Posted on January 31, 2014 Updated on January 31, 2014
Please read the news reports about our trip to Kingfisher Lake.
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Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 Class Visits Kingfisher Lake
By Darren Hill
On January 27 to Wednesday January 29 Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Outdoor school located on 527 north of Thunder Bay .The class went there to learn about the outdoors.
Some of the things the class did were chores and activities. A few of the activities were skiing, snowshoeing, dissecting a owl pellets. When interviewed Taylor said, “My favourite activity was the Survival Game”. The survival game is like a food chain. Carnivores can eat herbivores but carnivores can’t eat omnivores and omnivores can’t eat carnivores. What you really need to do is run and hide and get food and water cans to survive.
When the class went to Kingfisher the students had to go through some challenges like -20o C but with the windshield it was -40o C and they had to chop wood in that temperature and try to make a fire to cook food.
After they had to pack and clean the cabins they went down to the bus and when they got to the school they were exhausted, but still had a great time.
Grade 5/6 Class Pushes Through Harsh Weather Conditions
On Monday, January 27th to Wednesday, January 29th, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Lake Outdoor Education Center for Lakehead Public School students, located North of highway 527. They went there to learn about outdoor life.
The weather at Kingfisher was extremely bad. It was windy and almost always -35oC throughout the 3 days. Matches would burn out almost instantly as they were lit, things would freeze minutes after they were set on the table, and people would have trouble keeping the fire going. People even had trouble going to sleep because it was to cold in the cabins.
Some of the things the class got to do were skiing and snowshoeing. When they were skiing, they got to go downhill. Some of them also wiped out and were probably a bit colder after that. Some students were so good; they rarely fell off their skis.
While the class was snowshoeing, they got to travel throughout the forest. Everyone was split into two teams, the Snowshoe Hares, and the Great Grey Owls. All the people from each team were allowed to lead. Near the end of snowshoeing, the teams went to a bird feeder. At the bird feeder, they got sunflower seeds dropped on their heads. Sometimes, the birds would land on a student’s head and eat the seeds off of it.
The class thought the trip was good. For example, Darren Hill said “It was challenging and fun.” Taylor Chickecoo said “It was good.” Overall, their trip to Kingfisher was pretty fun, aside from the weather conditions.
On Monday January 27th,to Wednesday, January 29th Mr. Purdon’s Grade 5/6 class at St. James went to Kingfisher Lake an outdoor school for LakeHead Public Schools to learn about the outdoors.
One of the activities students did was disect a barn owl pellet. They used dissecting tools to dig and find bones to put it all together. Students found out that disected pellets are owl vomit to take out all the bones and fur from the prey.
Another activity they did was cross contry skiing. One students favourite part was when they went “skiing down a hill and skiing on the ice’’, said Logan. Students and teachers said it was so cold that they needed to ski on a trail in the forest instead of on the ice because it was -40o C with the wind chill.
The kids interviewed said that their trip to Kingfisher Lake was fun and exciting and hope to return.
Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 Class Visits Kingfisher Lake
By Darren Hill
On January 27 to Wednesday January 29, Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Outdoor school located on 527 north of Thunder Bay .The class went there to learn about the outdoors.
When the class went to Kingfisher the students had to go through some challenges like -20o C but with the wind chill it was -40o C and they had to chop wood in that temperature and try to make a fire to cook food.
An Exciting Trip
On Monday, January, 27 to Wednesday, January, 29, 2014, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Lake an outdoor school for Lakehead students. Kingfisher Lake is located 30 minutes outside of Thunder Bay on hwy 527. They went there to learn about nature and the outdoors.
Mr. Purdon’s class did a lot of fun actives like snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dissecting barn owl pellets, watching a movie, and the Survival Game. In the Survival Game, students have to find 5 water cans and 5 food cans to survive. Gage a student from Mr. Purdon’s class said “It was boring because of the snowshoes.” Students had limited mobility due to the deep snow.
The students also had to deal with the cold. The outside temperature was under -40o C with the wind chill for all 3 days. It was freezing cold inside the cabins too, at 12o C. Darren a student said his favourite part was “Just relaxing in the cabin.”
The students had numerous chores to do like chopping the firewood the fire, emptying the slop bucket, maintaining the fire, cooking, and cleaning their cabin. Mr. Purdon’s class had a great time at Kingfisher and Grade 5’s will be lucky to return next year and do it again. Kingfisher has educating students about the outdoors and nature for over 40 years!
Grade 5/6s Trip to Kingfisher
Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class from St. James school took a trip to an outdoor school called Kingfisher Lake on highway 527 north of Thunder Bay. They went on Monday, January 27th to Wednesday January 29th to learn about the outdoors.
The things they did there were snowshoeing skiing and they had to do some chores too. They had to cook their own food and they had some good times. The students had a big movie night, also stayed in cabins they had to clean for themselves. The students dissected owl pellets and some found a bird skeleton and a few found vole skeletons.
Kingfisher which is an half an hour drive out of town. Its Purpose is to teach about the outdoors and more specifically about the Boreal forest in which we live in. Students have been going to Kingfisher for over 40 years.
A student named Gage said,” the Survival Game are just like the Hunger Games”. Brad said, everyone had fun and everyone enjoyed it too”. One cool thing was the movie night. They watched Despicable Me 2 and also he said it was funny. The grade 5s will be going to have another trip to Kingfisher next. Even though it was extremely cold. Nearing minus -40 with the wind chill, the students had a great time!
A Trip to Kingfisher
By: Brad D Morris
On Monday 27 to Wednesday 29, Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 class went to an outdoor school called Kingfisher Outdoor Center. Kingfisher is an outdoor school where students can go show shoeing and cross-country skiing.
At Kingfisher it was -40o C. A student named Sierra said she “liked the Survival Game”. A student named Gage said he hated snowshoeing. Students also dissected owl pellets.
The students had a really good time learning to live on their own.
By: Caleb Polonoski
On January, 27th to Wednesday January 29th, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Lake for a field trip. Kingfisher Lake is located on highway 527 north. They went there for an out door school program!
Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class played games and activities while there. One activity was skiing. When skiing, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 went across the lake and up a hill and down and some students fell off their skis.
A game that the students played was the Survival Game. The point of the game was to collect as many lives as you can also collect food and water and at the end see if you survive.
Overall the Survival Game was the most exciting activity, “Movie night and Survival Game” were Jewel’s favourite activity.
St. James Goes North
On the 27th – 29th of January, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class from St. James went to Kingfisher outdoor school. They went to learn about the outdoors.
The students did a great activity called the Survival Game. In it students had to find 5 red cans which were food, 5 blue cans contains water and had to seek shelter. They were divided into herbivores, omnivores, and carnivore. The purpose was to survive.
A great challenge the students faced was living in a cabin. They had to cook for their cabin mates, clean, do dishes, and even chop fire wood.
On the last day of Kingfisher, the students roasted hot dogs and drank hot chocolate. Gage one of the students said “carrying the bags for one mile was tiring”.
Grade 5/6 Class Return From Kingfisher
On Wednesday January 29th Mr. Purdon’s 5/6 class of St. James public school returned after spending 3 days at Kingfisher Lake which is located on highway 527. The students went out to Kingfisher Lake to learn about the outdoors.
Some of the activities were Cross Country Skiing, Survival Game and some chores like chopping wood and cooking over a fire. The Survival Game was an activity where the Students are split into 3 different groups, Herbivores, Carnivores and Omnivore. Each person has to get 5 food and 5 water.
Herbivores and Omnivores need to mark their paper with pliers in a pink can to get food. Carnivores and Omnivores tap Herbivores to get Food. All 3 groups need to mark their chart with a blue can. Many students chose the Survival Game as their favourite.
Another thing the students did was dissect an owl pellet. Owl pellets is the indigestible stuff like feathers, fur, bones and teeth. The tools the students used were tweezers used for carefully getting the bones out without damaging them and the needles are used for breaking open the pellets easily.
The bones then would be arranged on a piece of paper by looking at a chart.
The class had to identify if the bones were from a bird, shrew, vole or rodent. Many students disliked doing the dissection of an owl pellet
Adam one of the students said “It was pretty fun to go to Kingfisher”.
Many kids found it fun to go to Kingfisher. The grade 5s in Mr. Purdon’s class will be able to go for another 3 day trip next year.
Three Day Stay, at Kingfisher Lake
On Monday, January 27 to Wednesday January 29, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class went to Kingfisher to learn more about the outdoors. Kingfisher is an outdoor school for Lakehead Public Schools to visit for educational purposes.
During the time that Mr. Purdon and class were at Kingfisher, they did many activities outdoors. One of the games they played was the Survival Game. “The Survival Game was my favourite part!’’ Said Madison, a student in Mr. Purdon’s class. The Survival Game was a game about 3 types of animals. Herbivores, Carnivores, and Omnivores. All the Carnivores and Omnivores were after the Herbivores, because the Herbivores had the most lives. Scott, a teacher at Kingfisher said that the Survival Game was very similar to what an animal in the woods, would actually have to face.
Another activity the class did was skiing. The class went on a Cross Country ski trip, and skied across the lake at Kingfisher. For most of the class, it was their first time skiing at Kingfisher Lake.
Mr. Purdon’s class had to cook food over fire to eat. Every meal, the students had to start a fire, and cook their food over fire. Chloe, another student in Mr. Purdon’s class said “ cooking was the most tiring part of all.” When interviewing Jewel, from Mr. Purdon’s class, she said “ my favourite food was perogies!’’ Out of tacos and perogies.
All though Kingfisher was very very very cold at – 40 with windchill, the class still had the time of their lives participating in such a great field trip to Kingfisher.
Mr. Purdon’s Grade 5/6 Class at Kingfisher
The students in Mr. Purdon’s class went to king fisher on Monday January 27 2013 to Wednesday January 29 2013. Kingfisher is an outdoor educational center for the lakehead public schools students to learn about the outdoors. Kingfisher is located on highway 527 north of Thunder Bay.
One of the activities were cross county skiing. One of the students said “ this is my favourite activity so far.” When the students were skiing they went down hills and up hills.
One of the chores was cooking. One of the students said “this is tiring.” On all of the days there breakfast, lunch, and super hade to be cooked over a fire.
In the end all the students said they had fun.
Class of St. James survives the freezing cold.
By: Kiara Arvelin
On Monday, January 27th, to Wednesday, January 29th, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class went to Kingfisher Outdoor Learning Centre located on highway 527 north of Thunder Bay to learn about the outdoors and to learn about survival.
The first day, the class went snowshoeing. Each of the students got to lead the class. Later on, they watched an educational movie about barn owls and what barn owls hunt, eat, and do. After the movie, they got to dissect their own owl pellet.
On the second day the students were there, the class got to cook their own meals and do their chores in the morning. Then the class went to the Science Building to use microscopes to learn about a group of pond creatures called the “Beasties”. One of the students named Chloe Karkkainen said “The beastie I got was a Midge Larva!” After the class did “Pond Study” they got all dressed up to go skiing. The students didn’t go that long because of the freezing cold weather. After skiing, the class headed back to their cabins and did their chores and cooked their supper over the fire. When they finished, they headed back up to the Day Centre and watched a movie called Despicable Me 2.
On the last day they were at Kingfisher, they played a game called the “Survival Game” and cleaned their cabins out for the next group coming. They almost set a record for the slowest clean-out ever at Kingfisher!
“My trip to Kingfisher was an awesome experience!” said Rubina Anderson, student at St. James.
ST.JAMES CLASS SURVIVES KINGFISHER FREEZE!
By: Chloe Karkkainen
On Monday January 27, Mr. Purdon’s grade 5/6 class ventured out to Kingfisher Lake for three days of outdoor excitement. For those who don’t know, Kingfisher is an outdoor school for LPS students located on Highway 527 north of Thunder Bay.
The first day they got there, two teachers Jen and Scott took the class out in the forest for a snowshoeing adventure. Scott split them up in two groups, the “Great Grey Owls” and the “Snowshoe Hares.” Both groups were able to stop by Chickadee Landing, a feeder made specifically for Chickadees. Jewel Russell, a member of the “Great Grey Owls” group, was very lucky because a rare bird landed on her head. “I actually didn’t know about it until the group mentioned it to me,” said Jewel. Later the class went back to the classroom and began a bird study. Jewel Russell and Sylvia Boland went to a bird feeder and saw a Woodpecker looking for dinner.
On the second day of the freeze, it was -42 degrees Celsius with the wind chill so the class was stuck in the Science Building. In there, they used microscopes to look at “The Beasties.” The Beasties are little bugs that are found in fresh water sources. All the kids in the class got a Beastie and were able to look at it through a microscope. The also had to sketch out what it looked like. “The Beastie I got was a ‘Midge Larva,’” said Jewel. When it warmed up, the class went outside for an afternoon ski. “I really liked skiing because it was my first time trying it,” said grade 5 student, Sylvia Boland.
Thankfully on Wednesday, the temperature went from -42 degrees Celsius to -20 degrees Celsius! Therefore the students were able to play a snowshoeing game called “The Survival Game.’’ The Survival Game is a game where you are either a herbivore, a carnivore, or a omnivore and you have to survive in the forest until the game ends. Each animal needs a form of water, food, and shelter. To end their adventure, the class had a hotdog lunch.
On the way back to the bus Jewel said, “I can’t wait to come back next year!”
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