Author: Jen Reiter (63 posts)

Jen is the 2014 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

Elementary Fiction

Elementary Fiction Title: Author (Copyright Date): Notes: Cookie Cutters and Sled Runners Natalie Rompella (2017) Ana and Lily have been planning to being partners in their major middle school project for years. So when they are split up for the project, Ana is devastated. Ana’s partner is the new girl from Alaska who wants to …

Adult Books

Non-Fiction Title Author (Copyright Date) Notes Adventures of the Iditarod Air Force: True Stories About the Pilots Who Fly for Alaska’s Famous Sled Dog Race Ted Mattson (1997) Shares stories of the volunteer pilots’ stories about what happens above the trail. The Cheechako’s Guide to the Art of Dog Mushing Lavon Barve (2000) Barve completed …

Get Ready to Visit Flat!

For the first time in Iditarod history, the teams will be traveling seven miles southeast from Iditarod to the town of Flat, Alaska. Flat came into existence after the Christmas Day, 1908 Gold Rush on Otter Creek by John Beaton and W. A. Dickeman. Although word of that strike got out slowly, in 1909 more …

Primary Source of the Month: February

Primary sources are not just for Social Studies class! Here’s one that you could use as a math warmup that ties in to the ghost town of Iditarod which will play such an important role in this year’s Iditarod Race.     Using the Source With Students: Display the object for your students and have …

If You “Mush” Know: Poop Scooping

This month’s question comes from….. Every kid in America:  What happens if the dogs have to go to the bathroom? Do you have to stop and scoop it up?    Chocolate Kisses and Goggles   Excitement echoes in the kennel as the dogs, supreme canine athletes, are getting ready to do what they love – …

Pick a Musher: Fantasy Draft Style

With the way school is working while we gear up for the 2021 Iditarod Race, many of the tried and true staples of our Iditarod curriculums aren’t going to work the way they always have. In some ways, this will help push us to find new and possibly better ways to do things. For years, …

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 …