The racers are off, and currently, musher Ray Redington, Jr. is in the lead! We are, of course, talking about the 2012 Iditarod race that is currently taking place in Alaska.
They begin by watching video clips of the actual race and reading picture books about the 1925 serum run which inspired the race. (Back in 1925 there was an outbreak of diphtheria in Anchorage, AK and sled dog teams relayed the serum over 1,000 miles across the state to Nome.)Now the race covers that same distance.
The classes also take time to explore the website – www.iditarod.com. Each pair of kids (one P1-st grade and one 4th grader) chooses a musher to follow throughout the race. They pulled facts about them and determined whether they were a veteran or a rookie. They also decorated a little poster about their musher. Finally, they explored the rules of the race online.
On Friday, a very special visitor came as part of the Iditarod fun! Dr. Reynolds brought her Siberian Huskie Blue to visit the students. It was a great opportunity for the students to get a first hand look at the real breed of dogs that are so important to this race!
Now that the races have started, the classes will get together each day to follow the progress of their mushers and keep up to date on who wins the big race! Want to follow the race with your student? Keep up to date with how the mushers are doing and who is in the lead here.
Thanks Miss Earhart for the great information!