One of my favorite things to teach is the Alaskan Iditarod. The kids love the fact that dogs pull people over 1,000 miles in a race involving wind, snow, and below zero temperatures. Of course another reason why I love the Iditarod is because it means I get to read one of my all time favorite books, “Stone Fox”! Warning – Don’t read if you cry easily! (Here is my Stone Fox reading group guide)
Every year we follow the Iditarod and keep tabs on the kids musher. Here is a picture of our maps and jerseys.
Something brand new I implemented is an incentive to get my students reading. March is such a hard month for us in the North because it has been a long winter and kids are just starting to get outside a bit. There amount of reading drops way down in March. We are having “The Last Great Reading Race” from Anchorage to Nome and they are loving it!
Here is our reading course – sorry about how blurry it is!
We will also be doing an iditarod glyph, reviewing a power point, and Iditarod math and ELA pages. I also put together a great list of Iditarod related resources and lesson ideas. You can find all this stuff either together in a unit or individually at my TPT store.