We’re participating in the Great American Postcard Swap with other homeschool families, sending out postcards all over the country, and hopefully receiving 50 in all!
Here are some facts about Alaska:
- The capital of Alaska is Juneau.
- Alaska’s most northern point is Barrow, and the sun doesn’t set there for 84 days in the summer.
- The state flower is the forget-me-not, the state tree is the Sitka spruce, and the state bird is the willow ptarmigan.
- The name “Alaska” came from the Aleut word “alyeska” which means “great land.”
- Alaska didn’t become a state until January 3, 1959, making it the 49th member of the US.
Books and Activities
- We have a few books on our shelf, which although they are not all set in Alaska, are relevant to read along with this state study. The first is The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett, which is set in the Arctic. Jan Brett has some great printables and activities on her website to accompany this book.
- Another beautiful book is Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews and Ian Wallace which is set in an Inuit village in northern Canada.
- Mama, Do You Love Me! has a section in the back with facts about the Inuit people and Alaskan animals.
- Here is a good resource for printables and an Alaska unit study.
- The Anchorage Museum website is a neat source for Alaskan art and history.
We’re participating in the Great American Postcard Swap!