Curriculum for the Classroom

Language Arts: ABC Books

Creating an ABC book is an excellent way to combine research, writing, and technology skills. Each year, hundreds of teachers assign students  to create ABC books about Alaska and/or the Iditarod.  We’ll share student made ABC books with other teachers and schools.  Send them to djohnson@iditarod.com View the ABC book by Nicole (PowerPoint)


Olivia’s Story–Homophone Practice

This story, written by Terrie Hanke, 2006 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail, is an example of incorporating the Iditarod with homophone practice.


Book Reviews–Iditarod, Tricia Brown; The Mystery on the Iditarod Trail, Carole Marsh; Dogteam, Gary Paulsen

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Check this book, Iditarod™ by Tricia Brown, for nonfiction information about the historic Iditarod Trail’s role in Alaska’s Native Alaskan’s lives and the gold rush, an early dog sled race called the All Alaska Sweepstakes, the history and beginning of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™, champs and record …


Blankets for Dogs – A Service Learning Project to Wrap Around the Dogs

 Dogs in Blankets…  In Style and Cozy…   What’s cozy, on a bed of straw, and covered with a colorful fleece blanket?  A sled dog!  What else? When you think of sled dogs, you might not think about sled dogs being covered up with blankets.  After all, the dogs of the Iditarod  each wear their …


Book Reviews- Iditarod Dream & Woodsong

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Two books appear in this month’s review. The first is Iditarod Dream: Dusty and His Sled Dogs Compete in Alaska’s Jr. Iditarod. This is a photo-essay of Dusty Whittemore’s 1995 Jr. Iditarod race, his second. Written by Ted Wood, an introduction provides background information for this race for 14 …


Go Out and Get Creative: An Art Tutorial with Host, Jon Van Zyle

Jon Van Zyle, Official Artist for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, shares a tutorial for your students to encourage your students to have fun and create their own masterpieces! In this first in our series of art tutorials, you’ll meet Jon Van Zyle, an artist who lives in Alaska.  As the Official Artist for …


Get Ready Now for Iditarod 2014!

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant The mushers have been training their teams and themselves; they’re rounding up their food, supplies, planning their strategy. It’s time for educators to prep for Iditarod 2014. If you haven’t discovered the Iditarod Teacher on the Trail wordpress site, here it is. Jen Reiter is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher …


Book Review–Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod is realistic fiction by author and illustrator Robert J. Blake. Akiak (ACK-ee-ack) is a lead sled dog who hurts a paw during the Iditarod, causing her musher to drop her from the team at one of the race checkpoints. She is cared for …


Service Learning Opportunity–Blankets for Dogs

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Educators, here’s a service learning project for your students. Make fleece dog blankets for the Iditarod race checkpoints to use. When mushers decide that a dog on their team should stay at a checkpoint instead of continuing on, the dog is under the care of the volunteer vets.  These …


Digital Story Writing

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Your students can write nonfiction or fiction using technology. Their stories let you assess their mastery of skills such as sequencing, descriptive language, punctuation, capitalization, spelling, and at higher levels, assessment of synthesis and application skills. Digital story writing works for elementary through secondary levels, with the products reflecting …