Curriculum: TASK Lessons

These lessons and units were created by teachers enrolled in the TASK program. They cover a variety of different STEAM concepts and are ready to use in your classroom. A description of the lessons is listed below, and you may use the search bar to find and download the lessons.

Unit Title/Grade
Lesson Links
Description

Bridge Design

Grades 9-12

Bridge Design
  • Intro to 4 types of bridge; extend knowledge by identifying types of local bridges
  • Paper bridge creation—creating a strong bridge
  • Researching 4 different bridge types; use PBS website to complete activities re: bridge strength and weakness
  • Bridge design—reinforce new knowledge, identify bridge types in area, design own bridge
  • Bridge building—using knowledge and design, create own bridge

The Arctic Tundra

Grades 1-6

The Arctic Tundra - 1-4, Reading

Arctic Tundra - 5-6, Writing

  • Intro to tundra—One Small Square: Arctic Tundra
  • Arctic Tundra Animals—Students use worksheet to learn about tundra animals (classification, lifespan, predators, prey)
  • Animal Tracks—students learn about size of different arctic animal tracks. Use math to find proportional sizes
  • Arctic Tundra Plants—Students use a workseet to learn about arctic tundra plants (locations, growing season, plant size and life cycle, etc.)
  • Arctic Tundra Animal Research
  • Review, revise, and rewrite research report
  • Diorama creation

Protecting Salmon
Resources of Norton
Sound: Interdisciplinary Math, Science, and
Alaska Native Literature

Grades 9-12

Protecting Salmon Resources of Norton Sound
  • "Asraaq: The Girl Who Became a She-Bear"—Think critically about how stories shape worldview
  • Inupiaq Language—Berry Picking
  • "The Boy Who Lived with the Seals" and "Salmon Girl"—Think critically about how stories shape worldview. Use stories to identify and compare/contrast cultural norms, geography, and ecology
  • Berry Picking Estimation—weighing, partial counting, and computing (geometry, pre-algebra, algebra 2, and pre-calculus)
  • How Much Salmon is Enough?—use practical math to compute numbers to use for subsistence hunting
  • Salmon Populations and Their Impact on the Norton Sound Region—regression analysis of salmon population
  • Salmon Management—Predicting Returns using extrapolation
  • Salmon Management—Local Conservation Practices—learn about traditional knowledge and ways of knowing to understand local practices

Traditional Subsistence Ice Fishing: Fresh
Water vs. Ocean Water

Grades 5-6

Traditional Subsistence Ice Fishing: Fresh Water vs. Ocean Water (PDF)

Slideshow

  • Jigging for Fish—Learn traditional methods and knowledge from a local culture bearer or Elder; build an ice-fishing jig and jib for fish
  • Sea Ice and Salinity—ice and weather conditions and safety. Experiment to investigate water salinity

Insulation, Winter Survival and Energy

Grades 3-4

Insulation, Winter Survival, and Energy

Slideshow Lesson 3

Slideshow Lesson 4

  • Cold Temperatures and the World Around Us—students participate in field observations to investigate signs of cold in their environment
  • The Insulating Function of Snow—students perform a series of experiements to show that snow creates insulation that can keep animals warm
  • How Snow Compaction Affects Insulating Ability—students determine the effects of compaction on the value of snow as insulation. They measure density of snow, and predict the temperature of each snow type
  • Surviving in Cold Temperatures—Students use the engineering design process to design and build and insulated shelter prototpye. Learn about physical and chemical changes

Alaska Native
Traditional
Clothing

Grades 9 - 12

Alaska Native Traditional Clothing
  • The Art and Technique of Traditional Clothing—students watch a video, read articles, and discuss methods of making clothing
  • Learning from our Elders—students learn from an Elder traditional methods for making qaspeq/atikluk
  • Let's Sew!—students measure, rip, and sew their own qaspeq/atikluk

Using Math in
Subsistence
Activities

Grades 6

Using Math in Subsistence Activities
  • Salmon Measurement—Measurement using rulers and yardsticks (1/4, 1/2, 3/4)
  • Seining Estimation—students learn the area formula of a circle and discuss how estimating fishing a seining net can help them document fish totals