Idita Reads and Races

IditaRead™ Challenge

Join an IditaRead™ and race from Anchorage to Nome! An IditaRead is an excellent way to encourage students to read. An IditaRead™ is held in connection with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® —  the Iditarod Trail and the Iditarod Mushers are used as ‘benchmarks’ of reading progress for students.  Most IditaReads are held in …

IditaMath: School Project to Engage Students in Math Practice at Home: Project at Larson Elementary School, Alaska

Idita Math, a project from Larson Elementary School, Wasilla, Alaska.  Quick summary of the project:  Students were challenged to complete math goals at home and ‘race from Anchorage to Nome’ as they practiced their math basic skills.  Teachers created math goals according to the needs of the students.  Overall, the project goal was to help …

Educators! Get Ready for Iditarod 2014!

Now is the time to prep for Iditarod 2014. Read more here for ideas and plans.

Ikidarod Math! Racing Sleds in South Dakota

My name is Andy Johnson and I am teacher in Brandon, SD.  We have followed the Iditarod since I have been in Brandon and have been Iditarod Insider members the last several years. We have created our own version of the Ikidarod that we have done since 2007 in which the students actually form teams …

IditaRead- California Style

Every year we hold an IditaRead.  Our budget runs between $450 and $500.  The following is a summary of the a typical Idita Read: We went to a company  and ordered these cool dog tags as reading incentives for the kids.  They run about $.30 apiece when ordered in a large quantity.  Any student reaching …

Idita Read in Wisconsin

Hi!  I teach 1st grade at St. John the Baptist School in Green Bay, WI. I just wanted to share what we are doing for the Iditaread challenge.  The Iditaread challenge was kicked off with a small banquet of dog bone shaped Scooby snacks, popcorn balls and snow cones.  During the Banquet teams were announced.  …

Idita Read Success Story

My class did a modified version of Idita-Read.  I copied all of the materials from the web-site for each of my students.  On the first page of the packet, the students had to set goals.  Our goal as a class was to read for 15 minutes everyday during Language Arts class.  This could be any …

I’ll “Mush” Vicariously Through Books, Video, and the Official Websites

I wrote the attached article for our state (South Carolina) Association of School Librarian’s professional journal, Media Center Messenger. I love following the Iditarod every year and every two or three years we do an Idita-READ event to inspire kids to read. I also attached the letter to parents and reading log that I’ve used …

Idita Math at Larson Elementary School

At Larson Elementary School, in Wasilla, Alaska, Idita-Math is an important family event! On February 1, the school kicked off a month-long event that is designed to helps students improve math skills through an Idita-Math project.  More than 100 students, their parents, and teachers attended the event, a ‘Family Game Night’ which partnered math practice …

Idita Races! White Lake Elementary School

Each year, hundreds of schools around the world have their own IDITAROD — or I-Kid-A-Rod. Take a look at this link to view the Ikidarod held at White Lake Elementary School.  Be patient, it takes a few minutes to load the images, but it is well worth it to look at ideas for your own …