Closing Lesson (Day 12)
"Alaskan Celebration Day"
Instructors-Kelli Ten Haken, Tami De Jong, Andrea Dykstra, and Curt Van Dam
1. The students will be able to speak clearly in public.
2. The students will be able to feel proud of what they have accomplished
in this unit.
3. The students will be able to work well together as teams.
4. The students will be able to experience what it may have been like to
race in the Iditarod.
5. The students will be able to encourage each other.
- In this lesson the students will be presenting
their final portfolios to their
parents in an open house fashion. Then the students will race in their
Iditarod race. This race will take place outside and the students will race in
teams of seven. When the race is over they will share refreshments with their
parents and visitors.
1. Refreshments for the class and the parents or visitors that come.
2. Plastic sleds (enough for every team of seven to have one)
- ask the students to bring some from home
3. Pieces of long rope (enough for every team of seven to have one)
- they would work well if they were about 16 feet long each, but you may
use your own discretion.
4. Logbook for each checkpoint
Materials each team needs- students should be in charge of gathering these:
1. Labeled drinking containers for each dog and musher
2. Plastic bags-used for booties for the dogs. Each “dog” should have 2 of them.
3. Maps of the race route (enough so each team can have one)
4. Snack bags for each dog
5. Emergency supplies (decided by each team)
6. Simulated knife/ax
7. First aid supplies (students decide what is needed)
8. See mandatory Supplies for more details
1. Start class by welcoming all the parents and visitors that have come
to the classroom today to celebrate the learning the students have done.
Ask the students to spread out around the room with their portfolios.
The parents will walk around the room and look at
the activities the
students have completed in their portfolios.
2. The students should explain at least three of their items to at least
three different people. Go over these expectations with the students on
day eleven of this unit. When they share their portfolios they should tell
the parents why they chose to share that specific item and what that
assignment was all about. By sharing these completed activities they
are reviewing what they have learned throughout the unit.
3. When all the students have shared their portfolios with at least three
visitors, then invite the students and visitors to take a seat.
1. Explain the simulated race that is going to take place next. See
Closing Day Game.. The students should already be
aware of this
race. They may have even gone on practice runs during recess the
last couple of days.
2. Assign each parent to a specific checkpoint or other location. About
two parents could be at each checkpoint, four parents can be timing,
four parents could be wildlife and the rest could be encouragers.
This will vary from school to school because of the number of parents
that come. Give the parents a map and a list of rules (see below)
3. Direct everyone outside to his or her specific location.
4. Once everybody is where he or she is supposed to be, start the race.
Encourage the students as they race. This should be a fun competition.
Make sure the students know we are not doing this to see who is fastest
runner in the class; we want to have a taste of
what the real Iditarod
may have been like.
1. When the race is over, give the students a few minutes to talk to their
and clean up their sled and supplies.
2. Next, head back into the classroom for some refreshments. Make sure to
thank all of the parents for coming to support us.
1. No assignment will be given because this is the last day of the unit.
1. Everyone will be involved in all of the activities of the day.
1. I will evaluate the student’s portfolios by using the PORTFOLIO RUBRIC
2. I will observe how they present the item they chose from their portfolio.
If they speak clearly and present the correct information they will get full
3. I will observe them while they are showing the parents their portfolios.
They will get a check on my list if they are on task and presenting their