Follow my journey this year as 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™. We have partnered with Skype as a virtual field trip experience, and I will be sending recorded video messages daily along the trail to classrooms around the world. Sign up for a free Skype account first, and then join the “Iditarod Classroom Club” to follow along. Remember, you must have a Skype account first, or you only be in my club for 24 hours as a guest! Click the link below:
Bring helping dogs, police dogs, and therapy dogs into your school to highlight the special relationship between dogs and people! This is great preparation for The Last Great Race, and how the mushers and their dogs work together on the trail!
Dog Diaries - Historical Fiction
Animal Hero Biographies
Plickers App for Assessment
Free Verse Poetry
Free Verse Dog Poems Using Chatterpix
Engineering Inspiration & Resources
Using Imagination Playground blocks, kids build a new world every day. They make objects like animals, rocket ships, and robots. They make imaginary places like houses, factories, and cities. They make new dramatic scenarios, settings, and games to play. Most important, they make the rules. Because Imagination Playground is child-directed and open-ended, it encourages self-expression through deep, joyful play.
Design and Race Dog Sleds!
Use your math and design skills to create sleds and race them against other students.
The winning team or class receives the “golden sled” trophy!
Each team receives 1 roll of masking tape and craft sticks. Have them design a sled as a team and give them one push on the floor to measure the distance.
Allow teams to innovate and improve the sled design until the final race! Classes can compete against each other until there is one final winning team with the longest distance with one push.
Challenge students to measure then convert the measurement into other units! Limit the number of craft sticks, or measure off a certain amount of tape!
Create a "Fakebook" page
Follow a musher or even a lead dog and create a "Fakebook"page from Classtools.net. Create a pretend, but accurate, "Fakebook" page and track the race with comments from the trail as you follow along! Who are their "friends?" Be creative!
Create Trading cards of your favorite musher!
Research your favorite musher on the Iditarod website and then create trading cards about them using the Trading Cards app! Create cards about famous sled dogs in history, or the current lead dogs of the Iditarod mushers! Create trading cards about the checkpoints to learn more about them.....then share!
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Grow an Arctic Garden!
Create an Alaskan themed garden for your classroom to grow and take care of. What sorts of plants, grasses and moss to arctic animals eat? Give "tours" of your garden showing what plants arctic animals eat, so students can better understand the Alaskan themed unit at your school!