Author: Heidi Sloan (126 posts)


Happy River Steps X2

Dear Friends, Gypsy here.  In my last article, I wrote about the Iditarod Gold Trail Loop that the dog teams will run for the 2021 race.  We imagined what could happen if teams met head on, and I promised you I would let you know why going over some parts of the trail twice would …

Changes for the Dogs

Dear Friends, Gypsy here, one of your canine Iditarod reporters.  Have you heard the big news?  The Iditarod race has to be rerouted into a loop in March 2021!  Why?  Race officials are being careful and avoiding any possible spread of CoVid to  towns along the Iditarod Trail.  It’s just one more change because of …

Learning in Nikolai

Paws Along the Trail with Hospitality Early this morning while mushers were traveling with their dogs through Finger Lake and Rainy Pass, I waited with a group of veterinarians, trail volunteers, communications people, media reporters, and others to jump on a plane and leave Anchorage.  We flew to the community of McGrath.  If you look …

Gold and the Iditarod

 Paws Along the Trail with the Gold Rush Gold. Just hearing someone say the word creates interest and a desire to eavesdrop. The Iditarod Trail is remembered for the path it created for winter travel from the gold mines to the ports, usually by dog team.   Between the gold mines and mail carrying, dog teams …

Multiplication Challenge

This lesson is a fun way to have your kids review multiplying by two digit numbers, while introducing them to the role of vets and vet checks in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The kids will take on the role of a volunteer vet and complete a series of challenging word problems as they make …

Hot Cocoa With a Side of Poetry

  I have spent a great deal of time getting to know our 2016 Iditarod mushers this year.  My special focus has been to share the stories of the rookie mushers, and their personal journey to the starting line.  Like many teachers we have a poetry unit each year, but I wanted to find an Iditarod …

Idita-Warm-up Activity

Lesson Summary:  Cover the distance to Nome by counting laps jogged for warm-up as miles.  Students decide how many days it will take the class to finish the race.  They create a strategy to reach their goal much that same as the mushers do for the race.   The class keeps track of their progress on …

Dog Team Hitches and Math

Paws Along the Trail with Hitches and Math Most of us picture a dog sled team harnessed in tandem along a gangline, pulling a sled.  For the Iditarod teams, this formation keeps the dogs closer together which is good for narrow, wooded trails.  Pulling power is  concentrated.  Dog teams can also be hitched into a fan formation where the …

Socially Distanced Dogs

Hi Friends! Many of you have had different school experiences in 2020.  You may be learning with your teacher through a computer, or you may be at school, socially distanced from other classmates and wearing a mask all day.  Did you know that we sled dogs socially distance part of the day in our dog …

The End of the Race

Dear Friends, The 2020 Iditarod has come to an end!  What an exciting race we’ve been able to watch!  The Elim 11 was a moniker (a special name) given to the final mushers who had been delayed in the Elim checkpoint.  Once they started out this morning, the teams zipped along with no hold ups …