Geography

Glogster – The Iditarod, Machu Picchu, and Denali

Many teachers always comment that they want to incorporate the Iditarod all year, but they don’t know how.  As a result, the Iditarod makes it into their classroom for a small amount of time.  It is very possible to teach the Iditarod year round while still teaching your other curriculum. My students are currently studying …

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail: STEM/Science Focus

Investigating the Surface of the Iditarod Trail by Kelly Shusko, Colonial School District, Delaware *This lesson was created for Kindergarten students but is applicable for other grade levels. Standards and Application of lesson: Stem/Science/Social Studies- Geography, Social Emotional Learning The purpose of this lesson is to have students plan and carry out an investigation about …

Download, Print, and Use These Maps with Students.

Map Resources for Your Classroom Iditarod Trail Map This  Iditarod Trail map, both the northern and southern route map, can be downloaded and printed out.  Maps for northern and southern routes Maps for the northern and southern trails along with trail descriptions can be found at this link. Map of Alaska or Other States. Choose …

Finding the Way to Nome

Map reading skills are an essential skill for anyone to have, but in the Iditarod, it is extremely important that the mushers are able to guide the dogs to the next checkpoint and, ultimately, to Nome.  While there are thousands of trail markers along the way, it is imperative for mushers to understand the route map and …

Zoom Lens: Belt Buckle for Finishers

Sixteen rookies earned their Iditarod finisher’s belt buckle in the 2016 Iditarod.  Many of the veterans at the banquet in Nome were wearing belt buckles earned in their rookie run.  Iditarod XLIV is in the history books now.  Already mushers and race planners are looking forward to the 45th running of The Last Great Race® …

Zoom Lens: Monica Zappa at the 2016 Finish Line

Monica Zappa brought her dog team to Nome today in 47th place.  She’s run the race three times and placed 47 in each race.  While her place has been the same, she’s improved her time by a day in each of her three trips to Nome.  Monica gives her leader Blue Steel some serious love …

Zoom Lens: Aliy Zirkle

Aliy Zirkle finished the 2017 Iditarod in 3rd place for the race and her husband Allan, who gives their younger dogs a first look at the trail, finished  in 32nd place.  Of course Aliy was at the burled arch to welcome Allen and the dogs. This was Allen’s finish but Aliy did answer one question …

Zoom Lens – Tytte and Miriam Osredkar Reunite

March 16, 2016:  Miriam Osredkar had been in Unalakleet since that morning.  The previous night when she was between the Old Woman cabin and Unalakleet checkpoint, she stopped to change out a couple of dogs.  Another team came by at about the same time.  As the other team passed there was a minor tangle.  Once …

Zoom Lens – Dropped Dogs

Dropped dogs have been coming into Anchorage.  Be assured they are getting lots of love and attention while they await a ride back to their kennel.    

Zoom Lens – Twins

It’s always a question as to who is who when it comes to the identical Berington twins, Anna and Kristi.  After the vets were finished with both of their teams, they took a couple of minutes to help me out on that.  Anna has a red and black sled bag and has promised to wear …