Visiting St. Columba School in Oxon Hill, MD

19 04 2013
During Quilt’s visit, she hung in the library for all to enjoy although it is the 5th grade who chooses a musher to track during the race. Those who had followed the Iditarod in the past commented on squares that reminded them of their experience. One teacher who is a former student rejoiced at seeing Martin Buser’s square as he had been “her musher” when she was in 5th grade.
The 5th grade in addition, used the scavenger hunt to explore the quilt in more detail. As they only visit the library once a week, we did not have a lot of time to investigate. However, squares they particularly liked were the “fur” of the musher’s mittens on the “pursue your dreams” square, the creative bootie square in the upper left corner with all the different fabrics that reminded them of the stars of the Alaskan flag, snow and the Northern lights , the “Flat Musher” square as they had read Flat Stanley in 3rd grade and “aspirations” – dreams– square in the lower right corner.
We hope the rest of the schools will enjoy Quilt #4 as well!
*The link above is a scavenger hunt that can be used with Quilt 4.

Quilt 7- Spending Iditarod in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

11 04 2013

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Quilt 10 Visits California and Students Create Their Own Quilts

30 03 2013

We enjoyed having Traveling Quilt #10 with us here at Baker Elementary School! My students enjoyed listening to my experience in Alaska this summer and learning about the Iditarod. We completed the first Grid Work activity as a class and talked about all the different symbols included on the quilt. The students were pretty excited to see some of the musher signatures on the quilt too!


Since we had the quilt during the Iditarod, we used it as a culmination activity to talk about and conclude our Iditarod unit. We have been reading and learning about the Iditarod since January and of course I have been able to share so much with the students myself.


As a final project, my students created their own quilt square. Students did not have a chance to fully complete their squares befpre we sent the quilt off to the next school. They did finish them this past week. I included a few pictures of their squares in the binder scrapbook page even though they were not fully complete.


Thank you for this opportunity!


Quilt 7 Spends February in Dunseith, North Dakota

1 03 2013


Quilt 7 spent February in North Dakota at Dunseith Elementary School.

Students enjoyed spending time with the quilt and competed a variety of activities during Quilt’s visit.

View a PDF document to learn more about Quilt 7’s time in North Dakota.

Students Meet Quilt 10– A Quilt They Helped to Create

25 02 2013

The students from St. John Nepomucene School in Weston, Nebraska gathered to see the quilt that was created using the square they submitted last year.  There was much excitement as they studied all of the squares finding a home with theirs in Quilt 10.  The quilt arrived at our school on a day when parents were visiting our school.  So, Quilt 10 was on display for all of the families to see.  The students are looking forward to the upcoming Iditarod.  Mrs. Maly ordered lots of books, so we’ve been reading about how both people and dogs prepare for the race.  We’re picking our favorite mushers to cheer on, too!  We’re sad to see Quilt 10 go, but are so proud that a part of us gets to travel throughout the world!Quilt 10a





Curious Minds Spend Time With Quilt 6

16 02 2013

Iditarod Quilt 6

Some may wonder, what’s an Iditarod? An Iditarod is a dog sled race that takes place in Alaska were racers and their dogs compete, have fun, and show their power. The Iditarod requires much time and effort, but in the end, when crossed its finished line it is worth it because of the confidence and Iditarod power that is invoked.

Just like the Iditarod racers, this quilt travels many places. This quilt has been to Maryland, California, Connecticut, and many more places. Right now 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Rexing, has it at our school on display for everyone to enjoy.

Read more by clicking here. (PDF Doc.)

Brooksville Welcomes Quilt 9

12 02 2013

studentsBrooksville Elementary School had an awesome time with the quilt!  After completing a scavenger hunt the students discussed the purposes of individual squares.  Some were found to be entertaining and all were found to be informative, either about a state or the Iditarod.

Our last activity was individually selecting a favorite square and explaining why.  Be sure to check out students’ favorites on the pictures with quotes. The pointer being used is a real trail marker.

Students love wearing Mrs. Lepper’s Iditarod shirts, as you can see in the group photo. Check out our blog if you’d like to know about our Iditarod adventures traveling to Alaska in 2005 and 2011.