Happy New Year!
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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