This series is a supplemental math curriculum based on the traditional wisdom and practices of the Yup’ik people of southwest Alaska. The result of more than a decade of collaboration between math educators and Yup’ik elders, these modules connect cultural knowledge to school mathematics. Students are challenged to communicate and think mathematically as they solve inquiry-oriented problems, which require creative, practical and analytical thinking. Classroom-based research strongly suggests that students engaged in this curriculum can develop deeper mathematical understandings than students who engage only with a procedure-oriented, paper-and-pencil curriculum.


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    Salmon Fishing - Kit

    Investigations into Probability

    Jerry Lipka, Barbara L. Adams, Kay Gilliland, Aishath Shehenaz Adam, Anthony Rickard, Joan Parker Webster

    Students in grades six and seven use activities based on subsistence and commercial fishing in southwest Alaska to investigate various topics related to probability. Kit includes a teacher resource, two posters, and two CD-ROMs.

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    Picking Berries - Kit

    Connections Between Data Collection, Graphing, and Measuring

    Jerry Lipka, Janice Parmelee, Rebecca Adams

    In this module for grades two and three, students engage in a series of hands-on activities that help them explore data, graphic representation and linear measuring. Kit includes teacher resource, two student readers (Big John and Little Henry and Berry Picking), one coloring pages master, two posters, and one CD-ROM.

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    Kayak Design - Kit

    Scientific Method and Statistical Analysis

    Jerry Lipka, Carrie Jones, Anthony Rickard, Nicolle Gilsdorf, Karen Remick

    Through creating simple clay kayak models, students in grades six and seven are able to investigate the relationship between the kayak’s shape and its function. Kit includes teacher resource, a student reader, two posters, and three CD-ROMs.

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    Building a Fish Rack - Kit

    Investigations into Proof, Properties, Perimeter, and Area

    Jerry Lipka, Barbara L. Adams

    In this module for grade six, formal mathematics are developed through hands-on activities related to building a fish rack for the salmon harvest.

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    Designing Patterns - Kit

    Exploring Shapes and Area

    Jerry Lipka, Aishath Shehenaz Adam, Daniel Lynn Watt, Joan Parker Webster, Evelyn Yanez, Dora Andrew-Ihrke

    In this module designed for grades three to five, students design patterns to be used in a headdress or similar linear strip. They explore properties of shapes, lines of symmetry, and part-to-part and part-to-whole relationships. Kit contains one teacher resource, one student reader, one DVD, and one CD-ROM.

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    Patterns and Parkas - Kit

    Investigating Geometric Principles, Shapes, Patterns, and Measurement

    Jerry Lipka, Kay Gilliland, Nancy Sharp, Sandi Pendergrast, Daniel Lynn Watt

    Grade two students learn about the properties of shapes including squares, rectangles, triangles, and parallelograms. Kit includes a teacher resource, a student reader, seven posters, and one CD-ROM.

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    Drying Salmon - Kit

    Journeys into Proportional and Pre-Algebraic Thinking

    Jerry Lipka, Barbara L. Adams

    This sixth and seventh grade module explores pre-algebraic and proportional thinking using the unique system of body measures that a Yup’ik elder used when hanging her salmon to dry. Includes one teacher resource, three posters, and one CD-ROM.

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    Star Navigation - Kit

    Explorations into Angles and Measurement

    Barbara L. Adams, Melissa Kagle, Frederick George

    Students in grades five to seven learn ways of observing, measuring and navigating during the day and at night, including specific details of the location and orientation of the Big Dipper and Cassiopeia. Kit includes a teacher resource, a student reader, two posters, and a CD-ROM.

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    Going to Egg Island - Kit

    Adventures in Grouping and Place Values

    Jerry Lipka

    In a series of problems built around the story of a second-grade girl gathering sea bird eggs in the spring, students in grades one and two learn and apply the mathematical concepts and skills of counting and grouping two-digit numbers, estimating, measuring, sorting and place values. Kit includes teacher resource, student reader, and more.

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    Building a Smokehouse - Kit

    The Geometry of Prisms

    Jerry Lipka, Melissa Kagle, Valerie Barber, Ferdinand Sharp, Anthony Rickard

    In this module for grades six and seven, students learn how to build a smokehouse modeled after ones currently used by the Yup’ik people.

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