Iditarod Musher Math and Language Plus Biography Follow a Musher (Gr. 4-5)

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Are you in need of an engaging real life event in March that you can use to do some grammar review and math problem solving? Teach real life math and language skills while following the Iditarod, "The Last Great Race" with your 4th and 5th grade students!

Students will draw a musher's name and follow their musher along the trail and do daily "Musher Language" and "Musher Math Problem Solving" each day for the 2 weeks of the Iditarod Race that begins the first week of March each year. The 2017 race begins March 4. But the great thing is . . . students are having so much fun they willingly go the math and language!

>>>Teachers! The set is now updated for the 2017 race! Go to your "My Purchases" area to download the new musher names and website link. This year's website link is in the file titled,"1 Website Link & Permission." Also, new desk nametags are included! Mush on!

This is a STUDENT-LOVED favorite project for the first two weeks of March!

Students draw the name of a musher and track progress of their musher using my Iditarod webpage links. They will create a desk name sign, and move the place markers every day of the race. Simple! No wasting class time. Checking the musher’s progress and moving the place marker cards each day takes about 5 minutes during morning warm up time and students can't wait to get in the room to check on their musher's progress.

Students will view daily Iditarod statistics, plus there's other information and games linked from my web Iditarod web page. This ensures a safer Internet environment while following the race.

Each day of the race (total of 10 days), students complete an Iditarod Language and Math worksheet activity. Each activity is also provided in SMART Board format (but a SMART Board is NOT needed to use this set). Each day during the language portion of the lesson, students find and fix the spelling, capitals and add punctuation for several Iditarod themed sentences. This daily review helps improve editing skills. There is a math problem question of the day that is dog, musher, and Iditarod themed. Completing the daily language and math activity takes about 30-45 minutes each day.

For more grammar fun, an additional "Iditarod Grammar Game" is provided as well as a specially themed "Iditarod Grammar Helper" sheet. You can use this as a stand-alone activity or it can be used as a reward and played as a class game. It’s up to you!

Also included is an optional musher biography project that includes 7 pages of note taking sheets plus the 4 final copy pages that can be glued onto the surface of a file folder. Musher web links are included.

Language Skills Reviewed: Fix the spelling, capitals and add punctuation in sentences. Review adjectives, common and proper nouns, verbs and adverbs.

Math Skills: Iditarod themed questions use skills such as creating possible combinations (logic), computing best deal by comparing cost per pound, using temperature chart to compute mean, median, mode, minimum, maximum, and range, computing difference in elapsed time and converting minutes to minutes and hours, computing fraction-of a whole and drawing a circle graph, computing fraction, decimal and percent for statistics, using a wind chill chart to answer questions and compute difference in temperature, using multiplication and division skills to compute meals needed during the race, computing distance = rate x time, computing wages & training time, and using the race winning chart and analyzing statistics and computing median, mode, and top earning statistics.

Iditarod Daily Language & Math Components:
• Daily Language & Math Worksheets - 10 student worksheets with answer keys; one for each school day of the 2-week race (22 pages PDF)
• Blank Template of Daily Language & Math Worksheet – so you can add you own questions if desired (1 page MS Word format)
• Daily Language & Math SMART Board Files – these accompany each day’s worksheet. There are 4 slides per day x 10 days of questions: one slide for the language portion, one slide for math plus answer keys for each (41 SMART Notebook slides)
• Musher Names for Students to Follow – 48 names: 30 men & 18 women musher names to cut apart and draw (8 pages PDF)
• Detailed teacher directions for using the set and making musher desk name tags, musher place ranking card directions, and photos of student examples. Desk name tags hold the place marker and illustrate their musher and team (9 pages PDF)
• Student Musher Language and Math Journal Cover (1 page PDF)
• Iditarod Grammar Word Puzzle – students think up adjectives, common and proper nouns, verbs and adverbs with this fun grammar game (1 page PDF)
• Iditarod Grammar Helper – grammar fact sheet used by students as they complete the Iditarod Grammar Word Puzzle (2 pages PDF)
• Online Web site access to my Iditarod Links. Students log in each day and access musher statistics. My webpage also includes other musher links and information. Students don’t surf the web; they use my web page to stay in a more secure Internet
environment. The web link is provided in your purchase. (1 online webpage)
• Signs to hold place cards for race ranking (3 pages – 2 PDF, 1 Word editable)
• Musher Biography Project - Optional Activity (7 pages PDF note taking materials + 4 pages PDF final copy pages)
• Musher Biography organized website links (1 page PDF)

You will be sneaking in LOTS of essential skills practice and review during the two week race while the students think they're having fun!

...And remember to download the new Iditarod from your TpT My purchases each February after the mushers have registered for the race :)
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