It is a tradition in our class to have what we call Mad Science Day on October 31. On that day, we spend all day learning about science and doing hands-on science investigations. This year, we had so much fun on Mad Science Day, we decided to have it twice! Last Friday our third grade classes had our second Mad Science Day of this school year. Here is what we did:
Our school is participating in the One Book, One School program this year. Last week every student at our school received a copy of the book The World According to Humphrey, by Betty J. Birney, and now they are reading it at home with their families. Our friends in Mrs. Moore’s class made a trailer introducing the book:
The 2014 Iditarod Champion is…Dallas Seavey! Congratulations, Dallas!
We wrote in the last post that the end of the race would probably be very close, and it was! The first and second place finishers were less than three minutes apart.
The ending of the race was extremely dramatic and exciting. You can read about it on the Teacher on the Trail Blog: Photo Finish! If you are in Mrs. Hamman’s class, after you read the article, leave a comment on our blog with the answers to these two questions:
1. Who came in second in the race?
2. What happened to Jeff King’s team?
Here is a news video explaining how the finish of the race became so close.
Our class is on Spring Break this upcoming week. Before the break we were eagerly following the Iditarod and checking the race standings several times a day. We will find out the winner while we are on our break, and I will post the results here. As I write this our class musher, Jeff King, is in second place! Three of our other nominees (Aliy Zirkle, Martin Buser and Robert Sorlie) are in the top 10. It looks like it will be a very close and exciting finish this year!
While we are waiting to find out who wins, check out this amazing video shot by Jeff King a few days ago. We learned that Mr. King is known as an innovator in the mushing community, and his most recent idea is using a GoPro camera to film his races. In this video you can really see what it’s like to race behind a powerful team of sled dogs!
What is your favorite part of this video?
If you had a GoPro camera, what would you film with it?