After many of teaching about sled dog racing to my second graders, fifth graders, fourth graders, and sixth graders, I actually attended a long distance race with my friend, Gigi, who introduced me to this incredibly exciting type of race. (The pictures in the slide show are the ones I took.) Even today, my former students still follow dog sled races and tell me it was their favorite part of the school year. The students utilize many of the core/STEAM skills: research, writing, reading, science, fun physical activity, and math logic challenge and technology in this unit.
This unit is very flexible. Use just the slide show; use just the booklet; follow just a couple mushers as a total class, have each student select two mushers to follow, or just follow the leaders together.
Available in this product:
* A 24 slides- slide show with a teacher script
* 16 page student booklet in color or black and white which includes:
history of dog sledding
the story of the Great Serum Race
Balto and Togo
mushing and the dogs on the team
race log for students to track their mushers
spaces for 2 musher bios
* Science lesson on friction
* Instructions and lessons: ideas for utilizing the internet, follow a race, research information about long distance racing, the mushers, and their dogs.
* Instructions on how to assemble the booklets, running them back to back.
* Book resources and ideas for additional activities : husky art, math logic puzzle, writing, physical challenge: hard or easy to be a part of a sledding team?
Graphics: thanks to: www.edu-clips.com