June 24, 2016

Education Portal

Welcome to the Iditarod Education Portal!

Use the menu on the left side of the page to sort through lesson ideas and connect with our projects.  Our Iditarod lessons are arranged by content area and aligned to content standards.  (Common Core)  Click the area (math, science, etc.) View lesson topics that interest you and meet the standards you are teaching. Get on the Iditarod Trail with us for an educational journey to academic success by adding rigor and energy to your curriculum.  Pack your sled with lessons, projects, activities, and information that will enhance your curriculum.  Take your students on an adventure of a lifetime!    Read our 'Welcome Message' to learn more about the Education Portal and use of Iditarod in the classroom!

Follow the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

IMG_3716Meet Laura Wright, the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Laura is from Austin, Texas.  During the next several months, Laura will be hosting a website sharing curriculum applicable to all grade levels.  Once the 2016 Iditarod begins, Laura will be reporting from the Iditarod Trail as she travels in a small plane visiting checkpoints along the race route.  Follow Laura at this link.

View an interview with the 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, Blynne Froke.

View an Interview with the 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, Laura Wright.

 

Recent News and Information!

“Mathing” Down the Trail – A 165 Page Booklet of Lessons Geared to Common Core Standards, by Jen Reiter, Iditarod Math Teacher

Lessons in this math packet can be used to add rigor to your math curriculum.  Lessons are geared for grades 2 – 6.  With adaptation, the lessons can be used with students in other grades.  What are you waiting for?  Get on the trail and fill your sled with ways to increase math scores while …


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.   Download the PDF Document:  Reading and Writing on the Iditarod Trail …


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 …


Teacher Workshop and Conference Schedule for 2016 – 2017

Iditarod Teacher Workshop Schedule for the 2016 – 2017 School Year.  Details of each event and registration information will be added soon.  Check back often!  If you are interested in attending one of these events and/or want additional information now or if you want to help bring a workshop to your area, email us.  Once …


Make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich in Unalakleet

Visiting the AC Store in UNK (Unalakleet) sparked the idea for this math lesson which then morphs into geography and economics. AC stands for Alaska Commercial, and these groceries serve rural Alaska. BANANAS  $3.29 PER POUND                   GREEN GRAPES  $3.99 PER POUND PEARS   $2.99 PER POUND              CANNED APRICOTS   $3.28         …


Teaching Suggestions to Use with 2016 Iditarod Insider Video Clips

In this post are lists of Insider videos from this year’s race, listed under topic headings. Keep checking all of the lists for updates throughout the race; they will be updated as Insider video is added.   Run, Dog, Run Any of these clips are astoundingly beautiful footage of the dogs in action and the …


Educators! What’s Happening at the 2016 Winter Educators Conference?

What’s been happening at the conference the first two days? This year, we’ve heard about using technology devices with classes to share the Iditarod experience, social studies and map skills regarding map scale and building a huge map to match the huge state that Alaska is, movement and Iditarod connections, three presentations from the finalists …


Introducing the Finalists for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Three teachers from Colorado, Massachusetts, and Illinois are vying for the 2017 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ position, Annie Kelly of Illinois, Don Thomas of Massachusetts, and Dana Tuyls of Colorado. Annie Kelley and Iditarod connected during her student teaching experience in Ohio. In her classroom the next year, …


The History of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant This nonfiction text gets you and your students on the trail, so to speak, with learning about the history of the race and how it came to be. Develop your own questions for students to answer, based on the information; identify different categories of information in the text with …


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 …