Part of the Newtons Laws of Motion chapter requires students to be able to calculate he speed of a moving object. I have my students choose and track a musher in the Iditarod (dog sled) race. Students then use the information they have tracked to calculate the speed of the musher over the course of the race and then create a graph to show their overall movement. Included in this packet is a title and table of contents page, a musher tracking sheet, a research packet of questions about the Iditarod Race, an analyzing data (calculating the speed) sheet and information for students on how to complete the final product. This packet was created for the Fairbanks route (2017) but could easily be adjusted for other race years. I will have additional race years uploaded soon!
Timeline: 2 days to pick a musher and introduce the Iditarod Race, 20 minutes the first day of tracking and then 10-15 minutes to track each day after that, 1 day to calculate speeds and 1-3 days to complete graphs depending on how creative you want them to get and how much additional information you want on the graph.