April 24, 2014

Education Portal

Welcome to the Iditarod Education Portal! 

Get on the Iditarod Trail with us for an educational journey to academic success!  Pack your sled with lessons, projects, activities, and information.  Take your students on an adventure of a lifetime!  Use the menu on the left to locate information that you need!  Read our 'Welcome Message' to learn more about the Education Portal and Iditarod in the classroom!

2014 Summer Camp for Teachers! 

2014 Winter Conference for Educators!  Feb.25 - Feb.28 - Anchorage, AK 

Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Meet Jennifer Reiter, the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

130301-2D9378Jen is from Baltimore, MD.

During the 2014 Iditarod, Jen will be traveling the Iditarod Trail via small plane and reporting her experiences to this website.  Follow Jen during the race, but don't wait for that, start following her now!  Over the next several months, Jen will be sharing lesson ideas and information that classrooms will find valuable.

View an interview with Blynne filmed by the Insider video crew.  Blynne was our 2012 Teacher.


Iditarod Insider - Video and GPS Tracker!  Don't miss out on our real time coverage!  Subscribe or Renew TODAY!

ATTENTION TEACHERS:  The time is now to renew to Iditarod Insider or to purchase a subscription if you are not an Insider!  The fastest way to renew or subscribe is by doing so on line.  Visit the link.  Choose classroom or school wide, depending on the needs of your school.

A classroom subscription is for one teacher and that teacher's students.  The subscription can be used on one computer or the number of computers that there are for that teacher and that teacher's students.  (25 -30 computers)  Purchase JUST video or JUST GPS Tracker for $39.95 or both video and GPS Tracker for $67.95.  One user name and password allows Insider use.

A school subscription allows all students and staff in one building to access Insider using one password and one user name.  The price is $99.95 for just video or just GPS Tracker or $169.95 for both video and tracker.  One user name and password allows everyone easy access to Insider!

 *An Individual subscription is not licensed for  for use in schools.

If you are subscribing or renewing an Iditarod Insider subscription and you can not purchase using a credit card on line,  please click here for information on subscribing using a purchase order.  Please note, using a purchase order takes time to process, so begin this process soon.  Once mid February comes around, you might miss some of the race if you haven't begun the purchase order process!

Recent Posts

Keeping in Shape: How Mushers and Teachers Prepare for the Season By Philip Walters

As I panted along on my early-spring run today, I contemplated the following: “Wow, I’m REALLY out of shape.  How is it possible that I could be so out of shape after spending all winter running dogs?” There’s a common misconception out there that mushers just stand on the sled runners and enjoy the trip …

Philip Walters: Bio

Philip Walters grew up in Lanham, MD.  He moved to Athens, GA at age 18 to study at the University of Georgia, where he earned a bachelors degree in music education.  After a vacation to Alaska in 2002, he fell in love with the state.  He began reading everything he could about Alaska, its history …

Why I Compare My Middle School Band Students to My Sled Dogs by Philip Walters

Meet Philip Walters, a band instructor in the Anchorage School District.  Philip plans on running the Iditarod.  Meet Philip and follow his educational and Iditarod journey. Why I Compare My Middle School Band Students to My Sled Dogs by Philip Walters As a public middle school band teacher, there are few things I enjoy more …

Language Arts: ABC Books

Creating an ABC book is an excellent way to combine research, writing, and technology skills. Each year, hundreds of teachers assign students  to create ABC books about Alaska and/or the Iditarod.  We’ll share student made ABC books with other teachers and schools.  Send them to djohnson@iditarod.com View the ABC book by Nicole (PowerPoint)

Zoom Lens!

Zoom Lens features a photo with a little bit of info– quick looks at parts of the race. Find Zoom Lens here. http://iditarod.com/teachers/category/sanka-w-dog/    

Bib Numbers for the Mushers

Here’s the list of the mushers and their bib numbers for the 2014 Iditarod. Click on the blue words to see it. The bib numbers were drawn at the Mushers Banquet Thursday night, out of a mukluk. This is the starting order for the race. Enjoy following the race this year!  

Olivia’s Story–Homophone Practice

This story, written by Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, is an example of incorporating the Iditarod with homophone practice.

Iditarod East Coast Workshop

Educators, are you interested in a weekend Iditarod workshop in North Carolina in Fall 2014? Send an email to this address, djohnson@iditarod.com, with this subject: NC Fall 2014 Iditarod Teacher Workshop. Please include your school name, grade or subject you teach, and your contact information in the body of the email. We’ll be in touch …

Book Reviews–Iditarod, Tricia Brown; The Mystery on the Iditarod Trail, Carole Marsh; Dogteam, Gary Paulsen

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Check this book, Iditarod™ by Tricia Brown, for nonfiction information about the historic Iditarod Trail’s role in Alaska’s Native Alaskan’s lives and the gold rush, an early dog sled race called the All Alaska Sweepstakes, the history and beginning of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™, champs and record …

Blankets for Dogs – A Service Learning Project to Wrap Around the Dogs

 Dogs in Blankets…  In Style and Cozy…   What’s cozy, on a bed of straw, and covered with a colorful fleece blanket?  A sled dog!  What else? When you think of sled dogs, you might not think about sled dogs being covered up with blankets.  After all, the dogs of the Iditarod  each wear their …