Social Studies

Zoom Lens: Iditarod Headquarters, Wasilla, Alaska

It’s was pretty quiet at Iditarod Headquarters today (Feb. 24, 2016) but next Wednesday will be the complete opposite.  Mushers will be rolling in with their teams for vet check.  Plenty of volunteer Veterinarians, all certified by the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA), will be on hand for the mandatory physicals.  As you …

Meet Photographer Mike Kenney

….Hi Boys and Girls, When we think of the Iditarod, we think of dogs and mushers. Did you know that there are ….many other people who work very hard to make the Iditarod successful? These people help get things ready,   ….work at the start and restart, work the checkpoints, get the banquets ready for …

A Social Studies Packet: Get to Know Alaska and the Iditarod by Linda Fenton

Social Studies Packet: Download, Print, and Use this PDF Packet:  Get To Know Alaska & Iditarod, A Guide to Lessons in Geography, History, and Social Studies  By Linda Fenton Lessons are geared for Grades 3 – 6, but can be modified to fit any grade level. View the Lessons in Magazine Format!    

Winning Dog Care

When the mushers begin arriving in Nome at the finish of any race, there is a lot of focus on the race winner and who’s coming in next at the finish chute on Front Street. But, in the dog lot, where teams rest, eat, and wait for their airplane rides home, another winner is being …

Spotlight on McGrath

McGrath is located where the Kuskokwim and Takotna rivers meet.  The population of the village is roughly 400. There are two stores along with a restaurant. The school in McGrath has nearly 50 students. The village has a public library, a regional health clinic and an air strip. A person traveling to or from McGrath would go …

Dropped Dogs Are…

  supervised, examined, kept safe, fed, loved on, and are the dogs that mushers drop from their teams when they arrive in checkpoints along the race. A dog can be dropped for a number of reasons–perhaps it has a sore wrist or shoulder, perhaps it isn’t feeling 100 %, perhaps it is running a temperature, …

Serum Run, the Rest of the Story

Back in January of 1925 there seemed to be an outbreak of tonsillitis in Nome – except tonsillitis is rarely fatal. Nome’s sick children were dying. With more research into the symptoms of the children, Dr. Curtis Welch realized Nome was on the brink of an epidemic that could take as many lives as the …

Virtual Trail Journey

Did you know that Iditarod dogs train for about 3,000 miles before they do the 1049 miles of Iditarod? My handler has decided to experience this distance on her bike! Yup, since the snow melted, right here on the rural roads of Wisconsin, she has ridden her bike 3000 miles – that’s a lot of …

Virtual Trail Journey – Checkpoint Pronunciation and Quick Facts

How do you say Shaktoolik?  I’m not sure if I’m saying Unalakleet correctly and how cold does it get in Unalkleet?  What about Koyuk?   I get these types of questions on a regular basis.  Seemed like it might be useful to create a guide with pronunciations and pertinent information for teachers and students.  So …

Virtual Trail Journey – Ceremonial Start in Anchorage

About the time that school started this fall, Handler came into the dog lot and said, “Hey big dogs, I started the 1049 mile virtual trail bike ride today. Do you want to hear about Anchorage and the Ceremonial Start?” We answered, “YES” with a load and enthusiastic howl. Handler sat on the roof of …