Kayaking on Lake Roosevelt!
On September 19, 2018, there were clear skies and nice views of Lake Roosevelt. The 3rdgrade CREW went on Adventure at Colville Flats. They went kayaking, made fishing lures, and played a game called the Stick Games. The CREW’s experts were Mrs. McKern, Mr. Dwight Morgan and Mr. Rick Kuh. Every student participated in each activity throughout the day.
Kayaking was the physical challenge of the day. The students had various levels of experience. Some 3rdgraders that were interviewed said their biggest challenges kayaking were trying to make the kayak move, staying away for other kayaks and paddling against the wind. Their biggest successes were not tipping over and making it back to the shore on time. While students were waiting to get on the water, they took part in activities on the beach led by Mrs. McKern. They worked on building their core strength and balance through exercise and fun challenges.
Mr. Morgan taught the CREWs how to make primitive fishing lures out of sticks. He showed them how to rub the hooks on rocks to get them sharp. Many students felt successful with sharpening the hooks. A few students said the best part was having fun with their friends and hearing funny stories from Mr. Morgan.
Mr. Kuh taught the students how to play a traditional Native American game. For the Stick Game, each class split in half. One team hid the stick behind their back and the other team had to guess which hand it was in. If they guessed wrong you had to give the other team a point. While the team was hiding sticks, other team members played a drum. The highlights of this activity were following directions, strategizing and focus.
After returning to school the students reflected on their experience. Devin learned, “To not give up even when it’s hard and you are doing it independently.” Meikah and Aaron commented on having good sportsmanship and how it’s important to not get mad if you lose at something. It was an amazing day for many students. As Jake put it, “This was the best Adventure ever!”