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Latest Teach and Learn Posts

Applicants for 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail

It’s that time of year again!  Teacher on the Trail application time!  We’d like you to meet the applicants for 2020 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™, read their bios, and view some of their lessons.  This year,   Six educators completed their application process and mailed the document to our department to be considered as …

Idita-Boxes: Tinkering Along the Trail

Mushers are constantly tinkering – working on ways to build better sleds, harnesses, cookers, dog jackets, etc… Your students are also natural tinkers too – always playing and fiddling around with found objects…. Why not mesh the two together with these Iditarod Inspired Tinker Tubs? Students will be provided materials to try to build various …

Building the Trail: Augmented Reality Topographic Trail Map

One great way to help your students see the challenges that the land of Alaska throws at the mushers is by plotting the trail on a topographic map. This allows students to see the changes in elevation that the teams must make as they travel east to west along the trail. An Augmented Reality Sandbox …

UPDATED for the 2019 Race! 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 …

Best Conferences…Iditarod Style!

My journey toward 2018 Teacher on the Trail™ started at an Iditarod Educator’s Camp in the summer of 2016.  The thing I first loved about coming to an Iditarod Educator’s Conference was that I met like-minded, passionate teachers!  Anyone who incorporates the Iditarod and is willing to travel to Alaska to learn more has to …

Create and Send! Contest for Classrooms: Make Decorations for Musher Banquet

Teaching Volunteerism The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it.  Your students can join the team as “Official Classroom” Volunteers! Enter the annual Table Centerpiece Contest!  Selected classrooms will create and send the decorations that will be featured on the …

Registration for 2019 Winter Conference and Summer Camp is Open

Iditarod’s Winter Teacher Conference will be held in Anchorage Feb. 26 – March 1, 2019.  Join us for this educational conference and see the start and restart of the 2019 Iditarod. Learn more about this event and register at this link.   Summer Camp for Educators will be held June 22 – July 1.  Join …

New Beginnings

  Dear Teachers, Welcome back to another school year!  I am sure you have been busy preparing your classroom for all of the new students.  Your students will become your team for the upcoming academic year…mush forward. Speaking of new team members…our kennel just added a new member to the roster, Topaz! She is getting …

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race: 101 What you need to know!

The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is also called the “Last Great Race on Earth®” Who? Mushers –  See the current list of mushers for the 2019 race by clicking here. Dogs!  Dogs!  Dogs!  Most of the sled dogs are Alaskan Huskies.  Dogs in the race must first meet standards of good health.  Learn more …

Iditarod Quilt Project 2018-2019

Teachers:  Are you interested in having an Iditarod quilt visit your classroom during the upcoming school year?! Last year we had nine quilts traveling around the country throughout the school year.  One quilt was even at the Shaktoolik checkpoint during the race and was signed by dozens of mushers while they rested their teams!  The …