Native People of the Arctic

How have people survived and thrived in the Arctic’s harsh environment for thousands of years?  Find out in this fascinating program featuring Yup’ik and Inupiaq people of Alaska.  Students will examine cultural objects and play traditional games that trained children for hunting.  Participants will learn how people maintain their cultural traditions today and continue to use their resources wisely.  Students will also investigate how environmental changes have affected coastal villages and the hunting economy.

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Educational Standards

Common Core

Teachers needing to meet standards will find that Native People of the Arctic addresses Common Core ELA standards by teaching students how to act like historians, use cultural objects as primary resources, “read” cultural objects, and use academic vocabulary.  Exposure to this program will also help students “come to understand other perspectives and cultures.”* 

* Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, page 7

Additional Rhode Island Standards

Civics & Government: Standards C&G 5(7-8)-2; C&G 5(K-4)-2
Historical Perspectives: Standards HP 1(K-8)-1; HP 2(5-8)-2; HP 2(K-8)-3; HP 3(5-6)-1; HP 3(K-8)-2

Massachusetts Standards

Social Science (Gr. 4) 4.15A; Economics 6&7, 4.11, 4.15E
Social Science (Gr. 5): 5.6
Arts (K-4):  Theater 1.1
Science and Technology (K-2): Life Sciences: 1, 6, 8; Technology/Engineering:  1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2
Science and Technology (3-5): Life Sciences: 8&10; Technology/Engineering: 2.1