Alaska/ Sled Dog/ Iditarod unit study and lapbook

We’ve had a fun time this last month studying Sled Dogs, Alaska, and the Iditarod.  Here are the books and videos used in our study:
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The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska’s Jr. Iditarod by Ted Wood

Balto (DVD)

Toughest Race on Earth:  Iditarod (DVD, more for older kids and adults)

This last resource was a documentary put out by the Discovery Channel.  It followed about 8 of the mushers as they ran the 2008 Iditarod Race.  I found it fascinating.  Now that we know some of the mushers, I’ve been a little obsessed about checking  the standings in this year’s race and reading all the bios!  As of this writing the leader is Dallas Seavey.  He was homeschooled, and his dad and 74-year-old grandfather are also in the race this year.

Here are pictures from the lapbooks the kids made.  There is a mixture from 4 different lapbooks made by ages 3, 5, 6, and 8.

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We used materials from HomeschoolShare:  Basket and True Dog Stories

The other materials can be purchased or downloaded from CurrClick:

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Alaska Extension from January Book Bag, 2009 (free)

Sled Dogs lapbook from Hands of a Child (on sale for $6.99 right now!)

 
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