2016 IDITAREAD RACE GUIDELINES
975 Miles to Nome!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? All IDEA students! Interested Parents too! (Prizes for students only.)
WHAT? This race is a reading race. Students pick a musher who is running this year’s race, and then try to read as fast as, or faster than their chosen Iditarod musher is traveling along the route to Nome. Each page in a book will be equal to one “musher” mile. (Parents please check each selection and approve the grade level, giving your students the O.K. ahead of time -- just like all the dogs must be checked by veterinarians before they can run in the race.)
WHEN? Saturday, March 5, 2016 @ 10 A.M. – Saturday evening on March 26, 2016 @ 11:59 P.M.
HOW? First sign-up your students from the link on IDEA’s web site to “race” to Nome, or type in the URL address: http://www.ideafamilies.org/iditaread.
Get ready for the race by encouraging your students to select their books
or pages that will get them to a minimum total of 975* pages prior to
the vet check. (Northern Route this year.) You as the parent (act as the
vet) and check to see if the books are “healthy” for the race.
You determine reading level. For some Alaskan
books, click here to check out this book list! If you need more time
to pick out all of your books or hear about the race after the start,
that is okay; however, it is recommended that you set a reasonable goal
for reading before the end of the race!
· This reading challenge is to encourage reading for personal enjoyment of all age levels. You decide if pages read aloud by someone else can count toward the finish line for some or all of your readers. (For example, you may want to require ages 7+ to read to themselves, whereas you could combine independent reading and reading aloud with your little ones .) Keep in mind, “reading” a picture book is a great experience for emergent readers too.
· Decide ahead of time whether or not, or how, you will count pages with pictures. Perhaps your emergent reader will describe the pictures!
· Students could certainly read books they have written themselves. If your child is reluctant to read an assigned "school" book, it's okay to motivate them with this race!
Students keep track of their progress at home on the IditaRead
Record Sheet (all forms and certificates are downloadable from the
website and will be available asap) and as soon as your child reaches
a checkpoint, they log in to the website and post their totals. (If it
is motivating, let them log on as often as you/they like - Even after
reading each page). Your child will be listed by age group in the order
of pages read on your region's website under the Trail Breaker's page.
The regional lists will be updated daily from Monday through Friday. Have
your child look for their name on your region's list that is linked to
the front page of the IditaREAD website!
Questions or would you like to help? Please contact:
Region A – Sally Javier @ 333-2255 or Sally.Javier@ideafamilies.org
Region F - Sandy Blewett @ 456-1368 or Sandy.Blewett@ideafamilies.org
Region G & K - Suzanne Alioto @ 260-3158 or Suzanne Alioto@ideafamilies.org
Region SE - Janice Salsman @ 789-6106 or Janice.Salsman@ideafamilies.org
Iditarod lists the Northern Route as 975 miles long and downloadable bookmarks are available!
Guidelines - Mushers w/Rookies Noted - Register - Checkpoints
Neat Things to Download - Helpful Tips & Lesson Plans!
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IditaRead Website Questions? Email Sally Javier
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