Bring your clasroom alive in the gray days of Winter through this exciting real-time project!
Consider these tasks by intelligence:

  • Share quality children's literature about dogs, dogsledding and survival
  • Learn musher vocabulary
  • Correspond with mushers
  • Develop a strategy for your dog team that includes the number of dogs and provisions you will need and when you will take layovers
  • Conduct experiments which teach concepts of climate, temperature and insulation
  • Measure trail distances and figure elapsed time between checkpoints
  • Create a wall-sized map of the Iditarod trail
  • View images of the aurora borealis
  • Survey Inuit arts and crafts
  • Carve animal figures out of soap
  • Build igloos out of sugar cubes
  • Craft dogsleds out of popsicle sticks
  • Find patterns in musher data
  • Identify trends in how each team is moving along the trail
  • Sing and dance to Iditarod songs, poems and cheers
  • Research how animals are cared for during the race
  • Select a musher to follow during the race
  • Follow your musher's dogteam throughout the race
  • Work cooperatively in following your class's musher selection
  • Share interests and ideas with other classes following the race online
  • Send an email to your class musher at each project checkpoint as he or she progresses in the race
  • Sort musher data in order to determine which musher to follow in the race
  • Categorize mushers by home state
  • Track your musher's progress on the class wall map of the trail
  • Study the Great Serum Run of 1925; the tradition behind this race
  • Share stories of heroes who survive on their own in the wilderness
  • Research the totems of the native peoples of the northwest