Many teachers always comment that they want to incorporate the Iditarod all year, but they don’t know how. As a result, the Iditarod makes it into their classroom for a small amount of time. It is very possible to teach the Iditarod year round while still teaching your other curriculum.
My students are currently studying the Maya, Aztec, and Inca civilizations. During this unit we take a look at the history of Machu Picchu in Peru. Many hike the 26 mile Inca Trail to the highest point, 4200 meters, Machu Picchu. My class did some comparing and contrasting of Machu Picchu and the Iditarod. We also added a third adventure, climbing Denali.
This lesson was done using the online tool, Glogster. Glogster is a type of social networking site in which you create and share Glogs. A Glog is an interactive poster that includes text, images, audio, video, etc. Glogster can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom. A couple different ways to use Glogs are having students create an interactive poster as a unit project or a teacher generated lesson. For this topic, I created a lesson for the students to complete in groups.
At the top of the Glog the assignment is posted clearly for the students. The assignment is to view the Glog, making sure to click on all the links, images, and view all video clips. When they are finished they are to individually answer two writing questions; 1. What do you feel all three adventures have in common? Defend your answer with facts from the Glog. 2. Which adventure do you feel is the most challenging? Defend your answer with facts from the Glog.
With some glitches here and there with Internet connections, this lesson took three days. We will then have a class discussion over the three adventures. Our final task will be to get the perspective of someone who has climbed a mountain and has done the Iditarod. Our class rookie musher, Cindy Abbott has summited Mt. Everest and has attempted the Iditarod twice. We will ask her which was more challenging for her and why.
Glogster is a great way to incorporate technology into your lessons. You are able to add so much more to your lessons. My students are looking forward to creating their own Glogs.