Tracker's Travels (classroom #3)

Tracker, the CEHD {stuffed} Polar Husky, is emBARKing on her own expedition to visit GoNorth! Classrooms around the world!

Follow Tracker's progress and learn what students are doing in the GoNorth! classrooms she visits during:

Tracker's Travels: Tracker's 2010 Classroom Expedition


  Legend icon= A GoNorth! school on Tracker's route
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How does it work? A few weeks before GoNorth! Greenland 2010 began, all registered teachers received a Polar Husky Alert about Trackers 2010 Classroom Expedition. Interested teachers then entered their name into a drawing. We printed-out the name of every teacher who registered and put all those names into Tracker's travel  bag.  We then randomly selected 14.

Check back every day M-F to see where Tracker is & what she is doing in the classroom. It's going to be a howlin' fun adventure!


Pratt Community School

Ms Willoughby's Class

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Latitude: 44°58' N Longitude: -93°12' W

    Monday, March 08

Tracker arrived at Pratt Community school right on time today. Her arrival was a bit overshadowed by a much larger Polar Husky. Jeff brought Lipton to visit the 4th and 5th graders. Lipton is a not only a retired sled dog, but a beautiful 115 pound animal. You can visit the Dog Yard to read more about Lipton and the rest of the Polar Huskies. The students, as you can imagine, were extremely excited and loved petting Lipton (which we think Lipton enjoyed more than the kids did!). Jeff brought Lipton’s collar and harness from his pulling days which were pretty impressive in size. Jeff answered many questions about Lipton and sled dogs in general. The Principal couldn’t resist stopping by to meet Lipton also. Thanks so much to Jeff and Lipton for a pretty amazing peek into the life of a sled dog.

Tracker was brought out at the end of Lipton’s visit. Tracker was well received by the class with what we're sure is heard often…”It’s so cute!” That was followed by many questions about what we will be doing all week and the general excitement that comes with having Tracker in the classroom. (Note at this point the kids are still thinking over the fact that 10 dogs pull a 1400 pound sled!) It was time for the kids to get on the bus and go to after school programs but a couple of after school helpers stuck around to take care of Tracker for the night.

We are all looking forward to a wonderful week and are grateful to have Tracker with us!!

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    Tuesday, March 09

After her brief introduction on Monday, Tracker was reintroduced to the class. The kids had a lot of questions including where Tracker had come from (North Carolina) and where she is heading (you will find out next week!) which fits in nicely with our studying the states.

Today we conducted the Smelly Apples observation experiment. The kids watched the BrainPop Jr. movie “Making Observations” and then proceeded to use their five senses to describe either a Granny Smith, Red Delicious or Pink Lady apple. During the experiment, Tracker made her way around the class to all tables and every student got to meet her. When not with the kids, Tracker spends time hanging out around the room!

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  Wednesday, March 10

We had a sub today who was new to both Tracker's Classroom Expedition and GoNorth! so Tracker had a pretty quiet morning. :)

In the afternoon Tracker took a walk around the school to see all the cool things other classes are creating. We found some great snowmen and acrylic paintings. She helped some kids with homework, then checked out some of the after school programs and spent time with the Chess Club.

Tracker managed to create quite a stir in the halls. Almost as much as Lipton!!

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  Thursday, March 11

Tracker joined the class for music where they are practicing singing a few songs for the next school performance. We also have many avid Calvin & Hobbes fans in the group so Tracker got to spend a little time reading one of the most popular books in the room.

When people think of Minnesota two things come to mind, cold and snow. We thought we would get Tracker out in the snow but in March the temperatures are already starting to warm up and we have had a very rainy week. We did manage to find a little snow and couldn't send Tracker off without tossing a couple of snowballs.

We had the kids write notes about their week with Tracker. One note said, “I really enjoyed Tracker being here. She was well behaved, and lovable, and really fun to be with.”

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  Friday, March 12

As we near the end of Tracker’s visit, we’ve had a great week. We’ve learned about Greenland, polar huskies, conducted some fun science experiments and the kids did what this group is very good at. They asked questions!

One student summed Tracker’s visit up nicely. “Tracker was awesome! She was very cute and wasn’t here long enough. She was so fun to have I hate to see her go. She will go to another school and I hope she is happy there. I like the harness too!!”

We wish Tracker well on her journey and look forward to seeing where she goes. Likewise, we wish Team GoNorth a safe journey and look forward to their adventure!

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    See what Tracker did before arriving at Pratt Community School