Alaska/ Sled Dog/ Iditarod Unit Study and Lapbook books and DVDs
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 Iditarod unit study:
The Incredible Life of Balto by Meghan McCarthy
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto (Step-Into-Reading) by Natalie Standiford
Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth (DVD, more for older kids and adults)
The Toughest Race on Earth
This last resource was a documentary from the Discovery Channel. It followed about 8 of the mushers as they ran the 2008 Iditarod Race. I found it fascinating.
This Year’s Race
Now that my kids and I 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 of four different lapbooks made by ages 3, 5, 6, and 8.
Where We Got the Lapbook Materials
We used some free materials from HomeschoolShare: True Dog Stories
Others are from Hands of a Child.
Combine this fun winter lesson with some great winter books! See the list here.