Hands-on learning for Mr. Jaixen's second grade class
Mr. Jaixen's second-grade class studies the Iditarod, a trail sled dog race that covers 1,000 miles of Alaska's toughest terrain. The race, which begins March 4, starts in Anchorage and ends in Nome. Students learn all about the race and its history, but there is no better way to learn than by doing. Mr. Jaixen's dog sled is set up for four "dogs" to pull, a musher to stand, and one or two students to sit inside. On Thursday, students got to experience first hand how much work goes into keeping the sled in the right place, how hard the dogs have to work to pull a full sled and how the musher has to pay attention and call commands to keep the dogs going in the right direction.