Curriculum for the Classroom

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 …


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 …


2016 Service Learning Project: Books to the Trail

Each year, through generous donations from businesses and schools, students in need receive new books to read.  Most of the schools in need are along the Iditarod Trail or other communities in Alaska, but we try to include schools in need anywhere in the United States this project. We are now accepting applicants from classrooms …


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 …


Counting and Cardinality, Measurement and Data, Number and Operations, Operations and Algebraic Thinking: 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. …


Friction, Sleds, and Why It’s Important to Get It Right

By Martha Dobson, Iditarod Education Consultant At the end of September, I traveled to the UP (Upper Peninsula) of Michigan for the Mid West Sled Dog Symposium, the 7th such event. For mushers and teachers, speakers informed them about sled dog-related topics and classroom-related topics using sled dogs and their world to teach skills. Trent …


Operations and Algebraic Thinking PLUS Number and Operations – Fractions, Grades 4 – 6

by Martha Dobson Iditarod Musher 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 …