Language Arts

World Read Aloud Day!

“World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words and creates a community of readers taking action to show the world that the right to literacy belongs to all people.” (World Read Aloud Day Website) This Thursday (February 16, 2017) classrooms across the globe will celebrate World Read …

An Animal Encounter

Over the summer I did a post about Alaskan animals.  I was fascinated by seeing a moose, porcupine, and bear all in one night.  After that night, I took what I saw and turned it into a language arts and science lesson.  Along the Iditarod trail and during training a musher may encounter may different …

Reading and Writing on the Iditarod Trail: Lessons and Activities Ready to Use

These ready to use lessons and activities for reading and writing are a great way to get your students involved in reaching academic success the Idita – way —  Follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® and engage students in life long learning.  (By Martha Dobson)   Download the PDF Document:  Reading and Writing on …

Book Reviews–The Winter Walk and Two Old Women

The Winter Walk by Loretta Outwater Cox, published 2013, nonfiction, secondary students and older, winner of the Alaska Indigenous Literature Award This is the true story, more than a century old, of Cox’s great-grandmother’s walk to survival with her two young children. Cox’s great-grandmother was Inupiaq, and the older of the two children was Cox’s …

Google Earth IditaRead Project

Google Earth IditaRead Project The Iditarod GEE Read combines the geographic accuracy and visualization of Google Earth with the computing and organizational power of Microsoft Excel to exactly position student readers on the Iditarod Trail. Fully customizable, the Excel workbook allows individual classrooms or entire schools to pinpoint daily trail position based on the amount …

Book Review: Sled Dogs Run

By Jonathan London and illustrated by Jon Van Zyle, the Official Artist of the Iditarod, this book for 6-9 year olds describes a young musher’s experience raising and training sled dog puppies and her run with them on a sled in winter. Readers as young as 4 years old and as old as 11 and …

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 …

Compare and Contrast: Two Great Races

Two great races, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™, are the basis for this compare/contrast article for middle school students.Higher order thinking skills get exercised and flexed in this lesson. It’s also a good article for adult readers to use to see how these races are similar and different and how …

Book Study: Aisling’s Quest and a Goal for Students

Grade 3 – 5 (Lessons coud be adapted to middle school students) Having a big dream and the courage to work hard to accomplish that dream is something we all want for our students.  It’s wonderful when we can share real life examples of kids who have done what we want our own students to …