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Traditional Lifeways: Water Quality Science and Monitoring

Telida Village has developed a series of environmental health education that will keep the tribal members healthy and the environment clean for the future generations, fulfilling the Indian General Assistance Program’s objective to reduce the risk to human health and the environment.

The “Water Quality Science and Monitoring” education unit is composed of eight education lessons with a total of 43 activities. The place-based lessons focus on water quality science and how to monitor the water in rivers and lakes in rural Alaska. Education activities include Elders working with students to examine and solve environmental problems in the local community.

The education lessons meet the Alaska State Content Standards and Alaska Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools. The activities in the lessons are based on “Translating Standards to Practice: A Teacher’s Guide to Use and Assessment of the Alaska Science Standards” developed by the Alaska Rural Systemic Initiative and “The Handbook for Culturally Responsive Science Curriculum” by Sidney Stephens.

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