Lesson Summary: Create checkpoints in a large outdoor area. Each checkpoint will have a team oriented or relay type activity that will advance the team to the next checkpoint or must be completed before the team can move to the next checkpoint. Iditarod Trail can be scaled to take only 1 period of Physical Education or can be used as a multi-class activity taking a longer period of time. See Other Information and Notes. For a large-scale activity, ask parents to volunteer as checkpoint worker.
Procedural Activities: Divide class into teams of 4 to 6. Cones with instructions are set up approximately 25 – 50 yards apart around the track or a football field to represent checkpoints. Ideas for 15 checkpoint events are listed. Select activities that lend themselves to the climate, time available and physical setting. Have a checker (parent volunteer), at each checkpoint to organize the students and explain the activity
Husky Hop – The team will do the “Bunny Hop” from their current checkpoint to the next checkpoint. After each segment of right-right, left-left, front-back, hop-hop-hop-hop the leader must go to the back of the team to become the musher.
Paw Pass – The team will pass a basketball overhead and between legs alternately going from musher to lead dog and back. As soon as the lead dog has received the ball and reversed it, he or she will got to the back of the team to become the musher. After each student has been the musher, the team jogs to the next checkpoint.
Bootie Brigade – The musher will put a large sock (booties) on each hand then sprint 25 years and return passing the socks to the next musher who puts the socks on and does the same. When the last musher has returned and removes the socks, the team jogs to the next checkpoint.
Yukon Volley – Team members split in half and form single file lines on each side of a football goal post. A beach ball is passed over the goal post. After each volley, the front person goes to the back of the line and the next person is responsible for the next volley. Count volleys until the team reaches 26 then jog to the next checkpoint.
Rawhide Relay – With a rawhide chew or bone in hand, each team member runs a distance of 25 yards from the checkpoint cone and returns passing the rawhide to the next runner. After all team members have relayed the rawhide, the team jogs to the next checkpoint.
Team Trot – All members of the team stand side-by-side, hook elbows and jog to the next checkpoint.