Iditarod Unit Activities

Also known as the "Last Great Race on Earth", the Iditarod gives plenty of opportunities for a GREAT unit study incorporating math, science, history and more! Here is a list of completely UPDATED (2009) links to great resources for homeschooling with the Iditarod race.

Newest Links

  • Instructions for a LAPBOOK for sled dog racing! Visit to read all about it.
  • See You In Nome! An Iditarod Rookie Journey - 2008 DVD
  • Beautiful new photos from The Boston Globe - 3/9/2009

    Informational Sites

    Official Iditarod Site - The official site of the Iditarod Trail Committee. Everything you need to follow the race for FREE!
    Alaska Daily News - The best newspaper coverage and a good way look at journalism as it relates to the race.
    Cabela's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Coverage - Up-to-the-minute coverage of the race, the mushers, and the dogs. The "Education Expedition" section is especially helpful.
    Dogsled - One of the best Iditarod sites online.
    International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA) - Lots of links on mushing, dogs, tips for spectators and sanctioned races and media events. See the section to the left on the feeding of dogs -- a good topic to study calorie intake, etc.
    Wild-Eyed Alaska - Learn about the diverse wildlife of Alaska - beautiful photos, audio clips and videos. Great for science!
    Women in Alaska's History - Susan Butcher, Libby Riddles, DeeDee Jonrowe and Mary Shields: four reasons for the saying "Alaska...where men are men and women win the Iditarod".
    Ultimate - Ultimate Iditarod for kids and teachers!
    State of Alaska on the Web - Alaska's state site for kids.
    Sled Dogs: An Alaskan Epic - This was a Nature program on PBS. The web site includes lots of information about sled dogs, including Dogsledding 101.
    Working Dog Web - Lots of information and some teacher links too - nice child-friendly design.
    Athletes from Kids World Sports: Dogsledding - Article about Kiara, a young musher.
    The Iditarod Trail: A ThinkQuest Junior Project - Information about the Iditarod, mushers, and the sled dogs.

    Lesson Plans, WebQuests, and Educational Activities

    Official Iditarod Site: For Kids and Teachers
    Cabela's Education Expedition
    The Iditarod Virtual Field Trip
    ExploreNorth Teacher Resources
    WorkshopQuest on the Iditarod Race
    Iditarod WebQuest
    The Iditarod Dog Sled Race Activities
    Iditarod Activities Across the Grades
    Create Your Own Iditarod Unit
    Iditarod Resources from a Former Teacher
    Iditarod Integrative Study
    Jennifer's Iditarod Activities Page
    The Iditarod Reading Rainbow Contest Winner Math Mushers

    Iditarod Games

    Iditarod: Race Across Alaska - Scholastic's online Iditarod activities.
    Surfaquarium Iditarod 2009 Resources - Online resources for studying the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.
    Alaska's Iditarod Sled Dog Race - A ThinkQuest entry about the race.

    Recommended Books

    The Call of the Wild by Jack London Woodsong by Gary Paulsen Black Star, Bright Dawn by Scott O'Dell Julie by Jean Craighead George

    Dogsong by Gary Paulsen

    Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George


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