It has been a whirlwind of activity here at the Iditarod Teacher Winter Conference. We are treated like out of town royalty and we have been amazed at the access we have been given to the dogs, vets, teachers, and officials here. Wonderful food and friends make this a wonderful teacher training. I am a little behind in my blogging, so I am going to try and catch up with a post about dog sledding. I was really surprised at how my impressions changed about how to mush at the Ididaride dog sledding tour. We are all so glad we had this first experience before the race started to see what dog sledding is really like.
Before we went dog sledding we had time to kill, so obviously we goofed off. We made snow angels, practiced "sledding" and played with moose antlers we found. It was fun being a kid again!
We are off! Tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 23rd, 2014, I fly out with my musher team to Anchorage, and we start our Iditarod adventure!
Friday my students came to school to a new look for our classroom. With the help of my two wonderful homeroom moms and friends, we created a winter iditarod scene for the students. They are my mushers with their own teams to race. Of course we did not leave out Megan in South Africa. She moved a few months ago to be with her family there, and we all miss her, and think of her a lot. Her family is following our blog, so we included her on our musher mountain. The students were so excited, and it helped set the stage for this event for all of us. Enjoy the photos in the slideshow!
The photo above is my front door. Great advice for my substitute Mrs. Douglass!
I made my "mushers" using a free Iditarod looking musher and sled team coloring page. The link is below. I used the wallet sized school photos I happened to have, and they fit perfectly. I put them on popsicle sticks with hot glue and we built our winter scene out of white butcher paper, cotton sheets, polyfil and glitter spray. I cannot say enough good things about spray adhesive from a can. What have I been missing? The beautiful Iditarod poster was custom made for me by Kaylie's mom in my class! Thank you!
Our huskies are in!! Each third grade teacher was given a husky stuffed animal for a little racing fun when the Iditarod starts. Each student will choose a musher to follow the day after the musher banquet. When we track our mushers on the trail, whomever is in the lead gets the husky on their desk! The student who chose a musher with the best time at the end gets to keep him! Fun!
I am also thinking of making a red lantern for the student who chose a musher with the longest time to reach Nome.
I love the fact that the race is not over until the last musher comes in. That is such a great lesson for our students!
About Ms. Wright
I have taught 20 years, and 17 of them here at EES! I love Project Based Learning and thematic teaching to help lessons come alive! I love animals and respect nature, and I bring that passion to my students! I am thrilled to be a part of this special project!