Author: Jane Holmes (18 posts)


The Insider as an Instructional Tool – April 2021

The Insider as an Instructional Tool The mushers are off the trail once again, demonstrating incredible skill, courage, and perseverance.  What does it take to be a musher?  You might hear folks talk about dogs, sleds, equipment, etc.  but it’s what is inside that mushers need to draw on to run the Iditarod.  They need: …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 49. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want to thank …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool March 2021 – The Race Edition

Ok race fans – Starting March 4 – the EDU will be fervently previewing any and all Insider clips for content you will want to show in your classroom.  Different than past months, clips will be continuously added to this post with a brief description and how you can use it in your classroom. This …

Iditarod P.E. Challenge

Iditarod PE Challenge Hey amazing teachers, check out this PE unit that was designed for virtual education by Alaska teacher and prior Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalist Lisa Wiley.  Let the enthusiasm of the mushers and sled dogs inspire your students to complete all the Iditarod PE Challenges while they learn about the trail …

GIA Dogs for Your Classroom

If you are using the new digitized IditaRead program, you are familiar with GIA, the IditaRead mascot.  We thought you might want to offer your students a GIA coloring page, or maybe you want to use GIA for glyph activities or for tracking mushers.  Use these Iditarod huskies to motivate your students to do more …

IditaRead Digital – The Last Great Reading Race

Always a favorite, Idita-read projects motivate students to read more, read more often, and keep reading!  Now your students can travel the Iditarod Trail race route as they achieve reading goals just as they watch the mushers move along the race route. Teachers work with students to set individualized reading goals. As students reach each …

Hand Washing with Hobo Jim

The CDC recommends washing hands for at least 20 seconds. For a timer, they suggest the “Happy Birthday” song twice. Singing the alphabet song is another way to keep washing.  Well, how about washing hands to Hobo Jim’s Iditarod Trail Song?   Here are the lyrics to Hobo Jim’s Iditarod Trail song and the lines …

Five W’s of the Iditarod Jeopardy Game

Engage your students in a rousing game of Jeopardy, complete with applause and Double Jeopardy.  Download the Powerpoint and answer key and jump start your Iditarod unit today! 5Ws Jeopardy Answer Key Jeopardy-5Ws-of-Iditarod-2021

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – February 2021

It’s the time of year when teachers really get ramped up teaching with the Iditarod as a theme in their classrooms.  We are getting many emails from teachers all over the world asking for ideas and resources. Well, this month, you will get free access to these Insider clips to help you teach about the …

Alaska CARES Grant Allows Alaska Schools FREE Insider Access

Because the health, safety and welfare of our Alaskan communities is our priority, the Iditarod Education Department is collaborating with the Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) through grant funding from the Alaska Cares Grant to offer …