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Arctic Conditions and Cultures

STEM Discipline


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).




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

Life Science


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.


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.


  • 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


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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