Author: Jen Reiter (22 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

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 tables …


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 …


Could A Rookie Win the Iditarod?

Grades 3-6 (others with modification) One of the big buzzes that was happening at the first day of sign ups for the 2018 Iditarod is that Matt Hall, the 2017 Yukon Quest winner, has signed up for his rookie Iditarod run. One question that was asked repeatedly? “Could he win the Iditarod as a rookie?” …


A New Twist on Musher Trading Cards!

Have your students gotten interested in the card game Top Trumps? It’s a quick and easy card game that just so happens to work on place value skills while playing! There are decks published on topics ranging from animals to presidents to Harry Potter! Why not harness the love for that game and combine it with …


Fairbanks Start? No Worries for Teachers!

The Restart is headed to Fairbanks for only the third time in the history of the race! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with classroom ready materials for your students! Looking for Fairbanks based math lessons? The Mathing Down the Trail Book features two lessons that feature Fairbanks.  On pages 113-119, the “Passing Time …


Meet the 2017 IditaRiders!

Our 2017 IditaRiders are ready to launch their ride of a lifetime as they take off down Fourth Avenue for the Ceremonial Start on March 4th. You can learn all about them here as you prepare to cheer them on as they hop into the sled behind a team of charging huskies! Keep checking back …


Population Graphing – Fairbanks Route

The data generated by the Last Great Race lends itself to graphing lesson upon graphing lesson upon graphing lesson!  In this lesson, students will first create a bar graph to compare the population of checkpoints along the Fairbanks route. They will then also investigate the changes in population of Nenana and Nome as they continue to …