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Saturday, January 11, 2014

alaska activities

I just updated my Iditarod activities.  We do a short unit in February/March, but I've got to plan now or it won't get done! I will be back with *updated* photos once we are knee deep in Iditarod fun!

This is a post from last year... 
We just finished our Iditarod unit!  The class was so excited to go home and watch the race start and end on TV! Each student "adopted" a dog (a pretend dog of course) of their own, so we made these cute husky craftivities to go with our unit:
iditarod activities
We also did Adopt-a-dog Journals and wrote friendly letters to our dogs (a couple kids pretended to be the dog instead and write to a musher). 
Here are some anchor charts they used for writing in their journals. You can find the clipart to make your own anchor charts here and here.
iditarod activities
iditarod activities
If you do an Iditarod unit and want to have your class adopt a dog to write to, you can download the journal and all of my other Iditarod activities by clicking the image below:
Dog pile! The AWESOME FOLKS AT WEBKINZ donated a whole class set to me five years ago!  Each dog has a piece of yarn around the neck with a little dogtag for a name (I made up names and a quick description for each dog).  I used the little Avery circle keytags and stamped a paw print on the back.  Each student gets to keep their dog at their desk during the unit...any dogs that "misbehave" (are played with at inappropriate times) get put in the "kennel" (my desk) for the day.    

The Red Lantern Award goes to the very last musher to cross the finish line, a lesson in finishing even if you're not first.  My red lantern sits on the desk of a student who worked really hard to finish their iditadopt-a-dog journal! You can find a lantern just like this one here.
My collection of Iditarod/Alaska books is always growing, but I have a few favorites that are great to put out during the Iditarod unit.
What about you? Do you teach about the Iditarod? What lessons do you include? I'd love to hear all about it! Leave me some bloggy love by commenting below!


  1. hello fellow Alaskan, I haven't recently taught an Iditarod unit, but when I did, we usually followed a specific musher, we tracked his or her progress on a map trail, we had several art projects, I worked with younger/delayed students. The best year was the one we tracked Lance Mackey and he had his first win! It was also pretty awesome because his mom was working in our school at that time! seeing your materials is making me want to pull out my box, thank you, Paula @ educatingchildrenwithdisabilities.blogspot

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