**Daily Math Problems, Daily Oral Language Sentences, and Trail Questions**

**Math: Problem of the Day**

by Andrea Aufer-Hyde

Monday

1. Three pieces of equipment were in the snow–a gangline, a sled bag and a harness. They belong to Joseph, James and Jeffery. James does not own the harness or the gangline. Joseph’s equipment goes on the dog. Who owns the gangline?

Tuesday

2. Two Jr. Iditarod mushers have a total of seventeen necklines. One has five more than the other. How many necklines do they each have?

Wednesday

3. DeeDee, Lyn and Joy ran a sprint race with only six dogs each. Joy’s time was faster than Lyn’s time, but Joy did not win. Who won the race? Who came in last?

4. Sam must be in Wasilla with his dogs for the vet check by 8:15 a.m. It takes him about three hours and ten minutes to get to Wasilla from his home. What time should Same leave his home to arrive in Wasilla on time?

Thursday

5. Choose four mushers’ names that are in the Iditarod. What are the possibilities for the way the race could have finished with those four mushers?

6. Four dogs each had their own sleds in a dog sled race. The dogs’ names were Bandito, Sweetie Pie, M&M and Paws. Paws finished the race before Sweetie Pie but behind Bandito. M&M did not win, but she beat Sweetie Pie and Paws. Give the order of finish.

Friday

7. Six mushers met each other at the mushers’ banquet. If they each shake hands one time with every other person, how many handshakes will there be?

8. In the morning the temperature was -28 degrees F. By noon it was -50 degrees F, by 2:00 the temperature was 31 degrees. How many degrees did the temperature rise during the day? What fact did you not need to know to answer the question?

Saturday

9. If each team has sixteen dogs and there are fifty-nine teams, how many dogs will leave Anchorage?

10. Abbi has a team of sixteen dogs. Eight of the dogs have blue eyes, two have yellow eyes, two have brown eyes and four have black eyes. Draw a circle graph to show the percentage of eye colors.

Sunday

11. Today is February 28, 1999, the end of the Jr. Iditarod. What was the date three days ago? What will the date be tomorrow?

12. Carole buys seventeen big bags of dog food. She can only fit two bags into each grocery bag. How many grocery bags will she need?

Monday

13. Finney is standing in line to board the airplane headed to Anchorage. There are thirty-six people in front of her. There are thirty-eight people behind her. What is Finney’s position in line? How many people are standing in line?

14. A small jar of Vaseline for the dogs’ feet costs ninety cents. The Vaseline costs fifty cents more than the jar. How much does the Vaseline cost? How much does the jar cost?

Tuesday

15. There are seven black huskies, four white huskies and five gray huskies. What fraction of the team of huskies is gray?

16. Samantha has thirty-two huskies. She buys twelve more from another muhers. She gives two dogs to each of her five friends. How many dogs does Sammie have now?

Wednesday

17. It is snowing two inches every hour. If it snows for twelve more hours, hmow many inches of snow will be on the ground?

18. Sloan leaves Safety checkpoint at quarter after four. He reaches Nome three and one-half hours later. What time did he arrive in Nome?

Thursday

19. Charlie and Don have one hundred thirty-six dogs combined in their separate dog lots. Don has twelve more than Charlie in his lot. How many dogs do they each have in their dog lots?

20. The race begins at 10:15 a.m. Alaska time. What time will it be in Pacific Time, Mountain Time, Central Time and Eastern Time?

Friday

21. Each dog eats approximately 5,000 calories a day while on the Trail. How many calories would a team of sixteen dogs consume?

22. During January, February and March, Peg read twenty-nine Iditarod books. She read 3 more in March than February. She read five more in January than February. She read twelve books in January. How many books did she read each month?

23. If it cost twenty-five cents per pound to send your food bags to the checkpoints, how much will two thousand pounds cost to ship?

24. This is a dog family. M&M is Lollipop’s mother. Bon Bon is M&M’s mother. How is Bon-Bon related to Lollipop?

25. Henry leaves McGrath at 9:52. It takes him four hours and sixteen minutes to reach the next checkpoint. What time is it when he gets there?

26. You have two pairs of long underware pants and three different tops. How many different outfits can you make? Draw a diagram.

**Daily Oral Language Sentences**

by Andrea Aufder-Hyde

Monday

1. yesterday we went to musher susans cabin to played with the dog’s

Tuesday

2. on the trail I founded snow moose wolves overflow and went threw white-outs

Wednesday

3. the iditarod trail sled dog race will begun in anchorage alaska on march 6 1999

4. is the iditarod headquarters located in wasilla alaska

Thursday

5. lynda plettner are a musher from big lake alaska which is located near willow

6. the iditarod race commemorates the serum run from nenana to nome

Friday

7. what do the musher use to sea in the dark

8. i wonder when I will take my 24 our mandatory layover said the musher

Saturday

9. it was the three veterinarians decision to shipped the dog’s back to anchorage

10. wow the northern light’s is glorious in the sky last night

Saturday

9. it was the three veterinarians decision to shipped the dog’s back to anchorage

10. wow the northern light’s is glorious in the sky last night

Sunday

11. the swirling snow ice and winds caused the musher to be un able to sea

12. the tallest mountain in north america is called denali

Monday

13. a incredible new book about huskys and mushing is called born to pull

14. walt disney made a movie from the book balto but we shouldnt overlook the importance of togo

Tuesday

15. the ending of the book stonefox illustrates the lifeskills of perseverance effort caring and friendship

16. i wonder what would have happen if kiana had finished the race in day light

Wednesday

17. there is an old gold mining ghost town called iditarod

18. my for dogs lizzie m&m emmyline and sport was dropped off at the white mountain checkpoint

Thursday

19. my sled broke and I need new runner a handle and stanchions

20. the old dog’s teach the young dog’s how to run together as a teem

Friday

21. is there a difference between the fir on a white huskie and the fir on a black and gray huskie

22. has dr herndon checked all the puppys foot

23. don’t play with rosie my pet huskie

24. were gonna go for a run with a teem of ate dog’s

25. im gonna get sum water for my dog’s don said

26. he gots my boots and sue gots my boot liners wicking sock’s and woolen sock’s

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**Trail Questions**

1. A musher must walk behind his sled to help his dogs. If he is going across the Farewell Burn for 120 miles and will walk 75% of the time, How many miles will he walk?

2. Your team of dogs loves to eat honey balls as a snack. You stop the team 12 times between checkpoints to snack them. How many honey balls would you give to a team of 16 dogs? (They each only get one!)

3. You have quickly come down a hill onto a frozen stream with an overflow. Describe what the crossing was like for you (the musher) and the dogs.

4. You fall asleep on your sled and awake to find your lead dog has taken the wrong turn and you are now floundering in deep snow and the dogs are all tangled. What life skills will you use to get yourself and dogs out of this situation?

5. If the temperature drops 4 degrees every hour, how many degrees would the temperature drop between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m.

6. Because of the terrain, you must change your team’s booties every five miles. There are now 11 dogs in your team. The distance from one checkpoint to the other is 275 miles. How many booties will you need to use?

7. The night sky is glorious with an outstanding display of the Northern Lights. Create a visual to illustrate this

8. You are totally exhausted. Your team was recently fed, rested and booties. They are pulling well. What can YOU do to exemplify the life skill of perseverance

9. It is 2:30 a.m. and the temperature is –47 degrees. If the temperature drops 3 degrees every half hour, what will the temperature be by 8:30 a.m.?

10. The sun is so hot on the trail, that the snow is melting quickly. In 15 minutes, five gallons of water are collected. How much water will be collected in an hour?

11. Visualize a musher and his team coming through a white-out. Create this as an art project using any medium to make it effective.

12. Pretend you are the lead dog. Write about your feelings and challenges as you lead the team from one checkpoint to another.

13. If you are near the end of the teams on the trail and things look pretty bleak, how can you continue to motivate yourself and your dogs to finish the race?

14. You must send all the dog food ahead to all of the checkpoints. How do you calculate the amount of food that you will need to send for a team of 16 dogs?

15. As a class project, see if you can create your own verse to Hobo Jim’s ‘Iditarod Trail’ Song.