Curriculum for the Classroom

Math–Giving it Meaning Grades 4-6

by Martha Dobson Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod 2015. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. …


Two Great Races

by Martha Dobson Two great races, the Yukon Quest and the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race™, are the basis for this compare/contrast article for middle school students.Higher order thinking skills get exercised and flexed in this lesson. It’s also a good article for adult readers to use to see how these races are similar and …


Math–Giving It Meaning Grades K-3

by Martha Dobson Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod 2015. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. …


Puzzles for Iditarod 2015

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Puzzles for older and younger students are here, to go with the new route for the 2015 race and to use any race year. These puzzles will familiarize your students with the checkpoints, route, and the special trail awards. They can also be used as a review of information. …


Iditarod BINGO

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant “There was a musher, had a dog, and Bingo was his name-o…”   Borrowed from the old English folk tune. Use this game to get familiar with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race or to review what students know about the race by asking a question about the word …


Aisling’s Quest and a Goal for Students

Having a big dream and the courage to work hard to accomplish that dream is something we all want for our students.  It’s wonderful when we can share real life examples of kids who have done what we want our own students to do, and the true story Eye on Iditarod: Aisling’s Quest provides just that …


Contests for Classrooms

The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it and your students can join the volunteer team as an “Official Classroom”   Enter the Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the …


Sanka’s Sounds Alike Story #2 – Jeff Schultz

Here’s another story using several homophones. Can you select the correct word? Do your best to decide which homophone is correct. After you’ve given it your best shot, click here to see the correct choices.  (There-their-they’re) sat Jeff Schultz editing the (pictures-pitchers) he’d taken of mushers and (there-their-they’re) dog teams that day. Jeff is the official …


Sanka’s Sounds Alike Stories

(I – Eye) am fascinated by words that sound alike, are spelled differently and have very different meanings.  These words are called homophones.  When speaking, or barking as we sled dogs do, people and other dogs understand what we mean by context, that is considering the word along with the words used around it.  When …


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)