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9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 7 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 6 minutes, 53 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 5 minutes, 43 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Polar Regions

After The Ice

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  • This three-part video series details the changing environmental conditions in Alaska and the challenges Native Alaskans face as they deal with them.
  • Students will learn from Indigenous individuals about how the changing sea ice in the Bering Sea impacts the people who live there and what the future may hold for their culture. 
Teaching Tips


  • These videos are informative and engaging, while covering various topics and perspectives. 
  • Students will gain a nuanced understanding of life in modern rural Alaska from the Native Alaskans who live there. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The second video discusses suicide and alcoholism; some students may have trouble with these topics. 


  • This resource would work equally well in science classes discussing the impacts of our changing climate, or in social studies classes learning about different cultures. 
  • Science classes could use the first video to show the interconnectedness of species within ecosystems and the many effects that one environmental change can make. 
  • After watching, have students research one of the impacts of diminishing sea ice mentioned in the videos and present their research findings. 
  • Have students imagine that their grocery stores were all moved 50 miles away from their neighborhoods and that there were no roads to get there to gain an appreciation for what the loss of sea ice means to certain people. Discuss or have students write reflections about this scenario.
Scientist Notes
Climate change impacts differently on our livelihoods, food systems, biodiversity, and coastal resources. This resource discusses how the coastal livelihoods systems, natural resources, and rural people of Native Alaskans have been denuded by extreme weather events caused by climate change. It also explores ways they are adapting to respond to the climate risk. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
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