Learning Area 20 started with a brainstorm where we talked about what we knew about Alaska right at the moment. Here's what our class came up with: (The larger the font, the more students in our class believed that fact fragment to be true.)

Northern hemisphere

weather not that cold
no rivers

really cold - ice, glaciers

used to be part of Russia

snowy

large species of penguins and polar animals

huskies and sleds -transport

part of North America

wear furry coats and jackets

popular sport is ice hockey

no zoos

snows in summer

state of USA

not many birds

lots of mountains