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The "Puppy Paws"

The "Puppy Paws"

Children's Non-Fiction Books

The Common Core State Standards for language arts emphasize nonfiction texts. Here's a list to get you started. Dogs of the North by Alaska Geographic Society (Vol 14, No 1, 1987) Alaskan working dogs and their history are detailed in this reference book, which includes photographs and biographies of sled dogs and mushers.

The Iditarod & Math

See how one 4th grade teacher uses technology in Math. Tracking the Iditarod, students use computers to learn about elapsed time. This helps them see Math in the real world. Covers Common Core Standards for Math.

How to Build a Milk Jug Igloo

Igloos are cool. You can easily build an milk jug igloo in your classroom with some planning, lots of milk jugs and hot glue. For example, the children in Classroom 1 at Midland Christian School (Midland, Michigan) built the 428- jug igloo shown here after...

Iditarod Resources for Grades K-5

Follow the 2013 Race with These Lessons and Activities Lesson Plans The Iditarod: The Last Great Race ( PDF, 468 KB, 3 pgs) Kindergarten students learn about the Iditarod, mushers, sled dogs, and the challenges of the race. Go Idita-Walking and Get Healthy!

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Day 5 Science: Science: Science: Social Studies/Art: Social Studies: Language Arts: Open House Northern Lights Language Arts: State Brochures Bible: Effects of Sin Day 6 Environmental Issues Social Studies/Art: Topographic Maps Day 7 Wintry Conditions Bible: Redemption and Caretakers Social Studies/Art: Scrimshaw/Soap Carvings Science: Preparing for the Weather Math: DeNali National Park Science: Animals of Alaska Animal Poems Math: Graphing Race Results Portfolio and Reflections Projects Igloo Building Closing Lesson Alaska's Native Population Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12

Dog tired! Huskies take a well-deserved break during the 1,000-mile Iditarod sled race through Alaska's wilderness

By Nina Golgowski PUBLISHED: 00:17 EST, 6 March 2013 | UPDATED: 02:41 EST, 6 March 2013 Imagine standing on a sled rushing behind a team of 16 dogs, traveling mile after desolate mile part of a 1,000 mile race through the Alaskan wilderness without any sign of other human life.

Service Learning Opportunity-Blankets for Dogs

by Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Educators, here's a service learning project for your students. Make fleece dog blankets for the Iditarod race checkpoints to use. When mushers decide that a dog on their team should stay at a checkpoint instead of continuing on, the dog is under the care of the volunteer vets.

Service Learning and Iditarod-What Can Your Students Do?

Martha Dobson, Iditarod Educational Consultant Service projects provide students opportunities to learn-to learn about the project's recipient and its purposes; to learn how to organize a project; to learn how to sustain and complete a project over time; to identify what worked and what needed changing in order to work; to learn and use academic skills during the project.

Krissy Venosdale {Venspired}

My third graders have been studying the Iditarod race and tracking musher data online during the past few weeks. Take a look at the data available on the mushers, like first place winner Mitch Seavey. Graphing, data analysis, addition, subtraction, addition, averages, and so much more become real as students follow the race online, tracking their own selected musher.

Make Your Own Totem Pole Online "

Step 1.) Totem Pole Maker allows elementary school students to easily make a customized totem pole. Simply click on the different animals to create a totem pole. Students will notice that descriptions of what the totem pole animals represent appear when the animals are scrolled over.

Create a Paper Totem Pole for Native American Heritage Month

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to remember the legacy of not just the Pilgrims but also the Native Americans. After all, November is Native American Heritage Month, offering a great opportunity to show your child the importance of Native American culture.

Yukon Quest Educational Activities

Yukon Quest Educational Activities A Cut-Out Stand-Up Dog Team and Sled Each image below can be copied and printed. (ask your teacher to give you directions for copying images BEFORE you print!). Be creative - see if you can figure out how to make the dogs and sled stand up, as if they were at the Yukon Quest Start lineup.


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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 environment ready? What's on your 'Idita' Bulletin Board? Send us your ideas!

Go Idita-Walking and Get Healthy!

What is an Idita-Walk? An Idita Walk is a fun way to improve your health and keep physically fit. It involves creating a walking program and using the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race® as the theme or inspiration for the exercise program.

Iditarod School Games

Widely called "The Last Great Race on Earth," the Iditarod is often a compelling subject for students. Whether it is learning about the endurance of the competitors or the role of the sled dogs, students are often enraptured by the famous sled dog race that takes place each year across Alaska.

Iditarod: Math, Science & Literacy Activites

Free to spread the love of the Iditarod!! Activites include: Math 2 Centers (addition/subtraction with word problems and place value) Reading 1 mini-book

Iditarod Themed Bulletin Board Set and Lesson Activities

I have included a jam-packed, 84-page... Iditarod-Themed Bulletin Board Set with activities. The file includes all of my own art work and resource links.

Read A Route

Read-a-Route offers interactive route maps as a fun way to track reading time. Join a route, read and log reading time to travel the trail, and learn new things along the way. Available for individuals or groups, and suitable for all reading levels.

Children's Non-Fiction Books

The Common Core State Standards for language arts emphasize nonfiction texts. Here's a list to get you started. Dogs of the North by Alaska Geographic Society (Vol 14, No 1, 1987) Alaskan working dogs and their history are detailed in this reference book, which includes photographs and biographies of sled dogs and mushers.

How the Iditarod Works

It's offi­cially known as the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog ­Race, but it's often referred to as the L­ast Great Race on Earth, or simply the Iditarod. It's a competition that pits one dog driver, called a musher, and a team of dogs not only against other racers but against the (often cruel) forces of ­Mother Nature.

Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™

So, something I've wanted to do before I go off on my Trail adventure is to get an idea of what it is like to be behind a team of sixteen dogs. I've had a bit of experience with mushing.