Students love to follow a musher on the trail and it's a great way to use a real life event to weave in some much need math problem solving and language review. If you're in a time pinch and want a complete set of materials you to print and use in less than a week, check out my super popular Iditarod bundle of materials. In a nutshell, students draw the name of a musher to follow on the trail, make a desk name tag of their musher and sled dogs. Students quickly check trail progress each day then tackle the day's Musher Math and Language activity. If you have a SMART Board, use the interactive set included in the bundle (answer keys included). There's also a musher biography project you can use if you wish and a grammar puzzle with grammar reference helper. The race usually only lasts two weeks before mushers finish the race and there's enough daily materials to use for the entire two weeks of class.
I love teaching during the first two weeks of March each year because students literally race into the classroom and the enthusiasm is contagious!
Here's a link to some Iditarod Trivia.