Classroom Lesson Ideas

Virtual Trail Journey – Cripple (Northern Route)

  On the even years, the race will take the northern route to Nome. When the drivers and teams reach Ophir, they’ll take a right and head north to Cripple. The distance from Ophir to Cripple is 59 miles. The total distance from Ophir to Kaltag, where the two trails rejoin on the northern route …

Eye on the Trail: Reviewing Moderow’s Fast into the Night

Fast into the Night is a story of a woman, her dogs and their Iditarod journey.  Written by Iditarod veteran Debbie Moderow, the story portrays the emotional peaks and valleys that go along with setting ones sights on Nome. For the Moderows, mushing has been a family affair.  Debbie, husband Mark and their children Andy …

Educators, Prepare for the Race Now

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Every year, the race begins the first Saturday of March with the ceremonial race start in Anchorage, and now is the time to start your preparations for your students. Perhaps you have some tried and true activities and lessons which incorporate the race and the skills the students are …

Eye on the Trail: Who’s Who – Zyle, Schultz, Stu & Nordman

  It was a bright sunny fleece and light jacket sort of day in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when I had the good fortune of walking through the dog yard at Nature’s Kennel. Ed and Tasha Stielstra host an annual Musher Symposium and Teacher’s Conference late in September and this was the Sunday morning …

Book Reviews–Iditarod, Tricia Brown; The Mystery on the Iditarod Trail, Carole Marsh; Dogteam, Gary Paulsen

Get your facts and your fiction here, from young readers to adult, with these three books. Iditarod™ is new, coming out in February, 2014. Carole Marsh adds to her mysteries for children with a mystery set on the Iditarod Trail, and Gary Paulsen’s picture book, Dogteam, isn’t just for the young readers.

Educators! Get Ready for Iditarod 2014!

Now is the time to prep for Iditarod 2014. Read more here for ideas and plans.

Book Review–Akiak A Tale from the Iditarod

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant A new book review is on the Education Portal. Find out about this realistic fiction book by author and illustrator Robert J. Blake. It’s another book to add to your school or classroom library to increase students’ knowledge of the race.

Service Learning Opportunity–Blankets for Dogs

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Read this to find out about making blankets for the Iditarod race checkpoints to use for dogs staying there who have been dropped from their teams. Students can apply a host of educational skills while working on this project.

Book Review–Foxy’s Tale: The True Story of A Champion Alaskan Sled Dog

An elementary level, true story of an Alaskan sled dog who overcomes size, injury, and more to win the Junior World Championship Sled Dog Race. The author is available for Skype presentations, too. Read more here.  

Thank You Iditarod

[wpvideo KivsaNI9] My year as 2013 Teacher on the Trail™ is coming to a close and I have yet to wrap my brain around the fact that it actually happened. I can’t finish this adventure without a few thank yous.  Thank you Andrea Aufder Heyde (Finney) for having the tenacity to pursue bringing the Iditarod …