Math

IditaMath: School Project to Engage Students in Math Practice at Home: Project at Larson Elementary School, Alaska

Idita Math, a project from Larson Elementary School, Wasilla, Alaska.  Quick summary of the project:  Students were challenged to complete math goals at home and ‘race from Anchorage to Nome’ as they practiced their math basic skills.  Teachers created math goals according to the needs of the students.  Overall, the project goal was to help …


Computation and Daily Math Challenge! The Annual Idita-math Competition By Jared Cochran, Geared for 6th Grade, Can be Converted to Other Grade Levels

Annual Idita-math Competition By Jared Cochran Having 96 students,  I decided to break students up into 6 equal teams. Each team had 16 students and each team is given a team name based on one of their favorite mushers.  2009 teams were: Team Buser, a Team Mackey, a Team King, a Team Seavey, a Team Swenson, and a …


Math and Science Activity Packet for Elementary or Secondary, Variety of Lesson Ideas

Create an Iditarod Trail, design a catapult, work with maps, play a math-science game, and complete other activities. The Scale of It All! Math and Science Activity Packet is for elementary and middle school students and was created by Julie Howard, North Carolina.   These lessons can be adapted to the student’s level.       …


Service Learning Opportunity–Blankets for Dogs

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Read this to find out about making blankets for the Iditarod race checkpoints to use for dogs staying there who have been dropped from their teams. Students can apply a host of educational skills while working on this project.


How Does It Start?

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant How does it start? This dream of running sled dogs, running teams in long distance races. Is it in your family, like the Mackeys, or in your culture, like John Baker, Paul Johnson? Did you move north and fall in love with the land, the dogs, their abilities? Or, did …


Harness Up Iditarod, Common Core, and Marzano

  Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Journalist Harness the Common Core Standards, Marzano’s research based instructional practices, and the Iditarod for a team to forge ahead in your classroom. The practice of identifying similarities and differences has the greatest effect size of 1.61 which translates to about 45 percentile points. Connections to the Common Core Standards …


Idita-Math: Measurement of an Iditarod Sled Dog

Measuring an Iditarod Sled Dog Measurement – Using non-standard and standard measurements for length, volume, weight, and time, using customary and metric units (Appropriate, with adaptations, for Kindergarten through 5th grade) Click to view the PDF Lesson Plan Deanna Blazejewski Special Education Teacher Mount Iliamna Elementary Anchorage School District Original Posting Date:  May 27, 2009


Ikidarod Math! Racing Sleds in South Dakota

My name is Andy Johnson and I am teacher in Brandon, SD.  We have followed the Iditarod since I have been in Brandon and have been Iditarod Insider members the last several years. We have created our own version of the Ikidarod that we have done since 2007 in which the students actually form teams …


Idita-Math: Iditarod Animals: Weights and Measures

 Math Lesson:  IditarodAnimal Weights and Measures Area (or easily adapted to only use Length) – Sled Dog Footprint (adapted from Audubon Zoo workshop) Skills: Number sense, estimation, standard and non-standard area, polygon shapes, problem solving, graphing, and multiplication/division Literature connection: Measuring Penny by Loreen Leedy (focus on part where dog paw prints widths are being …


Idita – PIE: PI: March 3:14

Enjoy this  math activity article written by Annalise Lecher.  We did the activity in the 4th Grade accelerated math class I teach.  Students created an example of the Iditarod Trail in circular form.   The picture is  of the entire student body in our Central Gymnasium taken on March 20th, during our “Iditarod Central” Day! …