There are so many great reasons to teach students about the Iditarod, it's history, and the Great Serum run. It is a grueling 10 to 30 day race over some of the most desolate and dangerous trail. Mushers will experience some of the coldest temperatures and harrowing weather one can ever imagine. A few years ago I wrote a blog post about how to bring this amazing race into your classrooms and give your students the most up close and personal experience. Since then I've had lots of new followers and viewers so I decided to update it and hope you will find some great ideas and resources.
The best place to start is the Iditarod headquarter which you can access by clicking on the image below. You will find all the mushers in this year's race, and view live videos of the race. There is a wonderful Education Portal where students can follow the Teacher on the Trail and get great lesson ideas. A former teacher friend of mine will actually be working at the headquarters in Anchorage.
You can find some great lesson ideas at Education.com for all grade levels by clicking on the image below.
Last year I completely updated and revised my Iditarod Reading and Writing Unit adding many new activities. It includes a Word Wall, Picture/Fact Cards, 2 Reading Texts and Comprehension Questions at the 2nd and 3rd grade levels, A Biography of Lance Mackey, Character Traits Activity, Follow a Musher on the Trail Log, Biography writing about a Musher in the race, Map the Trail Activity, Graph the Temperatures Compare and Contrast Activity, Writing a Triangle Poem, 4 Writing prompts and Graphic Organizers for Informational Texts and Opinion Pieces. You can put all the writing into a class book by copying the Class Writing Book Cover. You can see sample pages of all the reading texts and activities by downloading the Preview File. Just click on the image below.
I had several teachers ask me if I was going to write a packet about the Iditarod for K-1 and I finally did. It has a word wall, picture/word cards for matching, a Shared Reading Book, 3 leveled readers at the Early Emergent and Emergent Levels, Comprehension Activities, a Poem and Play, and a variety of writing activities. I really had fun creating it. You can check it out, read the description, and download the Preview file by clicking on the image below. The Preview file includes sample pages of all the differentiated Emergent Readers and all the writing and literacy activities.
For my K-1 followers and viewers I have a free Writing Activities Packet. There is a Label the Picture and Write Sentences Activity:
There are also 2 Photos with Word Banks for students to write a short story. You can download the complete packet by clicking on the image below.
Wow, that's a lot of great resources. I hope you will check them out and find some wonderful materials to download for your students.
Don't forget to check out all my Pinterest boards. Just click HERE. Here are a few you may be interested in. I also have Grade level boards.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students.