Alaska was our first state when we started our Census lessons in 2020. Today, we get to revisit Alaska and all it has to offer.
We started the morning with Toddler Time. Toddler Time runs from 10-11 every Friday morning.
Today we had six kids at toddler time! We read Kiana’s Iditarod by Shelley Gill…
If we are lucky enough to have your children fall in love with dog sledding please check out all the local information links are included in our blog from when a local musher came to visit here at the Library.
We also made Alaskan ice cream. We mixed clean snow, berries, and heavy cream, then added them to melted Crisco. It was eaten topped with salted nuts and maple syrup. It’s inspired by akutaq (a-goo-duk), an Alaskan Native dish traditionally made with animal meat and fat, berries, and sometimes greens.
The toddlers didn’t leave until Papa Library read a few more books.
…and Hello Night/Hola Noche by Amy Costales.
Miss Sherry worked on her Spanish and allowed for correction, even from the little ones.
Dragon Readers’ Club
We read Kiana’s Iditarod by Shelley Gill. Akutag was made along with “Alaska” Meatballs made from wild game and then we indulged in Honey Chipotle Wild Salmon.
Thank you Ms. Kadie and Valley County 4-H for our delicious meatballs and teaching us about blubber.
It was a great day. Some had so much fun they couldn’t hang the whole day.
Published on: May 23, 2022 at 20:20
Our first state was Alaska. We chose Alaska because it was the first enumeration. Patience Fredrickson the State Librarian in Alaska sent us a wonderful package.
The 2020 Census started on January 21, 2020, in Toksook Bay, Alaska. This once-a-decade population count determines how much funding our communities receive for local services, provides data that inform businesses that grow our economy, and helps determine our state’s legislative districts. http://alaskacounts.org/
Click here to learn more about the Census in Alaska: HERE
- Reading List: Alaska on EPIC Our classroom code is MPZ6722 please email Miss Sherry if you have any difficulty accessing the reading list.
- Math: How BIG is Alaska? Fun math activity is draw the shape of Alaska to a small scale and one of Idaho in the same scale and see how many Idaho shapes can fit inside. Try it with a few other states but estimate your guess first using math. Alaska is 663,267 sq miles.
- Science: In our package from Alaska, there were several things from the Alaska Fish and Game. The Alaska Fish and Game has a number of great handouts on their webpage. Click here and complete one of the great online brochures. Alaska Fish and Game
- Writing: Take 10-15 minutes and write a short story about gold in Alaska. Be creative. Gold could be anything from the sunrise to the actual Gold Rush.
- Recommended Book Pick: Miss Sherry’s Recommended Book Pick is Call Of The Wild. The Call of the Wild is a short adventure novel by Jack London, published in 1903 and set in Yukon, Canada, I know, I know it really isn’t Alaska. I however, always think of Alaska when I read it. The book is set during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush, when strong sled dogs were in high demand. Many of you learned about the Klondike Gold Rush when we learned about Alaska. After you have finished the book, you should watch the newly released movie featuring Harrison Ford. Call Of The Wild is availble on the Libby App or on the Idaho DIgital Consortium at https://idahodigital.overdrive.com/
- History: Toksook Bay is not the first Alaskan village to host the Census enumeration. Take a few minutes and research the Alaska Census. #EveryoneCounts #EveryoneHasAStory A great resource for history of Alaska is Alaska’s Digital Archives.
7. Art: It’s coloring time. PBS and Alaska Counts have created downloadable coloring sheets featuring Molly Of Denali. Molly Of Denali / Alaska CountsPBS has so many great opportunities featuring Molly of Denali. They even have an app. specifically geared to children featuring Molly. Molly of Denali
For a delicious treat at home try to make Baked Alaska.
Instagram LIVE: Alaska
We revisited Alaska with Around the World in 80 Days – Donnelly Public Library District (lili.org)