Grade 6
Grade 6
Unit 4: Seek and Discover
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Over the Top of the World
by Will Steger and Jon Bowermaster
 

Cultural Perspectives  
Inuit Life  
Cultural Perspectives
From the Student Web Page
Winter Wear: Traditional Inuit Clothing
Connect to this link:
http://www.kativik.qc.ca/ulluriaq/Nunavik/inuitlife/clothing/


  1. Click on the name of each article of clothing to learn about how Inuit children stay warm.
  2. Click on Inuit Life, and then on
    Outside Activities.
  3. Click on Sliding, Snowshoeing, and Ice Fishing Trip. Read about these activities. Have you ever done any of these? If so, which one? If not, which would you like to try the most? Why? Share your experience.
  4. List and illustrate the articles of traditional Inuit clothing you would wear for your activity.
About the Site

This site was created by the Inuit teachers and students of Ulluriaq School, located in Quebec. The site contains information about Inuit language, customs, and daily life.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to read about traditional Inuit clothing.

  • Students will read about the outside activities that Inuit children enjoy doing.

  • Students will identify articles of traditional Inuit clothing for a given activity.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students write a paragraph comparing and contrasting their daily life with that of an Inuit student.

  • Have students go to Inuit Life in Nunavit and click on Arctic Wildlife, and then on the individual animals. Ask students to think about what allows the animals to live in the cold. Have students present information to the class about an animal of their choosing.

From the Student Web Page
Inuit Culture
Connect to this link:
http://collections.ic.gc.ca/arctic/inuit/people.htm


  1. Read the information presented to learn about Inuit culture. Explore the hypertext links you find along the way.
  2. Click on The Spirit. Who is Seda? List two interesting facts about Inuit spirituality.
  3. Go back and choose the Traditional Arts & Crafts hypertext link. Look at the different pictures showing Inuit art.
  4. Create an art project modeled after one of the forms of arts and crafts shown here. Show Seda in your project.
About the Site

This site provides information about the people, wildlife, and history of the Canadian Arctic. Much of the information has been provided by the Canadian Coast Guard.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to read about Inuit culture.

  • Students will list interesting facts about Inuit spirituality.

  • Students will create an art project modeled after an Inuit form of arts and crafts.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students explore the other links shown at the bottom of the page.

  • Have students find the Canadian Arctic on a map.

  • Have students research the climate of the Canadian Arctic.

  • Hold a class discussion on environmental sensitivity.


Find Out More  
Pollution and the Arctic  
Find Out More
From the Student Web Page
Polar Bears Alive
Connect to this link:
http://www.polarbearsalive.org/


  1. Click The Bear Facts.
  2. Then click and read Polar Bears Status.
  3. To see photographs, click Polar Bear Gallery in the left frame.
About the Site

Polar Bears Alive is dedicated to worldwide protection of polar bears. The Web site provides information about these beautiful creatures, including their current status and projected future in the face of pollution. Additional sections include information about the organization.

What to Do

  1. You may want to preview the site to direct students to specific sections.

  2. Students may be interested in helping to protect polar bears.

From the Student Web Page
Porcupine Caribou Herd Population Model
Connect to this link:
http://www.taiga.net/sustain/lib/models/climate/intro.html


  1. Read why scientists think caribou herds decrease in number.
  2. Click Run a Simplified Version of the Model.
  3. Choose a level of insect harassment and click it.
  4. Choose a snow depth and click it.
  5. Read the explanation and click Start model.
  6. Did the number of caribou increase or decrease? Try it again.
About the Site

This Web site is part of the Sustainability of Arctic Communities project. Students can use this online model to manipulate the level of insect harassment and the depth of the snow to see how they affect caribou herds. A larger version of the model predicts the effects of tourism, oil and gas drilling, and government spending, as well as climate changes, on different communities.

What to Do

  1. Explain to students that scientists often make hypotheses about possible causes of an event. They then create a model in which they can manipulate two or more of the possible causes at the same time to see the results.

  2. Have students experiment with different levels of insect harassment and snow depth to see how they affect caribou herds. Click choose new levels to run a the model with new levels.

  3. You may want to have students click discuss results. Use one or more of the questions there to further explore the impact of greenhouse gases on caribou herds.


Leveled Books  
Explorers and Inventors  
Leveled Books
From the Student Web Page
That's My Theory
Connect to this link:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/mytheory/


  1. Play That's My Theory to find Einstein. Click Special Guest: Albert Einstein.
  2. Read the page and then click Continue.
  3. Follow the prompts to play the game.
About the Site

This is part of a larger PBS site, Science Odyssey, which includes an interesting look at how our understanding of science and technology has evolved over the past 100 years. In this section students use clues in a quiz game format to zero in on the real Albert Einstein.

What to Do

  1. To learn more about Einstein, invite students to click People and Discoveries, then People, and scroll down to click Albert Einstein for a biography, .

  2. If time permits, encourage students to read about other scientists and inventors.

From the Student Web Page
The Life of Henry Ford
Connect to this link:
http://www.worldalmanacforkids.com/explore/inventions/ford_henry.html


  1. Read the biography of Henry Ford.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click on Inventions Directory.
  3. Click on Inventions Take Us from One Place to Another and read the list of other transportation inventions.
  4. Invent a new mode of transportation. Try combining parts of existing inventions to create something that nobody has ever seen before. To apply for a patent, write a paragraph about your invention with illustrations that show how it works.
About the Site

This site is the online companion to The World Almanac for Kids. It contains information on about many topics, as well as contests and games.

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will use the Internet to read a biography of Henry Ford.

  • Students will read a list of other transportation inventions.

  • Students will invent a new mode of transportation.

Suggested Additional Activities

  • Have students click on Printable Fun on the left navigational bar. Have them select Inventions Math Puzzle. Have them print out and take the puzzle, then go to the Answer link to see how they did.

  • Have students make a list of what they consider to be the three most important inventions of all time. For each invention, answer the following questions: Who invented it? When and where was it invented? What was its purpose? Why do you think it is so important?