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Once Upon a Time in the Forest

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Imagine that you are a musher (the person who drives the dog sled). Write a diary entry; describe how it feels to be on a dog sled in these conditions. What kind of vocabulary could you use?

  • Where are they going?
  • How would you feel if you were driving the sled?
  • What is in the distance?
  • What time of day is it?
  • What part of the world is this?
  • What will happen next?
  • Find out about areas of the world where dog sleds are used to move around. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this form of transport?
  • Research the breeds of dog that are used to pull sleds and how they are adapted to the extremely cold conditions. Write a report about them.
  • In a dog team, each dog has a specific job. They might be the leader, at the front, or they might be a “swing dog”, who helps the sled to turn around corners, or a “wheel dog”; the strongest in the team who are nearest to the sled. Think about how we work in teams in school; why is it important for different members of the team to do different jobs? What might happen if we didn’t?

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