THE ALASKA STATE MUSEUM
projects, ideas, resources and contacts for teachers
THE SAME OL’ SCAVENGER
         HUNT


too often, teachers
resort to scavenger
hunts for students
when visiting the
Alaska...
THINK CONNECTIVITY!

the museum features
art exhibits, artifacts of
AK history and culture,
and a collection of
objects av...
SUGGESTED PROJECTS

On-line Object          Materials Analysis
Research
                        Math in Tlingit Basketry
M...
ONLINE OBJECT RESEARCH

activity for English or Social Studies teachers

access the Collections Database by going to the A...
ONLINE OBJECT SEARCH
   Alaska State Museum II-A-5789: doll - Agatha Dahl - Eskimo - wood; human hair;
   sealskin; rabbit...
MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM


activity for English and Social Studies teachers

this activity may be suitable as an interdiscipl...
ARTIFACT AND ELDER
          INTERVIEW

activity for English and Social Studies teachers

museum coordinators can help stu...
BUILD AN EXHIBIT

activity for Social Studies
teachers

as a class, build an exhibit
from the “Collections
Database” under...
MATERIALS ANALYSIS
 ACTIVITIES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS
MATERIAL ANALYSIS

science teachers may ask students to study materials
under a microscope and discuss conservation analys...
MATH IN TLINGIT BASKETRY

contact Nancy Douglas at
nancy_douglas@jsd.k12.ak.us
for more information about
her project rega...
SKETCHBOOKS

activities for Art teachers

ask students to sketch items in the
museum

ask students to research Native art
...
OBJECT POETRY

        activity for English
        teachers

        ask students to choose
        an object in the
    ...
HISTORY OF MUSIC IN
         ALASKA
activities for Music
teachers

ask students to research
the history of music in
Alaska...
TIPS FOR PLANNING A VISIT

visits should be scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30
p.m.

October through February is the bes...
CONTACTS AT THE MUSEUM

Mary Irvine, Museum Protection and Vistor Services
Supervisor (907) 465-4811

Lisa Golisek, Securi...
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  1. 1. THE ALASKA STATE MUSEUM projects, ideas, resources and contacts for teachers
  2. 2. THE SAME OL’ SCAVENGER HUNT too often, teachers resort to scavenger hunts for students when visiting the Alaska State Museum
  3. 3. THINK CONNECTIVITY! the museum features art exhibits, artifacts of AK history and culture, and a collection of objects available for loan to classrooms teachers of every subject and at every level can use this resource
  4. 4. SUGGESTED PROJECTS On-line Object Materials Analysis Research Math in Tlingit Basketry Mystery at the Museum Sketchbooks Artifact and Elder Object Poetry Interviews History of Music in Build an Exhibit Alaska
  5. 5. ONLINE OBJECT RESEARCH activity for English or Social Studies teachers access the Collections Database by going to the Alaska State Museum website: http://www.museums.state.ak.us/ under “Quick Links,” select “Collections Database” and enter key words in order to search through the collection ask students to research and write a paper or create a presentation about a particular object using the summary of details provided by the search engine as a starting point
  6. 6. ONLINE OBJECT SEARCH Alaska State Museum II-A-5789: doll - Agatha Dahl - Eskimo - wood; human hair; sealskin; rabbit fur; felt; beads; glass beads - doll - King Island Enlarge >> Object Name: doll Accession Number: 80-30-271 Old Num: F-306 Description: wood; human hair; sealskin; rabbit fur; felt; beads; glass beads Maker: Agatha Dahl Descriptive Narrative: doll with wooden face, human hair, sealskin mitts and mukluks, rabbit fur parka. Ruff and mukluk trim are unidentified fur. Beaded felt trim around parka bottom. Subject: doll Photo: transparency, color (large format) Culture: Eskimo Collection Name: Ethnology the keyword “mukluk” yielded Made: King Island Photo: 35mm slide Dimensions: L: 10 in a long list of items with Add to Search List connections to mukluks tip: give students a list of keywords to facilitate search
  7. 7. MYSTERY AT THE MUSEUM activity for English and Social Studies teachers this activity may be suitable as an interdisciplinary activity between an English class and a Social Studies class the English class may choose to write a historical murder mystery or an archealogical mystery to be solved by the Social Studies class
  8. 8. ARTIFACT AND ELDER INTERVIEW activity for English and Social Studies teachers museum coordinators can help students select an item in the museum and contact an elder in the community to interview about the item this activity stresses that the museum contains items of living cultures with vibrant oral traditions
  9. 9. BUILD AN EXHIBIT activity for Social Studies teachers as a class, build an exhibit from the “Collections Database” under “Quick Links” on the museum website: http:// www.museums.state.ak.us write labels for the items in the exhibit
  10. 10. MATERIALS ANALYSIS ACTIVITIES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS
  11. 11. MATERIAL ANALYSIS science teachers may ask students to study materials under a microscope and discuss conservation analysis museum coordinators have items available for classroom loan science teachers may also explore the mineral composition of tools and other human artifacts and discuss why humans choose various minerals and materials for different tools
  12. 12. MATH IN TLINGIT BASKETRY contact Nancy Douglas at nancy_douglas@jsd.k12.ak.us for more information about her project regarding math in Tlingit Basketry museum coordinators can also arrange a visit with a weaver and pull out baskets from the collections in storage
  13. 13. SKETCHBOOKS activities for Art teachers ask students to sketch items in the museum ask students to research Native art schedule a visit with an artist with an exhibit at the museum
  14. 14. OBJECT POETRY activity for English teachers ask students to choose an object in the museum (either during a visit or on the website) and write a poem or short story about the object
  15. 15. HISTORY OF MUSIC IN ALASKA activities for Music teachers ask students to research the history of music in Alaska and trace the influence of different cultures ask students to research Alaska Native instruments and dance
  16. 16. TIPS FOR PLANNING A VISIT visits should be scheduled between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. October through February is the best time of year to schedule visits keep the number of students relatively small (do not expect the museum to accommodate several classes consisting of 30 or more students each) prepare students ahead of time for chosen activity
  17. 17. CONTACTS AT THE MUSEUM Mary Irvine, Museum Protection and Vistor Services Supervisor (907) 465-4811 Lisa Golisek, Security & Visitor Services Coordinator (907) 465-4809 Steve Henrikson, Curator of Collections (907) 465-4826

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