Larkin's Room 159 at a glance... WEEK OF: March 5



* In reading we will continue to read a variety of non-fiction articles about the Iditarod. We are also reading a fiction book entitled Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O’Dell, which is about a young native woman who races in the Iditarod. While we read, we’ll focus on theme and story elements with an emphasis on plot and conflict.

* See below for information concerning the Iditarod and Iditaread.

* Spelling is due Friday. Please check to see that your child is working on her/his spelling.

* In parts of speech we’re focusing on phrases, clauses and sentences.



We’ll continue fraction review…and begin a measurement unit.



  • We are in a social studies unit entitled “The Age of Exploration”. Lessons include: A Changing World, Spanish Exploration and Conquest, and French and Dutch Exploration.




  • Bake Sale Friday, March 9. Bakers this month include Isabella, Callie, Ariana, and Mya.
  • The Iditarod started yesterday!! We have started our Iditaread contest. I sent home a paper copy of the race rules, but have attached the rules as well. Please look over the 2nd page of the rules…you will have to sign
  • The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual 1,049-mile (1,688 km) sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome. Mushers and a team of 12-16 dogs, of which at least 6 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 9–15 days. The Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today's highly competitive race. A ceremonial start occurs in the city of Anchorage and is followed by the official restart in Willow, a city in the south central region of the state, though this year due to low snow amounts, the restart will be in Fairbanks. The trail is through a harsh landscape of tundra and spruce forests, over hills and mountain passes, and across rivers. While the start in Anchorage is in the middle of a large urban center, most of the route passes through widely separated towns and villages, and small Athabaskan and Inupiat settlements. The Iditarod is regarded as a symbolic link to the early history of the state and is connected to many traditions commemorating the legacy of dog mushing.

The race is the most popular sporting event in Alaska, and the top mushers and their teams of dogs are local celebrities; this popularity is credited with the resurgence of recreational mushing in the state since the 1970s. While the yearly field of more than fifty mushers and about a thousand dogs is still largely Alaskan, competitors from fourteen countries have completed the event including the Swiss born Martin Buser, who became the first international winner in 1992.