Vonda Stevens

In a project entitled, “Adventure in Learning: Iditarod? Iditaread!” Ms. Stevens and Ms. Canter increase student awareness of health-related issues and the importance of physical fitness while integrating technology and studying current events. Students learn about the Iditarod, an Alaskan sled dog race. After watching a movie entitled Balto, to understand the origin of the Iditarod, students begin tracking the amount of walking they do each day using pedometers and LogIt.com. Students also keep journals to log their walking and reading progress each day. Further research on the state of Alaska allows students to create three-dimensional images to demonstrate what they have learned about the state. Students hear from guest speakers including members of the Boy Scouts, HollyHelp Spay and Neuter Organization, and the local K-9 unit.