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*FLEX* Iditarod Sled Dog Race Alaska. Reading, STEM, Amazing Dogs! 8-12

FLEX + LIVE, see description. The Iditarod is like the Olympics of dog racing. We follow sled dogs and mushers as they race 1,000+ miles across frozen Alaska. This is a FUN unit-study style class that includes geography, reading, and STEM.
Michelle Polar World
58 total reviews for this teacher
3 reviews for this class
Completed by 13 learners
No live meetings
Over 4 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per week

How does a "Flex" course work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

Available Times


Mon, Feb 20, 2023

Feb 20 – Mar 19, 2023 (4 weeks)
Flexible Time
Don't see a time that works for you?


Class Experience

This class is taught in English.
I have lived in Alaska for over 20 years, and am an Iditarod enthusiast!  Many years I am at the starting line, or somewhere along the beginning miles of the race, cheering on the mushers and dogs.

I have lived in Polar environments most of my life, and familiar with the harsh conditions and exceptional beauty.  I also offer classes about Antarctica and the south Polar regions of our planet.  
Learners participating in the IditaRead will have several hours of reading outside of class time, which supports reading goals.  Learners will also track & record race data using STEM worksheets.
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
No live meetings, and maybe some time outside of class.
This class addresses real-life events such as severe illness and death in a remote Alaska village.  Though not common, the modern race can include sick dogs and occasionally death.  The focus of this class is on the human spirit to help others in distress, and their trusty sled dog companions who race in challenging conditions to accomplish these goals.  Parents should however be advised that it is based on real life, and learners may read about situations that bring up sad feelings.

External Resources: As noted, learners will be accessing the official Iditarod web-site as part of this course.  They have an extensive education section, and list their site as COPPA compliant.  I encourage parents to review the site as well for COPPA compliance.
All materials are used with permission from the Iditarod EDU site.


Michelle Polar World
Lives in the United States
Explorer, World Geography teacher, Always learning
58 total reviews
107 completed classes

About Me

SEPTEMBER 2022 Monthly Update:
Following an absence from teaching, I’m excited to resume my classes on Outschool.  I have missed seeing learner’s excitement about Antarctica and look forward to connecting with previous students and meeting new... 
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