IDITAREAD RACE GUIDELINES
(Please remember to refresh your browser. Last Updated 2/25/13)
note: Passwords to the Iditarod Insider were changed on March 5, 2013.
Please access the Family section of the IDEA website (with your IDEA passwords)
to see the new Iditarod Insider passwords!
WHO? All IDEA students and their parents!
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 2, 2013 @ 10 A.M. – Saturday evening
on March 23, 2013 @ 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/index.html
(New this year, parents can also register and race to
Nome by reading adult leveled books!)
Get ready for the race by encouraging your students to select their books
or pages that will get them to a minimum total of 998 pages prior to the
vet check. (Southern Route this year.) You as the parent (act as the vet)
and check to see if the books are “healthy” (each child’s
reading level) for the race. 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!
Reading Guidelines for the IditaRead:
IDEA honors the parent's decision. This is your family’s race designed
by IDEA to help you encourage reading and/or reading skills that you see
are needed! It is suggested that you decide ahead of time the guidelines
you wish to follow for the duration of this challenge. (See some suggestions
· 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! That's a part of reading too!
· Students could certainly read books they have written themselves,
too. If your child is reluctant to read an assigned 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). 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. This list will be updated daily
from Monday through Friday. Have them look for their name!
No matter when a reader finishes the race, they can continue to read and
log their total pages read until the end of the IditaRead Challenge. There
will be a place for the your child to enter their total pages read on
the website. Total pages read is not part of the competition, just an
individual accomplishment that we will celebrate. Several offices are
tracking their mushers on bulletin boards or wall size Iditarod trails.
Please check with your local IditaRead coordinator for local details.
Awards will be given to any IditaReader's who meet the challenge to cross
the finish line during the IditaRead race. You can award certificates
to your readers! They are available on the website (with the neat downloads)
to use to help you encourage and motivate your children. We'll have prizes
available at our offices to help you celebrate participation! (Make sure
page totals are posted on the website and your local office has announced
that it is time to pick up prizes before coming in to collect them.) Manipulating
the data is partly manual...so if we miss something, please let us know!
The IditaRead website will recognize those IditaReaders who write book
reviews, please consider sharing your thoughts on the books you read!
from Houghton Mifflin and Scholastic
are provided to help your child in their writing experience! There will
be a small reward for contributors to the Trail Reports (book reviews)!
After the race, we will post the names of the IditaReaders who successfully
crossed the finish line on the website. Enter (or record your miles) as
often as you like! Be sure your children enter their progress no later
than midnight (the evening of) March 23rd (The IditaRead website will
close to new entries at this time, so be sure to get your totals in before
the deadline!) Entries will be posted as recorded. If you have concerns
about internet security, you can select on option of using an initial
for the last name or an alias. Just let Sally or your teacher know what
your alias is so that we can make sure your child gets their prize(s).
The last names of all students will be removed a few weeks after the prizes
are announced. The Iditarod Education Director has taken an interest in
our site and will be sharing information about it in the member section
of the Insider!
NOTE: If your child’s Iditarod musher must scratch before the end
of the race, s/he needs to switch to a racer who has not finished the
race and continue to “read to Nome”.
Any 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 - Debbie Mackie @ 260-3158 or Debbie.Mackie@ideafamilies.org
Region MS – Lori Zulliger or Leslie Seddon @ 357-4850
Region SE - Janice Salsman @ 789-6106 or Janice.Salsman@ideafamilies.org