The Iditarod is starting in less than two weeks! Every year, kids from our school participate in the eIditarod, an online project that helps us learn more about this fascinating race. You can read about last year’s project here.
This year, we started learning about the race back in December, when we Skyped with a ranger at Denali National Park to learn more about sled dogs.
We made a map to track the Iditarod route. First, we traced a map of Alaska and wrote the names of all the checkpoints on the route. Then we colored it white using oil pastels.
Next, we did research to choose the musher our class would follow this year. We divided up the list of this year’s mushers and each one of our project groups researched 10-12 mushers.
Each group decided on one nominee to present to the rest of the class. All of our nominees were great mushers with lots of experience, and the groups did an excellent job of presenting their choices. However, we could only choose one, and the winner of our class vote was: Lance Mackey!
Now, all we have to do is try to be patient as we wait for the race to start on March 2! We’ll be tracking Lance’s progress on the trail every day.
This video was made by Dallas Seavey, last year’s Iditarod champion.
Does your class follow the Iditarod?