Educate & INspire

Below are links to ISDC resources as well as great curated links
and lesson ideas on the Iditarod and Yukon Quest educational sites.

ISDC VOLUNTEER & EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

ITIDAROD EDUCATION

TRACK A TEAM

Print a map of the racecourse and small sled dog team markers. Follow GPS trackers and move musher markers along the trail each morning or afternoon.

CARE PACKAGES & LETTER WRITING

Send a care package to a checkpoint for a musher.

CALCULATING RACE DISTANCES

Math Project:  calculate mush team distances by the day, how long it takes to reach that distance, subtract rest times, and calculate average dog team speed per mile.

ON THE PLAYGROUND

Play dog team on the playground.  Get a rope and have “dog” team members hold the rope with one hand with a musher at one end giving commands.

ADOPT A TEAM

Adopt a Mush Team:  make posters, send letters, and follow them through the race.

DOG’S JOURNAL

Write a dog’s journal of the trail

MATH PROJECTS

More math projects are available on the Iditarod education link below.

Learn More

SIMON SAYS

Play Simon Says like a dog team.  Simon (musher) says:
Gee – Right
Haw – Left
Come Gee or Haw – 180 turn in either direction
Hike – Go forward
Easy – Slow down
Whoa – Stop

Sample Student report

Created after the 2019 race, attached is a sample research report created by ISDC enthusiast (and new musher) Xander Whiteman..

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photos credit Melissa Shelby Photography