While surfing the Net to put together this week's lessons, we came across a blizzard of great teacher-created activities and other resources you should know about.
Ultimate Iditarod Info and Updates
The following maps and other resources will be useful to students as they research the Iditarod trail.
Explore the Mushers' Trail -- The Southern Route
This nice clickable map provides lots of detail about each checkpoint along the southern (odd-numbered years) route.
Explore the Mushers' Trail -- The Northern Route
The checkpoints on the northern (even-numbered years) route are featured on this map.
The official site of the Iditarod offers descriptions of the checkpoints that are part of the race each year. Scroll down the page for the map of the southern route (odd-numbered years) or the northern route (even-numbered years). Click each link to learn more about that route and its checkpoints.
The Iditarod Trail
Click for a larger version of this map that would make a nice tracking map.
The Iditarod Trail: Where It All Happens
A clickable map links to detailed information about each checkpoint -- an excellent resource for students in upper elementary grades and above.
Iditarod Race Maps
The Anchorage Daily News provides these maps for the southern route; the maps offer mileage and links to more information about some of the checkpoints. (NOTE: As of 1/19/09, this page had not yet been updated for 2009.)
As we surfed the Web looking for great sources on the Iditarod, we came across a number of interesting teacher-created lessons about the race. Click each lesson headline below to view the complete resource. Approximate grade levels for each lesson are indicated in parentheses.