Iditarod - the Great Race & the Sled Dogs that run it! {Fun & Facts booklet}

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Did you know that during the Iditarod race, a single musher will use over 2000 polar-fleece booties on his team of dogs? The booties help to protect and warm the paws of the dog team, and usually last several hours or up to 160km (100 miles) before needing to be replaced…

This 52 page mini booklet pack is designed to support your classroom discussions about the Iditarod Race… you can mix and match from the large selection of pages to best meet the needs of your class.


Please check out the preview for a closer look at the resources in this pack!


52 page Iditarod Sled Dog Booklet ~ page topics include:

• What is the Iditarod Race – the basics
• Facts about the date the race is held
• What’s your favorite race record? Research and record
• Find and read some fiction and non-fiction books about sled dogs
• Facts about the history and meaning of the word ‘Iditarod’
• Iditarod is the name of a city, a river, a trail and a race! Illustrate the facts
• Information about the traditions and meaning behind the Red lantern
• Sled dog facts True or False (plus answers)
• Complete the fact files about your favourite musher and lead dog
• Who do you think will win? Sketch the start line and record your predictions
• Old and new – information about traditional and modern sleds. Can you spot both in this year’s race?
• ‘Pack the sled’ by reading through and then drawing in the mandatory and optional items that mushers must carry during the race
• Sled dog harnesses – read the sentences and attempt to draw the rigging
• The qualities of a good musher and sled dog are….
• Add an illustrations to show yourself as a musher wearing the appropriate clothing
• Draw your dream sled dog
• Read through the list of the past ‘Golden Harness’ award winners, and write down the most creative winning dog names! (E.g. the 2011 winner were snickers and velvet!)
• A selection of Iditarod and sled dog themed coloring pages
• Alaska facts in numbers (e.g. Alaska has over 3 thousand rivers and 3 million lakes! How many oceans and seas does Alaska border?) plus answers
• Use a dictionary to record the meanings of these words (tenacity, tundra etc.)
• Racing to win and racing for prizes (record this year’s prizes)
• Fill in the Iditarod fact file (what is the start date this year, how many people are competing etc.)
• Things to think about…. (Some people feel that it’s cruel to put animals through such a gruelling race. Other people think that these dogs are born to race in these conditions! What’s your opinion? How would you feel if you received the red lantern etc.)
• How are the dogs cared for during the race?
• A place for including a copy of the current years map
• Why does the trail change on odd and even years? Information about the history behind this
• A forgotten hero? Information about Balto and Togo
• Write a letter to someone involved with the Iditarod race asking some ‘open��� questions
• Would you enter the Junior Iditarod race? Why? Why not?
• The basic story of the 1925 serum run…
• Sled dogs are a variety of breeds that originated in different places! Map their origins on the world map
• 10 Iditarod themed challenges (e.g. Check the official Iditarod website—what does the countdown clock say? Study the racing sleds closely and then construct your own model! (You could use popsicle sticks and pipe-cleaners) Watch ‘Balto’ the movie etc.
• A brief time line of the Iditarod trail from pre 1800-2000
• Add the vowels to complete the Iditarod themed words
• An Iditarod acrostic poem template
• A selection of blank pages for including writing or drawings
• Design the front page of a newspaper to share the most dramatic part of this year’s race...
• Compare and contrast ‘Balto’ the movie with a book of the same theme – what’s the same? What’s different?
• Silly sled dog themed jokes
• An Iditarod themed word find
• Writing prompts (My favourite sled dog is __________ because; If I could be a musher I’d choose ________ because…)
• Plus more!



Looking for dog or winter weather resources? You might want to have a peek at these!

Dog Jobs! {A mini booklet about Service & Assistance dogs} .
FROZEN! {Fun & facts about the science behind Snow, Frost & Hail} .
Winter Nature Booklet {A booklet of activities celebrating winter} .


This resource is also included as part of this great value bundle:

Winter Weather {Cool Temperatures Bundle!}.



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Iditarod - the Great Race & the Sled Dogs that run it! {Fu
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Iditarod - the Great Race & the Sled Dogs that run it! {Fu
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