For Teachers

Racing for 14 to 17 Year Olds, the Junior Iditarod

Junior Iditarod start, 2011
Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
The Junior Iditarod Sled Dog Race introduces 14 to 17 year olds to mid and long-distance racing. It also gives teachers another tool to use with their students in the classroom.…

Caitlin Santos, Educator and an Iditarod Rookie Musher’s Wife

Going to work in Alaska this past summer provided me the opportunity to visit several kennels whose owners race the Iditarod. One of these kennels is Wolf’s Den Kennel in Cantwell, owned by Mike and Caitlin Santos. I got to…

Remembering 40 Years of Iditarod. . .

Iditarod Trail Annuals
The 2012 Iditarod is the 40th running of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
As a way to honor and preserve our history, we’re featuring a series this year on Remembering 40 Years of Iditarod.
Visit our…

At Your Service!

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Sixth graders in Mt. Pleasant, North Carolina organized a service learning project to collect plastic bottle caps for the mosaic project in Anvik, AK. The mosaic project honors Anvik resident and teacher Julia Walker who…

A Project Remembered: Brooksville to Alaska in 2011

Perfect – that’s one way to describe the educational adventure known as Brooksville to Alaska – Iditarod 2011.  Perfect in no way means that everything went exactly according to plan.  Rather, it means that the nine days spent in Anchorage…

Jeff King Visits Clariden School

There’s no doubt that Jeff King has many new fans in Texas who will be rooting for him in the 2012 Iditarod!
Recently, students at The Clariden School of Southlake had the opportunity to meet the 4-time Iditarod champion when he…

Dog Trading Cards

Many teachers have students create ‘Musher Cards’ which share an image and information about mushers.
A twist on this practice, is making ‘Dog Trading Cards’.  Teacher Briget Koch, from ‘Maryland, had students create dog trading cards after reading the book,…

Bulletin Board Ideas

Click here to view Bulletin board ideas sent to us by Kimmy.
Are you getting your classroom ready for the 40th running of Iditarod?  What do you do to make your room “IditaReady”?  when do you start getting your classroom…

Building Math Skills: Fractions, Decimal, Percentage… And More!

Building Math Skills…. 4th and 5th Grade- Can be adapted for other grade levels.

I will share aspects of the Marvelous Musher lesson that was particularly enjoyable. Many of my lessons are hybrid and consist of resources located on the official…

Books to the Trail: Service Learning Project

Each year, through generous donations from businesses and schools, students in need receive new books to read.  Most of the schools in need are along the Iditarod Trail or other communities in Alaska, but we try to include schools in…

Get Outside! 2012 Idita- Nature Project

IditaNature! Get Outside!
Carmen Field, with the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Kids in Nature launched an exciting new initiative for connecting children with nature during the 2010 Iditarod Sled Dog Race.  In the past 2 years, over…

Iditarod Logo Cross Stitch Project

In an ‘Iditarod’ classroom, students are always busy on a variety of projects throughout the year.
Classroom teacher,  Diane Pollock, integrates Iditarod and sled dogs into her curriculum.  Last year Diane worked with another teacher, Mary Owsley (FACE) on a…

A Common Thread

Invitation to teachers and students!
Create a ’small quilt wall hanging’ to be sent to a checkpoint during the race.  These quilts will be sent to the Iditarod Education Director before the start of the race and be assigned to…

Literacy to Share Facebook Page

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Literacy to Share is a Facebook page sponsored by the Iditarod Education Department for educators to share information about their efforts and methods of teaching reading and writing, their successes and strategies that work to…

Apply and Be the Next Target® Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

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Finalists for the 2012 Teacher
That’s right!  We are looking for teachers who know that guiding students to academic success happens when teachers take the challenge to be the best teacher possible and to use…

Dogs of the Wild Read

Martha Dobson, Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™
Aiken, SC kicked off its month of events for Aiken’s Wild Read. I presented Iditarod programs, based on my experience as the Target ®2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™,  to the…

South Carolina Takes Armchair Alaska Trip

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Taking residents and students in Aiken, South Carolina to Alaska, Martha Dobson, Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ presents Travel the Iditarod Trail, an armchair trip to Alaska. The Aiken County Public Library and…

Musher Banquet Table Top Contest

Be a part of the Iditarod by creating table top decorations that will be used as center pieces at the Musher Banquet prior to the start of Iditarod.
Enter our Table Top Decorating Contest!

The Iditarod takes place because thousands…

Lance Mackey Joins North Carolina Cancer Survivors

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Celebrating cancer survivors, High Point Regional Health System Hayworth Cancer Center sponsored a Cancer Survivor Celebration day September 24 with the Pink Heals Tour and keynote speaker, Lance Mackey.
Event organizers heard about Lance, 4…

Literacy in Action! Anchorage Library Sends Books to Young Children

Books are headed to Nome!
“Anchorage Public Library’s Jenny Zimmerman packages a Lapsit Bag and Ready to Read Tubs full of board books and picture books destined for Nome.”
The Anchorage Public Library in ‘on the trail’ to helping young…

Mosaic Memorial to Honor Teacher Julia Walker

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Anvik students and village members plan to move ahead with an art project to honor Julia Walker, a Native Alaskan teacher in her home village of Anvik, who died August 13 in a plane crash…

Ken Anderson Brings the Race to Your Classroom

New for the 2011- 2012: An Opportunity for Classrooms…
Through the generous support of one of Ken’s major sponsors, the U.S. Coast Guard, Ken is now offering online presentations throughout the school year.  Visit Ken and his dogs live via…

Curriculum for Classrooms

Iditarod Activity Book 2: Contains standards driven curriculum lessons in math, science, language arts, social studies, and other areas of study.
Iditarod Activity Book 3:  Contains Standards driven curriculum lessons in all content areas, applicable to most grade levels.

Julia Walker, Teacher

Julia Walker
By Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Julie, as she introduced herself to me last March during my time in Anvik for the Iditarod, was the teacher-principal for the Blackwell School in Anvik. Julie and I had time to…

Iditarod Beginnings, or How Teachers Start Using Iditarod as a Teaching Tool

Rarin' to go in Nikolai!
By Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant
Teachers rejuvenate themselves and their classroom teaching by trying different ideas, activities, and different techniques to catch their students’ interest and boost learning. The Iditarod is one of those…

21st Century Teaching

From Kinkaid School… “Students in Computer 8 have spent four weeks this year learning about the Iditarod as they have also learned more computer skills. Research on the Internet, using spreadsheets, and exploring new programs and Web 2.0 tools (blogs,…

Anchorage Public Library: Ready to Read!

Attention Alaska Friends, Families, and Teachers!
Helping young children  along the path towards reading success is easy when you  get involved in the Ready to Read program!  This unique program brings reading kits to care givers of infants and toddlers…

Academic Purpose: PowerPoint Presentations

For information on the value of Iditarod Insider as a tool in the classroom and information about Iditarod Experiential Learning Programs, visit the following link:
PowerPoint: Iditarod Insider as a Tool in the Classroom

Iditarod Insider is a valuable teaching…

Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers: 2011 Update

Iditarod Summer Camp for Teachers began on Sunday, June 19 and continued through Monday, June 27, 2011.
The location for the first three days of camp was the Dream a Dream Dog Farm.
Follow this link to review the  summer…

Need University Credits? We’ve Got Them!

Attention Educators!  Do you need to pick up university credits this summer?  Here’s an Iditarod opportunity for you! Up to 6 credits from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, will be available through Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and their Education…

Target® 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ Blynne Froke

Blynne Froke, a high school language arts educator from Los Molines High School, Los Molinos, California has been selected as the Target® 2012 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.
Adventure and personal challenge have always been at the top of Blynne…

Students Win Their Iditarod

By Diane Johnson, Iditarod Education Director
John Baker is the 2011 Iditarod Champion.  But, he isn’t the only champion!  Students around the globe are academic champions because during this school year, the students have excelled in learning their basic curriculum…

Congratulations Brooksville Students!

Highest congratulations goes out to students from Brooksville, Maine, and their teacher, Neda Lepper, and the parents/supervisors who were on an incredible field trip to Alaska and adventure in service learning.
For these students, who worked for 2 years and…

Celebrating Student Success: Invitation to Teachers! Share With Us!

Each year, we know that you create certificates for your students.  We’d like to invite you to share your certificates with us to add to a BRAND NEW section of the For Teachers section.  Look at the menu on the…

Certificates for Students

Thanks, Jazmin Calvo!  Jazmin plans on sending us ‘next year’s certificate, too!  Check back next race season!
Certificate Example.
Certificates for Teacher’s Use (You add information, save to your hard drive, print as necessary)
Certificate in Word Format (Print certificates. …

Why Attend an Iditarod Teacher Conference?

Why Attend the Iditarod Teacher Conference?
“When asked to give a talking point about the teacher conference, there is not just one specific thing that can be talked about.  It needs to be experienced!  The whole conference, with presentations and…

Dogs of Iditarod

It’s all about the dogs!  Use the images for story starters or for the image behind a student’s fictional biography of the dogs of the Iditarod.

Second Grade in Western New York Enjoys Race Lessons

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“We followed the Iditarod here in the second grade at Pembroke Primary in Western New York.  What an engaging unit, even the parents followed along.  We had a local dog musher come to…

Idita Read Challenge: Literacy in Idita Action

Idita Read Challenge by Shelia Blair
Iditaread Teacher Checklist 2011
The 2011 Iditaread Challenge Parent Letter
2011 Iditaread Student Package
2011 Iditarod Musher Listing
Student Bookmark Reading Log 2011
2011 Iditaread Completion Certificate
These documents are in word format.  You…

2011 Teacher Testimonials: Using Iditarod in the Classroom

Iditarod WORKS as a teaching tool for many reasons.

It's the Dogs!
An obvious reason–  the dogs.  Research shows that dogs (and pets in general) play a positive role in healthy living.  Dogs capture the attention of the students.  Dogs…

Iditarod Math Game by Piper Jones, AK

Iditarod Game
By Piper Jones, Anchorage, Alaska
Click here for a copy of this information in an easy print off format.
Click here for the IDITAROD GAME BOARD

Click here for sample math problems to use with this game.


Apply for Target® Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

Photo by Jeff Schultz
The Target® Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™ program is a unique teaching experience that provides teachers and students around the world the opportunity to learn first hand, from a teacher’s point of view, the value of…

Idita Read Success Story

My class did a modified version of Idita-Read.  I copied all of the materials from the web-site for each of my students.  On the first page of the packet, the students had to set goals.  Our goal as a class…

Idita Read Success in North Carolina

My school, Northwest Elementary in Kinston, NC, participated in the Iditaread for the first time this year.
We challenged our 3-5th graders to see if they could read 1049 books.  We started on February 22, and boy did the kids…

What Happened to the ‘Dropped’ Dogs?

Dropped dogs are dogs that are pulled from the race for one reason or another.  A dog that isn’t feeling well, has an injury, isn’t running well, is in season, or just doesn’t have the attitude to race, are ‘dropped’…

Meet Students from Crestline, Ohio, Quilt Creators

Inspired by the Iditarod Traveling Quilt project, students in Ohio created a very special and beautiful quilt that arrived at the Millennium Iditarod  Headquarters in Alaska this week.  This quilt is about to begin a very special journey along the…

Hanging Around a Checkpoint: Quilt in Koyuk

For a classroom project this year, students in Crestline , Ohio, created an “Iditarod Traveling Quilt”.  Quilt was mailed to the Iditarod Education Department as a part of this year’s Iditarod projects.  The quilt went on a journey to Koyuk…

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Something to do at recess time! Photo: Airport Heights Elementary School, Anchorage, Alaska!
What do you do during your recess?

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A GPS Tracker and a Sandwich – for you to compare…
Greg Heister is the voice behind Iditarod Insider and the leader of the Insider team.  Not just the mushers (and the Target Teacher on the Trail, Trail Breakers, and…

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