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Iditarod Resources for Grades 9-12

Follow the 2014 Race with These Lessons and Activities

Found In: language arts, health & p.e., math, science, social studies, 9-12

Setting out on March 1, teams of 12 to 16 dogs and their mushers will cover more than 1150 miles from Anchorage to Nome in 10 to 17 days. Follow the trek with these lessons and activities.

Lesson Plans

Go Idita-Walking and Get Healthy! (PDF icon PDF, 1.24 MB, 29 pgs.)
Students in grades K-12 participate in a walking program using the Iditarod as the theme and inspiration.

Iditarod Activities For the Classroom Book II (PDF icon PDF, 10 MB, 147 pgs.)
K-12 lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies, and other areas of study.

Iditarod Activity Book III (PDF icon PDF, 3.8 MB, 151 pgs.)
K-12 lessons in all content areas, applicable to most grade levels.

Iditarod-Ready... Storm Ready (PDF icon PDF, 1.5 MB, 72 pgs.)
K-12 weather related science and math activities.

Iditarod Curriculum Enhancement Units of Instruction (PDF icon PDF, 971 KB, 69 pgs.)
K-12 mini Units for Integrating the Iditarod into Classroom Instruction.

Women of the Iditarod (and more): A Journey through the Data (PDF icon PDF, 110 KB 9 pgss)
Students in grades 5-12 find relevant data and calculate percentages, graph and analyze it for a particular audience.

Background Resources

Iditarod Educational Packet for Teachers (PDF icon PDF, 967 KB, 29 pgs.)
Facts, vocabulary, and historical information about the Iditarod and dog mushing.

The Official Site of the Iditarod
The source of everything Iditarod, including the current temperature in Anchorage.

Target Iditarod Teacher on the Trail
A source of lessons and ideas for teachers.

The Amazing Race: How Do Sled Dogs Endure Alaska’s Grueling Iditarod? (PDF icon PDF, 600 KB, 2 pgs.)
Examines the science of the sled dog’s ability to endure the Iditarod.

Sled Dog Action Coalition: Iditarod Information
Generally critical of the race. This organization is concerned the welfare of the dogs.

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic
Images and information about the race and the dogs. Lists useful nonfiction books.

Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth
Meet the mushers in this year’s race. Features an audio slide show on the dog athletes.

Iditarod: Race across Alaska Home
General resource for elementary students with quiz activities, map, a list of fiction and nonfiction, and more. Features an interview with Gary Paulsen.

Activities & Quizzes

Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic
Interactive: Dogsledding 101. Provides information about the dogs and equipment.

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last updated: February 25, 2014

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