I am a middle school reading coach and a curriculum writer. Even though we are in the throes of FCAT testing here in Florida, our school has faithfully followed the race for the past three years. Each teacher is assigned a musher to track, research, and root for. The students read passages about the race and answer state standards based questions about what they read. We also address multiple intelligences by allowing students their choice for the completion of an Iditarod Project. They get to choose from 28 different projects that range from the verbal, kinesthetic, spatial, musical, naturalist, and mathematical. The projects are graded on a rubric. Students enjoy selecting how they want to demonstrate their knowledge of this exciting topic. Teachers in 7th grade Geography make super sized maps of Alaska with the route (similar to another teacher's post) however, the students are responsible for their creation, as well as adding legends, geographical features, and points of interest.
By far the most inspiring teacher story is that of Trent Herbst, musher #20 this year. He is a fourth grade teacher from Idaho. His students helped him build his sled out of broken hockey sticks. His students packed his drop bags. It is their hard work that makes Trent's race so special for his students! He is the ultimate "Teacher on the Trail!"