Rule Number 11 deals with the race purse:
Rule 11 — Purse: A purse of $650,000 will be shared among those placing in the top thirty
(30). Every effort will be made to supplement this baseline purse. In addition, beginning with 31st
place, $1,049.00 will be paid to each remaining finisher.
But of course the race purse isn’t the only money involved. Before the racers can even hope to get to the finish line to collect a part of the purse they will have spent thousands of dollars in preparation which provides students with lots of opportunities to practice their money skills.
We always begin with a review of counting money, but for us, our new learning is making change. Here is a classwork assignment Starting Line Snacks and homework sheet Iditarod Shop page 1 Iditarod Shop page 2 to review those skills.
Our big project with this skill is shopping for supplies for the race. This project takes us at least four days to complete. It’s based off an assignment entitled Musher Mall Math that was originally published in Iditarod Activities for the Classroom. I have edited, chunked, and streamlined the project for my third graders: Supplied for Success and Survival