Author: Jen Reiter (25 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Create and Send! Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

Teaching Volunteerism The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as “Official Classroom” Volunteers! Enter the annual Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the …


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 …


Meet the 2018 IditaRiders!

Wondering who the lucky person in the sled of your favorite musher is? Meet the 2018 IditaRiders here! They are in the final countdown to their amazing ride at the start of the 2018 Iditarod! Be sure to cheer them and their teams on as the hit the trail! IditaRider All About… Riding With… Monika …


General Summer Camp Event Information

Summer Camp for Educators! Join us for the ULTIMATE professional development experience!   Summer camp isn’t just for kids anymore!  Come experience Alaska in a totally unique adventure while immersing yourself in the Iditarod for nine days!  2018 Summer camp:  $790 –  Campers spend four days at the Dream a Dream Dog Homestead, home of Iditarod …


Iditarod Vet Checks: A 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 …


Updated Lessons for the 2018 Race!

Have you been using the Mathing Down the Trail curriculum in your classroom? Great news…. Here are some updates for some of those lessons, just in time to gear up for the 2018 race! ITC 6.3 Prize Money Mind Bender ITC 2 Iditarod Fantasy Team Draft 2017 ITC 7.1 Prized Dogs Pictographs Pictograph Homework ITC …


Altered Fairy Tales with an Iditarod Twist

Grades 3-6 What if Cinderella was a musher? Or instead of seven dwarves, Snow White had found seven huskies? In this unit, students will explore some Alaska themed retelling of fairy tales and folk tales as they prepare to write their own Iditarod themed retelling! Mentor texts used include Alaska’s Sleeping Beauty, The Salmon Princess: …


Pourquoi Is That The Way It Is? Writing Creatively to Explain

Grades 2-6 Why do sled dogs howl? Why do they love to run? Why do mushers stand behind the sled? All of these questions are great fodder for writing pourquoi stories – stories that explain why something is the way it is. In this unit, students explore northern themed pourquoi tales. Inhabit Media, and Inuit …


Finding Your Way in the Far North

Grades 2-6, others with modification Kids always wonder how the mushers find their way along the Iditarod Trail during the race. The easy answer of course is by the thousands of trail markers and tripods that are put in place along the trail by trail breakers on snow machines ahead of the racers.  But what …


Meet Kamik

Grades 2-4; others with modification Meet Kamik, an Inuit puppy, in this series that is based on life memories of elders from Arviat, Nunavut. In book one, Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Jake finally gets a puppy all his own! But a puppy is far more work than he ever imagined, especially a puppy like …