Iditarod -- Race Across Alaska
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Aligned to National Standards

Iditarod: Race Across Alaska addresses national standards across the curriculum as follows:

National Council for Geographic Education

  • use maps and other geographic representations, to acquire, process, and report information
  • know and understand the physical and human characteristics of places
  • know and understand that culture and experience influence people's perception of places and regions
  • know and understand characteristics, distributions, and complexity of the earth's cultural mosaics
  • know and understand how human actions modify the physical environment

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

  • select and uses appropriate instruments and technology to measure in real-world situations
  • develop fluency in adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers
  • develop and use strategies to estimate the results of whole-number computations and to judge the reasonableness of such results
  • develop and use strategies to estimate the results of rational-number computations and judge the reasonableness of the results

Reading/Language Arts
International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

  • read a wide range of print and non-print texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information
  • adjust spoken, written, and visual language (e.g., conventions, style, and vocabulary) to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and for different purposes
  • use a variety of technological and informational resources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge
  • develop an understanding of and respect for diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles
  • use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g., for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information)

National Science Teachers Association:

Physical Science

  • motions and forces
  • transfer of energy

Life Sciences

  • organisms and their environments
  • diversity and adaptations of organisms

Earth and Space Science

  • properties of earth's materials

Science in Personal and Social Perspective

  • changes in environment
  • science and technology in local challenges
  • populations, resources, and environments
  • natural hazards

Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

  • understand multiple perspectives that derive from different cultural vantage points
  • compare ways in which people from different cultures think about and deal with their physical environment and social conditions

Time, Continuity, & Change

  • read and construct simple timelines; identify examples of change; recognize examples of cause and effect relationships
  • compare and contrast different stories and accounts about past events, people, places, or situations identifying how they contribute to our understanding of the past
  • identify and uses various sources for reconstructing the past
  • demonstrate an understanding that people in different times and places view the world differently

People, Places, and Environments

  • demonstrate an understanding of relative location, direction, size, and shape
  • interpret, use, and distinguish various representations of the earth, such as maps, globes, and photographs
  • estimate distances and calculates scale
  • locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features
  • examine the interaction of human beings and their physical environment
  • describe ways that historical events have been influenced by, and have influenced, physical and human geographic factors in local, regional, national and global settings

Technology Foundation Standards:

  • use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity
  • use technology tools to collaborate and interact with peers, experts, and other audiences
  • use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
  • use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources
  • use technology tools to process data and report results
  • employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world