How To Build A Race

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Part of a 4 show Iditarod Inservice unit where students design an historical race based on the Iditarod.

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How To Build A Race

  1. 1. The Next Great Race Commemorating an important event in American History
  2. 2. How to get started. <ul><li>Select an explorer, event or trail. </li></ul><ul><li>Research, research, research. </li></ul><ul><li>Locate a map. </li></ul><ul><li>Plot a route. </li></ul><ul><li>Build a race. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Explorers and Settlers <ul><li>Lewis and Clark </li></ul><ul><li>Don Juan de Onate </li></ul><ul><li>Jacques Cartier </li></ul><ul><li>Francisco Vasquez de Coronado </li></ul>I
  4. 4. Possible event topics. <ul><li>California Gold Rush </li></ul><ul><li>Battles of the American Revolution </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of Missions </li></ul><ul><li>Forts </li></ul><ul><li>Ghost Towns </li></ul>I
  5. 5. Some suggested trails. <ul><li>Trail of Tears </li></ul><ul><li>Cattle Drive Trails </li></ul><ul><li>Railroad Routes </li></ul><ul><li>Underground Railroad </li></ul><ul><li>Mormon Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Oregon Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Pony Express </li></ul>I
  6. 6. Plot a route <ul><li>Create a list of checkpoints and distances </li></ul>START X X IV
  7. 7. Research Suggestions II Historical Maps by the bunches: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/histus.html http://www.nationalgeographic.com/maps/ http://www.cgrer.uiowa.edu/servers/servers_references.html#historical http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/historical.html
  8. 8. Build a Race <ul><li>Why have a race? </li></ul><ul><li>Name it. Give it a nickname. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a list of rules and requirements. </li></ul><ul><li>Design a logo and at least one souvenir. </li></ul><ul><li>Create “musher” biographies. </li></ul><ul><li>Publish a brochure about your race. </li></ul>V
  9. 9. Select a mode of transportation <ul><li>Animals- horses, mules, driving a herd </li></ul><ul><li>Vehicles- planes, trains, cars, motorcycles, snow machines </li></ul><ul><li>On foot, skies, roller blades, bicycle </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple modes </li></ul>Mode may determine length: terrain may determine mode.
  10. 10. Additional Race Components <ul><li>Special Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Musher Biographies </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed Trail Descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Weather Information </li></ul><ul><li>Cost and/or weight of Gear </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated Times </li></ul>
  11. 11. Modifications <ul><li>Make it an expedition rather than a race </li></ul><ul><li>Space exploration </li></ul><ul><li>The Golden Tortilla Race- Chihuahua dogs pulling shopping carts to all the Dollar Only Stores in El Paso </li></ul>
  12. 12. Additional Activities <ul><li>Create a song </li></ul><ul><li>Adapt a game </li></ul><ul><li>Video tape race highlights </li></ul><ul><li>Build a web page </li></ul>

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