March 3, 2015

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 that will enhance your curriculum.  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 use of Iditarod in the classroom!

Events for Educators!

2015 Winter Conference for Educators!  March 3 - 6, 2015 -  Anchorage, AK 

2015 Summer Camp for Teachers! June 20 - 29, 2015 - Willow and Wasilla, AK

2015 Events Held in the Lower 48

Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Image by Terrie HankeMeet Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Erin is a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher and coaches 7th grade volleyball, 8th grade basketball, and varsity tennis. in Camanche, Iowa.  During the next several months, Erin will be hosting a website sharing curriculum applicable to all grade levels.  Once the 2015 Iditarod begins, Erin will be reporting from the Iditarod Trail as she travels traveling along the race route in small plane. Follow Erin at this link.

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

 

Iditarod Insider - Video and GPS Tracker! 

Subscribe or Renew TODAY!

ATTENTION TEACHERS:  Insider Video and/ GPS Tracker are subscription based technology tools to enhance your Iditarod Unit of study.   The fastest way to renew your current subscription or become a new subscriber 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 for the teacher and teacher's students.

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 in the school easy access to Insider!

 *An Individual subscription is not licensed for use in schools.  You must purchase either a classroom or a school wide subscription account to show or use these resources with your students.  **  All subscriptions expire the end of June regardless of purchase date and are valid for one Iditarod season.  Subscriptions can be renewed starting July 1.

PURCHASE ORDERS:  If you are subscribing or renewing an Iditarod Insider subscription and you are unable to 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 long before the start of the race to make sure you do not miss a moment of the race.  Whereas a subscription activated online takes moments, a purchase order may delay the process for several weeks.

Recent Posts

Math–Giving it Meaning Grades 4-6

by Martha Dobson Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod 2015. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. …


Introducing… Nenana, Manley Hot Springs and Tanana

by Martha Dobson Iditarod 2015 sees five unique checkpoints on the trail. First on the list is Nenana, the checkpoint teams go through after leaving Fairbanks. Travelers can reach Nenana via air, water, or road. Russian traders began trading as early as 1838 with the native people there. Nenana represents the westernmost edge of the …


Two Great Races

by Martha Dobson 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 …


Math–Giving It Meaning Grades K-3

by Martha Dobson Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod 2015. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. …


George Attla

George Attla passed away on Sunday, February 15, 2015, surrounded by his family as he left this world.   Attla,age 81, passed away from B-cell lymphoma in the bone marrow.  Although we remember him as a legacy in the mushing world, his daughter, Amanda Attla, living in California stated that she will remember him as …


Puzzles for Iditarod 2015

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Puzzles for older and younger students are here, to go with the new route for the 2015 race and to use any race year. These puzzles will familiarize your students with the checkpoints, route, and the special trail awards. They can also be used as a review of information. …


Tracking the 2015 Iditarod!

Teachers – By popular request, here are the forms you will need to for your students to track their hearts out as the mushers head out of Fairbanks and mush to Nome! Stay tune for more ideas, lessons, and activities coming soon! 2015 Distance Chart 2015 Iditaread 2015 Tracking Form  2015-iditarod-route


Updating Teacher Materials for the Fairbanks Re-start Location

by Martha Dobson UPDATE: Click here to find a list of the updated checkpoints, distances, and special trail awards for Iditarod 2015. Updated maps are in process. Due to poor snow conditions on the Iditarod Trail in areas like the Dalzell Gorge and Farewell Burn, the Iditarod Trail Committee announced February 10 that the race …


Iditarod BINGO

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant “There was a musher, had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o…”   Borrowed from the old English folk tune. Use this game to get familiar with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race or to review what students know about the race by asking a question about the word …


Mush on Over to the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Website

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Erin Montgomery, the 2015 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, has been posting all school year at itcteacheronthetrail.com. You should mush on over to that site right away to get ideas for lessons and activities, plus she has great information about the race’s checkpoints and race trivia. It’s all a …