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Iditarod 2006
Volume 8, Issue 6 - January 2006

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The Iditarod

As I have past years, I am showcasing the best online resources for studying the Iditarod Sled Dog Race as we begin the new year. Why is the Iditarod worthy of your attention? I submit to you that life has become so standardized by all of our technologies and infrastructures; our lives can seem sanitized and predictable in the many ways society provides for us and ensures for our needs. The romance of standing alone against a formidable challenge seems to be lost in the metaphor of a global village. Where can we look today and find the thrill of the unknown, the challenge of a frontier, the honor of men and women facing uncertainty? In the Iditarod we have found such an experience, linked to the past and free of the trappings of the modern day world we have created.

I believe the Iditarod awakens in us a yearning for the kind of world we all are striving for: everyone doing their part towards a common purpose and a common good. It is something inspiring o know t that there are still people who can accomplish very human goals in spite of awesome, overpowering odds. Perhaps our spirits ride along with these mushers in the hopes that we too can make a difference by facing adversity and seeing our own dreams through to their conclusion. For all of these reasons, following the Iditarod is an incredible learning opportunity in which all of us can partake. I offer such an opportunity through the eIditarod project.

The eIditarod Project is ready to begin our sixth year following the great race! Last year we set a new record with more than 600 classes enrolled in the project, and I am proud to announce that as of January 1, 2006 we have officially registered 1,000 classes for this year's race! Classes will create wall maps, study the mushers, dogs, history, geography and climate, select a team to follow, and blog at each project checkpoint as their team progresses in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race in real time. What makes this such a great project? The activities offered while following the race integrate across the curriculum and can be adapted for any grade level! You can check out the project at http://surfaquarium.com/eiditarod/- registration closes this Friday, January 6th!

Here's to a great race.....and a great project. And now, the resources:


2006 Iditarod Resources

2006 Official Iditarod Site
http://www.iditarod.com/


AKC Alaskan Malamute Page
http://www.akc.org/breeds/alaskan_malamute/index.cfm

Alaska
http://www.education-world.com/a_sites/sites071.shtml

Alaska History Toolbox
http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/akhistory/aktools.htm

Alaska Science Explained
http://www.alaskascience.com/

Alaska Student Information
http://www.commerce.state.ak.us/oed/student_info/student.htm

Alaska Wildlife Notebook
http://www.adfg.state.ak.us/pubs/notebook/notehome.php

Alaskan Iditarod Sled Dog Race, An Interactive Unit Study
http://www.oregontrail.net/~thesmiths/iditarod/idit.html

Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race
http://library.thinkquest.org/3796/

Aliy Zirkle's Kennel
http://www.aliyzirkle.com/

Anchorage Daily News
http://www.adn.com/iditarod/

Balto Statue
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/SOS/4KIDS/arthist/balto.htm

Cabela's Iditarod Race Coverage
http://www.cabelasiditarod.com/

Dee Dee Jonrowe's Kennel
http://www.deedeejonrowe.com/

Dog Mushing and Iditarod Coverage
http://dogsled.com/

Doug Swingley's Kennel
http://www.dougswingley.com/

Dream A Dream - Reach a Goal
http://home.insightbb.com/~dbuccola/IDWbquest.htm

Fascinating Facts
http://www.bena.com/lucidcafe/library/iditarod2.html

Gary Paulsen
http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/special/kay/paulsen.html

Iditarod Air Force
http://www.iditarodairforce.com/

Iditarod & Alaska Unit
http://home.rochester.rr.com/inwoods/iditarod-alaska.htm

Iditarod Art
http://www.jonvanzyle.com/iditarod.htm

Iditarod Board Game
http://www.hitaluga.com/idgame.html

Iditarod Challenge
http://www.montebello.k12.ca.us/edtech/LAMDA/Iditarod/

Iditarod: Fact not Fiction
http://sunhusky.com/Facts/

Iditarod Jigsaw Puzzle
http://www.surfnetkids.com/games/iditarod-js.htm

Iditarod: The Last Great Race
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson103.shtml

Iditarod Trail
http://www.fs.fed.us/r10/chugach/seward/rec/trails/iditarod_info.htm

Iditarod 2000 Unit
http://www.alexandriacentral.org/cove/iditarod.html

Iditarod: Race Across Alaska
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/iditarod/

Iditarod Virtual Field Trip
http://www.field-trips.org/tours/misc/idit-s/_tourlaunch3.htm

Jeff King's Goose Lake Kennel
http://www.huskyhomestead.com/

Jerry Sousa's Sun Dog Kennel
http://www.sundogkennel.com/

Junior Iditarod
http://www.jriditarod.com/

Karen Ramstead's Kennel
http://northwapiti.com/

Ken Anderson's Windy Creek Kennel
http://www.windycreekkennel.com/

Lance Mackey's Kennel
http://www.mackeyscomebackkennel.com/

Libby Riddles
http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/space/frontiers/riddles.html

Mathline: Iditarod
http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/mathline/concepts/iditarod.shtm

Matt Weik's Kennel
http://www.minnesotaiditarod.com/

Mrs. Morgan's Great Iditarod Adventure
http://www.chathamma.com/iditarod/

Mrs. O-VD'st Iditarod Adventure
http://home.centurytel.net/vanopst/Iditarod/index.htm

Mitch Seavey's IdidaRide Adventures
http://www.ididaride.com/

Mushing
http://www.mushing.com/

National Historic Iditarod Trail
http://www.iditarodhistorictrail.org/

OooWoo
http://www.ooowoo.com/

Peterson's Iditarod 2004
http://dpeterson1.homestead.com/iditarod.html

Rachael Scdoris
http://www.gorachaelgo.com/home.asp

Ramy Brooks Kennel
http://www.ramybrooks.com/

Rick Swenson's Kennel
http://www.alaskasbest.net/lbek/lbek.html

Schools from the Iditarod District
http://www.iditarodsd.org/Pages/schoolwebpg.html

Slide Show of the Iditarod
http://www.iditarodtours.com/slideshow.htm

Support Your Musher
http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/jefferson/science/idit.htm

Team Reddington
http://www.teamredington.com/

Ten Math Work Sheets Teach About the Iditarod
http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson302.shtml

Tilford on the Trail
http://www.vinton-shellsburg.k12.ia.us/tms/seventh/rdg7/iditarod/idit.html

Ultimate Iditarod
http://www.ultimateiditarod.com/

Vern Halter's Kennel
http://www.vernhalter.com/

Veterinary Educational Team
http://www.drsonny.com/Default.htm

Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
http://webhome.crk.umn.edu/~dlim/Flash/iditarod.html

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iditarod

Women of the Iditarod
http://library.thinkquest.org/11313/Iditarod/?tqskip1=1&tqtime=1206

Working Dog Web
http://www.workingdogweb.com/Iditarod.htm

WorkshopQuest: The Iditarod Dog Sled Race
http://www.midgefrazel.net/wqiditarod.html

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