The Anchorage Museum offers a range of online resources and publications to support your teaching. These resources are designed for classroom teaching, home learning, and museum visit preparation.
To explore lesson plans and tools for teaching and learning about Alaska and the North click on the items below.
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Alaska Salmon, Migration, and Immigration
Explore 2 primary sources to learn about how salmon canneries have influenced Alaska Native land and harvesting rights, and impacted human migration and immigration in Alaska with 2nd-12th grade students and up.
Anchorage: Maps and Place Names
Explore 4 primary sources to learn about Anchorage and its place names through photographs and maps with 2nd-12th grade students.
Art in Objects: Peg Calendars
Examine the objects, peg calendars, with 12th grade students.
Art: Attungaruk the Third’s Whale
Examine the artwork Attungaruk the Third’s Whale by Simon Koonook with 11th grade students.
Examine the artwork Blueberries by James Robert Schoppert for 9th-12th students.
Examine the artwork Denali/Denial by Chris Jordan with 7th grade students.
Art: Everything I Love Is Here
Examine the artwork Everything I Love is Here by Alvin Amason with 1st grade students.
Examine the artworks Float (Slip) & Float (Noatak) by John Grade with 8th grade students.
Art: Marie Rexford
Examine the artwork Marie Rexford by Brian Adams for Kindergarten or 9th-12th grade students.
Art: Muir Glacier
Examine the artwork Muir Glacier by Thomas Hill with 3rd grade students.
Examine the artwork Neqeniighta by James Temte, Michelle Xiao, and Jon Burpee with 6th grade students.
Art: Punk Nanuk Inua
Examine the artwork Punk Nanuk Inua by Lawrence James Beck with 4th grade students.
Art: Radio Babies
Examine the artwork Radio Babies by George Ahgupuk with 5th grade students.
Art: The Col
Examine the artwork The Col by Bill Brody with 10th grade students.
Examine the artwork Unloading by Rie Muñoz with 9th grade students.
Art: Women of the North
Examine the Women of the North series by Rebecca Lyon with 2nd grade students.
Explore the idea of belonging through artworks created by artists who have made Alaska their home with K-12th grade students.
Dive into the objects and ideas connected to the bowhead whale with 3rd-12th grade students.
Citizen Science: Repeat Photography
Learn about repeat photography and then be a citizen scientist by participating in the Anchorage Museum’s repeat photography project.
CoLab: Button Making
Learn how to create homemade buttons with this step-by-step guide. Show your passions with custom buttons.
Learn basic embroidery techniques using this step-by-step guide. Includes two sampler projects and guides for nine beginner embroidery stitches.
CoLab: Japanese Stab Softcover
Learn basic Japanese Stab bookbinding techniques with our step-by-step guide. Includes Binding Patterns for three journal styles.
Learn how to make Pom-pom at home using simple materials. Step by step instructions provided.
CoLab: Seed Starts
Build an Eco-friendly pot out of newspaper and use it to grow your food. Learn the basics of seed starting at home with step by step instructions.
Explore objects, images and ideas connected to surviving and thriving in the North with K-12th grade students.
Learn more about contemporary artists who examine identity through their artworks with 9th-12th grade students.
Dena'ina Word of the Week
Increasing exposure to the Dena’ina language to all who are curious, one word at a time.
Dena’ina Plant Deck
Learn some Dena’ina words and uses for plants found throughout the Dena’ina homeland.
Learn about the impacts of earthquakes on landscapes and communities by analyzing primary sources from the Anchorage Museum’s archives with 5th-12th grade students.
Learn about the practice of foraging and related museum objects with 2nd-12th grade students.
General Public Visitor Study Guide
Share this guide with anyone to let them know what to expect when they visit the museum as a member of the public.
Home Trash Audit
Perform a trash and recycling audit using the Anchorage Museum Trash Audit guide.
I AM INUIT
Use this book with K-12th grade students to explore the I AM INUIT exhibition.
Marine Tank Guide
Learn about the Anchorage Museum’s Marine Tank and the animals that call it home.
Dive into the northern waters of Alaska with K-12th grade students.
Listen to short audio clips where artists, scholars, and educators reflect on museum objects related to celebration from the Alaska Exhibition and Art of the North Galleries.
School Field Trip Visitor Story Guide
Share this guide with students to let them know what to expect on their museum field trip.
Science Passport: Ground Exploration
Learn about the details waiting to be observed in ground outside your home with activities that will connect with the Anchorage Museum’s Science Passport: Home Edition.
Science Passport: Home Edition
Explore the world of science in and around your home. Use this passport to mark the scientific adventures you discover in your everyday spaces.
Science Passport: Objects in Drawers
Use objects found inside your drawers in creative ways with activities that will connect with the Anchorage Museum’s Science Passport: Home Edition.
Science Passport: Sink – Properties of Water
Learn about the properties of water at home with activities that will connect with the Anchorage Museum’s Science Passport: Home Edition.
Science Passport: Window Phenology
Learn about the environment outside your window and the study of phenology with activities that will connect with the Anchorage Museum’s Science Passport: Home Edition.
Sensory-Friendly and Access Morning Story Guide
Share this guide with anyone attending a Sensory-Friendly and Access Morning at the museum.
Shaawatke’é’s Birth: Language, Identity, and Art
Examine the relationship of language, culture, and identity through the poem Shaawatke’é’s Birth by Emily Wall and X’unei Lance Twitchell and works of art from the Anchorage Museum with 9th-12th grade students.
Sounds of Your Place
Discover the sounds of your place by listening outside and learning about soundscape ecology.
Stargazing at Home
Stargazing at Home is a blog that brings space and astronomy news to you.
Stars: Interdisciplinary Exploration
Discover the art, science, navigation, and astrophotography of stars with 6-8th grade students.
Translated Museum Maps
Share these maps with anyone who would benefit in a museum map in one of the nine languages provided.
Delve deeply by using this deck of twenty questions to ask any museum object with K-12th grade students.
What We Eat
Explore objects and ideas connected to foodways in the North with K-12th grade students.
Letters of the North
Explore 2 primary sources to learn about how people stay connected in the North through objects from the museum collection with 2nd-12th grade students.
Virtual Field Trips On-Demand
Explore the museum with these virtual field trip videos and supporting resources.
CoLab: Cardstock Roses
Learn how to create simple cardstock roses. Experiment with various sizes and colors of paper to create a beautiful paper flower bouquet.
CoLab: Crepe Paper Roses
Learn how to create crepe paper roses with this step-by-step guide. Perfect for a single lasting rose or creating entire bouquets.
CoLab: French Link Binding
Learn how to bind a beautiful hardcover journal with an exposed ribbon binding with these step-by-step instructions.
CoLab: Paper Baskets
Learn how to make colorful paper baskets using simple materials with these step-by-step instructions.
CoLab: Paper Quilling
Learn the basics of paper quilling. Combine the shapes and techniques to create your own beautiful paper quilled cards and art.
CoLab: Plant Hanger
Learn how to make plant hanger using macramé techniques and hang your favorite plant in your favorite spot in this step-by-step guide.
CoLab: Smythe Binding
Learn the basics of Smythe binding. Create your own custom hardcover journal to fill with your thoughts, stories, or drawings.
Learn how to warp a loom and some basic weaving techniques to get you started on your first decorative weaving project.
CoLab: Paper Circuit
Learn how an electrical circuit works and create your own paper circuit using colorful LEDs, a coin cell battery, and copper tape on a regular paper.
CoLab: String Art
Create animal-inspired art using the following simple materials: foam board, push pins, and colored string.
Teach and learn from over 30 digital education collections from the Smithsonian.
Colors of the Aurora
Examine the untitled artwork by Carl Saxild with K-6th grade students.
Extra Tough: Reclaiming Identity Through Art
Investigate the artworks Native Looking by Erica Lord and Wat'sa with a Pearl Earring by Alison Bremner. Intended for ages 12 and up.
Examine Grandfather Hemlock with K-6th students
Extra Tough: Leadership and Activism by Women of the North
Investigate primary sources to examine leadership and activism by women who have helped shape Alaska and the North. Intended for ages 12 and up.
Chugachmiut Heritage Kits
Learn about Chugach Region, its people, the Sugt’stun language, and the Sugpiaq and Eyak Cultures; through Chugachmiut’s online PreK-12 Curriculum, Elder Interviews, How-to Videos, and Resources page.
Teens Taking Climate Action
Learn about climate action work teens are doing with support from the Anchorage Museum Education Team.
Words and Sounds for Our Northern Place
Explore 4 primary resources with 9th-12th grade students through interactive activities that will engage students to consider their connection to the land and the importance of place.
A Moment in Time: ANCSA
Investigate primary sources to examine the events surrounding the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Intended for ages 12 and up.
Soundscape: Intro to Sound
Examine the scientific field of soundscape ecology and how to utilize the sense of hearing to better understand natural environments.
Soundscape: Sense of Place
Discover the concept of of sense of place through the use of the five sense.
Soundscape: Art and Sound
Discover the scientific field of soundscape ecology with visual arts by examining visual representations of the dynamic soundscapes of Alaska.
Soundscape: Sound Analysis
Examine the concept of sound analysis by exploring tools and techniques which help break down the information in recorded sound data.
Examine the seasonal aspect of summer soundscapes and how those soundscapes are impacted by noise.
Use this booklet with 4th-12th grade students to learn about stewardship and how it is integral to the Dena’ina culture.
Cultural Arts: Adornment
Investigate Dene adornment practices through objects from the Anchorage Museum, videos from Indigenous knowledge holders, and culturally appropriate art-making. Grades 6-12.
Drums of Alaska
Investigate Lingít and Iñupiaq drums and investigate their sounds with K-6th students.
Examine portable instruments with K-6th grade students.
Investigate Glacier Bay Ice by Byron Birdsall and investigate musical soundscapes with K-6th students.
Cultural Arts: Sewing
Investigate sewing tools and techniques used in Alaska Native cultures through objects from the Anchorage Museum, resources from Indigenous knowledge holders, and culturally appropriate art-making. Grades 6-12.
Cultural Arts: Baleen & Scrimshaw
Investigate baleen objects and scrimshaw techniques used in Alaska Native cultures and develop scrimshaw skills with grades 6-12.
Cultural Arts: Woodcarving
Investigate woodcarving tools and techniques used in Alaska Native cultures through objects from the Anchorage Museum, resources from Indigenous knowledge holders, and culturally appropriate art-making. Grades 6-12.
BLINK at Home: Sound Maps
Investigate sound with your favorite Dolly Parton's Imagination Library books and this activity from Best Beginnings and the Anchorage Museum.
Alaska Is: How Water is Life
Investigate the importance of water through photographs from the Anchorage Museum through activities in Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. Grades 6-8.
Alaska Is: What Nourishes Us
Investigate what nourishes us through photographs and activities in Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. Grades 6-8.
Cultural Arts: Measuring & Symmetry
Investigate measuring techniques and approaches to symmetry used in Alaska Native cultures with grades 6-12.
Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act: ANCSA
Learn about the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) through individual perspectives.
Alaska Is: How We Work With Each Other
Learn about some of Alaska’s largest industries and the work conditions surrounding them with grades 6-8.
Alaska Is: What We Value
Examine how we value land, identity, and what we do. Intended for K-5th grades.
Alaska Is: How We Learn
Examine the different ways in which we learn through photos and activities. Grades K-5.
Alaska Is: How We Act
Engage and examine the ways in which we behave and take action as communities by close-looking at photos from the Anchorage Museum collection and History and Language Arts activities. Grades 9-12.
Music - Alaska Drum Types
Learn more about Alaska Native drum types by close-looking at objects from the Anchorage Museum collection. Grades K-2.
Alaska Is: How We Live With Each Other - Journey
Learn more about Alaska and its place before and during the Great Migration by close-looking at photos from the Anchorage Museum collection and through History, Alaska Studies, and Language Arts activities. Grades 9-12.
Alaska Is: How We Live With Each Other - Justice
Learn more about Black civil rights in Alaska, activism efforts, and representation by close-looking at photos from the Anchorage Museum collection and History and Language Arts activities. Grades 9-12.
Alaska Is: How We Live With Each Other - Joy
Learn more about the community of Eastchester Flats and Black joy in Alaska by close-looking at photos from the Anchorage Museum collection and Language Arts activities. Grades 9-12.
Alaska Native Language Posters
View and listen to posters in various Alaska Native languages. For learners of all ages.
Music - Rhythm
Learn about the role of rhythm in Alaska Native cultures with grades K-2.
Music - Composing an Original Song
Collaborate with one another to learn about composing original music. Grades 2-4.
Music - Musical Diffusion
Explore the means and methods of cultural diffusion and its impacts on the contemporary musical styles across the state. Grades 2-4.
Music - Musical Exchange in Alaska
Learn more about the transformation of music and culture in Alaska. Grades 4-6.
Music - Percussive Qualities
Explore advanced rhythm and sound using simple percussion instruments such as drums and rattles with grades K-2.
Music - Theme, Mood, and Tone
Explore concepts of conveying mood and emotion through close-looking and writing. Grades 4-6