This is a unit
that we actually stumbled into this last winter (1999). After asking the
initial question, "The Idita-what?" we began our quest to find out about
this oddly named event held in the fridgid Alaskan tundra. What we found
was a unique, courageous sport, pitting man against the elements, encouraging
teamwork of 'man and beast' and challenging the best of ones survival wits.
We were immediately caught up in the fervor and excitement of the
competition, while respecting the competitors, being thankful we could
participate from the comforts of our warm home! What followed was a study
of one of the most beautiful of our 50 states, rich in heritage and priceless
in natural wilderness.
Begin collecting resources
in February as the Iditarod takes place each March.
Origins of the Iditarod:
What is it?
The Serum Run of 1925
Origin of the word in the Native
History of the Red Lantern
Rules of the Iditarod
Portrait of a Musher
Previous Musher's histories
Providing daily statistic sheets
to track the progress of chosen Musher's and their teams.
Contact support with a Musher
History of the state
Geography of the main
features (mountains, rivers, cities, bays, islands, lakes, Iditarod trail)
Living in 'The Bush'
Natives (Aleuts, Indians, Eskimos)
Additional Related Sciences:
The Aurora Borealis (The Northern
Insulation & body fat
You can use most any atlas
of Alaska, in place of the one listed. There are also several books that
give state-to-state facts and such.
Let's Learn America
- A KidsCan!
Book (a book of the 50 states, refer to Alaska section)
...If You Lived in the
Alaska Territory - Nancy Smiler Levinson
Woodsong - Gary
Paulsen, autobiography of a Musher
Scrub Dog of Alaska
- Walt Morey
Alaska Atlas & Gazetteer
- Delorme Mapping
Stone Fox - John
The Bite of the Gold
Bug: A Story of the Alaskan Gold Rush - (Once Upon America)
The Long Run: Iditarod
Alaska's Great Race:
The Susan Butcher Story
Wild Alaska I
Wild Alaska II
Braving Alaska - (National
Families living in the
IV. LESSON DESCRIPTIONS:
7-10 (& additional links)
Musher's Daily Statistic Sheets
The Last Great Race on Earth
The 1925 Serum Run to Nome
* Iditarod History
* What does Iditarod Mean? and other FAQs
* Story of the Widow's Lamp &
Story of the Red Lantern