I am so psyched to follow this years race. Tracking the Iditarod has always been on my teaching wish list and now that I am writing the curriculum... Let's Go!
As I mentioned in the previous post my friend Dana and the movie Snow Buddies inspired me to tackle the unit this year. And thankfully I have some great resources shared and saved. I am following many of the links shared by Martin Zoo and was lucky enough to catch the Sled Dog Lapbook FREE download at Homeschool eStore. (If you don't get their e-mail alerts you are missing something special. Each week or so they offer free downloads. The Sled Dog lapbook is now $14. I digress) So we will spend the next two weeks studying about the care, training, and history of the sled dog. I went down in the basement and scavenged for The True Story of Balto, Balto the movie and Stone Fox. I could not find Stone Fox but it may be too much for G right now. I really want him to feel the emotion for himself not just wondering why Mommy is crying. I just requested a book from Paperback Swap last night that you can buy on the Iditarod web sight so I hope it will come before or while the race is going on, Kiana's Iditarod.
We have choses our teams and are waiting anxiously for the race to start. Here are our Mushers.
G wanted the youngest teams... so we found a couple of 18 year old wonders.
Ron Buser - Last years Jr. Iditarod winner
Melissa Owens- 2005 Jr. Iditarod winner
I picked Jessica Hendricks, 25, Rookie of the Year 2003.
G has even gotten Nana & Papaw into the spirit so we will be tracking their teams too.
Ed Iten - Papaw
Rick Swenson- Nana