Author: Heidi Sloan (131 posts)


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 …

Onward to Safety!

Dear Friends, The mushers who were delayed in Elim are resting and finishing up their 8 hour mandatory stop in White Mountain.  I bet their dogs were really happy to take that 46 mile run…finally!  They should have lots of energy after all that resting.  Sometime Friday night, in the dark, the eleven remaining teams …

A Rescue and Turning Around

Dear Friends, What a day it was on the Iditarod Trail!  Storms and overflow on rivers and bodies of water really have slowed down our mushers.  Three mushers got in trouble with high winds and deep overflow of water near the Safety checkpoint and had to call for help:  Sean Underwood, Tom Knolmayer, and Matthew …

Overflow

Dear Friends, My friends and I have been watching the GPS tracker and Race Standings the past couple of days.  Why aren’t all the mushers moving?  It’s not required to stay another 24 hours!!  Today we have some proof of what’s going on.  They were being safe. Yesterday was the official first day of spring, …

Read About Faces of the Iditarod

Dear Friends, Many of you chose a musher to follow on the 2020 Iditarod.  23 teams have made it to Nome, but there are 15 teams who are still working their way along the coast, which can be a brutal run, depending on snow conditions and weather.   There are some interesting stories located in …