The Insider as an Instructional Tool March 2021 – The Race Edition

Ok race fans – Starting March 4 – the EDU will be fervently previewing any and all Insider clips for content you will want to show in your classroom.  Different than past months, clips will be continuously added to this post with a brief description and how you can use it in your classroom. This will add up to dozens of clips for you from the start of the race to the end.  So you will want to check this post for quick access each day. It’s almost race time so hold on to your sled and get ready for the ride!

March 5

2021 Iditarod Pre Race Extravaganza Watch the replay of the “virtual banquet”.  Meet all of the mushers and hear their stories. Free to everyone.

March 8

Pete Kaiser Arriving in Finger – March 8, 2021 9:59am This is a good example of a musher using “haw!” and “gee!”

Brenda Mackey Monday Morning in Finger – March 8, 2021 10:59am Brenda refers to the trail as being similar to being in a Berenstain Bears book – and in the background, the songs of dogs at the ready to run.

Liz Raines- Rainy Pass Afternoon – March 8, 2021 4:15 p.m. Good footage of what checkpoint conditions are like for mushers there and bonus plane landing. Descriptive writing prompt:  Describe a typical Iditarod checkpoint.

Matt Failor Breaks Down His Team – March 8, 2021 4:43 p.m. Wonderful dog close-ups, dog names, descriptions of dog personalities SEL idea:  Teambuilder –  have students write descriptions of each others’ personalities in a positive way explaining their strengths.

Inside an Iditarod Checkpoint – March 8, 2021 7:59 p.m. A MUST SEE as Liz Raines gives a virtual tour of a checkpoint and what it means for the mushers. 

March 9

Brent Sass With his Team Monday Night – March 9, 2021 p.m. Start at :32 where Brent talks about how he is making sure his dogs are fed and watered correctly and adjustments he makes to ensure his team is happy and healthy. Writing prompt:  Compare/contrast sled dog care and needs to your pet’s care and needs.  

Royer in the Gorge – March 9, 2021 3:20 p.m. Wow!  Jessie Royer shares footage of part of her run through the Dalzell Gorge and it is exciting.  Such speed and going by open water and dodging trees…very exciting. math idea:  Check the GPS analytics for her teams mph between Rainy Pass and Rohn.  Compare them to her other segments of the race route.

Royer POV Top of the Gorge – March 9, 2021 4:23 p.m. More great footage of Jessie Royer going down the Dalzell Gorge.

Bruce at McGrath as Dallas Arrives – March 9, 2021 4:30 p.m. A MUST SEE. Wonderful explanation of COVID safe checkpoint procedures, a line of musher sleds waiting for them to arrive, and drop bags all organized.


March 10

Aaron Burmeister Switching Sleds in McGrath – March 10, 2021 12:38 a.m. This clip has some good up close shots of equipment and Aaron Burmeister explains why he is changing sleds.

Ryne Olson on the Trail – March 10, 2021 1:31 a.m. – In this clip Ryne describes what makes a good trail to run on and there is some amazing scenery, too. 

Jeff Deeter Talks About His Run into McGrath– March 10, 2021 1:10 a.m. Shows Jeff unharnessing his team and talking about being flexible with plans A, B, C, or D.

Run Dogs Run Over the Mountain and Through the Woods – March 10, 2021 2:40 a.m. Quintessential Iditarod through Alaskan wilderness with irresistible up close shots of happy dogs. writing prompt:  Have students write dialogue for the dogs.  Students can write commentary on the video with evidence from the video to support their commentary.

Run Dogs Run – March 10, 2021 2:46 p.m. Footage from the early part of the race.  

Mille Porsild Resting on the Trail – March 10, 2021 7:35 a.m. In this clip, Mille talks about proper hydration for dogs. health lesson idea:  Discuss proper hydration for students – amounts needed, signs of dehydration, how being properly hydrated helps a person’s body run well.

Sass & Burmeister Reach Ophir – March 10, 2021 9:02 a.m.  Excellent examples of mushers giving commands and great visual of the dogs following them.

March 11

Tuminelli Leaving McGrath – March 11, 2021 11:53 a.m. This video clip is an outstanding example of positive attitude, perserverance, level-headedness, and composure.

Victoria Hardwick Battling Through – March 11, 2021 1:18 p.m. Victoria exemplifies the Iditarod Trait of Innovation.  She describes her sled woes and at 2:54 minutes she shows how she repaired her sled. Pretty innovative!

The Appetite of Dakota’s Dogs – March 11, 2021 3:15 p.m. Dakota talks about variety for his dogs so they have something they like to eat. creative writing prompt:  If you could have anything you wanted to eat all day long, what would it be? Tell where you get it, how much you eat, and how you feel at the end of the day after being able to eat all you want all day long.

Liz Talks to Volunteer Vet Susan Drapek – March 11, 2021 5:41 p.m. Excellent description of trail vets and what they do for each and every team at every checkpoint and what sled dogs are like.

March 12

Howl Dogs Howl –  March 11, 2021 7:55 p.m. Slo-mo of dogs resting in McGrath

Run Dogs Run – March 12, 2021 6:35 a.m. The Racing Continues Stunning views of dog teams traversing wide open Alaskan wilderness, some shots of 3 teams at once on the same trail.

Icy Face Pete Kaiser – March 12, 2021 8:31 a.m. -50!!! Pete describes how the temperature changes as the terrain rises and falls. science idea: Set up a control thermometer and measure the temperature at other levels nearby to determine if/how much elevation affects temperature.

March 14

Seavey First to Rain Pass South – March 13, 2021 11:23 p.m.  Well here is the first Iditarod musher ever to go UP the Dalzell Gorge toward the finish line.  Hear Dallas’ description.

Richie Diehl into Rainy Pass S – March 14, 2021 8:48 a.m. Great views of a checksheet, a vet check-in when a musher isn’t staying. and a straw bale on his sled on the way out.


March 16

Royer Finishes Iditarod 49 – March 16, 2021 6:28 a.m.  There are so many things to love about this video clip.  Fresh off the Iditarod race route, Jessie Royer is talkative and tells about how she enjoyed the Dalzell Gorge in reverse and about hos she and Jeff Deeter, as a team, worked together when a. moose claimed the trail and didn’t want them to continue7