Sled Dog Heroes
"Sled Dog Heroes" 85 years ago, a pack of sled dogs became unlikely heroes during the outbreak of another infectious disease. Today you will explore their story as we reflect on the outbreak facing our world today. By: Carmel Portillo, an Eagle from Belleview School, and Sheri Betz, a Dragon from Chinese Camp School

Today’s Activities

Read It!

Read this short article about the famous dog sledding race.

Read these questions before you tackle the reading passage. They will help you focus on the most important information in the passage. 1. What event does the Iditarod help us remember? (clue: the event was in 1925) 2. In what state does the Iditarod take place? Can you find Anchorage and Nome on a map? 3. What do these words mean: musher, dogsled 4. Why do animal rights groups worry about the Iditarod?

Use this adapted book to learn about the Iditarod race

Talking Math: Day 2

  • In this picture, how many oranges are there altogether?
  • How many 1/4’s? How many 1/8‘s? (4.NF.B.3)
  • What fruits look like geometric shapes?
  • List the fruits and the shapes they look like.
  • This link shows an image of a packed prism of oranges.

Choose the grade level at which you can complete the activity alone. Ask an adult helper to tackle a more difficult grade level.

Use this modified worksheet to help you talk about oranges.

Explore It!

How do germs get inside your body? Watch this video and journal your thoughts during the discussion questions.

Back in Time!

Watch the video “Sled Dog Saviors” to learn about a town that faced a deadly infection that led to the start of the famous Iditarod dog sled race.

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Speech & Language

Focus on giving information: Using only your words, tell another person in your house THREE things you learned about the Iditarod race. Use specific vocabulary words like “musher” and “dogsled.”


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