Iditarod / Iditaread – FREE READING PACKET

22 Jan


Take your students on an extraordinary reading journey in conjunction with the amazing journey of mushers and sled dog teams known as the IDITAROD. Follow the Iditarod Trail Race from Anchorage, Alaska to Nome, Alaska. We all know how much kids love dogs and adventures! The Iditarod race is set up perfectly to allow students to follow each step of the race, while reaching their reading goals as they watch the Iditarod participants reach their racing goals.

EVERYTHING you need for your own Iditaread Program is included in this FREE DOWNLOAD! This Iditaread packet comes complete with: Participant Certificate, Letter to Parents, Reading Records, Tally Sheets, and much more.  

Check out what schools across the country have to say about their Iditaread programs.

Friendly reminders for your calendar, Reading Dates just around the corner:
Read Across America (RAA Week) – February 24 – March 1
IDITAREAD – Official Start: March 2
Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) – April 12




To enter: simply follow our blog and comment on this post, tell us:

If/how you plan to incorporate Iditaread into your classroom. Do you have a special Iditaread program?

That’s it! THREE winners will receive Iditaread Bragtags™ for your classroom’s program! 🙂

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29 responses to “Iditarod / Iditaread – FREE READING PACKET

  1. Staci

    January 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    We are going to do the Iditaread school wide. Not only will each classroom participate as a team, but each grade level is choosing an Alaskan or dogsled themed book that they will be creating a new unit for using the new common core standards. We are using funds from our PTO book fair to purchase a book for each student. Then as a reward for students giving their best effort on the state assessments, we have planned to rent out our local AMC movie theater to show a dog sled themed movie.

  2. Amelia Cook

    January 22, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    I so plan on implementing this. I was so excited to get this email today. Reminds me of one of my favorite movies Iron Will! We don’t have a special reading program, only AR. Connecting their reading to this real world current event would be awesome!

  3. Colleen F

    January 22, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I am going to share this with my colleagues. Would Love to get the entire school to participate (we’re small), but if not, at least my grade level partner.

  4. sebarney

    January 23, 2013 at 2:37 am

    I am anxious to start this program in my school!

  5. abuchanan

    January 23, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I am planning to do the Iditaread program with my class and I am going to see if others in my school would like to participate as well. I love having new ways to challenge my students to read!

  6. Beckie

    January 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I just discovered this, and I love the idea of using this with my children (I homeschool).

  7. spookygirl

    January 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I love the idea of using this with my children (I homeschool) And I plan to share it with some of my other homeschool friends!

  8. Kathy

    January 29, 2013 at 2:13 am

    I am so excited about this! My 1st graders have set reading goals and we’ve set up a classroom program where the children earn a reading bead for every 100 minutes they read at home. My students will LOVE following the Iditarod Trail race too!! This is great reading inspiration!!

  9. Gloria

    January 29, 2013 at 2:16 am

    I had never heard of this program, but would love to do it.

  10. Twila

    January 29, 2013 at 2:17 am

    This would work well with our reading unit. So glad to have discovered it.

  11. Becky

    January 29, 2013 at 2:19 am

    This would work great with a reading challenge program

  12. Evelyn

    January 29, 2013 at 2:21 am

    We have a reading competition throughout our level and this would fit right into that.

  13. Karen Ganon

    January 29, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I spend some time in the classroom talking about the Iditerod, and we usually watch some clips of the race on our Promethian board. I went to Alaska a year ago, and we were able to see and hold some of the puppies and take a “sled” ride in one of the summer training camps for the dogs. I have photos that I share with the kids. We, of course, read “Balto”. The kids love the whole experience because it was a true story and involves dog and human heroes. Sure would love to win for my kiddos.

  14. Sharon White

    January 29, 2013 at 2:51 am

    My students participated last year and loved it. It was a great motivating factor in getting them to read everyday!!

  15. Linda Wiersma

    January 29, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    We are adding an exercise component. We will encourage families to walk the number of minutes that equate to the race milage. These family minutes will be posted at school to encourage some friendly competition.

  16. Beth

    January 30, 2013 at 1:53 am

    This is a wonderful program. Thank you for the information. This will be a great addition to our reading program.

  17. Judi Smith

    January 30, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I have had an Iditarod unit for years, but have never experienced the Iditaread! I can’t wait to add this to our unit so that while we track the mushers and dogs, we can also track our own reading! What a great combination – I can’t wait!!

  18. Barbara Klinger

    January 30, 2013 at 2:46 am

    This is going to be so much fun. I will be doing this with my 1st graders and I think they are going to LOVE it!!!! Thank you for the downloads. 🙂

  19. Elizabeth Carpenter

    January 30, 2013 at 3:51 am

    I’ve been doing an Iiditarod unit in my classroom for many years now, but this year I have my whole grade level on board and we are going to sign up for the Iditaread. These tags would be a perfect incentive for those “mushers” who crossed the line finish line in Nome in the Iditaread.

  20. Terri Cleaver

    January 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

    We are going to incorporate Iditaread into our curriculum for the first time since I’ve been the LMS at our school. These tags would be perfect motivators for students.

  21. Susan Fletcher

    January 30, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    I love teaching about the Iditarod. I love sharing the facts from the website.

  22. Kathy

    January 30, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    The local elementary school in our special education cooperative is joining in on this adventure this year!

  23. Jolene Pennington

    January 31, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    There are so many great learning activities that go along with the Iditarod!!! From the “Iditarod Activities For the Classroom Book II” I plan on using the “Musher’s Dictionary” crossword puzzle to help introduce the vocabulary along with the “Iditarod & Alaskan History Puzzle.” In math I will use the maximum and minimum temperature pages that work with graphing and landmark (mean, median, mode, etc.) the “Finny’s Daily Oral Language Sentences” are great too. I encourage everyone that is doing the Iditarod to look into the online activities available! Thank you so much for including us in this wonderful even!!!!

    I will also be including our classroom’s ePals from Germany and Sweden in our endeavors. They are excited to watch and learn about the Iditarod as we are.

  24. Melissa Sherlock

    February 5, 2013 at 2:38 am

    I’m teaching a lapbooking class of 16 second and third graders at our local homeschool co-op. We will begin our Iditarod lapbook in 2 weeks and I love the Iditaread idea to encourage reading. I would love these tags as prizes for reaching their reading goals.

  25. Jayme Secrest

    February 6, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Our school is participating in the Iditarod reading activities. My class is so excited. There are so many online activities to do with your students. All the activities cover all subjects and grade levels. It is a fun way to teach different skills using something that the kids can relate to real life. The students are excited to try to figure out which Musher they want to follow through the race. Thanks for offering such a great resource for Teacher to use.

  26. Morgan Worthington

    February 7, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I teach 2nd grade and we read Akiak: A Tale From the Iditarod. All 3 2nd grade classrooms are going to read Akiak the last week if February and begin the Iditaread program. We are going to spend the next week following the race, tracking our class “musher” and reading!!! The students will track their reading for the whole month of March. I hope our students are as excited and the teachers are!! So excited for this opportunity! Thanks!

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  28. Kelly

    February 26, 2014 at 2:00 am

    Do you have a 2014 Iditaread Packet that we can download like you did for the 2013 Iditarod? Are you doing the Iditaread Brag tags again?


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