Author: Jen Reiter (48 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

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 …

Announcing Our Trail Mail Contest Winners

Our first annual Trail Mail Art Contest was a tremendous success! We were thrilled to accept over 40 entries from students in grades 4-12 and from all over the country. A team of Iditarod Educators narrowed the field to ten finalists which were then judged by artists Jon and Jona Van Zyle. The Iditarod Education …

Get Ready to Visit Iditarod!

With the Iditarod Trail Committee announcing the historic route for the 2021 Race, The Gold Trail, all attention this year will focus on the historic town and checkpoint of Iditarod. Iditarod came into existence after the Christmas Day, 1908 gold strike on Otter Creek, a tributary of the Iditarod River. By the summer of 1909 …

Primary Source of the Month: January

Last month, we looked at the use of the Iditarod Trail as a mail trail by investigating trail mail. This month, we turn our focus to the use of the Iditarod Trail during the Gold Rush Days. The vault of the Miners and Merchants Bank is one of the few structures still standing in Iditarod …

If You “Mush” Know: Stopping a Team

This question comes from Mrs. Dagenais’ Class in Baltimore: How does a musher stop their team of sled dogs? Gary Paulsen describes in Dogteam the beauty of a winter night run with a team of dogs pulling the sled taking you on a wonderful ride along a trail. Paulsen shares the beauty of the energy …

Update: Send a Piece of Your Class Down the Trail!

UPDATE: The 2021 Iditarod Trail Mail has SOLD OUT! Thanks to all the participating classes! Be sure keep an eye out for next year’s announcement! We are so excited to announce our new Educational Trail Mail Project to you! This is an amazing chance for your class to send a piece of mail down the …

Iditarod Historic Trail Artifacts

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race was created, in part, to honor the history of the Iditarod Trail. Here are some artifacts that honor the trail’s past.  Clicking on an image will open a larger view of it. Keep checking back, we are always adding new objects!  Miners and Merchant Bank Iditarod, Alaska Deposit Slip Back …

If You “Mush” Know: Places in the Team

This Month’s Question:  How do you decide which dog goes where in a team? Can they change places? The sled dogs make a team. A team includes the leaders, the team dogs, and the wheel dogs. Like a coach of a team like soccer or basketball, I as the musher want to know my dogs …

Trail Mail Art Contest

UPDATE!! Now open to Fourth and Fifth Grade Artists! DEADLINE EXTENDED! Now due December 20th! Attention 5th – 12th Grade Artists,  Teachers, & Parents: We have a special art contest just for you & your students! We are thrilled to announce a student art contest to create this year’s Trail Mail judged by official Iditarod …

Primary Source of the Month: December

December ushers in holiday seasons for people all around the world. And with holiday seasons comes the big rush to the post office to mail holiday cards and packages. Do your students ever wonder how letters and packages were delivered before the creation of airplanes? Well, for many in the northern regions, mail was delivered …