To Teachers from Sled Dog Ed

Before…Next…!

Hello, Teachers! How many times have you asked your students, “What were you doing before…?” Or maybe you have asked them, “What will happen next?” Making predictions and sequencing events are important skills. Mushers and their teams deal with sequencing quite often: Who will be first on the gangline?, What will I need to do …

Roll It…!

Hi, Teachers! Need a quick activity to break up the day! Here is one, “Roll a Topic“.  You can use this to get your students talking and sharing about the Iditarod. Put students in groups of two or three and provide them with a die.  Each student will take turns rolling the die. The number …

What’s in a Picture?

Hello, Teachers! People are constantly taking pictures of the fabulous musher and dog athletes at our kennel. I always wonder what they think and say to their friends when showing all the pictures they have taken. There is a saying…a picture is worth a thousand words! Display the attached document, A Picture is Worth a …

Sweet Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, Time for treats! I hear that around the dog lot frequently…especially after the dogs have been out on a long run.  Indulge your students in some sweet treats for a fun break during the day!  Here is a way for students to talk with their classmates about the Iditarod, share information they have …

Would You Rather…

Hello, Teachers! Race time is coming closer for our musher friends and dogs! Many have been out on training runs to exercise and build stamina. Two great qualities to instill in your own students!  Here is a quick activity to do with your students when they need a “brain break” and a little bit of …

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 Citizenship!

Hi, Teachers! I was an athlete!  I belonged to a sports team….the sport of dog mushing which is the Alaskan state sport. Being an athlete requires stamina, determination and the ability to work together with others on a team.  My team just happened to be other dogs. On other sports’ teams everyone has their own …

Governmentally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, The kennel is my safe haven and home.  I have come to be relaxed here as a retired sled dog…but I remember back when I was young.  I played, ran, howled, was very curious and investigated everything. Sometimes I found myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Recently the kennel kids …

Economically Iditarod!

Hi, Teachers!  Movie watching has been a relaxing activity at the main house of the kennel, and I recently overheard the following line from one of the movies.  ”Give me the money!”  Money is a frequent topic of conversation as mushers and their families plan for entering and running in the Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  …

Culturally Iditarod!

Dear Teachers, A recent article in our local newspaper highlighted Alaskan, Ida Ross.  She is 82 years old and from the Fairbanks area but originally came from Kobuk and Kotzebue.  The article shared her life as a youngster growing up in the native culture of Alaska.  Presently, she teaches students at the Fairbanks North Star …