Thursday, January 1, 2009


I have enjoyed following the Iditarod sled race the last few years, some years more closely than others. If you would like to join the crowd in cheering on the mushers and also get some ideas for related activities and projects you might be interested in this. You simply join the Yahoo group and then participate as you have time and desire.

For some of our experiences from last year check out the Iditarod label on my blog. And, stay tuned here for our projects from this year. We are currently heading into a unit on Hawaii, so that will be a dramatic switch to sled dog racing in February.

Here's the info:
As classes prepare to follow the Iditarod Sled Dog Race again this
year, consider joining the eIditarod project - now in its tenth year!

The eIditarod Project announces its open registration period through
January 9, 2009! Are you fascinated with the Iditarod and want to
extend it further in your class's studies this Winter? Consider
joining the eIditarod Project at

The eIditarod Project is sponsored by Walter McKenzie, and is open to
students in grades K-8. Using the Official Iditarod Website
<>, classes will study the trail and the
mushers and select one team to follow online for the 2009 race. You
will be asked to create a wall-sized map of the trail and track the
progress of your team using race updates on the official site.

Each time your team pulls into a new stop, you will post a message at
a virtual checkpoint and complete a problem solving task related to
the race.

Upon your musher's completion of the race, you will receive an
official 2009 eIditarod class certificate recognizing your achievement!

The timeline is as follows:

January 12 - February 13, 2009
Create a wall map of the trail

February 16 - February 27, 2009
Select a musher to follow in the race

March 2 - February 6, 2009
Prepare your class for the big event

March 7, 2009 - end of the race
Follow your musher and post to each checkpoint's blog as he or she

March 31, 2009
Receive an official 2009 eIditarod class certificate for completion of
the trail!

The project is designed to integrate the Iditarod Sled Dog Race across
the curriculum for Grades K-8. It will involve students in problem
solving tasks along the way and culminate with each class receiving an
official 2009 eIditarod class certificate honoring them for finishing
the eIditarod trail.

More information can be found right on the eIditarod website at

Please join us!

Walter McKenzie
eIditarod Project Sponsor

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