Follow the Mushers<br />A Collaborative Project Using<br />The Iditarod <br />JoAnn Leigh<br />
Brrrr…..Alaska in March sounds like a cold place to be…<br />
But if you are looking to brrrreathe life into your lessons – March offers a teachable moment not to be missed!<br />
The Iditarod<br />“The Last Great Race”<br />Unlike any other event in the world<br />1,500 miles of the most extreme terr...
What is the Iditarod?<br />
Follow the…Iditarod<br />Rules and Procedures:<br />25 Checkpoints – must stop and sign in<br />Mandatory stops - <br />  ...
Follow the…Iditarod<br />Rules and Procedures:<br /><ul><li>Mandatory Items – cold weather  gear, 8 booties for each dog, ...
Passing: When one team approaches within fifty (50) feet of another team, the team behind shall have the immediate right o...
Lance Mackey<br />
Follow the…Dogs<br />How are Iditarod dogs trained?<br />How many dogs can a musher use for the race?<br />How are the dog...
Kim Darst – musher from NJ!<br />
Iditarod at Kilmer Library<br />
Iditarod at Kilmer<br />
Follow the…Trail<br />Curriculum Correlations – Social Studies<br />Explore the culture and geography of Alaska<br />Map s...
Follow the…Trail<br />Curriculum Correlations – Math<br />Measure distances between checkpoints<br />Estimate costs of ent...
Follow the…Weather<br />Curriculum Correlations – Science<br />Weather tracking during the race<br />Explore dangers of ha...
Follow…Zuma<br />Zuma’s Paw Prints is the place to go to learn about the race from the Official K9 Reporter, Zuma, and jou...
www. Iditarod.com<br />Official site for the Iditarod<br />For Teachers – Collaboration Zone <br />Become an Ultimate Idit...
Websites<br />www.iditarod.com<br />www.idita-read.org<br />www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson225.shtml<br />http://t...
Books<br />Blake, Robert J. Akiak A Tale From the Iditarod. New York: Puffin, 2004. <br />Bramble, Herb. Cotton’s Tale: A ...
Follow the Mushers<br />A Collaborative Project Using<br />The Iditarod <br />JoAnn Leigh<br />jleigh@trenton.k12.nj.us<br />
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    1. 1. Follow the Mushers<br />A Collaborative Project Using<br />The Iditarod <br />JoAnn Leigh<br />
    2. 2. Brrrr…..Alaska in March sounds like a cold place to be…<br />
    3. 3. But if you are looking to brrrreathe life into your lessons – March offers a teachable moment not to be missed!<br />
    4. 4. The Iditarod<br />“The Last Great Race”<br />Unlike any other event in the world<br />1,500 miles of the most extreme terrain<br />
    5. 5. What is the Iditarod?<br />
    6. 6. Follow the…Iditarod<br />Rules and Procedures:<br />25 Checkpoints – must stop and sign in<br />Mandatory stops - <br /> one 24 hour and two 8 hour <br />Number of dogs – 16 to start,<br /> 12 to finish <br />
    7. 7. Follow the…Iditarod<br />Rules and Procedures:<br /><ul><li>Mandatory Items – cold weather gear, 8 booties for each dog, cooker and 3 gallon pot, musher food and dog food; all mandatory food must be sent through Iditarod food drops. The ITC will provide and ship straw and fuel for the teams to the checkpoints.
    8. 8. Passing: When one team approaches within fifty (50) feet of another team, the team behind shall have the immediate right of way upon demand. </li></li></ul><li>Follow the…Mushers<br />Curriculum Correlations: Language Arts<br />Choose and research a musher <br />Alaska ABC Book<br />Training for the Iditarod<br /> Follow your chosen musher on the trail/log or journal<br /> Iditarod themed vocabulary words<br />Musher from Jamaica<br />
    9. 9. Lance Mackey<br />
    10. 10. Follow the…Dogs<br />How are Iditarod dogs trained?<br />How many dogs can a musher use for the race?<br />How are the dogs cared for on the trail?<br />What breeds of dogs are trained <br /> for the race?<br />
    11. 11. Kim Darst – musher from NJ!<br />
    12. 12. Iditarod at Kilmer Library<br />
    13. 13. Iditarod at Kilmer<br />
    14. 14. Follow the…Trail<br />Curriculum Correlations – Social Studies<br />Explore the culture and geography of Alaska<br />Map skills – map the North and South routes<br />History of Iditarod<br />Research checkpoints<br />
    15. 15. Follow the…Trail<br />Curriculum Correlations – Math<br />Measure distances between checkpoints<br />Estimate costs of entering race<br />Daily math problem based on what is happening in the race<br />Calculate and graph mushers’ daily progress<br />How many miles from NJ to Anchorage?<br />
    16. 16. Follow the…Weather<br />Curriculum Correlations – Science<br />Weather tracking during the race<br />Explore dangers of harsh weather conditions and their effects on humans<br />Explore the natural resources<br />Explore the land forms of Alaska<br />Learn about Alaskan wildlife the mushers mushers encounter<br />
    17. 17. Follow…Zuma<br />Zuma’s Paw Prints is the place to go to learn about the race from the Official K9 Reporter, Zuma, and journalists Gypsy, Libby, and Sanka W. Dog.<br />
    18. 18. www. Iditarod.com<br />Official site for the Iditarod<br />For Teachers – Collaboration Zone <br />Become an Ultimate Iditarod Insider <br />
    19. 19. Websites<br />www.iditarod.com<br />www.idita-read.org<br />www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson225.shtml<br />http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/iditarod/<br />http://www.theteacherscorner.net/printable-worksheets/seasonal/iditarod/<br />http://library.thinkquest.org/4142/<br />http://www.field-trips.org/cross/idit-s/<br />http://teachnet-lab.org/santab/idlessons.htm<br />http://themes.pppst.com/iditarod.html<br />http://www.lessonplanet.com/search?keywords=iditarod&media=lesson<br />http://www.pppst.com/<br />
    20. 20. Books<br />Blake, Robert J. Akiak A Tale From the Iditarod. New York: Puffin, 2004. <br />Bramble, Herb. Cotton’s Tale: A True Iditarod Story.<br /><ul><li>Gardiner, John Reynolds. Stone Fox. New York: Crowell, 1980. </li></ul>Harter, Lois. Where's the Boss. New York: Publication Consultants, 1999. <br />Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody. Balto and the Great Race (Stepping Stone). New York: Random House Books for Young Readers, 1999. <br />Marsh, Carole. The Mystery on Alaska's Iditarod Trail. Peachtree City: Gallopade International, 2003. <br />Miller, Debbie S. The Great Serum Race Blazing the Iditarod Trail. New York: Walker Books for Young Readers, 2003.<br />Paulsen, Gary. Puppies, Dogs and Blue Northers. New York: Delacorte, 1996. <br />Schultz, Jeff. Dogs of the Iditarod. New York: Sasquatch Books, 2003. <br />Standiford, Natalie. The Bravest Dog Ever, The True Story of Balto. NY: Random House, 1989. <br />Wood, Ted. Iditarod Dream. New York: Walker & Company, 1996. <br /> <br />
    21. 21. Follow the Mushers<br />A Collaborative Project Using<br />The Iditarod <br />JoAnn Leigh<br />jleigh@trenton.k12.nj.us<br />

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