Author: Jen Reiter (65 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

If You Mush Know: Run, Snack, Love

This month’s question comes from: Jack What do the dogs do when a big race like Iditarod is over? What do they do when they get home? What’s next? The Iditarod teams have completed 823 miles of running on the Gold Trail Loop as a team and have navigated tough trail sections and overcome many …

Trophies and Awards

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race honors the teams with a variety of awards, trophies, buckles, patches, and more.  Clicking on an image will open a larger view of it. Keep checking back, we are always adding new objects!  2021 Gold Trail Loop Finisher’s Buckle

Primary Source of the Month: March

One of the iconic images of the Iditarod is the Burled Arch that stands at the end of the epic journey the teams take across the state of Alaska. But, did you know the current Burled Arch is actually the second arch in Iditarod History? Using the Source With Students: Display the historic photo above …

If You “Mush” Know: How Big are Sled Dogs?

This month’s question comes from….. Grant: How big do sled dogs get? Do they have to be a certain size to race?   Willingness and Heart   Sled dogs come in many sizes with mushers’ preferences ranging from larger dogs with muscular strength to smaller quicker runners. Martin Buser, 4 time Iditarod champion, once wrote, …

Reaching the Finish Line

Can you imagine what it must feel like to reach the finish line of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race? Imagine coming up the hill that transitions between the Bering Coast and the city of Nome. Imagine running down Front Street, your eyes resting on the Burled Arch, knowing you and your team had accomplished what …

Teen Nonfiction Books

Teen Nonfiction Books Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Woodsong Gary Paulsen (1990) Gary Paulsen’s experiences as he trains and ultimately runs the Iditarod dogsled race.  Paulsen vividly describes the effects of bone-chilling cold, physical exhaustion, and the spirit of competitiveness that dominates the event.     EDU Review        Grades 6 and up Lexile 1030 …

Teen Fiction

Teen Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Sixteen in Nome Max Brand (1930, 1995) Sixteen-year-old Joe May comes to Alaska to stake his claim during the Gold Rush of the 1890’s.  He meets two mining partners who clash over a dog named Alec and a mystery woman.  Young Adult. The Call of the Wild    …

Primary Nonfiction Books

Primary Nonfiction Books   Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Alaska’s Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines Shelley Gill (2014)    True canine stories from Alaska including Balto, Togo, Tekla and more. Ages 6-9 Big-Enough Anna: The Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic Pam Flowers with Ann Dixon (2003) A true story about how …

Primary Grades Fiction

Primary Grades Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Akiak: A Tale from the Iditarod Robert J. Blake (1997) Akiak is running her last Iditarod, but she is hurt on the fourth day.  Will she be able to help her team? Picture book or independent readers. Grades:1-4 Lexile: 590 Alaska’s Snow White and Her Seven Sled …

Middle Grades Nonfiction Books

Middle Grades NonFiction Books Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Champion of Alaskan Huskies: Joe Redington, Sr., Father of the Iditarod Katie Mangelsdorf (2011) Joe Redington Sr. was an ordinary man with extraordinary dreams—and buckets of determination! His vision was as vast as the majestic Alaska landscape he loved to explore. This firsthand account is of …