IditaRead Helpful Tips
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Below are tips and links from our staff and parents. Please share tips from your home! Email them to any of the folks listed in your region for the guidelines page or click here!
2/27/13~ Remember to check out the Iditarod Teachers section. There are many free videos and educational ideas! Because IDEA participated in the Iditarod Educators Conference, ExxonMobil has paid for the Insider for this coming year! Passwords are in the member section of the IDEA website!
2/27/13 ~ A great compilation of math lessons using the Iditarod - one early elementary, two middle school and one high school lesson. In the back is a super map of the Iditarod Southern Trail! Click this link to go to the Iditarod Education website; then, click Teaching Tool by Kim Slade (at the end of the first paragraph).
2/28/13 ~ Click here for more super fun math lessons for primary and middle school by Martha, the Target Teacher on the Trail 2011.
2/28/13~ The Serum Run: A Game for Students - The Iditarod Race was started as a way to help keep sled dogs an important part of Alaska’s present and future. Long ago, the sled dogs played an important role by being a means of transportation for the people living…(click here)
3/2/13 ~ Watch a 10 minute video of Dallas Seavey showing how he packs his sled!
3/4/13 ~ Grades 2 to 12 - Here's a great idea from the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail: A Triangle Poem. Note: all you need to print is in the 4-page lesson plan packet!
3/5/13 ~ Homeschoolers and Classroom-Based Teachers all across the nation are using Iditarod hands-on math, science, language arts, etc. lessons to enhance learning! Check out the Student section of the Education Portal on the Iditarod website! You'll find easy printouts and many lessons you can do from home. Please post to your local IDEA Facebook group or to the IDEA Statewide Facebook page to share what you're learning. Send pictures too!
3/5/13 ~ Are you using the GPS Tracker provided by the Iditarod Education Department and ExxonMobil? Passwords are currently just inside the Family side of the IDEA website (www.ideafamilies.org - Look to the right!). You can also find out how the mushers are doing in this race on the Current Standing's webpage. It's fun to see how many dogs they keep at each checkpoint. Mushers and the Veterinarians all along the race are constantly checking to make sure their dogs are in top condition!
3/7/13 ~ Is science your area of expertise? Have you used any Iditarod or Alaska related science materials this month? Share with us at IDEA and share with the Iditarod Education Department on Facebook or by email to Sally.Javier@ideafamilies.org! Here's an example of Shelby's Science Project with pictures of how Shelby went about validating her hypothesis about dogs and mushers on the trail!
3/8/13 ~ (Grade 2 and up) From the Iditarod Education Portal, scroll down to an Economics Lesson on Wilderness Trading. Students learn that all humans have 5 needs (food, clothing, shelter, clear air, and water) that must be met before the things they want. After discussing the concept and practice of “trading,” students participate in a trading activity where they trade items they have with those things they need and want in order to survive in the Alaskan wilderness. At the end of the activity, students evaluate what items they have and predict how well they will survive with those items. Math/Social Studies lesson geared for 2nd grade on up.
3/11/13 ~ 3rd Grade Teacher and 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail was following other dogsled races and discovered that, in January, dog mushers in Alaska were discussing What's Up With the Weather! She shares weather comparison activities that her students did last year!
3/12/13 ~ Dogs, challenges, and adversity - Lesson plans for Grades K through high school can be found here! Download them now and use the table of contents when looking for a way to liven up your learning. Use Iditarod Educational Resources all year long.
3/15/13 ~ Join the fun with a game board, game pieces, cards of chance and more! Play the Iditarod Math Game created by Piper Jones of Anchorage, Alaska!
3/19/13 ~ Terri Hanke, former Iditarod Teacher on the Trail:
“It was always Joe Redington’s hope that the media would recognize and report on all the mushers in the back of the pack. Joe felt that each musher who entered the race was just as important as the fastest. Each musher and his dogs were undertaking a feat that required courage, strength, endurance, ingenuity, brotherly kindness and a great sense of adventure......(Read more about the Back of the Pack...and continue to enjoy being an IditaREADER!)
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