Brooksville Welcomes Quilt 9

12 02 2013

studentsBrooksville Elementary School had an awesome time with the quilt!  After completing a scavenger hunt the students discussed the purposes of individual squares.  Some were found to be entertaining and all were found to be informative, either about a state or the Iditarod.

Our last activity was individually selecting a favorite square and explaining why.  Be sure to check out students’ favorites on the pictures with quotes. The pointer being used is a real trail marker.

Students love wearing Mrs. Lepper’s Iditarod shirts, as you can see in the group photo. Check out our blog if you’d like to know about our Iditarod adventures traveling to Alaska in 2005 and 2011.



Students Loved Hosting Quilt 9!

30 12 2012

My class LOVED having the quilt in the classroom.
It was a wonderful learning experience.
They can’t wait until we do our Iditarod Theme Study
in February and March.

Thank you,
Concord, NH

4th Graders Read Books and Meet Quilt 9

30 11 2012
Sullivan Elementary School- Grade 4

Sullivan Elementary School- Grade 4

Mrs. Hendry’s 4th grade enjoyed reading various texts focused on sled dog racing. We visited the Iditarod website and read through this year’s musher list. The students chose their favorite musher and wrote a short biography focusing on the mushers’ passions and character traits needed to run the Iditarod race.

Books read:  Akiak by Robert J. Blake, Swift by Robert J. Blake, and Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

Quilt 9 Visits Baltimore

25 10 2012

The Quilt in Baltimore, Maryland

We hosted the quilt for the Month of October!  We were so excited to open the box and were first taken with how wonderfully good the quilt smelled!  After we spent a lot of time sniffing the quilt, we used some other senses to examine it as well!  We loved doing the scavenger hunt activity – it made us look really closely at the pictures.  It was really neat for us to see the squares that taught us something about the states they were from.  We are currently learning about the fifty states, so that was a great tie in.  We also created a map showing where the quilt would be going on its travels which helped up review the states and the cardinal directions as we plotted its trip.

We talked about the meanings behind the squares and what they were trying to represent.  We wrote some journal entries about which squares we thought had the most meaningful messages.  Most of us were struck by the idea of importance of teamwork and being a leader.  We discovered that many of the lessons behind the quilt and the race are lessons that we can and should use in our everyday life!

Several boys completed applications to be “Official Tour Guides.”  These boys took the quilt on tour to interested classes in our Lower School.  Six classes total got to experience the quilt on its stop here at Gilman Lower School!  The first, second, and fourth graders really enjoyed looking at the quilt and learning about the Iditarod.  The fourth graders were really excited because many of them had learned about the race last year.

Before we mailed the quilt to its next stop in Illinois, we wrote a newsletter about the quilt’s visit to us to include in the scrapbook.

We are currently creating our own version of a traveling quilt for our classroom.  We are looking for themes or messages that are important to our classroom like the quilt featured themes important to the race.

We really enjoyed our time with the quilt and are anxious to read about the rest of its journey!

Quilt 9 Travels to Ohio for the Start of School in Willard

30 09 2012

Quilt 9 began the school year in Willard, Ohio, with Shannon Wyckoff and her students.

Read about Quilt’s journey and meet the people Quit met in this PDF Document.

Quilt 9 Ends the School Year in California

11 06 2012

I thought I would sort of outline what we did in our year-long study of The Iditarod.

We did get to display the quilt for a good long time so the students got to really read and look at all of the quilt squares.  We also discussed the squares.  Another thing that we had time for was to watch Trent Herbst’s CD.  The kids loved it and I was amazed.  I learned a lot about how mushers prepare for the race.  It was great for the kids to see other students filling checkpoint bags with everything that is needed for the trail.

Our year-long Unit.

Sept. – Oct. = Study of landforms – We learn about and make a relief map of Alaska’s landforms.  We label and paint our maps also (we make the maps out of crayola modeling compound because we use the maps all year and they compound doesn’t break apart).

Nov. – Dec. = Study of Arctic animals – We research and write reports about the animals found in Alaska.

Jan. = Study of dogs used in The Iditarod = We label dog parts, learn about Huskies and Malamutes and discuss breeding for certain attributes for Iditarod (good leadership, endurance etc).  Then we make sock puppies to look like Huskies with a dark cap etc.  They take the puppies home and record all of the things they do with their puppies in a journal

Feb. = Mushers – We pick mushers to follow and learn a little bit about them.

Mar. = Checkpoints and Iditarod – We pick a checkpoint and learn about its location on The Iditarod Trail, weather, etc.  We label some checkpoints on our map and put The Iditarod Trail on the map also.  Then we complete the maps by making a map key.  Then we chart our mushers’ progress and keep track of all of the happenings during the race.  We also participate in Iditaread (We keep track of how many pages we read to see how many times we can get from Anchorage to Nome during the actual time the race takes).  Then we write letters pretending that we are mushers, telling our parents about our Iditarod adventures (signed with their firt name and their musher’s last name)  They get their pictures taken with snow gear on standing on our fake sled and we put their letter over their picture using the computer program Pages.

Then we have Open House where we display all of the things we did all year.  The picture shows this year’s bulletin board Our Journey to Iditarod.  It was a timeline of the build up of learning towards Iditarod.

It shows our Landforms bridge maps on the left, then the Arctic animals reports and pictures had to go on the side board, then you see the paper plate dogs and the puppies and their houses on the lower counter with the journals.  Over by March are the Musher trading cards and checkpoint info cards.  You can also see their musher dolls ( that have photos of the kids for their faces) and the chart of where each of their mushers were on each day of the race (to compare one musher’s progress with another’s).  You can see the maps on the students’ desks and those stand up projects on their desks are their musher letters.

I got some of the ideas from Teacher on the Trail lesson plans (sock puppies and musher trading cards) and adapted other ideas from things I did with other subjects.  All of the activities address Second Grade California State Standards in some way.

Quilt 9 Visits New York

24 03 2012
We enjoyed having the quilt this year. We watched both DVD’s that came with the quilt and a friend brought in the Story of Balto for us. We drew pictures of what we liked in the movies. We read a few books on the Iditarod and Alaska. For our big project we decided to recreate the trail that Anna, the sled dog, took after we read the book Big Enough Anna.
The Children’s School @ URMC