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Mush On To Your Dreams This New Year

Are you also finding it hard to believe that the new year is upon us? It seems like it was just the other day that I was welcoming my students to their final year of middle school.  For many people, a new year brings with it a new and fresh beginning- one that is hopefully …

Making Memes: Iditarod Style

Are you in need of an engaging and fun lesson that your students will love? Would you like to integrate technology into a lesson in a unique way? Do you have blank wall space and are in need of some classroom decor? Use this lesson with your students that will challenge them to create original …

More on Musher Cindy Abbott

At first glance, Cindy Abbot may appear to be only a musher (which is remarkable in and of itself). However, this dedicated wife, mother and two-time Iditarod finisher is a world-traveler, extreme scuba diver, former college professor, author, advocate who raises awareness for rare diseases, and a mountain climber! Cindy has summited Mt. Everest which makes her …

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 …

Parts of Speech and the Iditarod

I can insure you that a students do writing good and communicate good. Did I just get your attention? I hope so because that first sentence does not make any cents (I couldn’t resist). The need to communicate clearly and effectively is essential. Unfortunately, it is evident that nowadays many students lack an understanding of the parts …

More on Musher Kristy Berington

  Kristy Berington is currently getting ready to run her 10th Iditarod! Most Iditarod and mushing fans know that Kristy has an identical twin sister, Anna, who also is a musher. Kristy also happens to be married to Andy Pohl, who finished his first Iditarod in 2018. Together, Andy, Anna and Kristy run Seeing Double …

STEM and Sled Design

When I find myself in conversation with students and teachers about the Iditarod, I typically get asked the same questions: How long is the race? How long does it take a musher to complete the race? What do the dogs eat? How cold does it get? Is it always dark in Alaska? What are the rules? …

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 …

Figurative Language and the Iditarod!

 “You’re never the same, after you run the Iditarod, and I still lust to go out and run with dogs, even though that I know I shouldn’t. But I’d give just about anything to be able to do it again. To see the horizon again from the back of a dog team would be wonderful.” …