Yukon Quest News & Dog Sleds

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?

  • Handlebars
  • Stanchions
  • Runners
  • Brushbow

Next week will learn about how the dogs are connected to harnesses.  You can keep updated on the race news HERE

Yukon Quest 2017

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.

THIS is background information about this race.

HERE is the definitions of the vocabulary sheet.

Please check back for updates.

Thick and Thin Questions

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. 

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

THICK questions;

  •  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

When I asked students what they wanted to learn about many of them responded that they would like to learn how to make cheese!? It seemed like an odd request to me but if the students want to learn about we will!  We just happen to have an expert in our mist and Kira’s mom has volunteered to help my students learn all about this process by making A 30 Minute Mozarella.  Today we used Explain Everything© to share our learning about THICK and thin questions.  With a partner we wrote THICK and thin questions about cheese.  Students then uploaded their slides to Dropbox.  I am sharing the students who were successful at this process below (we are learning this new skill and not everyone can do it YET!)


We are currently learned about MATTER in our Inquiry Block and cheese seems to fit right in.  We will be turning liquids into solids.  Please stay tuned for results!