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Junior Iditarod Week – Race Day; Let’s Get Moving!

  Apparently the junior mushers were not the only ones ready to get moving; Mother Nature was too. At 9:59 (AKST), 1 minute before the start of the race a magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook Southcentral Alaska. According to the Alaska Earthquake center, it was an aftershock of the 7.1 earthquake that hit the area on …

Junior Iditarod Week – The Day Before; Vet Checks, Meetings and Gear

  Today is a big day for the junior racers! Vet checks begin this morning at 8am and go until noon, and then the mandatory musher meeting at 5:00 via ZOOM. Busy day before they head out tomorrow morning! Vet checks run the same way as Iditarod; each dog is carefully examined by a volunteer …

Junior Iditarod Week – The Roots of the Race

  Junior Iditarod week is upon us! The Junior Iditarod is a great event that has helped pave the way for many mushers to go on and compete in the Last Great Race. It is a place to see the up and coming mushers and is a great sneak peek into the future of the …

Junior Iditarod Week – Classroom Integration and Practice

  It’s time to start gearing up for the big race on the 6th, and practice using some of the tools that are available! A great way to practice with your students is through the Junior Iditarod race THIS WEEKEND. The Junior Iditarod has a website set-up that closely mirrors the Iditarod website www.jriditarod.com. The …

Moments with Mushers: Training the Team

  “Training”, as I have learned, begins with relationships. This month, mushers are running some shorter races and working with their teams to ensure they are ready to go by the time Iditarod rolls around in a mere few weeks. From the mushers I spoke with, all of them attested to the fact that the …

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 …

CMS Idita-Picks: UPDATED for 2021

As Terrie and I were walking through The Sportsmans Warehouse today I spotted a contest going on with the Iditarod. The radio station, Country Legends 100.9 Wasilla, is sponsoring a contest for participants to make predictions on which mushers will make it to certain checkpoints first. Of course, we stopped and grabbed a couple of game cards, …

Classroom Connections: Musher Research (With a Digital Twist) – Virtual Lesson Possibility

  One of the things that I love about the Iditarod is how naturally it can be made personal for our students. Each year, the one thing that really hooks my class is assigning a musher for each one of them to follow during the race. We use the Iditarod website to learn about our …

Moments with Mushers: Equipment

  As the mushers start to get ready for the upcoming race, the task of organizing all of their supplies and equipment is beginning to take place. Much like last month’s post about their most important piece of clothing, I asked some of the mushers about their most valued piece of equipment on the trail. …

Update from the Teacher on the Trail™

  2020 was certainly a year of change, and one that nobody will forget. One of the credos of my school district is “Adapt and Adjust”, and that has never been more important than it was this year. With this in mind, I have deferred my Teacher on the Trail™ trail experience until the 2022 …