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Our goal is to help you use the race with your students by providing lessons, projects, and activities that you can use in your classroom.  We want to get to know you and your students better so we can meet the goal of continuing to develop engaging content for you and your students.  Share how …

Morning Meetings with an Iditarod Twist!

As you start to plan for your new school year, are Morning Meetings a part of your routine? Morning Meetings are a great way to leave the Starting Line of your day while creating community and reinforcing academic and social skills. They are also a great way to sneak in a little Iditarod fun and …

Make Plans to Attend Iditarod Teacher Conference Events

Attend a 2020 Iditarod Teacher event! It’s not to early!  Not at all! We’re already planning for our 2020 teacher conference events.  You should start planning to join us! 2020 Winter Conference in Anchorage prior to the start of the Iditarod.  (March 3 – 6, 2020)  Learn more by clicking here! 2020 Summer Camp for …

Practicing Reading Skills with Iditarod Photos

Photos are a great way to introduce students to reading skills they may be unfamiliar with or need extra practice with prior to using more complicated texts. Moving from photos, to short passages, to longer texts allows students to have a chance to refine their skills and build their confidence.  The Iditarod is fortunate to …

Picnic Time!

The 2020 Iditarod season has officially started! Today was the musher’s sign up and volunteer picnic.  Laura Neese was the first musher to sign up for the 2020 Iditarod. This will be Laura’s second Iditarod; her first was in 2017.   Not only was it fun to see who was signing up, but it was great …

Another Great Day at Summer Camp!

Today we toured the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer.  We enjoyed walking through the fields learning about their history and see them in action! Interestingly, the musk ox have made a return to Alaska after becoming extinct to these lands in 1865.  With the help of Greenland in 1930, thirty-four musk oxen were brought back …

5 Lessons and Ideas to Kick Off Your Iditarod Unit

Every year, the Iditarod captivates students on a national and international scale. And, thinking about the many ways that the Iditarod can be integrated into the classroom, it is not surprising that students love learning about The Last Great Race®. More often than not, students are immediately hooked due to their love of dogs and …

Idita-Vation: Innovation on the Iditarod Trail

Iditarod Mushers are naturally Design Thinkers. They are constantly thinking and  looking for ways to make things more efficient, more cost-effective, more comfortable… safer, faster, easier. So why not give your students real life design challenges centered around problems that mushers face daily in their training and racing? The lesson plan features a challenge centered …

IditaRead™ Project – Students Read Along the Trail

Race to Nome on a Reading Challenge! An IditaRead™is a reading project that challenges students to read.  IditaReads™ are often held during the Iditarod, but some schools opt to use a longer period of time or hold their IditaRead™ during a different time of the school year.  An important aspect of an IditaRead™ is that …

Interested in Writing to Mushers? READ THIS Please

We are happy to provide you with contact information of mushers agreeing to receive letters from students.  If you are writing to mushers, please follow the instructions below- EVEN if you have done this project before, please read the information again- to gain optimum success on your project. Read the information below, follow the directions …