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Latest Teacher on the Trail Posts

Warning Signs on the Iditarod

Paws Along the Trail with Warning Signs This time of year, teachers are reviewing reading and test-taking skills in anticipation or dread of the annual standardized tests.  In the midst of what can be drudgery, throw in some Iditarod articles for comprehension practice.  Motivation and engagement will soar! One reading comprehension skill that challenges our …

Dog Watcher

Paws Along the Trail and Watch Sled Dogs Spending five weeks in Alaska gave me ample opportunities to observe sled dogs.  I want to answer some questions students often ask and share some of my favorite dog photos from the Iditarod Trail! Is it hard for the mushers to get the dogs to run? Mushers …

Nenana Ice Classic

Paws Along the Trail with a River Ice Break-up Rivers flow, yet freeze throughout Alaskan winters.  Airplanes use the solid rivers as runways.  Snow machines criss cross the wide, frozen expanses.  The Iditarod mushers spend plenty of time sledding and camping on rivers as they follow the trail toward Nome.   A village on the …

Waste

Paws Along the Trail with Waste One of the difficult parts of the English language is dealing with multiple meaning words.  If you are reading along in a passage and realize it doesn’t make sense, perhaps the word was chosen for an additional meaning.  For instance, dog even has multiple meanings.  Here are three definitions …

Lots to Carry

Paws Along the Trail with Lots to Carry I left for Alaska on Presidents’ Day, February 19, carrying gear to last me five weeks in the cities, schools, and  bush of Alaska.  On March 5th, I pared down my gear to essentials since I had to carry it all on the Iditarod Trail.  There have …

Pilots of Alaska

Paws Along the Trail with Pilots I have had a lot to learn.  When we were driving up to the start of the Junior Iditarod in Knik a few weeks ago, I wondered how long you could drive to the checkpoints along the Iditarod Trail before you had to fly.  My mentor glanced sideways at …

Geometry, Iditarod Style

Paws Along the Trail with Geometry I have had so much fun taking photos along the Iditarod Trail!  Here are some images for geometry practice.   As you examine these photographs, perhaps you’ll see some additional geometric shapes and interesting aspects of the Iditarod!      

The Banquet

Paws Along the Trail with the Awards Banquet Tonight all of the mushers, many volunteers, Iditarod staff, and fans gathered in a large gym in Nome for the Awards Banquet.  The food was spectacular and many people left the buffet line with multiple full plates.  Mushers may need to regain weight.  Tim Muto, during his …

When in Nome

Paws Along the Trail in Nome  There is a famous saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.”  I think it could work for “When in Nome, do as the people of Nome do.”  So, what are we doing in Nome now that the race is over?  Mushers are signing autographs in the mini …

End of the Iditarod

Paws Along the Trail with the Finish This morning, the final mushers arrived in Nome, finishing the Last Great Race®, the Iditarod, 1049 miles across the wilds of Alaska.  Having seen what these mushers go through with the weather and sleep deprivation, I have even more respect for this huge accomplishment.  I heard the warning …