Check out these ideas from NEA for teaching about the great dog sled race that inspired the film Balto. Beginning March 3, teams of 12 to 16 dogs and their mushers will cover more than 1150 miles from Anchorage to Nome in 10 to 17 days. Follow the trek with these lessons and activities.

Additional ideas:

  • Spend the two weeks prior to spring break tracking laps completed or activity completed in P.E. and transition time during class periods (walking halls to lunch, to specials/rotation classes, or to recess). Use a Google Form to record that time and have a tracking board to scale the Iditarod for your students. Challenge them to complete the 1150 miles in the same time as the sled dogs.
  • Follow the Teacher on the Trail and use these experiences as a writing prompt.
  • Create a Flipgrid to have students respond regarding animal adaptations that are necessary for success in the race.
  • Create a Goosechase to challenge students to solve problems that mushers might encounter, recreate scenes, share writing, etc.

Want to know more about integrating the Last Great Race on Earth in your class activities? Contact your campus Learning Technologies Coach and schedule an appointment. What a great way to reach your W.I.G. AND engage your students?


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