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Let's Learn About The Iditarod,

"The Last Great Race on Earth"!


Gail Skroback Hennessey

Learn about the Iditarod with this webquest!

1. The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, begun in 1973, is called the world's longest dog sled race. Using the old mail route( Iditarod Trail), from Anchorage to Nome, the race is officially 1049 miles across frozen wilderness, 200 miles of the Yukon Valley and two mountain ranges. The word Iditarod means

________________ in the language of the ______________, one of the native people of northwestern Alaska. In addition to being the name of a race, what else has the same name?_______,___________ and____________.

Find the answers at this link:

2. Did you know that not all types of dogs can participate in the famous dog race? What are two of the northern dog breeds that can participate in the Iditarod?______________ and ____________. Prior to 1999,when a rule was created limiting the breeds of dogs which could participate in the Iditarod, what type of dogs did John Suter enter?_____________ What were two problems which this particular dog had during the race?_______________ and ________________ Find the answers at this link:

3. A famous dog racecalled the Great Race of Mercy took place in 1925. It is also known as the Serum Run. It was a 674 mile journey made in 127 1/2 days to bring needed medicine to the city of Nome. In 1925, what was the disease that struck the city of Nome?______________________Why couldn't airplanes or trains bring the needed medicine to the area?__________________ and ___________ What was the name of the dog which brought the sled carrying the medicine the last few miles to Nome?_____________Find the answers at this link.

4. What were two problems which the sled dogs faced on their 1925 journey to Nome? ___________________ and ____________________ A bronze sculpture was created of the dog which arrived in Nome with medical supplies. It can be found in which famous park in New York City?________________ It is the only statue in NYC that honors a dog! After the race, what became of the famous dog who had delivered the medical supplies to Nome?________________________ Thankfully, George Kimble, of Cleveland, OH, saw the terrible conditions of this heroic dog and his team members. What did Kimble do?____________________________ Where did this famous dog spend the rest of his life?________________Find the answers at this link:

Did You Know?

1. Danish explorer Vitus Bering was the first European to discover Alaska. The year was 1741.

2. A lamp is lit at the beginning of the race and isn't extinguished until the very last dog team finishes the race.

Teachers Page.

1.Before doing the webquest, ask the students to share any prior knowledge they have about the state of Alaska and the Iditarod.

2. After completing the webquest, have groups of students make 5 comprehension questions to exchange with another group to answer.

3. Regroup and discuss the Iditarod.

Extension Activities:

1. Have students pretend they are a musher on the Iditarod. Write a diary entry telling about the day's race. Include 3 facts learned about the Iditarod from the webquest. Another idea is for students to pretend they are a lead dog and tell about a day running in the Iditarod.

2. You can see a stuffed Balto at the Cleveland Zoo. Some believe that Balto belongs in the state of Alaska. School children in Alaska tried unsuccessfully to bring Balto back to Alaska. Since he spent most of his life in Cleveland, Ohio says Balto belongs in their state. What do you think? Why?

3. Illustrate a fact learned about the Iditarod. Write a short paragraph to explain your drawing.

4. Reading activity:

There are 10 web questions in the complete resource. There is a Did You Know? section with 7 extra facts, a teacher page with nine extension activities, additional links and the key.

Check out my web quest on the state of Alaska: