Geography

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 …

Zoom Lens – Vet Check

Even though Charley Bejna was ready to depart he took time to pose with his lead dog Brown.  Wondering  how Charlie’s lead dog came by the name of Brown?   Those dogs were named after bears.  So there’s Brown, Black and Grizzly in that litter.  This would be a perfect license plate for Charley.

Zoom Lens – Willow

The community of Willow is located thirty-seven miles north of Wasilla on the Parks Highway.  Right now it’s very quiet at the Community Center but it will be bustling on the next two Sundays.  On the last Sunday of February the Junior mushers will find the finish banner located on the lake access in front …

Zoom Lens: Iditarod Headquarters, Wasilla, Alaska

It’s was pretty quiet at Iditarod Headquarters today (Feb. 24, 2016) but next Wednesday will be the complete opposite.  Mushers will be rolling in with their teams for vet check.  Plenty of volunteer Veterinarians, all certified by the International Sled Dog Veterinary Medical Association (ISDVMA), will be on hand for the mandatory physicals.  As you …

Meet Photographer Mike Kenney

….Hi Boys and Girls, When we think of the Iditarod, we think of dogs and mushers. Did you know that there are ….many other people who work very hard to make the Iditarod successful? These people help get things ready,   ….work at the start and restart, work the checkpoints, get the banquets ready for …

Making Connections in Nature – Bats, Moose, and Prickly Pear…Oh My!

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.” John Burroughs How could one teacher be so lucky?  This summer I was fortunate enough to come face to face with two special animals in the wild that have been on my “bucket list” of nature connections for, …

Mystery Skype

Skype is an incredible tool teachers have at their fingertips allowing them to communicate with other classes and speakers around the world. Skype in the Classroom provides teachers with opportunities to share lessons, join lessons, and find guest speakers for their classrooms. A very popular Skype in the Classroom lesson is Mystery Skype. My class recently …

International Sled Dog Race

The formal name of the race we all know as the Iditarod is the Iditarod Trail International Sled Dog Race.  And it truly is an international pool of mushers this year.  A quick look at the musher list shows seven different countries (US, Norway, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden) and seven different states (Alaska, …

Skyping Stone Fox

Last year, 2013 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail ™, Linda Fenton issued a challenge to see how many students she could get to read Stone Fox (http://itcteacheronthetrail.com/2012/12/28/stone-fox/).  The timing was perfect for me.  The fourth grade had recently dropped the novel from their repertoire, so I was able to pick it up and tie it …

Sled Dogs of Denali

One of the big parts of our Social Studies curriculum in third grade is the study of our National Parks as a subtopic of our study of Fifty States.   Alaska is the home to 15 national parks, preserves, monuments and historic parks.  The Park Service in Alaska also oversees 49 National Historic Landmarks and 16 …