Iditarod 2014

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It’s Iditarod time again! We are excited to participate in the third grade class tradition of following the Iditarod.

Like last year, our study of the Iditarod began with a Skype call with a ranger from Denali National Park. She taught us about the adaptations that make sled dogs able to travel over 1,000 miles through the Alaskan wilderness.

This year our class learned about both the Junior Iditarod and the Iditarod. Here is a comparison we made of the two races using the Venn Diagram App (click to enlarge).

Iditarod Venn

We researched all the mushers in the race and each of our groups picked a favorite to present to the class. Then we tried to persuade others to vote for our choice. We voted and our class choice for our 2014 musher is Jeff King!

Here are some facts we learned about Jeff King:

  • He has won the Iditarod 4 times.
  • In 2013 he came in third place.
  • He and his family live in Denali National Park.
  • He is an inventor who creates things to make mushing more comfortable.
  • He is known as a great storyteller.

The Iditarod starts on March 1. We can’t wait to see who wins!

Here are some pictures of the activities we’ve done while studying the Iditarod.







Here is a video about the Iditarod made by the 2012 champion, Dallas Seavey (his dad, Mitch, won the race in 2013!)

Does your class study the Iditarod?

One Comment

  1. Dear Mrs Hamman and class,
    I have learnt so much from reading your posts about the Iditarod. It might surprise you to know that in Australia, most of us have never heard of it.
    I loved the research process you followed to find out more about the race.
    Thanks for sharing your learning with us !

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