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IASD Theme Based Learning

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Iditarod

A primary through secondary unit based around the annual Iditarod race,
which engages students in a variety of learning activities surrounding the
history and community engagement of the Iditarod.

Note: Many lessons fit into multiple grade categories and lend themselves
well to the multi-graded classroom.

Primary Teacher Judy Kuhn briefs a mushing team at one of the 20+
Mini-Iditarods that she organized in McGrath.
Retired McGrath school-teacher Judy Kuhn (1985-2011) uses the Iditarod to teach thematically–math, history, and social studies. See how she does it.

Alaska Legends

Aviation

Beaver

Berries

Big projects

Clean Energy

Community

Culture Camp

Designing Communities

Economy

Energy

Fish Camp

Mini-Iditarod

Integrated Arts

Living and Building Course

Local History

Mining

Nikolai Ski Trek

Renewable Energy

Rural Life Skills

Science Camp - Birds

Science Camp

Survival Camp

Transportation

Trees

Water

Unit Plan Mini Iditarod

Unit Plan Upper Elementary

Unit Plan Secondary

Mini-Iditarod Primary Lessons

  • Dogs and Dog Sleds
    Iditarod Race History
    • The Dog Musher
    • Iditarod Mapping
    Health and Safety on the Trail
    • Race Organization andParticipation
    • Pre-Race Preparation
  • Primary Teacher Resources

  • Acrostic Iditarod Poems (PDF)
    • Checker's Form (PDF)
    • Checkpoints (PDF)
    Daily Grammar (PDF)
    • Dog Story (PDF)
    • Facts about Iditarod (PDF)
    • Famous Iditarod Names (PDF)
    • Healthy Sled Dogs (PDF)
    • Idita-Read Race (PDF)
    • Iditarod Math (PDF)
    • Iditarod Champions (PDF)
    • Mushing Vocabulary (PDF)

    Upper Elementary Lessons

  • Iditarod Checkpoint Annotated
    Timeline and/or Map

    Local Musher Interviews
    • Musher Biography
    • Musher Letter
    • Race Marshal Speech
    • The Iditarod Research Paper
    • Iditarod Research:The Oral Presentation
    • IditaRead Flip Book Project
    • The Iditarod Journal
  • Secondary Lessons

  • History of the Race
    • Interviewing Techniques
    • Final Interview
    • Documenting the Race in a Village on the Trail
    • The Iditarod Journal
    • Conducting Effective Interviews
    • Checkpoint Preparation: Pies
    • Food for the Trail
  • Secondary Teacher Resources

    Pie Chart Rubric (PDF)

    Videos• Takotna, Alaska - Iditarod 2013
    • Mini Iditarod, 2014