Swap 'Til You Drop! The Iditarod and a Giveaway!

 I am super excited to be partnering up in a product swap with some of my favorite blogging buddies! Lucky me! I get to feature classroom activities to highlight a great theme for the month of March! 

Teaming up with me is the talented Jen from Teaching in the Tongass! I am a big fan/addict of all of her amazing clipart and now a fan of her adorable classroom craftivities and products!

Jen, as you may have guessed from her shop and blog name, lives and teaches in Alaska. Although it is one of our great states, to my little Seconds, it is light years away from us here in Michigan!

Before we started with our Iditarod activities, we spent some time reading books and watching travel videos about Alaska. The Iditarod race started on March 1st, so the timing for this unit was perfect! 

We had a blast incorporating the items she sent me into our unit! 

Here they are!

How cute is he? And she also sent this!

Iditarod Adopt a Dog Journal

After learning a bit about Alaska, the race and watching the video, Balto, we had an Adopt-a Dog Day as suggested in the packet! Each child was asked to bring in a stuffed dog for adoption day. 

The students pretended to be a musher searching for the perfect dog to adopt to lead their team. We brainstormed a list of qualities that would make an excellent lead dog. I purchased clipart from Teaching in the Tongass's Alaska Clipart Bundle to use to create this chart and for our other activities.

The students used their own list of character traits to name their adopted dog. In the Adopt-a Dog packet there is also a list of suggested names that students can choose from. 

Here is my adopted dog! I named him, Smokey Wisdom!

The kids wrote their dog's name in a frame. This tag is tied around the neck.
 The ends are taped to the back of the sign.

Here is another friend from the adoption center!
The kids came up with some really clever names on their own too!

Then, we held a public adoption and the students had to tell about the character traits they were hoping for in their dog and promise to train and care for them properly before leaving our "center". 

We wrote more about our dogs on this page from the journal packet. This was great practice for descriptive writing.

The kids did such an adorable job that we will publish these into a class book to display at conferences! The parents will really enjoy reading them.

Then, it was time to use our imaginations and start on our first journal entry. The students could choose to write as the dog to their musher, or as musher to their dog. They came up with some really creative tales!

The journals come with adorable cover pages like this one! 
I used the book binder to make them even more special!

The writing pages inside each have a variety of colorful graphics like a bush plane, red lantern, cabin and other Alaskan wildlife. You can see them in her product cover.

In their journals, the students wrote about their adventures along the trail as they learned about in this story by Shelley Gill.

Each day, the red lantern was awarded to a writer who worked extra hard. They loved proudly displaying this card I made them on their desk!

Our unit ended with this adorable peeker-style Iditarod Dog Craftivity! It was super simple to prep and organize for the kids. We made white, black and gray dogs! I like the wide lines for writing. You can see how nice and neat they are!

My students absolutely LOVED all of the Iditarod activities and they learned so much along the way!

 Jen has some great posts about how she studies the Iditarod in her classroom. Be sure to go check out her fantastic blog!

Thanks Teaching in the Tongass for sharing with us!

You can enter to win both of the Iditarod items, and these arctic unit items I swapped with my buddy, using the Rafflecopter below! 

All of the other bloggers in the swap are having giveaways too!
I can't wait to read their posts!
 Read on for more details on how you can enter!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Now, here are the details for the giveaways!

1. Start anywhere on the map below.
2. Stop by each blog and read about the products swapped between each set of bloggers.
3. Enter to win the resources that are featured by each blog pair. Each pair of bloggers has the same raffle, so you only have to enter on one of the two blogs.While you are at each blog, if you are not already a follower, sign on to follow!
4. The raffles are open until midnight March 15th.


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  1. This is such a great idea!! I love that people are sharing great products to make even better ideas!!

    1. Me too! It has been lots of fun! I hope you got some great ideas from the other blogs as well!

  2. I saw this project on Teaching in the Tongass' blog, and it was adorable then, and just as adorable on your blog! You're both amazing to me!

    1. Hello Susan!

      Thanks for your kind words and for joining in the fun with our product swap!
      Fingers crossed for you!

      Have a super week!


  3. This is so much fun! I love the idea of a swap. Way to team up :)
    You can visit me at http://mrspalleschi.blogspot.ca/

    1. I just hopped over to visit your adorable blog! I am a new follower! Thanks for stopping by for our swap and giveaway! We did make a great team! Jen was so fun to work with on this project!

  4. Hi! I'm just learning about the swap idea. Clever. kwade@w-usd.org

    1. Hi Kelly!
      I'm so glad you stopped by to see all of the fun we had with our swap! I can't wait to do it again!
      Hope you win one of the great items from the giveaways!

  5. Love this!

  6. Love this!

    1. Thanks for joining in our product swap fun Markisha! Fingers crossed for you!

  7. I am already a HUGE fan of Jen's and I am super duper excited to be a new follower of yours!!! Your creations look amazing!!! Thank you both so much for such a generous giveaway!! It is greatly appreciated =).

    1. You are so sweet Kristi! I am happy you joined us for this fun collaboration! I added you to my circles! :)


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