Music

Create pictures of the same landscape at different seasons and under different weather conditions. Listen to Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons through the Naxos Music Library (limited to 5 simultaneous users); and choose your own music to represent different seasons or different weather.

Other composers:

  • Mahler's ''Solitary in Autumn'' from ''The Song of the Earth,''
  • Schubert's song cycle ''Die Winterreise,''
  • Stravinsky's ''The Rite of Spring,''
  • Delius's variety of summer works
  • Franz Joseph Haydn's ''The Seasons''


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