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  • Iditarod Adventures: Tales from Mushers Along the Trailby Lew Freedman  Ages: 10+Renowned sports writer Lew Freedman profiles 23 mushers--men, women, Natives, seasoned veterans, and some relatively new to the demanding sport, many of whom are so well-known in Alaska that fans refer to them only by their first names. The book also features interviews with administrators who organize the event and make sure it happens every year, volunteers, and others...Subjects: science, Anchorage, Nome, Alaska, mushers, race, sled dog, trailLocation: Alaska

  • It’s 2015 -- time to pack up the Iditarodby Jake Flanagin Ages: 12+Officially known as Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth -- an annual dogsled race stretching approximately 1,100 miles between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome. Known historically as "the Great Race of Mercy," the event precipitated a recreational dogsledding renaissance, thanks in part to the heroism of Balto. The lead dog of the first team to reach Nome was later immortalized by the 1995 Universal Pictures animated classic.Subjects: the Great Race of Mercy, history, dog-sled teams, Alaska, sporting event, Iditarod Trail Seppala Memorial Race, training, challenges, medicine, dogsled drivers, Nome, Location: Alaska

  • Iditarod Picture Dictionaryby Scholastic Inc. Ages: 5 - 8Introduces students to the Iditarod, a dogsled race across Alaska. Students create a picture dictionary of key Iditarod terms. Learn about the Iditarod and related terms through stories and articles. Review photographs of mushers and sled dogs. Use a dictionary, encyclopedia, and online resources to gather information. Subjects: writing, sports, vocabulary, unit study, dogs

  • Iditarod Activities and Lesson Plansby The Teacher’s Corner Ages: 8+Each winter the Iditarod, the great race, gets underway in the cold and snowy region of North America. This is the XXXVIII running of the race that will begin in Anchorage, Alaska in March of 2010.Subjects: lesson plans, resources, worksheets, puzzles, winter activities, North America, race, Anchorage, games, coloring pages, race stations

  • Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Lesson Plans and Articlesby Cathy Walters Ages: 4+Meet Zuma and the K9 Journalists! Read articles. Discover information about the Iditarod Trail. Send messages to Zuma, Sanka, Gypsy, and Libby. The K9 Journalists are jogging down the trails, sniffing for stories, howling about their discoveries, and putting their paws to the key board to bring you updates during the race and stories all year round! Read their stories, send them email, and learn to howl a dog song! Subjects: quilt stencils, theater, Alaska, literature, music, art, news, literacy, lessons, speakers, science fair, guidance, natureLocation: Anchorage, Alaska (Starting Point)

  • It’s 2015 -- time to pack up the Iditarodby Jake Flanagin Ages: 12+Officially known as Iditarod, the Last Great Race on Earth -- an annual dogsled race stretching approximately 1,100 miles between the Alaskan cities of Anchorage and Nome. Known historically as "the Great Race of Mercy," the event precipitated a recreational dogsledding renaissance, thanks in part to the heroism of Balto. The lead dog of the first team to reach Nome was later immortalized by the 1995 Universal Pictures animated classic.Subjects: the Great Race of Mercy, history, dog-sled teams, Alaska, sporting event, Iditarod Trail Seppala Memorial Race, training, challenges, medicine, dogsled drivers, Nome, Location: Alaska

  • The Iditarod: The Last Great Raceby Education World Ages: 10+Wise teachers use the annual Iditarod to teach geography, math, reading, and language arts. This annual race can teach students about fairness in competition and the pride and dignity that comes with seeing a job through to its completion.Subjects: mushers, malamute, maps, The Last Great Race, strategies, Denali Mountains

  • Iditarod: Race Across Alaskaby Scholastic Inc Ages: 8+This online activity follows the Iditarod race across Alaska, both the adults and junior versions. Students do a variety of explorations from learning about the trail to meeting live mushers. A link to a helpful teacher's guide and booklist is included.Subjects: dog sled, Alaska, musher, Gary Paulson, trail, explore

  • The Jr. Iditarodby Reading A-Z Ages: 12+This book introduces readers to the Jr. Iditarod--a sled-dog race in Alaska for young people ages 14 - 17. Learn about the race, how mushers prepare for it, how dogs are trained, and the challenges along the trail.Subjects: dog-sled teams, Alaska, sporting event, training, challenges

  • The Official Site of the Iditarodby Iditarod Trail Committee, Inc Ages: 10+It's unlike any other event in the world. A race over 1,150 miles of the most extreme and beautiful terrain known to man: across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline ...Subjects: Alaska, mushers, race, sled dog, trail

  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Raceby Wikipedia Ages: 10+Usually just called the "Iditarod", is an annual sled dog race in Alaska, where mushers and teams of typically 16 dogs cover 1,161 miles in eight to fifteen days from Willow to Nome.Subjects: Alaska Interior, race, dogs, sled, Nome, Willow