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  1. Iditarod &Language Arts Integrations Presentation by Kimberly A. Harrick Rockwood School District Ridge Meadows Elementary 777 Ridge Road Ellisville, Missouri 63021 e-mail:

  2. Trail Values Rockwood and many districts across the nation are emphasizing Character Education. Integrating these values into daily academic and social lessons is the most effective way to internalize positive character traits. The theme of my presentation is centered around “Trail Values.” This acrostic poem features values that correspond to the letters contained in the word Iditarod.

  3. Integrity Determination Initiative Teamwork Appreciation Respect Opportunity Dedication

  4. I d i t a r o d Integrity The relationships between the musher and dogs, dogs and veterinarians and the musher and handlers are built on trust. This trust comes from the integral role they play in each other’s lives. Integrity is a crucial element in these relationships.

  5. I d i t a r o d Integrity The firm adherence to a moral code; uprightness of character.

  6. I d i t a r o d Integrity • Invite a musher, dog handler, or veterinarian to be a guest speaker in the classroom. This begins the unit of study with great enthusiasm, focusing on integrity and appreciation of mushers, dog handlers, dogs and the race itself. • Proverbs and maxims continue to be popular because of their timeless truth. Send the children on a hunt for famous quotes relating to integrity. Visit your librarian and use various quote anthologies. • How did Abraham Lincoln earn his nickname “Honest Abe?” Research his life and share your findings with a classmate. • Hold a classroom discussion about cheating. Have students discuss why cheating is being dishonest.

  7. Star Appearances! Polaris was a BIG hit with everyone! He entered the room and greeted the class by rolling into the middle of it all! He wasn’t a bit shy!

  8. Principal Kottwitz found a new interest! 3…2…1…MUSH!!

  9. I d i t a r o d Determination To succeed on the trail we must be determined. Competitors in the race realize that not everyone can come in first place and for many, success is completing the race. Those who are fully committed will reap the reward of knowing that they accomplished a goal and worked their hardest to achieve it.

  10. I d i t a r o d Determination Striving toward a goal despite challenges.

  11. I d i t a r o d Determination • As a class, brainstorm what challenges the mushers and dog teams might face while on the trail. • Write a journal entry from the musher or dog’s point of view. • Discuss the meaning of positive self-talk and how it can be used to help achieve goals. Illustrate a cartoon sequence of a musher or dog overcoming a difficulty on the trail by using positive self-talk. • As a group, discuss some of the challenges students their age face. Chart several positive messages students could use to persevere. Post the charts around the room to use as needed. • Allow the students to select a professional athlete or public figure to research. Read about the person and find examples of his or her perseverance and determination. A helpful website containing e-mail addresses and information about Olympic athletes is

  12. I d i t a r o d Initiative The trail teaches much about goal setting, motivation and what it takes to complete the race. This value is most important to children as they will be setting goals and striving to achieve them the rest of their lives.

  13. I d i t a r o d Initiative The ability to take the first step and follow through with a plan of action.

  14. I d i t a r o d Initiative • Imagine what experiences would motivate a person to set the goal of becoming a musher and participate in the Iditarod. Read some biographies on-line to hunt for clues and draw your own conclusions. Brainstorm together as a class to record several ideas. Create a diary written from the musher’s point of view to chronicle their decision making process. • Think of an area for self-improvement. Identify a personal goal for positive change. Think about what things you will need to do to stick to your plan. What will be your reward for the achievement of your goal? How will you keep track of your progress? Write your goal including a target date of completion.