Curriculum

Iditarod P.E. Challenge

Iditarod PE Challenge Hey amazing teachers, check out this PE unit that was designed for virtual education by Alaska teacher and prior Iditarod Teacher on the Trail Finalist Lisa Wiley.  Let the enthusiasm of the mushers and sled dogs inspire your students to complete all the Iditarod PE Challenges while they learn about the trail …

Going North – The Rush Is On!

In September of 1898, the “Three Lucky Swedes” discovered gold on Anvil Creek, founded the Nome Mining District, and started a new rush to the North.  By 1898, Nome had a population of 10,000, many of whom had arrived for the Klondike Gold Rush.  When gold was discovered on the beaches of Nome, the rush …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – November 2020

These video segments feature authorities speaking about the makeup of sled dogs, their genetic disposition to run, the care and training they receive, and  variety of other topics that could be used to present opinion pieces, compare/contrast, and persuasive language arts pieces. Select videos, listed below, will be available for free without an Insider subscription …

The Insider as an Instructional Tool – October 2020

Combine the experience of world class videography of musher interviews, dogs, race footage, compilations, checkpoint action, dogs, pre and post musher interviews, veterinarians, dogs, wilderness vistas, and did I say dogs? Each month this article will have a standards based lesson idea connected to one of the Insider video clips. There will be ideas for …

Woodsong

Severe weather, sleep deprivation, and animal encounters are just a few of the challenges of participating in the Iditarod.  In Gary Paulsen’s Woodsong, he recounts his adventures in completing the Last Great Race on Earth! This book of memoirs is great for upper elementary and middle school students.  It gives students the opportunity to experience …

Musher Music Playlist

Music is enjoyed by so many people across the world.  From rock to pop, and country to classical, music is all around us.  Music can tell a story, convey a feeling, or simply help us relax. The music in the Insider videos help us catch the feel of the race, while listening to Hobo Jim …

Iditarod Sportsmanship

In many parts of the country, including Chicago, fall is a season full of sports!  Hockey season is just beginning, college and professional football are well under way, and major league baseball is nearing the 2016 World Series, in which the students of Saint Andrew School are hoping to see their neighborhood team go all …

A Husky Point of View

In my class we have been learning about the differences between perspective and point of view in our writing and in the stories we read, and how they help us understand someone’s experiences in a different and unique way.  We wanted to write about the point of view of the different participants in the Iditarod: dedicated …

Hot Cocoa With a Side of Poetry

  I have spent a great deal of time getting to know our 2016 Iditarod mushers this year.  My special focus has been to share the stories of the rookie mushers, and their personal journey to the starting line.  Like many teachers we have a poetry unit each year, but I wanted to find an Iditarod …

Painter and Ugly: Friendship at the Jr. Iditarod

  One of the special benefits of the Jr. Iditarod is that the young mushers bond with each other in a unique and lasting way.  In the woods at Yentna Station, after taking great care of their dogs for the night, they bonded over a campfire and shared trail stories.  It was remarkable to see, …