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“Mathing” Down the Trail – A 165 Page Booklet of Lessons Geared to Common Core Standards, by Jen Reiter, Iditarod Math Teacher

Lessons in this math packet can be used to add rigor to your math curriculum.  Lessons are geared for grades 2 – 6.  With adaptation, the lessons can be used with students in other grades.  What are you waiting for?  Get on the trail and fill your sled with ways to increase math scores while …

Fluffy Tails!

Tails on the Trail- Adaptations Tails! It is always great to see a dog wagging its tail.  Dogs’ tails serve so many functions.  They help in communication and balance.  The position and wag of the tail can tell us if they are happy or scared, excited, ready to play, or prepared to work. The tail also …

“Sharing Our Stories” From Student Journalists in Takotna, Alaska

Sharing Our Story from Student Journalists attending Takotna Community School, Takotna, AK Mrs. Smith’s Class Starting the School Day My name is Elijah, am nine years old, and I am in third grade in Takotna, Alaska. I live on Mile 329 of the Iditarod Trail. My job the first week of school was to lead …

Origin of the Iditarod: How did it all begin?

*There’s a big myth and it’s time to bust it!  You can help! Myth: Iditarod is run each year to commemorate the Serum Run.   Truth: Although that event is an extremely important event in the history of Alaska, the fact is, the founders of the race did not take the Serum Run into account when …

IditaRead™ Challenge

Join an IditaRead™ and race from Anchorage to Nome! An IditaRead is an excellent way to encourage students to read. An IditaRead™ is held in connection with the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® —  the Iditarod Trail and the Iditarod Mushers are used as ‘benchmarks’ of reading progress for students.  Most IditaReads are held in …

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 …

STEM: Light up the Checkpoints

Students will create paper circuits to light up checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail. Grade Level – 3rd – 5th Topic: Electrical Circuits / Measurement Students will gain an understanding of electrical circuits by creating an electrical circuit to light up an Iditarod checkpoint. Students will practice their measuring skills. Students will become familiar with the …

Dog of the Month- Jonah!

Tails from the Trail- Dog of the Month- Jonah! This month Kristy Berington shares about her special dog Jonah! Kristy, along with her twin sister Anna, own Seeing Double Sled Dog Racing in Knik, Alaska.  The 2020 Iditarod will be Kristy and Anna’s 11th Iditarod. “My special dog is Jonah. Jonah, who is now 11, was my …

Ikidarod – McGrath, Takotna, Nikolai Schools

Ikidarod 2019: McGrath, Takotna, and Nikolai Schools McGrath School hosted Takotna, and Nikolai Schools for Traditions Week last March. (2019) Students K-12 participated in this week long culture camp, learning how to paint, cook, build dog houses, and mush a one dog dogteam. This has been a premier activity in McGrath for decades, as their …

D is for…..

Tails from the Trail  ID_ _ _ _ _ _ D is for Diligence According to Sanka W Dog diligence is “showing care and conscientious behaviors in one’s work or duties” It is being careful, persistent, and working hard.  Our mushers, volunteers, veterinarians, and dogs show diligence throughout the entire race and in training leading …