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Week 4 - Iditarod: What we've learned...

posted Mar 8, 2011, 12:53 PM by Brenda Meyer   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 11:20 AM ]

(This week we show what we learned about the Iditarod! Check out the pages created by these students who had the following jobs.)

Iditarod Job Postings:


1.  You will read about the history of the Iditarod, from its beginnings in 1925 to its status today.

2.  You will use and to create a time line with a minimum of ten historical events as well as pictures.


1.  You will examine the race route, determining the distance between each check point.

2.  You will use an spreadsheet to create a table and graph of your findings as well as find the mean (average) distance of the check points.


1.  Your job is to examine the various landforms and temperatures in March found across Alaska.

2.  You will create a slide show in Keynote with pictures and definitions of at least five landforms that mushers will cross or see along the trail. Then export as movie to put on the webpage.


1.  You will use an online Almanac to find the temperature and weather conditions for the last 10 race starts. You will use an spreadsheet to create a table and line graphs of your findings.

2.  Finally, you will find the mean (average) temperature over the last 10 starts.

Safety Expert:

1.  You will research the rules of the race as well as the rules each musher must follow to ensure the health and safety of their dogs.

2.  You will need to choose at least five of the rules and explain why YOU think they are important rules to have in a Keynote slide show or an Alice Animation. You will use a template to help you get started.

Supplier and Accountant:

1.     You will research the supplies each musher must have to participate in the race.

2.     You will create an Inspiration map listing supplies, descriptions and! pictures if possible.

3.     You will also create a spreadsheet of the costs and find the sum of the costs to the musher to run the race.

Week 3 - Tracking onto a Spreadsheet

posted Mar 8, 2011, 12:37 PM by Brenda Meyer

This week all the tracking is done--since the race is over! We will turn the handwritten information into data collection in a spreadsheet similar to the one attached here.

And then we'll make a crossword puzzle on a spreadsheet and solve the clues given about the race.

Week 2 - More Resources & Tracking the Mushers

posted Mar 8, 2011, 12:26 PM by Brenda Meyer   [ updated Mar 9, 2011, 6:00 AM ]

The race started! We looked at Google Earth to see the trail. We know where to find information about the trail on websites and maps.

We used a tracking form to see how the musher checked in and out of the checkpoints. We sent messages to our musher through a blog that is set up for the checkpoint where he/she will be arriving.

We learned how to use a spreadsheet to draw an illustration of the Trail Map, and give a little information about each checkpoint. And lastly, we will be editing a website that is set up for us to show others what we are doing.

Week 1 - Intro to Iditarod...

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:03 PM by Brenda Meyer   [ updated Mar 9, 2011, 7:14 AM ]

This week we explored Iditarod resources and chose a musher for each student. Then posters were made in Comic Life describing the musher with at least five pictures and five facts.

Then we registered at to make an avatar to tell about the poster and promote the musher.

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