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Place-Based Learning

Taking Science Outside

Tatla Lake Elementary Junior Secondary

Grade K-4 students are learning about food chains, ecosystems and biodiversity so we are fortunate to be able to step out our school doors and take our learning outside! We were successful in searching for producers, consumers, and decomposers in our environment.

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Rock Wall 101 - Climbing & Route Setting

Peter Skene Ogden Secondary

Today was about education, knowledge and application! Learning the ABCDE's of rock climbing with safety and communication being the main priority. Lots of belaying and climbing was carried out amongst the learning group. Educators came together from William's Lake and 100 Mile House to make this a fun filled day; we also learned about how to plan, construct and implement routes along the wall itself. Big thanks to Rob Cook and Ken MacKenzie for helping out with their knowledge and experience!

Thank you Kameron Taylor for sharing!

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Horse Lake Outdoor Learning Day

At Horse Lake Elementary were able to use our portion of the comprehensive health grant to fund a full day of outdoor learning at the local park. The entire school was bussed to the park were they moved through stations that covered; animal  track identification, Search and Rescue, orienteering, animal identification, pesticide impacts on the environment and poetry in the park. Local experts were able to assist and share their knowledge with our students. The weather held off for us and it was a great day of outdoor learning. Student and staff feedback was very positive and there is a strong desire to participate in a similar day next year!

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Outdoor Shelter Building

 Lake City Secondary CORE class took to the trees to build shelters and learn about outdoor survival skills.

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Taking Math Outside

 Math Foundations 12 students at Lake City Secondary went outside to measure cylinders and flat circles both natural and man-made . Students then designed equations of circles based on their researched measurements and calculations.

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 Post-Secondary Options

A large group of grade 11 and 12 Lake City Secondary students traveled to Vancouver to learn about post-secondary options at SFU and UBC.  They toured each campus and got to meet with university students to ask questions about university life.  They also got a chance to see a Cirque de Soleil!

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Earth Day

Tatla Lake students participated in the Earth 🌍 Day #walkingcurriculum challenge at Tatlayoko Field Station.  We spent the day installing Mountain Bluebird houses, learning about traditional fire building, playing games, being reflective listeners, and making tree prints! We also completed the #TMOEarthDayBingo!

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Outdoor Education for Marie Sharpe Elementary

The grade 2/3 class enjoyed an amazing day of outdoor education at Scout Island. We are so lucky to have this amazing space linked to Marie Sharpe. Many of our classes have regular trips down to extend their learning outdoors. Scout%20Island.png

Forest Grove Place-Based Learning: Fire Building in the Snow

Grade 6-7 students from Mr. Kass’ class spent a day in early March learning to build fires using only a match (or several) and materials gathered by hand.  Students had a wonderful day outdoors and even cooked hot dogs and marshmallows over their fires.  The trip was inspired by Dave Quinn’s Pro-D offering to staff in February where he share this, and other activities, with staff near Ruth Lake.

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Local Likely Learning Series: Gavin Lake  

To kick off our Local Likely Learning series, students celebrated being back at school with a forest hike, the obstacle course, the archery station, and learning about fish and the importance of ‘The Perfect Stream’.

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Local Likely Learning Series: Quesnel Forks

Students spent all morning hunting for old buildings, reading about the history of gold mining in Likely and the hardships of life due to geography and climate. Cold, wet weather cut our trip short so we all are looking forward to returning in the spring.

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Local Likely Learning Series: The Bullion Pit

 Students read information signs to learn about more recent gold mining endeavors and the mining companies’ role in developing the Likely area. Students created their own ‘monitor giant’ to see the effects of water erosion on land. Maps were read to learn about how local water systems were used to support the mining industry and the technology involved.

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Local Likely Learning Series: The Hatchery

Students toured the UNBC’s Hatchery in Likely and learned about river physics, the life cycle of a salmon and what happens at our local fish hatchery to help BC salmon stocks. We plan to return in the spring to see the more of the Salmon Life Cycle in real-life-action.

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Local Likely Learning Series: Gavin Lake #2 

Students practiced their snowshoeing skills and learned about winter habitat for forest animals. The rest of the day was filled with ice-skating, a hot dog roast and sledding to prove that winter can be an outdoor season!

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Baby Chicks in the Classroom at Chilcotin Road Elementary

Students are excited to see how the chicks grow from being hatched in the classroom. They are also magical in helping some students stay regulated.Babychicks.jpg

Outdoor Education

Mile 108 Elementary grade 3/4 students take the opportunity to learn to cross country ski in the beautiful sunshine.  Great way to exercise, connect with nature, absorb some sunshine and be in the moment.  Loads of learning, and lots of fun!

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Wild School Project

 Mile 108 is in it’s second of three years working on the Wild School Project.  This was the autumn outdoor workshop and students enjoyed their leaning about nature, in nature!

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Picture A Tree Story Walk

We had so much fun snowshoeing through the forest to read it! It was enjoyed by the Mountview Elementary Strong Start group as well as the Kindergarten and Grade 1 classes.

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Lake City Secondary - Columneetza Campus Woodwork Projects

At Columneetza woodwork projects are beginning to include local varieties of wood, in this completed project a student has used wood in their end table project that they collected from a Juniper tree that had fallen down on their property. The Juniper wood was then worked and finished into the prominent pieces of this beautiful end table.Woodwork%20Projects.png 

Dog Creek Students - Outdoor Math

Here are some grades 4/5 students from Dog Creek working on Math outside.  We had just finished a walk down to look at the bulls (which was their requested recess activity) and when I told them we still had time to play upon our return, they opted to get their math books and Mathletics out to start working outside in the sun!  Our move to outdoor learning has really started to take hold in both our school and our district.TMO4L.jpg

Nerf Battle

Lake City Secondary's annual Grad nerf battle was a huge success again this year.  About 90 grade 12 students showed up to interact, play and have a night of fun.  




Animal Adaptations

February 17 saw Dave Quinn from Wildsight BC join Cataline Elementary for the day to teach our students about animal adaptations and living and thriving in the winter.



Dog Creek School Adopting Calves

Our students were given the chance to adopt calves and learn hands on how they grow and the work that goes into taking care of the calves. We are going to use the hands-on work to practice our writing, work on science, careers and practice our collaboration all while increasing our learning community and collective responsibility for our students learning.  "It takes a village to raise a child" 

Outdoor French Activity

The classes of 100 Mile Elementary went skating and sledding to celebrate French week. Students enjoyed time outside in the glorious sunshine at the 100 Mile House Outdoor Community Rink!

Nesika Outside Learning

Throughout the day today many Nesika classes got outside for learning to learn alongside special guest WildSight facilitator, Dave Quinn! Dave is a wildlife biologist, ACMG-certified wilderness guide, outdoor educator, and certified teacher based in Kimberley. He’s in the Cariboo-Chilcotin this week visiting a few schools and facilitating a pro-d day workshop for SD27 teachers. Thanks, merci Dave! 




100 Mile Elementary Grade 6/7 Outdoor Classroom

Our class has been working on creating an outdoor classroom in the wild area in the Centennial Park. While we are there, students are using the John Muir Laws method of nature journaling to create detailed questions about the natural world. This is tying into our ecology unit. We have also worked on creating a scaled map of the area (socials). We have also worked on creating snow forts (ADST). Also, we have had a member of the 100 Mile Search and Rescue team (Jean Swann) come and talk about outdoor safety and building emergency snow shelters. Our goal is to spend as much afternoon time as possible outside. It has required some effort and planning. It has been worth it. I have noticed a huge difference in the students' ability to focus in the classroom if we get outside regularly. We also manage to have a lot of fun. 




Raising Our Own Calves

Dog Creek students made their first visit to the ranch to meet their calves! Each student picked a calf and is going to name it and then help raise it over the next 5 months.

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Winter TMO4L book borrowing shelf at Nesika

Nesika Elementary has a professional resource library of "TMO4L" books for teachers to borrow. Picture books are a great way to spark inquiry and curiosity about a topic, and a great way to kick off a visual arts, writing, and even numeracy learning experience. Staff is invited to come look, borrow, and poke around for ideas. There are lots of resources associated with winter lessons. Planning for outdoor lessons supports Nesika’s Plan for Successful Learners.

Snow Much Fun at Horsefly School

Teacher Kathy Farkas reads the book Snow by Joan Clark to primary students in their own snowy wonderland at Horsefly School. The class made a snow angel clock in the snow. Students at all schools in SD 27 will spend more time outdoors as part of our health measures and the shift we are making toward outdoor learning for the many benefits it has for students and staff.

Scavenger Hunt

Dog Creek school enjoyed a scavenger hunt put on by the band around the roles of the different band supports such as Treaty, Health Unit, and Lands Stewardship.

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

At Big Lake School, students and staff start their day with a morning circle and nature walk. This week, students learned how to say “Happy Holidays” in different languages and enjoyed the beautiful winter scenery. We are fortunate to live and learn here. 

Cataline Outdoor Education Class

At Cataline we have been learning about dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) in our outdoor education classes.  Students learned about what resources a forest needs to thrive and have been investigating stumps in our school forest to see how our trees are being impacted by droughts and insect infestation.

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Nesika Outdoor Winter Play

At Nesika our commitment to outdoor learning and play is an important part of our Successful Learners Plan. In our school, we believe in a balance of child-directed playful learning, teacher-directed playful learning, and fundamental structured learning. Outdoor play is an important part of successful learning in all grade levels. In open-ended nature play, students can be found building snow jumps, negotiating fort making politics, or collecting sticks for imaginary play. In more structured outdoor learning, students may write in journals at their sit-spots, listening to a lesson at our outdoor classroom space, participating in a walking challenge, or building stories with loose parts.  

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The Salmon Trip 2021

Lake City Secondary teacher Nara Riplinger leads watershed learning that sees students in hands-on activity alongside field researchers, graduate students, teachers, and First Nation Education coordinators.Salmon%20Trip-1.png

Walking Curriculum

Many SD 27 teachers are using the Walking Curriculum as a way to enhance learning by incorporating movement and nature intentionally in learning. These Anahim lake student enjoyed a treat as they explored their local environment.Walking%20Curriculum.jpg

Looking at Local History Through a New Lens

Columneetza Grade 7 teachers Tess Riley and Frances McCoubrey presented at the Oct 22 virtual Classrooms to Communities provincial conference. They shared their plans to teach the balanced and true history of the Cariboo including having students reference primary source documents, visit historically important sites, and learn about land use and significance before settlers.History%20through%20a%20New%20Lens.png

In Conversation with Jane Goodall

Students from across the district participated in a live virtual conversation with Jane Goodall as part of the Take Me Outside For Learning Week activities Oct 18-22.Jane%20Goodall.jpg

Land Tour for Dog Creek Students

Dog Creek School joined the Land Tour led by the Lands department of Stswecem’cand Xgat’tem. The trip started at the hot springs and then went to “20 Mile” meadow where they used to hayLand%20Tour.jpg

Gavin Lake Society 

SD 27 is thankful for Gavin Lake Society providing an amazing site and learning opportunities for our students. Grade 6 classes are invited to participate in a curriculum-based experiential learning program at no cost to the schools. Field trips for other grades can be arranged and Gavin Lake is engaged in extended programming with a few schools, including Marie Sharpe as they expand their nature program. Gavin%20Lake.jpg

Getting Started with Outdoor Learning

This Nesika teacher was nervous to start moving learning outdoors but is having success. Her hot tip for other reluctant T’s? Try a learning task you’ve already done in the classroom (more practice). Then it’s not too much “new” at once.Outdoor%20Leaerning.jpg

HCTF Environmental Exchange Box Program

Kelly Glen provides prep coverage for teachers at Cataline by taking their classes outside for learning. This class spent a nice October day exploring their favourite spaces to share with their partner class in the  HCTF Environmental Exchange Box program .Outside%20learning.png

Take Me Outside For Learning (TMO4L) Yearlong Challenge

School District 27 is pleased to have more than 100 educators engaged in the 2021-2022 Take Me Outside For Learning (TMO4L) Yearlong Challenge. These teachers and principals have committed to take their classes outside for learning at least once a week for the full school year. They are part of a Canada-wide network of educators who share ideas and resources to enhance outdoor learning. We look forward to the health and learning benefits they will realize and to seeing what adventures they have. TMO4L.png






Learning with WLFN Archaeology Team

Cecilia Harry‘s grade 1 class from Marie Sharpe and Kirsty Bowers Grade 1 and 2 students from 150 Mile spent a day on the land with Brittany from Williams Lake First Nation’s archaeology team. The students learned how to look for artifacts and how to leave them undisturbed to preserve the site.

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Learning about Salmon

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Take Me Outside Week

Tracy Walton’s class at Marie Sharpe spent time outside during Take Me Outside Week noticing and recording what they detected with their senses and then came inside to create art to reflect their experience.

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