The Arctic Voyage of the Schooner Polar Bear

Assessment: What Did You Learn?

If you are a teacher using this Learning Center with students, consider:

  1. Extending your study of New Bedford whaling practices to include contemporary whaling by Alaska's St. Lawrence Island Yupik and Iñupiaq people (there are a number of pertinent Learning Centers at this web site that will be helpful).
  2. Embedding this Learning Center in a unit on the decline of 19th Century industries in the United states in the early 20th Century.
  3. Extending your study of New Bedford whaling practices to include Alaska Native practices of the past.
  4. Using the map on this Learning Center to explore and learn about the various ports and landfalls The Polar Bear visited.
  5. Producing or building a model of what the men's overwinter housing might have been like.
  6. Using the Polar Bear's journey to explain and explore weather patterns in the Northern Arctic.
  7. Embedding this Learning Center in a unit about Native Alaskan or Siberian lifestyles.
  8. Exploring the reasons for the end of commercial whaling in North America.

Now that you've visited the Polar Bear's online exhibit can you ...

1. Explain the decline of Arctic whaling?

2. Describe what animal(s) were hunted next?

3. Name the main whaling ports of Alaska?

4. Explain how seamen sewed their clothes? What they used?

5. Describe how seamen moved a ship that was stuck in ice?

6. Explain what could happen if someone was caught out in the cold?

7. Explain how seamen survived during the winter?

8. Name one of the things the men on this voyage were most concerned about?