And I went on a hike today with some of my friends from work (let's just call them my friends though, shall we?) and we walked across a glacial lake and up the side of the mountain and then back down again into the glacier. Yes. You read that right, we went inside the glacier. Observe.
The walk out there and the butt sliding down into the cave (these are my lovely hiking models Carolyn and Meg):
Me inside the cave and looking up from the same spot:
Iceberg, right ahead! Couldn't resist.
Fast forward 6 years later and I'm still slightly obsessed. If you live here in Alaska (907 holla!), chances are you know all about the Iditarod and it's hardcore-ness (or maybe you don't and could care less?), and if you're a "lower 49er" you might also know a lot about the Iditarod and be a fan of the fun! This dogsled race is called The Last Great Race for a reason! It also happens to make for some highly engaging content and literacy/math/science/social studies for teachers worldwide. Enter: my Iditarod unit.
I used my MEGA Alaska clipart to create this laminated anchor chart and as we learn, fill it up with important info we could refer back to throughout the unit.
After searching 3 different stores for a paper tray that wouldn't be a lot of storage (I have lots of rubbermaid totes in various sizes already) and that I could put at each table group, I realized I already had what I needed. For the centers we used this day, I put one page in the front sleeve (so they knew what center it would be at that table group) and then put the rest inside in the pocket...next time I'll just run them in the copier with the hole punch option so they stay put better (pockets don't work so well when they're turned upside down!). Anyway, you might be able to try this out sometime...let me know how it works for you if you do!
Story writing and labeling:
We still have lots more to do in the next week or 2 (including following our mushers, some math activities and more dog journaling), and my favorite....a husky craftivity!
What about you? Do you teach about the Iditarod? What sorts of fun activities do you have planned?