February 10, 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!

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 …

Math Patterns for Older Students

by Martha Dobson, Educational Consultant In this previous post, four year old students created and explained their tiny, dog treat patterns. Try these patterns for older students. Students should describe aloud and/or in writing the pattern of each. These patterns vary in difficulty. A key is provided.                 …

Tracking Forms! Follow the Mushers During this Race!

Following the race is exciting for students.  The race will begin in downtown Anchorage on the first Saturday of March each year..  The race will end when the last musher reaches Nome. The bib numbers for mushers will not be known until after the Musher Drawing Banquet on the Thursday night before the race start …

Preschool Math: Parkas, Patterns, and Iditarod

by Martha Dobson                                                      Spending a morning with 4 year olds talking about Iditarod is nothing but FUN! This preschool class was attentive to a Power Point about the race and the dogs, looked at the cold weather clothing race volunteers wear in Alaska, pose in a parka on a dog sled, fit 4 year old …

Book Unit: Painter and Ugly – Junior Iditarod and a Study of Friendship Among Competitors

Grades 1-4 – Others with modifications For many, the real kickoff to Iditarod Race time is the Junior Iditarod. Introducing the Junior Iditarod to students is a great way to jump start their enthusiasm, as it is sometimes easier for them to relate to the junior mushers who are closer to their own age.  Information …

Charts, Forms, Lesson Plan Templates

Lesson plan templates and charts for classroom use are ready to use or for you to revise. Lesson plan template:  Use when planning your Iditarod Based lessons to provide documentation and assurance you are aligning your lessons to the content and/or cultural standards.  Click here for an easy to use  Lesson plan template. KWL Chart: …

Doghouse Math and Science

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Education Consultant Laura Wright, 2016 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, posted an article about her class designing doghouses, based on information about doghouses and their features from musher Matt Failor. Looking at a sled dog’s house, one might think it’s too small for a dog to be comfortable in it. However, …

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!    

Book Study: Diamond Willow – A Novel in Poetry

Grades 5-8 (Lessons could be adapted for other levels) Diamond Willow is a young Alaskan girl of Athabaskan and European descent who wants nothing more than to be allowed to mush her team of dogs alone to her grandparents’ house.  When her first solo trip results in a horrible accident that blinds her family’s favorite …

“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 …