Closing Day Game
General Explanation of the race:
The students are going to be
in their own Iditarod race. They have all been
previously split up into groups of seven. In these groups, six of the students are
designated as sled dogs and one student is the musher. They must act together as a
team to pull a sled along the route and make it to the finish line. In this race each
team must check in all their dogs at each checkpoint. They may be penalized if this does
not happen. Points may also be taken off for various other infractions. Go to these
websites for more information:
Game Rules and Penalties:
Examples of the checkpoints:
Mandatory Supplies for each team:
The race route:
Each team will need a map of
the route and checkpoints. I would suggest having
four checkpoints, but more can be added if appropriate. Each school will need to
map out their own route for the race because every school has a different property
and location. It may be a good idea to go to a park or a space that has a variety of
terrain for the students to race across such as a creek, flat grass, hills and a wooded
area. This will make it more interesting. Allow plenty of room between checkpoints
so students will get more of a feel for what the real race might have been like.
believe a plastic snow sled will work great for this activity. It is lightweight
can hold the supplies each team needs. In the example from the Internet sites given above,
they use a homemade wooden sled; this would work also. A plastic sled could be used
whether or not there is snow on the ground. Tie the ends of a long rope to the sled.
Then have the six students who are sled dogs hold on to the rope to pull the sled.
They may decide as a team what the best way to do this is.
Parents are need for this activity for many different reasons. Parents are
at each checkpoint to check in all the dogs and mushers. They need to make sure the
students are taking the time to feed and water all of their dogs at each point. Other
parents need to be timers to time the whole race. Some parents can be “wildlife”; they
can hide behind trees and jump out at different teams through out the race. The rules
say the students may not touch or harm the wildlife but they have to somehow creatively
get past them. Finally, other parents can just be there to cheer the students on;
students will just like it if their parents are there to show interest in their lives at
school. This is such a fun event; both students and parents will learn a lot and have
a lot of fun working together.
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