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Packing for
The Iditarod

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


Brief Description

Students create checklist charts of supplies mushers might pack for the Iditarod.


Students demonstrate creative-thinking skills as they brainstorm lists of supplies mushers might pack for the Iditarod. Students compare their lists with a list from a musher who participated in an Iditarod race.


Iditarod, musher, pack, list, supplies

Materials Needed


  • paper
  • pens or pencils
  • printouts from the sites listed in the lesson
  • construction paper of different colors
  • markers

Lesson Plan


  • Discuss the meaning of the word musher.
  • Organize students into small groups. Ask students to think about what supplies an Iditarod musher needs during the race. Help students get started by reading the Mandatory Items section from the Rules & Policies page at
  • Distribute the construction paper. Have students brainstorm ideas and list them on the paper to create charts.
  • When everyone has finished, have students present their charts.
  • Share with students Packing for the Iditarod, an article written by the wife of a former Iditarod musher. It includes a list of specific items the musher packed for the race. Have students check their charts to see how many of their items were on the list.
Additional Resources:
Winter Packing List
What's in Rachael's Sled Bag?
Variation for younger students:
Have students work together as a class to create one supply chart.


Evaluate students' charts and presentations.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World

Submitted By

Lois Lewis

National Standards

Language Arts:


Last updated 03/01/2012