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Alaska Berries Kit

Alaska Berries Homeschool kit contents on a black background.Berries are important to Alaska’s people, Indigenous cultures, and ecosystems. Explore the diversity of berry species, learn to interpret data in the context of a changing climate, and gain a deeper understanding of berry traditions in Alaska. Activities include identifying and observing berries, listening and telling berry stories, exploring Alaska Native berry traditions, gathering and interpreting data through UAF Winterberry Citizen Science, experimenting with hands-on berry science, and more.

What’s in the Kit?

Birch Bark Basket object
Coiled Grass Mat object
Bundle of grass (dyed and natural) objects
Pressed plant specimens: Raspberry, Lingonberry objects
Field Plant Press
Make Electricity Science Set
Vitamin C Test Kit
Digital Microscope
Magnifying lenses
Voice Recorder
Mini Speaker
Refillable paintbrushes
Watercolor pencils
Pencil sharpener
Writing boards
Masher kitchen tool
pH indicator paper
Puppets (Bear, Raven, Bee, Squirrel, Fox, Laminated Berries)
Batuk’enelyashi booklet
Earth Dyes booklet
Plants That We Eat book
Alaska’s Wild Berries and Berry Like Fruit book
Berry Magic book
Berry Matching Game cards
Laminated How Are Your Berries? Cards
Laminated Berry Pictures
STEAM Activities & Information binder
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Alaska Native Cultures; Berries; Citizen Science; Climate Change; Plants; Seasons; Subsistence

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Alaska Marine Mammals Kit

Alaska Marine Mammals Homeschool kit contents on a black background.Explore different species of marine mammals in Alaska, including walruses, sea otters, polar bears, whales, seals and more. Discover hands-on museum specimens and Indigenous cultural objects. Learn about arctic adaptations, food webs, Alaska Native cultures and traditional technology, conservation, and museum research. 

What’s in the Kit?

Kayak model object
Yup'ik doll object
Ivory ringed seal carving object
Ivory seal carving object 
Sealskin sewing thimble object
Baleen object
Polar bear pelt object
Polar bear claw object
Sea otter skull object
Sea otter vertebra object
Walrus tooth object
Spotted seal pelt object
Walrus replica object
Bowhead whale replica object
Whale Jenga game 
Super Walrus game 
Hand-held mirrors
Calipers
Charlie and the Blanket Toss book 
Kayak Design Curriculum book
Kukugyarpak book
About Marine Mammals book
What If There Were No Sea Otters? book
Meltdown DVD
Binder: Activities and Background Information
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Adaptations;  Alaska Native Cultures; Arctic; Conservation; Iñupiat; Marine Mammals; Sea Otters; Seals;  Polar Bears; Walruses;  Whales; Yup'ik 

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Alaska Rocks and Minerals Homeschool kit contents on a black background.Alaska Rocks & Minerals Kit

Introduce students to the science of geology. Discover Alaska rocks and minerals through hands-on activities. Using observation and tools, students will identify, describe, and sort rocks and minerals.

What’s in the Kit?

Alaska rocks and minerals (40) specimens
Mineral test kit (Copper coin nail, glass plate, magnifying lens, tile, magnet, dropper bottle)
Rocks and Mineral Study Guide booklet
Energy Literacy booklet
Elbow Deep in Mudpies and Minerals suggested activities
Information Sheets:
     Rock and Mineral Specimens
     Geologic Processes: Origin of Rocks
     Periodic Table
     Plate Tectonics
     The Rock Cycle
     Elements Comprising the Human Body

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words:  Earth Science; Geology; Rock Cycle; Rock and Mineral Identification

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Archaeology Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Archaeology Kit

Discover archaeological artifacts! Investigate the ways archaeologists study objects, map dig sites, and learn about the past.

What’s in the Kit?

Projectile points (2) objects
Obsidian
object
Fishing lure
object
Harpoon foreshaft
object
Bone tiedown
object
Slate and tooth knife
object
Curved antler knife
object
Hollow bird bone
object
Antler artifact
object
Caribou metacarpal two-handed scraper
object
Bone of ancient grazing animal
object
Armor fragment
object
Subterranean house cards
activity
Laminated rulers
Suggested Activities
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Alaska Native Cultures; Archaeology; Artifacts; History

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Aurora Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Aurora Kit

Explore the northern lights! Listen to stories from Iñupiat elders, learn how energy from the sun creates the aurora, investigate magnetic fields, and make your own aurora artwork.

What’s in the Kit?

Iñupiaq vocabulary cards
Northern Lights learning cards

Aurora FAQ cards

Solar Viewers

Magnetic observation box
Magnetic field observation cases

Bar magnets

Ring magnets and stand

Wand magnets

Compass
Paperclips
Iron filings

Chalk pastels

Black construction paper
Heliophysics Sun-earth laminated model
Cultural Connections student guides
Northern Lights: The Soccer Trails
book
Activity Binder
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Astronomy; Aurora; Iñupiaq; Magnetic Fields; Northern Lights; Space Science

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Bear Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Bear Kit

Investigate Alaska’s three bear species! Explore bear habitat, diet, and life history. Observe a bear skull. Extend your knowledge to bears around the world and compare bears across species.

What’s in the Kit?

Black bear (Ursus americanus) skull object
Polar bear pelt piece object
Grizzly bear claw object
Bear plastic figurines (brown bear, polar bear, black bear) objects
Grizzly bear track stencils object
Felt Play activity
Guess Which Bear? trivia cards
Polar bear diet cards
Set of Calipers
Parts of a Skull labels
Alaska’s Bears book
Bear information sheets & pictures
USB Drive suggested activities

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Black Bear; Brown Bear; Comparison; Diet; Habitat; Observation; Polar Bear; Skull

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Bird Homeschool kit contents on a black background.Bird Kit

Explore Interior Alaska bird species with hands-on specimens. Identify birds through their physical characteristics. Observe different adaptations. Discover differences between migratory and resident birds.

What’s in the Kit?

American Robin object
Bald Eagle talon replica object
Boreal Owl object
Bohemian Waxwing object
Common Redpole object
Gray Jay feathers object
Great Horned Owl talons and wing objects
Hermit Thrush wing object
Mallard Duck wing object
Northern Flicker tail, foot, feather objects
Ruffed Grouse foot, tail, wing objects
Pine Grosbeak object
Ptarmigan wing and foot objects
Sandhill Crane foot object
Three-toed Woodpecker head, tail, foot, wing objects
Varied Thrush object
White-Winged Crossbill head, wing, feet object
Yellow-Rumped Warbler feet objects
Alaska Geographic: Exploring Alaska’s Birds book
Bird information sheets

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Adaptations; Birds; Comparison; Interior Alaska; Migration; Observation; Ornithology

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Dene (Athabascan) Culture Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Dené (Athabascan) Culture Kit

The Dené (Athabascan) people have lived in Interior Alaska for thousands of years. Eleven distinct language groups share a tradition of seasonal activities and use land-based resources for their art. Examine objects, create beaded artwork, and discuss seasonal activities.

What’s in the Kit?

Birch bark basket object
Babiche object
Beaded keychain object
Porcupine quills object
Anna’s Athabascan Summer book
Two Old Women book
Native People of Alaska book
Suggested Activities

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Athabascan; Art; Baskets; Birch Bark; Dené; Interior; Seasonal Round

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DNA and Genomics homeschool kit contents on a black background.DNA & Genomics Kit

Explore DNA and genomics through hands-on activities. Discover what has DNA, build DNA models, and extract DNA. Learn about data sampling, marine mammals, and conservation genetics.

What’s in the Kit?

DNA Model Kit
Bag of objects
[What Has DNA? Activity)
Laminated Chromosome Strips
[Genetic Traits: Build-A-Dog Activity]
Sand Bottles
[eDNA Search and Find Activity]
Laminated Materials
[eDNA Search and Find Activity]
Dry erase markers

Test tubes with lids

Pipettes

Beaker
Squirt bottle
Small measuring cups

Activity Binder
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: 1-12
Key wordsDNA; Genetics; Genomics; Marine Mammals; RNA 

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Engineering on Ice homeschool kit contents on a black background.Engineering on Ice Kit

Discover hands-on STEAM activities to bring sea ice science to your students! This project-based kit focuses on UAF research with ice drifters and data collected about changes in Arctic sea ice. Students will learn about the engineering design process, sea ice, and climate.

What’s in the Kit?

Dry erase markers
Metal cans (Silver & black)

Fabric of different colors

Thermometer

Wood blocks

Droppers

Safety glasses

Plastic tubing

Engineering on Ice Activity Binder
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Arctic Science; Climate; Engineering Design Process; Ice Drifter; Sea Ice

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Fish & Salmon homeschool kit contents on a black background.Fish & Salmon Kit

Many species of fish inhabit Alaska's freshwater and saltwater habitats. Discover fish through science, art, culture, and stories, with a focus on Pacific salmon. Learn how to identify a fish and how to determine their age, discover food webs, make fish prints, explore the cultural importance of salmon in Alaska, and more.

What's in the Kit?

Shark tooth object
Chum salmon vertebrae
objects
Salmon and perch scales
objects
Burbot otoliths
objects
Silver-gray Rockfish
objects
Skate Fish Mold
object
Salmon plushie object
Fishing Flies (3)
Plastic figures (25)
Chum and coho salmon puzzles
Formline design puzzle
activity 
Build A Fish
activity
Food Web
activity
Salmon Life Cycle
activity
Fun Fish Facts
information
Salmon Recipes
information
Alaska’s Ocean Bounty
information
Alaska’s Wild Salmon
book
The Alaska Seafood Spice Pantry
book
The Sea that Feeds Us
book
The Prince and the Salmon People
book
When Will the Salmon Come? Advice from Elders
book
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Alaska Native Cultures; Anatomy; Fish Identification; Fish Print; Life Cycles; Salmon

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Fossils & Dinos Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Fossils & Dinos Kit

Discover ancient life with fossils and hands-on activities! Explore the process of fossilization, identify ancient fossils, create a timeline, and learn about Alaskan dinosaurs, marine reptiles, and Ice Age mammals. 

What’s in the Kit?

Bony Fish Fossil object
Horn Coral Fossil
object
Leaf Impression Fossil
object
Steppe Bison Vertebra
object 
Hadrosaur Rib Fossil
object
Fossil Sorting Kit
objects
Three Toed Dinosaur Track Mold
object
Deinonychus Claw Mold
object
Sedimentator Tube
object and activity
Let’s Investigate Fossils Kit
objects
Dinosaurs Card Game
activity
Textured rubbing plates
activity
Road to Fossilization Game
activity
Track shaped sponges
activity
Dinosaur track outlines
activity
Plastic toy dinos and plants
activity
When the Whales Walked
book
Blue Babe
book
When Mammoths Roamed the Earth
book
Fossils Tell of Long Ago
book
Timeline Event Cards
activity and information
Fossil Cards
information
Activity and Information Binder
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Dinosaurs; Geologic Time; Fossils; Ice Age; Mammals; Marine Reptiles

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Lynx Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Lynx Kit

Discover an elusive predator of Alaska’s boreal forests! Learn about lynx life history and behavior. Find out why lynx and snowshoe hares depend on each other. Experience hands-on discovery and observation of real skulls.

What’s in the Kit?

Lynx skull object
Lynx foot
object
Snowshoe hare skull
object
Lynx and hare plastic figures
objects
What is a Lynx?
information sheet
Discover Skull Anatomy
information and activities
Lynx Eats The Hare
activity
Food Chain
game
Calipers
Fabric piece

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Diet; Lynx; Measurement; Skull; Snowshoe Hare

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Outer Space Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Outer Space Kit

Discover the wonders of outer space! Investigate different methods scientists use to detect exoplanets. Imagine how life might evolve on different planets. Explore astronomy tools such as star wheels and astrolabes.

What’s in the Kit?

Exoplanet Transits activity
     3 boxes, laminated grid sheet, activity guide
Objects in Motion
activity
    
Wooden dowel, string, clip, playdough, activity guide
Imagining Life
activity
      Laminated card set, activity guide
Searching for Life
activity
     
Clear cups, sand, yeast packets, sugar packets, Alka-Seltzer tablets, activity guide
Create a Star Wheel
activity
     
Templates, activity guide
Make an Astrolabe
activity
    
Templates, straws, paperclips, string, activity guide
Constellations of Alaska
booklet
Astrobiology Comics
(6)
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: 3-12
Key words: Astrobiology; Astronomy; Exoplanets; Outer Space

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Printmaking Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Printmaking Kit

From simple shapes to more complicated designs, from everyday materials to more specialized ones, printmaking is a fun experiment. Try different printmaking techniques while experimenting with layers, colors, and design.

What’s in the Kit?

Carving cutters
Small paint brushes
Fat paint brushes
Paint/ink rollers
Plastic texture grid
Round plastic texture tool
Plastic palette knife

Gel printing instructions
Large gel sheet

Small gel sheet
Potato stamp instructions
Cork and cardboard printing instructions
Writing and printing instructions
Shaving cream print instructions
Block printing instructions

Materials NOT included:
E-Z Cut printing blocks
Paint or block printing ink
Acid-free paper
(These can be purchased online at Dick Blick.)

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Art; Block Print; Design; Printmaking

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Ree Nancarrow Art Kit contents on a black background. Ree Nancarrow: Paper Collage and  Quilting Kit

This kit gives students a chance to create their own painted paper “fabrics” to cut and collage into a paper “quilt”. They will become familiar with Alaskan quilt artist, Ree Nancarrow, learn about how she develops her fiber creations, and explore abstract and realistic quilt designs. Collaging and quilting share similar techniques of piecing together materials to create an image or design.

What’s in the Kit?

Fabric quilt square object
Paintbrushes

Reusable cups

Pastels

Brayers

Foam brushes

Bag of assorted found objects
Pipettes

Scrapers

Ice cube trays

Foil pans

Chopsticks

Binder: lesson plans, artist information, photos, and collage examples
USB Drive

Materials NOT included:
Watercolor or construction paper
Watercolor paints
Tempera paint
 Shaving cream

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Abstract, Art, Collage, Marbling, Printing, Quilting, Ree Nancarrow, Watercolor

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Sea Ice Microbe kit contents on black background.Sea Ice Microbe Kit

Discover the hidden world within sea ice! Explore how the tiny pockets of salt water inside sea ice support the web of life in the Arctic. Hands-on activities include art, ice exploration, building a food web, and matching DNA sequences.

What’s in the Kit?

Imagine Yourself in a Brine Channel  activity
     Coloring supplies, paper
Arctic Food Web Game
activity
     Laminated cards and board
Salty vs Fresh Ice
activity
     Paper cups, food coloring, toothpicks, salt, magnifying glass
DNA Detective
activity
     24 laminated DNA sequences

Recommended grade levels: K-6
Key words: Arctic; Food Web; Microbes; Sea Ice

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Tracks and Scat Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Tracks and Scat Kit

Indirect signs are very important when studying wildlife! Learn about identifying Alaska animals using tracks and scats, then take your animal tracking knowledge outdoors.

What’s in the Kit?

Animal Scat Replicas (bat, beaver, black bear, goose, grouse, marmot, moose, porcupine, red fox, river otter, squirrel, wolf) objects
Who Dung It?
laminated card set
Track stencils (Beaver, Black Bear, Goose, Caribou, Dog, Jackrabbit, Lynx, Moose, Raven, Red Fox)
objects
Alaska Tracks
Guides info sheets
Understanding Gaits & Track Patterns
information sheet
Animal Tracks of the Pacific Northwest
book
Suggested Activities

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Animals; Field Study; Scat; Sign; Tracks

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Traditional Games Homeschool Kit contents on a black background.Traditional Games Kit

Explore traditional Alaska games! Play these games and test your coordination, memory, and physical skills while learning about Alaska Native cultures.

What’s in the Kit?

Yo-Yo object
Make a Yo-Yo
activity
Storyknife
activity and information
Stick Game
replicas and information
Games of the North
suggested activities
The Raven and the Boulders
book
Akaguagaankaa: The Story of a Giant
book
The Great Alaska Game Show
activity booklet [on USB drive]
USB Drive

Recommended grade levels: K-12
Key words: Alaska Native Games; Leisure Time; Storytelling; Traditional Games

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