Author: Jen Reiter (81 posts)


If You Mush Know: Eyes All Aglow

This month’s question comes from….. From Mrs. Gotschall’s 3rd grade class: How do the dogs see and run at night?   Eyes All Aglow By: Lynne Witte Illustrated by: Jon Van Zyle   “In the full moon when it is blue and white on the snow at the same time, so bright and clean and …

If You Mush Know: Snuggled In…

This month’s question comes from….. Mrs. Randoph’s Second Grade Class How do sled dogs keep warm in their outside houses?  Are all dog houses the same?   Snuggled In: By: Lynne Witte Illustrations by: Jon Van Zyle It’s cold and snowing outside, but inside a sled dog’s house, they are warm and cozy. Sled dogs …

Trail Mail Art Contest Winners Announced!

Over 40 pieces of art for the Trail Mail Art contest were received from across the US this year. We are grateful to Wendy Brott for her continued support of this program, and to Jon and Jona Van Zyle who served as judges and selected this year’s winners. The decision was very difficult for the …

Educational Trail Mail Sales are Open!

We are so excited to announce that sales for the Educational Trail Mail Project are open! This is an amazing chance for your class to send a piece of mail down the trail in one of the 2022 student-designed cachets, and help us raise funds for our education programs at the same time! It’s very …

Moments with Mushers

Here you will find artifacts related to specific Iditarod Mushers! Check back, as we’ll be adding to this page! Susan Butcher Photo Lesson Idea              

Where Legends Are Born

The Iditarod EDU family has lost some of its biggest legends in the last months. At every conference we lead, when we post the question, “What got you interested in using the Iditarod as a teaching tool?” at least half the room mentions Gary Paulsen and his novel Woodsong. When we ask our returning teachers …

Primary Source of the Month: November

The late 1980s belonged to one woman: Susan Butcher. In 1986 she became the second female winner, the second four-time winner in 1990, and the first person to win four out of five consecutive years. The first Saturday of March is now known as Susan Butcher Day. Using the Source With Students Display the photo …

If You Mush Know: Ready? Start Your Engines!

This month’s question comes from….. Ava Why do mushers sometimes use four-wheelers with the dogs? Are the dogs really pulling those? Or are the mushers driving them?   Ready? Start your Engines! When temperatures drop the musher and dogs are ready to begin their training season. An ATV is a good choice for the best …

If You Mush Know: Happy Feet!

This month’s question comes from….. Aarav What does it mean when a musher says a dog has “good feet?” Do only dogs with bad feet wear booties? Happy Feet A musher is a coach choosing his or her team and beginning to prepare the dogs to perform at their best. The dogs will be running …

Primary Source of the Month: October

Using the Source With Students: Display the map for the students and have them share what they See, Think, and Wonder about the object. This is the modern race map and the one that students are most familiar with seeing when they are tracking their mushers. Tell the students that this map was not always …