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Teaching Resources

Arctic Conditions and Cultures

STEM Discipline

Archaeology

National Middle School Science Standards

Life Science

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies 

Key Terms:

Arctic, climate change, sea ice, adaptation, anthropology, polar

Key Concepts:

  • Arctic conditons for sustaining life
  • Adaptations of Arctic animals and people
  • Interdependencies of Arctic animals and people
  • Changing Arctic climate and sea ice
  • Impacts of Arctic changes on life

Resource Types:

Associated Experts

Inupiat Family bundled up in Noatak, Alaska. Photo by Edward S. Curtis, Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-89847).Inupiat Family bundled up in Noatak, Alaska. Photo by Edward S. Curtis, Library of Congress (LC-USZ62-89847).
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RESOURCES ABOUT ARCTIC CONDITIONS AND CULTURES

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NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS (NGSS)

The Arctic Conditions and Cultures teaching resources support students in meeting the following middle school NGSS Performance Expectations:

Life Science

MS-LS2

Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
  • MS-LS2-4Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM STANDARDS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES

People, Places and Environments

  • Elaborate mental maps of locales, regions, and the world that demonstrate understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape.
  • Propose, compare, and evaluate alternative uses of land and resources in communities, regions, nations, and the world.
  • Describe physical system changes such as seasons, climate and weather, and the water cycle and identify geographic patterns associated with them.
  • Observe and speculate about social and economic effects of environmental changes and crises resulting from phenomena such as floods, storms, and drought.

Culture

  • Compare similarities and differences in the ways groups, societies, and cultures meet human needs and concerns.
  • Examine, interpret, and analyze physical and cultural patterns and their interactions, such as land use, settlement patterns, cultural transmission of customs and ideas, and ecosystem changes.

Cultural Diversity and Global Connections

  • Explain and give examples of how language, literature, the arts, architecture, other artifacts, traditions beliefs, values, and behaviors contribute to the development and transmission of culture.

Time, Continuity, and Change

  • Identify and use processes important to reconstruction and reinterpreting the past, such as using a variety of sources, providing validating, and weighing evidence for claims, checking credibility of sources, and searching for causality.

All Q?rius Resources for These Standards

MS-LS2

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medium shot of anthropologist Dr. William Fitzhugh in a gray sweatshirt sitting outside on stones in front of a field.
William Fitzhugh
Director, Arctic Studies Center
Close-up shot of Anthropologist Dr. Aron L. Crowel in front of a light blue wall.
Aron Crowell
Anthropologist, Alaska Director of the Arctic Studies Center
Anthropologist Dr. Stephen Loring standing in a room, two children are reaching up and touching each of his ears.
Stephen Loring
Museum Anthropologist and Arctic Archaeologist
Anthropologist Dr. Igor Krupnik in a blue shirt sitting at his desk in front of a keyboard. Papers are on the wall behind.
Igor Krupnik
Anthropologist, Curator of Arctic and Northern Ethnology
Tags: arctic

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