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The Insider as an Instructional Tool – April 2021

The Insider as an Instructional Tool The mushers are off the trail once again, demonstrating incredible skill, courage, and perseverance.  What does it take to be a musher?  You might hear folks talk about dogs, sleds, equipment, etc.  but it’s what is inside that mushers need to draw on to run the Iditarod.  They need: …

Trophies and Awards

The Iditarod Sled Dog Race honors the teams with a variety of awards, trophies, buckles, patches, and more.  Clicking on an image will open a larger view of it. Keep checking back, we are always adding new objects!  2021 Gold Trail Loop Finisher’s Buckle

Classroom Connections: Student Trail Reporters

  With all the technology we’ve used this year, I was presented with the opportunity to try something new with my students. Throughout my career as an educator, I have met a number of teachers who have had their students conduct a “news update” during morning meetings for the rest of their class. I thought …

IditaRead Finisher’s Certificate

The last musher has crossed the finish line in Iditarod 49. And what a race it was this year! Your IditaRead “mushers” may be crossing the finish as well.  Here are the PDFs for a black and white or a color finisher’s certificate for you to present to your finishers. Additionally, we want to thank …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Thursday, March 18th

Thursday, March 18     As we watch the teams cross under the finish sign holding a big red lantern, students commonly ask what it is and why they have it. One thing we always end up talking about is the fact that not everyone who races gets an award for finishing – in other …

Tricks and Trophies

Dear Friends, The final two mushers arrived at the finish line early this morning!  Victoria Hardwick won the red lantern award.  It is awarded to the team coming in last place.  Why does the last place competitor get a prize?  The Iditarod is nicknamed The Last Great Race.  It’s a very tough race with extreme …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool March 2021 – The Race Edition

Ok race fans – Starting March 4 – the EDU will be fervently previewing any and all Insider clips for content you will want to show in your classroom.  Different than past months, clips will be continuously added to this post with a brief description and how you can use it in your classroom. This …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Wednesday, March 17th

Wednesday, March 17     As my students track the race each year, they record their musher’s location and standing in the race, as well as the dogs that remain on the trail with the team. There are always a number of questions about why the number of their dogs decrease as the race goes …

49th Running in the 49th State – Trail Reporting: Tuesday, March 16th

Tuesday, March 16       Question of the Day: How do mushers sleep during the race?   This question actually came up in my classroom today after watching some of the mushers cross the finish line. My students noticed how exhausted the mushers looked and asked about their sleep during the race. This is …

Be a Part of the Community History

Aaron Burmeister and his team reached the finish line Monday morning in 2nd place.  He told the Insider crew that this was his 20thIditarod.  One comment he made really resonated with me, as I feel that it represents many mushers and one reason they tackle this difficult sport and race.  “This year was a different challenge …