Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.
Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:
- explain what the 'Iditarod' is
- summarize the purpose and history of the Iditarod
- outline the events of the diphtheria serum run
- map the routes of the Iditarod and the diphtheria run
- 30 minutes for instruction
- 1.5 hours for the movie
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.
Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
- Paper copies of the text lesson Iditarod Lesson for Kids
- Copies of a detailed map of the state of Alaska
- The quiz associated with the text lesson
- Red markers
- Blue markers
- Photos of Alaskan Huskies and Siberian Huskies
- The 1995 animated film 'Balto'
- Photos of the real 'Balto'
- Coloring sheets of Alaskan or Siberian Huskies
- Write the word 'Iditarod' on the board.
- Ask the students if they recognize the word.
- How is it pronounced?
- What does it mean?
- Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson to the class now, one per student.
- Have the students take turns reading aloud a sentence at a time of the 'Last Great Race on Earth' section of the text lesson.
- Did anyone correctly identify the Iditarod dogsled race?
- What would it be like to be a musher?
- How might mushers train for the Iditarod?
- Now have the students take turns reading aloud the 'History of the Iditarod' section of the text lesson.
- Pass out the maps.
- Who can find the towns of Fairbanks, Juneau, and Nome on the map?
- Can you see the river?
- Who sees Seward on the map?
- Instruct students to draw a line in red from Seward to Nome to represent the Iditarod Trail.
- Now have the students draw a line in blue from Anchorage to Nome to illustrate the path taken by mushers to deliver the diphtheria serum.
- Which path is longer?
- What would it be like to travel along these paths in the frozen winter?
- Have the students take turns reading aloud the 'The Trail' section of the text lesson now.
- Why are there check points along the route?
- Do the two routes have any major differences?
- Instruct the class to take turns reading aloud the rest of the text lesson now.
- Can any dog be a sled dog?
- Do the dogs like being sled dogs?
- Display the photos of the Huskies for the class now.
- Complete the quiz associated with the text lesson as a class now, reviewing each question and answer through case discussion.
- Show the students the 1995 animated movie 'Balto' about the diphtheria serum run.
- When the movie is finished, show the students the real images of 'Balto' and review the following questions in class discussion.
- How did the events in the movie compare to what we learned in the text lesson?
- Were the conditions for the mushers and sled dogs worse or better than what we thought?
- What might have happened if Balto had not been able to deliver the serum?
- Pass out the coloring sheets and crayons.
- When the students have finished coloring their sheet, have them come up with a name for their sled dog.
- Display the sheets around the classroom.
- Show the students actual footage from the Iditarod.
- Review the results of the past ten years of Iditarod races with the students and show them photos from the events.
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