Science & Nature
*FLEX* Iditarod Sled Dog Race Alaska. Reading, STEM, Amazing Dogs! 11-13
FLEX + LIVE, see description. The Iditarod is like the Olympics of dog racing. We follow sled dogs and mushers as they race 1,000+ miles across frozen Alaska. This is a FUN unit-study style class that includes geography, reading, and STEM.
Michelle Polar World
83 total reviews for this teacher
4 reviews for this class
Completed by 9 learners
learners per class
$15 per week
Over 5 weeks
No live meetings
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IMPORTANT! Please read the FLEX + LIVE section at the bottom. This is a FLEX (no live meetings) class, with one optional LIVE social class at the end. Questions? Please message me. I love the Iditarod! I live here in Alaska, and March is such an exciting time of year when the sled dogs are ready to set out on the trail across the vast state of Alaska. The race start is full of energy as sled dogs bark and pull at their harnesses and mushers perform their last checks before heading down...
I have lived in Alaska for over 20 years, and am an Iditarod enthusiast! Many years I am at the starting line, or somewhere along the beginning miles of the race, cheering on the mushers and dogs. I have lived in Polar environments most of my life, and familiar with the harsh conditions and exceptional beauty. I also offer classes about Antarctica and the south Polar regions of our planet.
Learners participating in the IditaRead will have several hours of reading outside of class time, which supports reading goals. Learners will also track & record race data using STEM worksheets.
1 file available upon enrollmentThis class includes a fun reading challenge called the IditaRead. Many families like to have books ready in advance. Learners can choose any book they like for the IditaRead. For those who want to read about the Iditarod and Alaska, the class welcome message, which you will receive upon registration, includes a pdf attachment with book recommendations by age level for books about dogs, Alaska, and the tradition of dog mushing.
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class addresses real-life events such as severe illness and death in a remote Alaska village. Though not common, the modern race can include sick dogs and occasionally death. The focus of this class is on the human spirit to help others in distress, and their trusty sled dog companions who race in challenging conditions to accomplish these goals. Caregivers should however be advised that it is based on real life, and learners may read about situations that bring up sad feelings. External Resources: As noted, learners will be accessing the official Iditarod web-site as part of this course. They have an extensive education section, and list their site as COPPA compliant. I encourage caregivers to review the site as well for COPPA compliance.
All materials are used with permission from the Iditarod EDU site.
Michelle Polar World
Explorer, World Geography teacher, Always learning
🇺🇸Lives in the United States
83 total reviews
134 completed classes
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