In honor of Jamaica Dogsled day, I wanted to share some awesome lessons that involve dog sledding. The following lessons will keep your students engaged with a real world context and they use 21st century tools for research and collaboration.

Jamaica Dogsled Day Background:

The Jamaican Bobsled Team entered their first Winter Olympics back in 1988. Danny Melville is their founder and by organizing a Dogsled Team he brought publicity to Jamaica. According to their website: “Danny was in Edmonton, Canada shopping for dune buggies he needed for his Jamaican adventure tour business when he tripped over this ‘metal frame with wheels’ in the corner of a fabrication shop. He was told it was a dog sled with wheels so it could be used in the summer when there was no snow.” “In 2010, JDT musher Newton Marshallmade international headlines when he became the first Caribbean musher ever to finish the famous Iditarod. (He began the race on Saturday, March 6th, 2010). This was after also completing the world’s toughest sled dog race, the Yukon Quest, in 2009. Meanwhile, the team’s sprint musher, Damion Robb, won a race in Ontario and had two second & two third place finishes in his other four races this year.” For more information visit their official website.

Jimmy Bufffet’s Margueritaville was the official sponsor of the Jamaican Dogsled
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3. The National Education Association provides resources for grades K-56-8 and 9-12. You can find lesson plans, recommended reading, activities and games, and quizzes.

4. The official website for the Iditarod features an education portal with lesson plans, service learning projects, and updates on the race itself. You can also check out the section on the Jr. Iditarod, a 150 mile race for mushers (the humans who drive the dogsleds) for ages 14-17.

5. Scholastic’s site for the Iditarod includes activities, information about Alaska and a list of books about the race.

6. The Iditarod even has a Teacher on the Trail, who will attend the race and blog about it as it progresses! The official blog for the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail offers lesson materials created by current and former teachers.

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( (12 + 144 + 20 + 3 Sqrt[4]) / 7 ) + 5*11 = 92 + 0 .


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