Information for Teachers

Curriculum links

This investigation is linked to the following C3 Social Studies Standards for Grades 3–5.

D2. Geo.2.3-5 Use maps, satellite images/photographs to explain the relationship between the location of places and regions and their environmental characteristics

D2. Geo 4.3-5 Explain how culture influences the way people modify and adapt to their environments

D2. Geo.8.3-5 Explain how human settlements and movements relate to locations and use of various natural resources

D2. His. 2.3-5 Compare life in specific historical time periods to life today

D2.Eco.4.3-5 Explain why individuals and businesses specialize and trade


How to search the internet

1 Keep your request short

Fewer words will give a more accurate search.

2 Choose exactly what you want

For example: Arctic Circle Climate

3 Use quotes

Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”

4 Use the plus sign (+)

If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal

5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want

Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search,  –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.

6 Be very clear about what you don’t want

Part 1
Ask questions and define problems

After reading Arctic People, you may have many questions about how people came to and settled in the Arctic Region.

List your questions.

  • Compare your list with questions that others have.
  • Choose a question you would like to investigate.
  • You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.

You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate

Q1. How and why did people settle in the Arctic Region?

Q2. How and why have Arctic people’s lifestyles changed over time?

Q3. How has technology influenced the ways people can communicate while being isolated?

Go to Part 2 Investigate →

Part 2

Helpful websites

You may want to use websites to help with your investigations.

You can search the group of people in the book by using their name and a topic.

Iñupiat People+clothing, Iñupiat People+transport+modern, Iñupiat People+arts+crafts


Go to Part 3 Record data →

Part 3
Record data

Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.

Data Chart for Arctic People

(Download and change to suit your information)

Download Chart
Go to Part 4 Organize, analyze, and interpret data →

Part 4
Organize, analyze, and interpret data

1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.

How did the Iñupiat people survive the harsh Arctic climate?

Which aspects of Iñupiat lifestyle have changed most? Why?

Which aspects have stayed the same? Why?

2. Search for other patterns

How has European contact impacted on Iñupiat lifestyles?

How have the continuing traditions of Iñupiat lifestyles impacted on other cultural groups?

3. Makes notes about what you find.

Go to Part 5 Present and share →

Part 5
Present and share

Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.

What are the most important ideas about Arctic People? 

Make a chart showing the most important ideas.

Download Chart
Download Chart
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