Students at Lincoln Elementary this week were transported to the exciting world Nome, Alaska and the Iditarod – The Last Great Race through activities for the school’s IditaREAD week. Students even experienced what an authentic Iditarod sled looks and feels like.
Students each picked a musher of the 72 that compete and are created pennants and are wore lanyards that say “ask me about my musher.” The students researched their musher and details of the race and were reading “Balto of the Blue Dawn” to learn about sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported from Anchorage to Nenana, Alaska, by train and then to Nome by dog sled to combat an outbreak of the disease.
The students also kept a log of their minutes read over the week and each minute read corresponded to movement along the Iditarod course until they reached Nome.
The students had a special treat thanks to teacher Amy Miller’s brother, who is an Iditarod volunteer. He lent the school a replica sled that he built for the students to sit on and have their photos taken. It was a perfect cap to an exciting week of learning about one of America’s great competitions while advancing their reading and researching skills.