Resource Education Curriculum

Alaska Resource Education’s curriculum is the basis of the extensive programming that we offer.  A comprehensive collection of K-8 (adaptable 9-12) lessons on, energy,   mineral  and forestry resources, our curriculum has been correlated to the Alaska State Science Standards for the greatest ease of use and accessibility for educators.

ARE is also ahead of the curve: the Common Core (in English, Language Arts, and Math Standards) have been applied to our curriculum to keep them up-to-date for Alaska's teachers.

Below you will find ARE’s “Greatest Hits,” a collection of our most popular lessons. 
 

 

ENERGY

Piles of Pictures
Grade: K-2
Overview:
Students categorize pictures of things that move according to their source of motion and make bar graphs.

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Energy Savers
Grade: K-2
Overview:
Students learn about saving money and energy by playing an addition and subtraction game.

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Fossil Fuel Hunt
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students use written and internet resources to find answers to ten questions about fossil fuels, followed by class discussion and a fun activity to find oil in a cupcake.
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The Sun's Energy
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students explore the idea that most of the energy we use comes from the sun by reading, discussing, playing a game, and making a concept map.

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Energy Detective
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
This is an introductory activity for studying energy. Students will look for energy, collecting "energy evidence" and then come up with their own definition of energy.
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Renew a Bean
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Beans are used to represent renewable and nonrenewable energy in a situation to help students understand how, over several years, nonrenewable resources will be depleted.

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Finding Oil is a Piece of Cake
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Student simulate oil exploration by buying leases, developing plans, "drilling" a layer cake, and using samples to draw cross sections. They learn about unitization, calculate profits in a math activity.

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Energy on the Move
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Students do research to study one of three energy transportation projects in Alaska and share their findings through bulletin board displays or notebooks.

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MINERAL

Rock Hunt
Grade: K-2
Overview: Students collect, describe, and sort rocks.
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Paste With a Taste
Grade
: K-2
Overview
: Students produce a useful product - toothpaste! - from minerals.
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Jelly Belly Geology & Rock Identification
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students will learn about the makeup of rocks and minerals and how to identify and classify them by their properties. They will learn about the uses of rocks and minerals in everyday life.
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Make Your Own Rock
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students explore rock composition by making simulated edible or non-edible rocks using a variety of materials as "minerals."
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Rock Game
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students describe rocks in detail using new and common terminology in a game where teams try to identify the rock being described.
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Mine a Pie
Grade: 6-8
Overview: Students mine a plot of "land" and determine a profit or loss based on the choices made.
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Solving the Challenges of Mining
Grade: 6-8
Overview: Students learn about new mining projects proposed for Alaska and do research to propose solutions to a challenge related to one of the proposed mines.

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Pick a Permit
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Students research to find basic information about a variety of permits required for mining and simulate agencies devising rules and regulations for commercial use of a school resource.

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Recycling Metals
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Students conduct a study of metal recycling in their community and create a new or improved plan for recycling or a public awareness campaign.

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FORESTRY

Plant Personification
Grade: K-2
Overview:
Students use movement to enact the life of a tree.

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Trees, a Renewable Resource
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students simulate consumption, recycling, renewal, and conservation of wood products in a game using lima beans.

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Every Tree for Itself
Grade: 3-5
Overview:
Students play a game to simulate how trees compete for their essential needs.

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Effects of the Nonliving Environment
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Students set up and conduct experiments to determine how aspects of the nonliving environment affect plant growth.

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String Lined Decisions
Grade: 6-8
Overview:
Teams of students make and map management decisions about a forest.

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