Sled dogs. Saving children. Non-fiction adventure. "The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 3–Simplified)" brings this exciting 3-part story from history to an exciting conclusion. Invite your students to participate in the Great Race of Mercy in 1925 that saved children and adults in Nome, Alaska, from a diphtheria epidemic. You can find other related scripts in our Iditarod section (e.g., "Togo–Sled Dog Hero"). Like all of our scripts, "The Great Race of Mercy 1925 (Part 3–Simplified)" comes complete with vocabulary and annotated curriculum links for easy lesson plans.
The Iditarod, held in March in Alaska every year, commemorates The Great Race of Mercy (also known as The Great Serum Race). Students love tracking the adventure and reliving the thrill of people committed to helping save the lives of others. Perfect for students in grades 2–4 and English language learners, "The Great Race of Mercy (Part 1, 2, & 3–Simplified)" motivates further reading by making history and adventure come alive!
TIME: about 8 1/2 minutes CAST: 5–8 TONE: exciting READABILITY: grade 3.3 (grade 2.4 using "Nat" for "Narrator")