Dogsled Adventure

Dogsled Adventure lesson plan

Research dog sledding and the Iditarod competition then build your own model dog sled team.

  • 1.

    Choose a dogsledding subtopic to research with a partner, such as types of dogs used, how dogs and people train, weather conditions typical for the Iditarod, or provisions taken on a race. Share information with the rest of the class in a visual report.

  • 2.

    Find pictures or samples of soapstone animals made by carvers in Canada and Alaska. Note their textures. Study pictures of dogs and sleds. Create a musher and sled dogs with Crayola® Model Magic. Dry 24 hours.

  • 3.

    Use Crayola Multicultural Markers and Regular Markers to add details that make your dogsled team unique.

  • 4.

    Make basket dogsleds with chenille sticks and Model Magic. Connect yarn ganglines with Crayola School Glue. Fill dogsleds with construction paper provisions.

  • 5.

    Arrange dog sleds on a large table covered in white to simulate snow. Display visual reports. Dress in warm coats, gloves, and boots to answer visitors' questions.


  • Children select topics about dogsledding, locate resources, and organize and present the main ideas gleaned from their research.
  • Students observe details of soapstone animal carvings made by peoples living in the far Northwest of North America.
  • Students build dogsled teams and equipment using art materials to show their understanding of the sport.


  • After the class presentations, pairs write quiz show questions based on information shared. Hold a game show using student-written questions.
  • Kindle excitement about dog sledding by reading aloud a novel about a sled dog. Follow news stories about the Iditarod.
  • Children write a story or book about the musher, one of the dogs pulling their sled, or the whole team, depending on their writing skills.