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.
We have been learning about questioning. Questioning helps us learn new things, it helps guide our learning, it helps us to dig deeper into subjects and leads to new learning. We have learned about the difference between THICK and thin questions.
are answered with facts
start with the words: Who? What? Where? When?
have yes/no or short answers
are quick and easy to answer
are answered with ideas: Facts + opinions
start with the words: Why? How?
have long answers
need a lot of research is needed to arrive at a conclusion