Author: Jane Holmes (7 posts)


Yes, but…

This past weekend, the 2019 Iditarod rookie musher meeting took place. When I looked up the word “rookie”, the definition given was “someone in his/her first full season of a sport”. Not so with Iditarod. These mushers are running in their first Iditarod, yes, but they are far from being in their first full season …


Finish Line Math

Here are a few quick start math problems using the finishing date for Iditarod XLVI: How many mushers finished with half or more of their team? Calculate the average (mean, median, mode) number of dogs on the finishing teams for Iditarod XLVI. Make a plot diagram of the numbers of dogs that each finishing team …


Predicting When the Leading Musher Will Finish – 5th grade style

My school started spring break as of the end of the school day today.  My students were so eager to watch the winning musher together as a class, so I took the opportunity to do some math with them to show ABOUT when the leading musher will cross the finish line.  Please know that I …


We Did Our Homework

Teacher on the Trail Heidi Sloan posted a suggestion to compare our school in Togiak, AK to Nikolai, so we did.  After reading her description, we created a Venn diagram and along with some walking music and a pair/share structure, we listened to and told each other what we found out. Now, you may think …


Culture and Tradition

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race as we know it today has evolved over decades; no, it has evolved over centuries because the Iditarod is deeply steeped in tradition and culture, a tribute to the Native Alaskans and the place dog teams hold in the lives of them and other people worldwide. And just as …


Checking In With Robert Redington

Today I spoke with Robert Redington to see what he is doing now that the 2016 Iditarod race season has wrapped up. Right now he is in Juneau running sled dog teams for Alaska Excursions Dog Sled Discovery and Musher’s Camp. That keeps him busy from May through September.  He has 30 “pups” there with …


Teaching Suggestions to Use with 2015 Iditarod Insider Video Clips

Teachers:  Discover ideas on using the Insider Video on Demand and GPS Tracker. Ideas include lists of specific video clips that you can use with your students. GPS Tracker Geography:  (Available only during the race.  You must have a GPS Tracker subscription or an Ultimate Classroom or School Subscription.) When you click on each checkpoint …