PreSchool Kindergarten

Dog Yard Dilemma

This week we are focused on calculating area and perimeter… and what better tool to do that with then dog yards! This week the students are presented with a scenario where they have been sponsored by a local fencing company who offers them fencing for their dog yard.  Instead of traditional sled dog yards, the …

Mini – Mushers

Today my son and I introduced a whole new generation of Baltimore kids to mushing and the Iditarod at a toddler play date that our school was involved in.  The kids had great fun standing on the runners of the sled, trying on the headlamp, playing with all the stuffed dogs, and yelling command to …

Filling the Dog Yard!

One more idea for room set up as the summer starts to wind down…. I am calling my classroom the 3A Dog Yard these days…. for reasons that I am sure you can understand!  To get my students in the Iditarod Spirit from day one and as a way to get to know each other, …

Types of Sentences: Declarative, Interrogative, Imperative, Exclamatory

Practice identifying sentence types the Idita-way!  (Worksheet and answer key can be downloaded below!) Kinds of Sentences Put the correct punctuation at the end of each sentence. Tell if the sentence is a declarative, an interrogative, an imperative, or an exclamatory sentence. 1.      ____________  Dog teams pull sleds in the Iditarod 2.      ____________ How many …

Books to the Trail

 The Iditarod Books the Trail program has been running for several years now.  Schools in the lower 48 and others team up with sister schools along the race trail to deliver much needed books to these remote schools.  Recently the Anchorage Public Library has joined our efforts so that even more books can be enjoyed …

Finding What Works in the Classroom 2.24.11

Temperature in Wasilla, late morning, 20°F, little wind Teachers want to know what works in the classroom to facilitate student learning and to achieve growth in their learning. The research-based document,What Works in Classroom Instruction by Robert Marzano, Barbara Gaddy, and Ceri Dean (http://www.leigh.cuhsd.org/teachers/pdf/Marzano_Strategies.pdf),  is a good resource which explains the research behind classroom strategies and …

Iditarod is Coming! Fill Your Sled Now!

(Keep on reading to find some ideas of activities for your students to do.) Mushers carry the following mandatory items in their sleds during the race. I bet you can make this list relevant to what students need to be prepared for their job of school.  Proper cold weather sleeping bag weighing a minimum of …

Snow!

North Carolina, my home, is a state with very different regions—the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of the state; the rolling land of the Piedmont where I live; the flat coastal farmland edging to the Atlantic Ocean. Snow frequently visits the mountains of NC, but not so often elsewhere in the state. Snow fell the …

Iditarod Math for Elementary & Middle Grades

The Iditarod and its race statistics make math real-life situations for students, helping them understand how math is used in everyday life. Use these math problems for practice, homework, extra credit, review, or in middle school at the beginning of class to focus students on an independent activity. Some teachers call these “at the bell” …

Literacy Lessons by Cathy Walters, Target® 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Literacy Lessons by Cathy Walters, Target® 2009 Teacher on the Trail™ * These lessons support literacy goals. The lessons are brain based and often encourage students to move through music or be physically active.  The lessons can be easily integrated into curriculum content and although they are developed for ‘younger students’, the lessons are easily …