Curriculum for the Classroom

Travel Plans!

Hi Everyone! Just give me a moment here to navigate my way home before I embark on my new idea for you teachers. Let’s see, I need to trot 300 yards north to the training wheel, turn left for 100 yards until I arrive at the storage building, then veer right for 50 yards until …


And the Award Goes To…

Dear Fellow Educators, The race is nearing an end to a remarkable season. I have been hearing “tales” of fabulous feats, shorter running times, exceptional athleticism, heroic efforts, and unbelievable stamina on the part of mushers, dogs, veterinarians, volunteers, and community members at the checkpoints. There is a saying in education, “It takes a whole …


DST!

Dear Educators, Wow, the race is getting more and more exciting by the day! It is amazing how things can change in such a moment’s notice. Life is full of changes and during this time of the year, having been born in the Midwest, a big change always occurred. It centered around three letters: DST. …


Many Dogs! Many Paws!

Dear Teachers, The race is on!! How many of you have watched the re-start of the 2016 Iditarod Dog Sled Race? Did you see those happy dogs ready to run from Willow to Nome? Many had their booties on, a few with T-shirts, and one team’s lead dogs even donned their goggles! It was amazing …


Additional Time?!?

Halauġikpiñ Qanuġitpich, educators? (Hello, how are you educators?) I learned my first native Inupiaq words! The Inupiaq are just one of the many native cultures found in Alaska. Throughout the race, dogs and their mushers meet many native groups, visitors and volunteers along the Iditarod Trail. Sometimes we have to stay at checkpoints for long …


Lights! Camera! Action!

Hello, Iditarod Teacher Friends! Wow, the kennel is full of action today! There are lights, cameras and TV news reporters hustling around taking pictures of the dogs, talking with our owner, watching as the teams prepare for training runs and following them into the woods. Excitement is mounting as the Iditarod Dog Sled Race nears. …


Time Comparisons Through the Years!

Dear Teachers, The teacher from our local school stopped by to visit me about some interesting Iditarod ideas she had for her classroom. The students had been discussing how through the Iditarod years sleds have been modified, equipment has been enhanced, training of dogs has improved, and the terrain of the Iditarod Trail has changed. …


Taking on Responsibility!

Howdy, Teacher Friends of the Iditarod! The kennel is a bustling with activity as the Iditarod race nears in just about 7 days. There is so much to do to get musher, dogs, and supplies ready for the big race. Everywhere I look at the kennel, there are wonderful volunteers helping us out. There are people …


Report Card Time!

Greetings, Teachers! The dog yard is hustling with enthusiasm as the new puppies and yearlings scamper around exercising and investigating their territory. I try to remember back when I was that young….wow, so much to learn. Not only did I have to gain strength as a sled dog but learn manners. Young and inquisitive had …


Iditarod Scavenger Hunt and Bootie Relay Games

Enjoy these games created by Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ and Cathy Walters, 2009 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  Terrie’s game needs an open space such as a gym or outdoor paved area or field. Cathy’s Bootie Relay game can be played indoors or outdoors, using chairs which have 4 separate legs. …