Math

Iditarod Vet Checks: A Multiplication Challenge

This lesson is a fun way to have your kids review multiplying by two digit numbers, while introducing them to the role of vets and vet checks in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. The kids will take on the role of a volunteer vet and complete a series of challenging word problems as they make …

Updated Lessons for the 2018 Race!

Have you been using the Mathing Down the Trail curriculum in your classroom? Great news…. Here are some updates for some of those lessons, just in time to gear up for the 2018 race! ITC 6.3 Prize Money Mind Bender ITC 2 Iditarod Fantasy Team Draft 2017 ITC 7.1 Prized Dogs Pictographs Pictograph Homework ITC …

Population Graphing – Fairbanks Route

The data generated by the Last Great Race lends itself to graphing lesson upon graphing lesson upon graphing lesson!  In this lesson, students will first create a bar graph to compare the population of checkpoints along the Fairbanks route. They will then also investigate the changes in population of Nenana and Nome as they continue to …

The Amazing Iditarod Race

This past Monday was a chilly one in Chicago!  The temperature at the opening of school was -7*, and many schools in the Chicagoland area were closed.  However, the weather made for a perfect setting for my Iditarod math lesson. This is a fun lesson that can be adapted for any grade.  In the lesson …

20 Lucky Huskies

The Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers is a remarkable opportunity to meet mushers at the volunteer picnic as they sign the dotted line and enter the Last Great Race on Earth®.   I had the pleasure of meeting rookie musher Mary Helwig that day.  I remember Mary casually mentioning to me that she had lost …

How Does Your Puppy Grow?

Puppies are the future for an Iditarod kennel.  As the 2016 Iditarod draws near, we have been spending a great deal of time talking about husky dogs and learning all about them.  We fell in love with veteran musher Matt Failor’s puppies this year after his Insider interview when Iditarod veteran “Cool Cat” gave birth to …

Sled Shopping with Musher Kristin Pace

*This post has been edited to reflect current 2022 data and available resources. Reading the actual Iditarod rules is a fascinating learning experience for any classroom teacher, and it is a very important process to understanding how the Last Great Race on Earth® is successful all the way from Anchorage to Nome.   There are …

Operations and Algebraic Thinking PLUS Number and Operations – Fractions, Grades 4 – 6

Iditarod Musher Jodi Bailey wrote a post in her kennel’s blog about the numbers in her drop bags for Iditarod. Drop bags are what mushers pack in advance of the race and send out to the race checkpoints so they have a supply of gear, dog food, and people food during the race. This post …

Parky Symmetry

What is a parky?  A parky is quite simply,  the northern term for a parka.   In the Aleutian Islands the word simply means “animal skin”.  They are longer coats with a hood, usually lined with fur.  Most are decorated with lovely fabrics and decorative trim.  I remember seeing many parkys in the winter in Alaska, and wanting …

Benny’s Flag

In Texas, we love our symbols.  The famous “Lone Star” is a symbol that is easily recognizable by just about anyone, young and old.  In our state social studies standards in fourth grade, we dig a little deeper into the symbolism and start to really understand our history and what those symbols we see and …