Over halfway through the Yukon Quest, a 1,000 mile run through Canadian and Alaskan wilderness. Three weeks to the start of the Iditarod, Anchorage to Nome. Dogs dogs dogs, teamwork, amazing landscapes, Aurora Borealis….. I love it all. I’m gathering, planning, exploring for ways to bring the experience to my students. They will draft fantasy dog teams by researching the dogs from 8 different Iditarodding kennels, and fitting them to the positions on a dogsled team. They will choose a musher to follow, from the field of 90. We will explore the cultural and athletic roots of the Iditarod, and track this year’s race using the official Iditarod Insider’s GPS and daily videos and interviews. Students will read for 1,000 minutes, to go along with the 1,000 miles, and track their own progress alongside their mushers. Fun and rich with learning!