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Alaska: A Bird's Eye View DLESE Reviewed Collection
This web based story tells of Tutangiaq (nicknamed 2T), a Canada Goose, who flies across the remote state of Alaska looking for his family. As he flies, he tells children about this fascinating 49th state of the US. Children learn how Alaska was purchased from the Russians, and other amazing facts about the state. They compare Alaska to other states that they may be living in or visiting. 2T takes a flight across volcanic chains in Alaska and tells the children how scientists monitor volcanoes from satellite images in near-real time and send warning signals to the aviation industry when they suspect or detect volcanic eruptions. At the coast, the bird also meets his walrus friend who tells him how global warming has caused the sea ice edge to recede and how this is adversely affecting marine life. Finally, 2T arrives in Fairbanks, the golden heart city of Alaska, where the children use satellite imagery to help him find and unite with his family.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
    • Map
  • Text:
    • Book
  • Atmospheric science
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Cryology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
    • Physical geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Structural geology
  • Natural hazards
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Physical oceanography
  • Policy issues
  • Space science
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-004-826
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Natural hazards
        • Sci. / tech. in society
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Anupma Prakash
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks