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What would it be like to take a trip to Alaska in the coldest, darkest months? Create a virtual tour of the "Land of the Midnight Sun."
Alaska is the largest state in the United States, about 2.3 times the size of Texas and about one-fifth the size of all of the contiguous 48 states. As the northernmost state, Alaska boasts great views of the Northern Lights, more active glaciers than the rest of the inhabited world, 29 volcanoes, 33,000 miles of coastline, and Mount Denali, the tallest mountain in North America.
Students research and gather more information about Alaska to help plan an imaginary expedition there. They should obtain travel information and maps. Have students choose their mode of transportation—by rail, river, sea, land, or even dogsled. Then decide where they want to go, what they want to do, who they will meet, and what they want to see! Design 2-D and 3-D items to represent their chosen Alaska attractions. These are just a few ideas to get them started.
Students use Crayola Air-Dry Clay to sculpt a sounding whale or a glacier. Use craft sticks and other modeling tools to make realistic replicas. Air-dry the sculptures for at least 3 days.
Mount the whale tail on folded, recycled cardboard with Crayola School Glue. Sketch the rest of the submerged whale on the horizontal section of cardboard with a Crayola Erasable Colored Pencil.
Have students cover their art area with recycled newspaper. Paint the entire whale, including its 3-D tail, with Crayola Premier™ Tempera. Paint the sea and glacier backdrop. Add light-reflective details to the wet or dry paint by brushing and dabbing areas with Crayola Pearl It! and Glitter It! Tempera Mixing Mediums. Air-dry the paint.
Students present details of their Adventure to Alaska to classmates, other students, or families at an open house.
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