If you need to engage students who have a little cabin (or classroom) fever, the Iditarod offers a "teachable moment" no teacher should miss! Included: Ideas for activities for language arts, geography, math, history, spelling and more.
Whether you live in Fairbanks or Florida, following the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is a great way to actively involve students in learning across the curriculum. This week, Education World offers five lesson ideas to help you do just that.
This week, Education World provides five lessons to help you connect the annual Iditarod Sled Dog Trail Race to your classroom curriculum. Click each of the five lesson headlines below for a complete teaching resource. (Appropriate grade levels for each lesson appear in parentheses.)
Follow the Leaders
Track the progress of a musher and dog team in this lesson that includes all curriculum areas. (Grades K-12)
Sunrise, Sunset: Quickly Go the Days
An Iditarod mapping activity illustrates why Anchorage, Alaska, has less daylight than cities in the continental United States. (Grades 3-12)
Everybody Is a Winner in the Iditarod (A Primary-Source Activity)
A primary source document answers students' questions about Iditarod winners. Work sheet included. (Grades 3-8)
Mush! Tracking Travelers on the Trail
Students get to know Alaska and the Iditarod route as they track mushers' progress on a map they create. (Grades 3-12)
Where's the Boss? -- A Scripted Play About the Iditarod
This "Readers Theater" script tells the story of one Iditarod musher and his loyal sled dog team. (Grades 2-8)
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