Life Science

Adaptation: Snowshoes Are Mandatory: Essential Questions By Sid Lucas

Essential Question: “Who is best adapted to stay on top of the snow in an arctic environment?” (Adaptation) by Sid Lucas Students use scientific media to determine the average weight and average surface area of the paws/hooves of various arctic animals.  The surface area to mass ratios are compared to quantify and rank how well …

Importance of Nutrition: Fuel for the Fire – Iditarod Nutrition Plan by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  What role does nutrition play in an athletes performance? (Energy/Nutrition/Metabolism/Cellular Respiration)  By Sid Lucas Students use problem-based learning strategies to calculate dog food quantities necessary to supply the calories required for each food drop along the Iditarod Trail according to a race plan and run/rest schedule determined by an Iditarod musher. This lesson …

Cell Structure and Function: A Cell Metaphor: Each Has a Role in Reaching the Goal by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  How do cells function? (Cell Structure and Function) By Sid Lucas Students will use the components of an Iditarod racing kennel and the functional role they play in building an Iditarod dog team, to create a metaphorical model of a cell and the functional role its organelles play in creating proteins. Students will …

Genetics/Selective Breeding/Inheritance: Who’s the Lead Dog? by Sid Lucas

Essential Question:  What does it take to build a dog team?  (Genetics/Selective Breeding/Inheritance) By Sid Lucas Students learn about the history and selective breeding of the Alaskan Husky sled dog by applying specific rules of inheritance and simulating a musher’s breeding program to achieve a lead dog with superior traits. Prior Knowledge: Students should have …

Blood Typing/Forensics/Immune Response: Murder Along the Iditarod Trail… By Sid Lucas

 Essential Question:  Who did it? What process do we follow to investigate?  (Blood Typing/Forensics/Immune Response) By Sid Lucas.  Students will investigate a simulated murder on the Iditarod Trail by performing a blood typing test and applying their understanding of blood type and the human immune system.  A Forensics Mystery This lesson is created for students …