After over 15 years of teaching the Iditarod to my second graders, fifth graders, fourth graders, and sixth graders, I actually attended the Iditarod with my friend, Gigi, who introduced me to this incredibly exciting race. (The pictures in the slide show are the ones I took in 2012, when Dallas Seavey won his first Iditarod.)Even today, my former students still follow the race and tell me it was their favorite part of the school year. The students utilize many of the core skills: research, writing, reading, and computer 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.
The website, Iditarod.com, is filled with so much information. I always join the Ultimate Insider so I can get all the video clips, the live feeds and finish, and utilize the GPS tracking system that is on each sled.
Available in this product:
* A 24 slide- slide show
* a 16 page student booklet in color or black and white
* 12 additional activities including a song, a spelling lesson, a cloze activity, and multiple writing forms
* Instructions and lessons: ideas for utilizing the internet, follow the race, research information about the Iditarod, the mushers, and their dogs.
* Instructions on how to assemble the booklets, running them back to back.
* Book resources and ideas for additional activities to expand your study of this incredible race.
Graphics: thanks to: www.edu-clips.com