Jen Funk Weber Author Visits to Schools


For 2017-18

Alaska, Reading, Writing, and Idea Generation

Jen Funk Weber and Linda Stanek school visit teacher testimonialI offer science- and literacy-based programs showcasing the differences between Alaska and your state (for out-of-state schools) and how I work as an author. These programs support curriculum standards, CCSS, and the New Generation Science Standards, while exciting students about reading, writing, publishing, and science.


Program options for your Author Event

Every visit is different. We will design a day to meet your unique needs, choosing up to four of the following programs:

  • Whole-school or Leveled assemblies, grades K-2 and 3-5: A Writer in Alaska
    We’ll compare Alaska to your state, touching on geography, climate, wildlife, and more. We’ll read Been There, Done That: Reading Animal Signs together and discover how real-life experiences became a picture book text. Finally, we’ll walk step-by-step through the writing of my latest puzzle book.
How big is a moose?

Just how big is a moose? Students become a moose to demonstrate just how big they are. Moose performance art!

  • Idea Generation Workshop, for one or two classrooms
  • Jen Funk Weber and Linda Stanek school visit teacher testimonial We tackle the biggest writing hurdle kids face, arming students with dozens of ideas for future assignments as well as techniques for coming up with more ideas on their own.

  • Author Walkabout Q&A
    I will visit individual classrooms to answer any questions students have about Alaska or writing.
  • Alaska Artifacts Show-and-Tell (available in WA, OH, and PA)
    See antlers, fur, plaster casts of tracks, scat, and more collected on hikes in Alaska. Yes, they’re all real.

A full-day visit = 4 programs ~ 40-60 minutes each, $800 plus expenses


Animal tracks and reports

Animal tracks and reports

Add a Family Event:

Expand the learning and the fun with an afternoon or evening family event.

Winter in Alaska! Alaska is a popular tourist destination. Remote lodges provide hunting, fishing, and sightseeing services. But the vast majority of people want to visit Alaska in the summer, so lodges close during the long winter. Windows are boarded up, water pipes drained, and generators shut off. Guides, cooks, and service staff leave. All that remains at these remote lodges is, perhaps, a caretaker or two.

Jen Funk Weber (along with husband Mike) spent ten years as winter caretakers for remote lodges in Alaska. They shoveled roofs and airplane wings, kept animals out of buildings, and re-stocked wood sheds. Perhaps the biggest job, however, was just taking care of themselves: living without electricity, running water, telephones, neighbors, easy access to medical care, or sources of entertainment.

Come see what few visitors to Alaska ever see: Winter in Alaska. ~ 60 minutes, $200

Northern lights and totem poles

Northern lights and totem poles

Schedule a Visit

To schedule a visit, use the contact form on this site, or email jen {AT} funkandweber {DOT} com. Please write Author Visit in the subject line along with the name of your school. For example: “Author Visit, Gables Elementary.”

Plaster cast from a wolf track

Students identify a plaster cast from a wolf track

Wildlife on wood block art

Wildlife on wood block art

Alaska animal reports, third grade

Alaska animal reports, third grade