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Links last updated 01/19/2009


Be sure to start your search of Iditarod teaching activities in Education World's Iditarod archive.

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.

Tracking the Race: News Sources
Iditarod Trail Maps
More Iditarod Lesson Plans
More Resources of Interest

Tracking the Race: News Sources

Following are a handful of Internet sources that should be publishing regular updates about this year's race:
  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: Official Site of the Last Great Race
  • Anchorage Daily News Iditarod Page
  • Cabela's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Coverage
  • Ultimate Iditarod Info and Updates

    Iditarod Trail Maps

    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.

    Checkpoint Descriptions
    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.)

    More Iditarod Lesson Plans

    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.
  • Mrs. Morgan's Great Iditarod Adventure: Daily Lessons (Grades 3-8)
  • Musher Bio Poems (Grades 3-8)
  • Running the Iditarod -- The Last Great Race on Earth -- WebQuest (Grades 3-12)
  • Dream a Dream, Reach a Goal WebQuest (Grades 3-12)
  • Iditarod WebQuest (Grades 3-12)
  • Iditarod Activities (All grades)
  • Alaskan Iditarod WebQuest: A Literature Based Unit of Study
  • Feeding the Huskies: A Math Lesson (Grades 3-7)

    More Resources of Interest

  • Iditarod Interactive Quiz
  • Iditarod Interactive Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Mrs. Morgan's Great Iditarod Adventure
  • Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic (PBS/Nature)
  • Interactive "Dogsledding 101" Game
  • Schools in the Iditarod Region
  • The Iditarod: Fact, Not Fiction (A Response to the Critics)
  • Iditarod Facts Page