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Staying in Shape

    We all know that sled dogs stay in shape during the snowy, winter months when training for long distance runs.  But what happens now, in Alaska’s summer?  And yes, there is summer in America’s northernmost state.   Summer exercise varies.  Some mushers work with their dogs guiding tourists on glaciers.  Others give trail rides to …


Eye on the Trail: Telephoto Story – Charley’s Day in Unalakleet

As the sun rises in Unalakleet during Iditarod XLV, Charley Bejna cooks up a gourmet breakfast for his canine athletes.  Up in the checkpoint, Middy Johnson and other villagers are preparing eggs, bacon and sourdough pancakes for mushers and volunteers. Sled dogs have voracious appetites.  During the race they consume roughly 10,000 calories each day. …


Martin Buser Inducted into the into the Knik Museum Musher Hall of Fame

On Sunday, July 16th, 4 time Iditarod Champion Martin Buser was inducted into the into the Knik Museum Musher’s Hall of Fame.  Marthin’s induction was held at the Knik Museum. This date also marked the 50th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame.  Martin’s ‘never give up attitude’ along with his longstanding race record, made his …


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Our goal is to help you use the race with your students by providing lessons, projects, and activities that you can use in your classroom.  We want to get to know you and your students better so we can meet the goal of continuing to develop engaging content for you and your students.    Please …


Eye On The Trail: Telephoto Story – Affectionate Sled Dogs

Yashinomi, a beautiful large yellow dog, running with Kristin Bacon is taking a rest in Unalakleet during Iditarod XLV.  Yashinomi is a pup from Bacon’s first litter,  the foundation of her Iditarod team.  Yashi is a very loving dog and gives kisses readily.  Smart dog to kiss the human who feeds you but Yashi seems to …


Altered Fairy Tales with an Iditarod Twist

Grades 3-6 What if Cinderella was a musher? Or instead of seven dwarves, Snow White had found seven huskies? In this unit, students will explore some Alaska themed retelling of fairy tales and folk tales as they prepare to write their own Iditarod themed retelling! Mentor texts used include Alaska’s Sleeping Beauty, The Salmon Princess: …


Pourquoi Is That The Way It Is? Writing Creatively to Explain

Grades 2-6 Why do sled dogs howl? Why do they love to run? Why do mushers stand behind the sled? All of these questions are great fodder for writing pourquoi stories – stories that explain why something is the way it is. In this unit, students explore northern themed pourquoi tales. Inhabit Media, and Inuit …


Finding Your Way in the Far North

Grades 2-6, others with modification Kids always wonder how the mushers find their way along the Iditarod Trail during the race. The easy answer of course is by the thousands of trail markers and tripods that are put in place along the trail by trail breakers on snow machines ahead of the racers.  But what …


Meet Kamik

Grades 2-4; others with modification Meet Kamik, an Inuit puppy, in this series that is based on life memories of elders from Arviat, Nunavut. In book one, Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Jake finally gets a puppy all his own! But a puppy is far more work than he ever imagined, especially a puppy like …


Iditarod Quilt Project

Teachers:  Are you interested in having an Iditarod quilt visit your classroom during the upcoming school year?! If you are, you’re in luck!  We are revamping the program, and quilts will be travelling across the country starting in late August! Iditarod quilts are a great way to introduce the race to your students and get …