The Iditarod has started and so has our classroom study on it and all things Alaskan. Since Happy Hometown Illinois is pretty far from Alaska, none of my students are familiar with either topic. Therefore, we decided to take a closer look at Alaska and the Iditarod sled dog race.
The students decided they wanted to learn more about the animals that are native to Alaska… so we brainstormed a list of things we wanted to identify about each animal. From there I created an Alaskan animal research page and kid-friendly directions to the Alaska.gov website. My littles worked collaboratively in groups of two, with each group using an iPad. The animals the class chose from were a moose, eagle, wolf, walrus, seal, snowshoe hare, Arctic fox, and ptarmigan. However, there are so many more on the website if you want each of your students to research a different animal.
We are still working hard on these reports. When each group completes their research they will get a choice as to how they will present their report to the class. I can’t wait to see what my amazing 21st century learners will come up with.
What are some fun ways your students publish and present reports in your class? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments!
You can grab my Alaskan animal research report for FREE during the Iditarod 2016 by clicking the link below.
animal report pdf
Alaskan Animal Report-TPT freebie
I found an awesome teaching resource at Teaching in the Tongass TPT store (and it is on sale now!). It is loaded with lots of math and literacy lessons, a mushers biography study, and teacher tips. It was a ‘mush’ needed asset to our Iditarod study.