Curriculum for the Classroom

Algebra, Computation/Calculation, Economics, Graphs, Charts, Data Collection and More!

Applicable at Elementary and Secondary levels with adaptations. Choose unique and engaging math lessons that help build basic math skills and encourage students to think mathematically.  The lessons are aligned to the standards.  We’ve got something for every grade level!   (This section of the site is under construction.  We are in the process of …


Grades-10-12-Probability-and-Statistics

Kate Abernathy shared this activity she created for her 10th – 12th grade Probability and Statistics classes. You may never look at first place and red lantern winners quite the same way again! Grades 10-12 Probability and Statistics *The teachers who attended the 2015 Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers have returned to their classrooms renewed, …


IditaMath: School Project to Engage Students in Math Practice at Home: Project at Larson Elementary School, Alaska

Idita Math, a project from Larson Elementary School, Wasilla, Alaska.  Quick summary of the project:  Students were challenged to complete math goals at home and ‘race from Anchorage to Nome’ as they practiced their math basic skills.  Teachers created math goals according to the needs of the students.  Overall, the project goal was to help …


Computation and Daily Math Challenge! The Annual Idita-math Competition By Jared Cochran, Geared for 6th Grade, Can be Converted to Other Grade Levels

Annual Idita-math Competition By Jared Cochran Having 96 students,  I decided to break students up into 6 equal teams. Each team had 16 students and each team is given a team name based on one of their favorite mushers.  2009 teams were: Team Buser, a Team Mackey, a Team King, a Team Seavey, a Team Swenson, and a …


Math and Science Activity Packet for Elementary or Secondary, Variety of Lesson Ideas

Create an Iditarod Trail, design a catapult, work with maps, play a math-science game, and complete other activities. The Scale of It All! Math and Science Activity Packet is for elementary and middle school students and was created by Julie Howard, North Carolina.   These lessons can be adapted to the student’s level.       …


Olivia’s Story–Homonym Practice

(View this lesson plan) Olivia’s Story , about a sled dog’s race, provides practice with homonyms, words (which–witch) sound alike, but have different meanings and are spelled differently. Students think about the meanings of the words in order  (to–too–two) choose the correct (one–won)   (for–four)  the context of the sentence. (There–they’re–their) is another homonym lesson …


Character & Citizenship

Touring schools in Alaska and telling them about the Last Great Race has kept me busy most of this week. I’ve been traveling with the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, Jen Reiter. Each of the schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has a motto chosen to inspire and direct students. They are really …


Idita-Read™ Project – Students Read Along the Trail

Race to Nome on a Reading Challenge! Like students around the globe, these students from Wisconsin participated in a classroom reading challenge during the 2013 Iditarod. An IditaRead™is a reading project that challenges students to read more books.  IditaReads™ are often held during the Iditarod, but some schools opt to use a longer period of …


Friction, Genetics, Insulation, Plate Tectonics, Nutrition, Weather, and Survival

These Iditarod based Science lessons are aligned to educational standards and organized by topic.  Find and use the lessons that meet the needs of your students. Please note the suggested grade level with lessons is an indicator.  Many lessons are adaptable to other grade levels. Friction:   Whatever Pulls Your Sled by Jeanine Wolf Students …


Idita-Math: Measurement of an Iditarod Sled Dog

Measuring an Iditarod Sled Dog Measurement – Using non-standard and standard measurements for length, volume, weight, and time, using customary and metric units (Appropriate, with adaptations, for Kindergarten through 5th grade) Click to view the PDF Lesson Plan Deanna Blazejewski Special Education Teacher Mount Iliamna Elementary Anchorage School District Original Posting Date:  May 27, 2009