Author: Jen Reiter (17 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

A New Twist on Musher Trading Cards!

Have your students gotten interested in the card game Top Trumps? It’s a quick and easy card game that just so happens to work on place value skills while playing! There are decks published on topics ranging from animals to presidents to Harry Potter! Why not harness the love for that game and combine it with …


Fairbanks Start? No Worries for Teachers!

The Restart is headed to Fairbanks for only the third time in the history of the race! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with classroom ready materials for your students! Looking for Fairbanks based math lessons? The Mathing Down the Trail Book features two lessons that feature Fairbanks.  On pages 113-119, the “Passing Time …


Meet the 2017 IditaRiders!

Our 2017 IditaRiders are ready to launch their ride of a lifetime as they take off down Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start on March 4th. You can learn all about them here as you prepare to cheer them on as they hop into the sled behind a team of charging huskies! Keep checking back …


Population Graphing – Fairbanks Route

The data generated by the Last Great Race lends itself to graphing lesson upon graphing lesson upon graphing lesson!  In this lesson, students will first create a bar graph to compare the population of checkpoints along the Fairbanks route. They will then also investigate the changes in population of Nenana and Nome as they continue to …


“Mathing” Down the Trail – A 165 Page Booklet of Lessons Geared to Common Core Standards, by Jen Reiter, Iditarod Math Teacher

Lessons in this math packet can be used to add rigor to your math curriculum.  Lessons are geared for grades 2 – 6.  With adaptation, the lessons can be used with students in other grades.  What are you waiting for?  Get on the trail and fill your sled with ways to increase math scores while …


Summer Camp for Teachers June 17- 26 – Wasilla, Alaska

Summer Camp for Educators! Download Registration Materials at this Link! SAVE THE DATE:        June 17th through 26th 2017 for the ULTIMATE professional development experience!     Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore!  Come experience Alaska in a totally unique adventure while immersing yourself in the Iditarod for nine days! Campers spend four days at the …


Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as “Official Classroom” Volunteers!   Enter the annual Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the tables …


Meet the 2016 IditaRiders!

The 2016 IditaRiders are in for the ride of a lifetime as they head out on the first eleven miles of this year’s Iditarod race!  Meet them here and make sure to cheer for them and their mushers on March 5th!   IditaRider… All About… Riding With… Pam Adkins Pam is from North Tustin in …


Book Unit: Painter and Ugly – Junior Iditarod and a Study of Friendship Among Competitors

Grades 1-4 – Others with modifications   For many, the real kickoff to Iditarod Race time is the Junior Iditarod. Introducing the Junior Iditarod to students is a great way to jump start their enthusiasm, as it is sometimes easier for them to relate to the junior mushers who are closer to their own age. …


Book Study: Diamond Willow – A Novel in Poetry

Grades 5-8 (Lessons could be adapted for other levels) Diamond Willow is a young Alaskan girl of Athabaskan and European descent who wants nothing more than to be allowed to mush her team of dogs alone to her grandparents’ house.  When her first solo trip results in a horrible accident that blinds her family’s favorite …