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    Iditarod
    By CLykowski

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    I am in Michigan and I teach Fifth Grade.The Iditarod is one of my favorite units to teach! I do a simulation with this unit. The kids are actually put into teams and start by writing persuasive letters to a company requesting money for support. Based on their letter, teams are given 'money' to purchase supplies for the race. When the race actually begins, the teams draw a fate card everyday that tells them how far on the trail they go. They are all trying to beat their actual musher that they follow to Nome! My lower kids read Balto/Stone Fox. We also do Woodsong, Bright STar, Bright Dawn. There are so many things to do with this unit. We also have a storyteller come in as Susan Butcher. She's fabulous! The kids really believe she's Butcher! We also have a musher with the sled and dogs come. At the end of the unit we have an I-Kid-A-Rod where our kids race from checkpoint to checkpoint.

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