Mushing Science

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BSSD Standards Addressed

SC 03.17 Understands_how_energy_can_be_transformed,_transferred,_and_conserved.

SC 03.19 Motions,_forces,_their_characteristics,_relationships,_and_effects.

SC 04.17 The_student_demonstrates_an_understanding_of_how_energy_can_be_transformed,_transferred,_and_conserved:

SC 04.19 The student demonstrates an understanding of motions, forces, their characteristics, relationships, and effects:

MA.06.12 (A5.3.1) Identify, classify, or compare regular and irregular polygons (using sides and angles). (GLE [6] G-1)

MA.06.13 (A5.3.4) Identifying, comparing, and describing attributes and properties of circles (radius, diameter, and Pi), the correct usage of a compass, and find area and circumference of a circle. (GLE [6] G-2)

MA.06.14 Identifies and describes triangular and rectangular prisms by bases, faces, edges, vertices; recognizes 3-D shapes from 2-D drawings. (GLE [6] G-3, G-4)

MA.06.15 Estimating or determining area or perimeter of polygons (parallelograms, trapezoids, triangles) using a key, ruler, or given measures. (GLE [6] G-7)

MA.07.12 Identify and classify regular and irregular polygons using diagonals, number of sides and angles; identify triangular and rectangular pyramids using vertices, edges, and faces. (GLE [7] G-1, G-2)

MA.07.13 Given the scale factor, solve problems involving similar shapes (scale drawings, maps). (GLE [7] G-3)

MA.07.14 Determine the area of a circle, and the volume and surface area of prisms and cylinders. (GLE [7] G-5, G-6, G-7)

MA.07.15 Recognizes and associates points with rectangular coordinates. (GLE [7] G-8)

MA.08.19 Calculates volumes (prisms, cylinders, spheres) of simple geometric solids and the area of complex figures and converges units of area.

MA.08.20 (A5.4.6) Applies geometric formulas to a variety of situations (midpoint, distance, slope, area, and volume). (GLE [9] G-5, [10] G-6)

MA.08.21 Identifying, analyzing, comparing or using properties of angles (including supplementary and complementary) or circles (degrees in a circle) (GLE [9] G-1)


3 weeks

Materials Needed


Building a Sled


1. Fill out a worksheet of Iditard using this site. Iditarod

Video Description of a Modern Sled

Dogsled Description Geometry Concepts

Evaluation/ Rubric

Teacher Notes





Dogsled Description Geometry Concepts



  1. size of dogs vs. speed.. competitor record with size of dogs.. leg length.. discuss w/ mushers
  2. food they eat? energy conversion
  3. friction.. type of snow and sled

making a sled

life science –genetics of dogs.. interview mushers

Kevin –maps.. historical trail, DVD's

lesson plans for teacher

musher data



  1. Build a sled..
    1. forces.. measure foce distance.. amount of weight in model
    2. newton's laws
    3. Geometry: strength of designs.. polygons
  2. dd
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