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Meet the Mushers

Subject: Language Arts, Technology
Grade: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12


Brief Description

Each student writes about a musher participating in this year's Iditarod and keeps a journal of his or her progress throughout the race.



  • learn the meaning of the word musher
  • learn about the mushers participating in the current Iditarod
  • write a short biography of a musher
  • track the progress of a musher throughout the race.


Iditarod, musher, team, sled dog

Materials Needed


  • teacher- and/or student-researched information about this year's Iditarod from newspapers, magazines, and/or online sources
  • notebooks or student-made journals
  • pens or pencils
  • computer(s) with Internet access and word processing program (optional)

Lesson Plan


  • Discuss the meaning of the word musher. Introduce students to some of the mushers participating in this year's Iditarod from Musher Bios.
  • Assign each student one musher. Have students write short biographies about their mushers, based on information from those biographies. View the names on the drop-down list Musher Biographies. Print the necessary biographies or, if Internet access is available to everyone, have students research their mushers on the site.
  • Each day of the Iditarod, have students check newspapers, magazines, or online sources for updates about the race. Have students note the progress of their assigned mushers in their notebooks or journals. One suggested online source: Anchorage Daily News
Variation for younger students:
Have students track the progress of one male and one female musher. Use a map of Alaska and markers or pincushions to track the mushers' progress.


Evaluate students' biographies and journals.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:



Last updated 03/01/2012