Mr Frost came into our class and talked about how we keep warm. Mr Frost talked about hypothermia. You can get hypothermia when you sweat because the sweat is like water and water cools your body down quickly. Mr. Frost talked about how you should keep warm by having many different layers of clothing. He went from undershirts to heavy duty jackets. First you wear an undershirt made of material that absorbs sweat from your skin like polypropylene or silk . Next you wear wool to insulate you and keep you warm. Then you wear a wind breaker to block the wind. Finally, you wear a waterproof and warm jacket.
Mr Frost told us that it has to really cold to get frostbite (-40 or so). Mr Frost said that when you get frostbite your skin turns white and that the blood tries to stay in the core of your body. Frostbite starts in your hands and ears. You can loose fingers or toes or part of your ears when you get frostbite. You could also die from frostbite.
We had a lot of fun listening to Mr. Frost. We are very thankful he came to teach us and we now know how to stay warm and safe outside in the cold.
This week we learned some new vocabulary about Sled Dog racing with our Words Their Way. Some of the vocabulary was related to the sled. Students also learned some commands that mushers use to train and direct their dogs.
We are lucky enough to have a student teacher, Ms. Shiels with us and she did a fun lesson on sleds on Friday. We created our own dog sleds out of popsicle sticks. It looks like Captain Kirk and Pluto have formed a team.
Can you name the different parts of the sled?
Next week will learn about how the dogs are connected to harnesses. You can keep updated on the race news HERE
The Yukon Quest is an international 1000 mile dogsled race between Whitehorse and Fairbanks. This race will help us learn about Northern Canada, the Inuit people, planning, goal-setting and research skills. This year students will be given a general overview of the race and then will be creating their own inquiry projects based on personal interest. The actual race will begin on February 4, 2017 and will last 10-14 days. Once the race begins will will track the progress of individual mushers and teams HERE .
The First thing to know is that this is an odd numbered year so the race will be run from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. We will be exploring various themes related to Canada’s North, its’ people and THIS is a link to all of the 2017 mushers
THESE are some interesting facts about the mushers.