IDITAROD UNIT STUDY HELPS
& Alaska Fun!!
In a few short weeks the Iditarod Sled Dog Race will begin. We thought your family might enjoy doing a Unit Study on this topic or just enjoy following the race.
Did you know that there are a few Homeschool Teens in this years Junior Iditarod race? There are!! It will be fun following these teens and see who wins.
On this page you will find links to websites that offer Unit study helps, information on the Iditarod and other neat things. There are links to mapping ideas, math fun, making snowflakes & igloos and so much more. Each of these links work as of January 30th!!
As I scoured the web recently, I found some neat things. We will be creating a large map and following the race with a our own small handmade Sleddog - moving it daily along the map as the Homeschool Teens we are rooting for make progress.
You will also find links to websites on Alaska, also. Have fun!!!
Literature Reads for the Iditarod (books about the Iditarod, Wolves, Sleddogs, Alaska etc)
Susan Butcher and the Iditarod Trail by Ellen Dolan
Stone Fox by John Gardner
Kiana's Iditarod by Shelley Gill
Black Star Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell
Dogs on duty by Catherine O'Neill
Race against death by Seymour Reit
Storm Run by Libby Riddles (a Iditarod Participant)
Wounded Wolf by Jean Craighead George
Akiak (wolf dog story) by Robert Blake
Iditarod Dream by Ted Wood
Dashing through the snow - Junir Iditarod by Sherry Shahan
The Bravest Dog Ever - the true story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
Dogsong by Gary Paulsen
Woodsong by Gary Paulsen
Tracker by Gary Paulsen
Julie of the Wolves by Jean C. George
Racing Sled Dogs by Michael Cooper
Northern Lights by Jago
POLAR ARCTIC & OTHER GOOD LITERATURE
Snow Bear by Jean Craighead George
Dear Rebecca Winter is Here by Jean Craighead George
Nutik & Amaroq Play Ball by Jean C. George
Nutik, the wolf pup by Jean C. George
Look to the North - wolf pup diary by Jean C. George
Dorling Kindersley book - Arctic & Antarctic
Polar Bear Journey by Debbie Miller
Polar Bear Son by Lydia Dabcovich
The Igloo by Charlotte Yue
Great Ice Bear by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Polar Bears by Nikita Ovsyanikov
Alaska's Three Bears by Shannon Cartwright
Klondike & Snow by Denver Zoo
Arctic Son by Jean C. George
Heart of the Arctic - story of a polar bear family by Deborah Howland
Draw Write Now - Book #4 - on the Polar Regions
Polar Regioins Cool Actitvities by Lorraine Egan
OTHER WINTER LITERATURE
Buried in Ice by Owen Beattie - check out the unit study ideas website below.
Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates by Mary Mape Dodge
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
Creatures in Winter by Wayne Northey
Scrub the story of a Northern Michigan White Tailed Deer by Farest Halvorsen
IDEAS WE WILL BE USING THIS MONTH
Here are a few of the ideas we will be enjoying this month. We are excited about doing them.
Many were gleaned from the websites below. And we will find more as we go ahead with our unit.
Most of all, we just want to have fun!! We hope you do, too!!
Make a large map of the Iditarod Trail from a small one
Read all the Junior Bios of those participating the Iditarod & choosing one or two to follow
Keep daily track of the Junior Musher we choose to follow and mark progress on map.
Read other books/literature on the Iditarod, wolves, alaska etc.
Read about Sled Dogs. (perhaps visit someone who raising sled dogs)
Study Auroras (read about them and then paint our own)
Make a small dog sled out of Popcicle sticks
Talk about what is carried in a dog sled and why it is
Make Dog Biscuits for our dog
Write a poetry and/or keep journal on study
Make Paper snowflakes
Make Crystal Snowflakes
Look at Snowflakes under a microscope
Do some Ice/Water Experiments
Watch some videos on the Iditarod, sled dogs, Alaska etc.
Junior Iditarod Biographies (those participating this year)
Iditarod (Main page of Iditarod Info - has maps and info) Great Website!
Lesson Plans for the Iditarod - lots of great ideas. Fun!!!
SeaWorld Wild Arctic Adventures - neat science, history, experiments - loads of fun!
Mrs. Morgan Iditarod Lesson Ideas
Iditarod in the Classroom
Live from Antarctica - Teacher's Guide (lessons/resources/science)
Animals of Alaska/Arctic Notebook ideas & info
Take a Virtual Sled Dog Ride
The Story of Balto from PBS
Zuma's Paw Prints - Just For Kids - Daily Update on and for the Iditarod!! Neat!!
Follow the Race daily at:
Explore the Iditarod Trail with Virtual Map at Scholastic
Cut Out Sled Dog/Team - fun for kids - could be used with map activities
Find out what's carried in a Dog Sled
Arts & Crafts - Make a Popcicle Stick Dog Sled - cute!
Make a Borax Snowflake
More Snowflake Art fun you can make
Snow Science & Activities
How to Make an Igloo
All About Glaciers
Learn about Auroras Borealis (activites and ideas)
Learn about PermaFrost
Lesson Plan Ideas to use with the Book "Buried in Ice" by Owen Beattie
Free Homeschool Resources