This BONUS PACKET INCLUDES LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON PLANS for Iditarod:
Prediction, Author’s Purpose, Poetry and Summarize
It also includes the entire Iditarod Project-Homework/Classwork
This is a ready made project for students to practice using Language Arts skills while they study about the Iditarod. They will research 3 topics about this great race- mushers, cities on the trail, and the dogs in this year's race. They will then create 3 projects about their topics. The packet includes rubrics for projects such as a summary, a 3D project, a rap/song, a story. The students will use Common Core Language Arts skills such as sequencing, summarizing, comparing/contrasting and cause and effect.
You can use this project flexibly to meet the needs of your students. When I’ve done this project, I’ve had students work with a partner at school to create a “checkpoint” that shows research about one of the cities on the trail. They have made posters or used recycled materials to decorate their desk or their little corner of the room.
Then each student also chooses a topic about the Iditarod (such as the dogs, the mushers, Alaska or the history of the race). They must create three projects at home to show their research about their topic (or about their city).
There are rubrics included for their projects. Each rubric includes a Language Arts skill. Depending on your students, you may want to teach each of these skills before handing out the projects or just teach them as you go. Some specific skills to over include the oral piece of the rubric where the students have to orally explain something about their project.
I have also done an Iditarod Day where we decorate the whole
At school, I allow students to work with a partner to create a display about one city that the mushers stop at on the Iditarod route. They create a background and a “station” that other students in the school will be able to come through and learn about the Iditarod.
Then at home, each students creates their three projects about an aspect of the Iditarod. Then they work with their partner to include all of those projects into their area of the room. (or you can set up the projects in another area of the room).