Snowshoe (Asâm) Expedition

Students will spend a full day on snowshoes (Asâmak) in a beautiful wooded area outside the city.  Student learning will include:

  • History behind snowshoe development and the purpose of different type of snowshoes
  • Reading winter weather
  • Recognizing and understanding different types of snow and the inuktituk words that correspond  
  • Fire lighting and cooking over an open flame.
  • First Nations snowshoe games 

Leadership and Teamwork - Students will be put into expedition teams prior to the trip.  Each team will be responsible for bringing a sled and a meal to heat on the fire.  This pre-work will help students learn organization, accountability, and preparedness within a team which is an important part of this field trip.

Heathly Activity - Snowshoeing can burn nearly 500 calories per hour. Not only do you burn calories, you improve your core body strength and balance and get an aerobic workout. Snowshoeing raises your heart rate and compares favorably with activities such as running, swimming, cross-country skiing and bicycling, but gives you the mobility to explore safely over hidden obstacles and deep snow.

Preparation - Students should be prepared for a full day outside. See below for Student Checklist. All snowshoes, trekking poles and sled harnesses will be provided by the Outdoor Education Department.

Alaska Native Snowshoe Maker Interview

Snowshoe Ceremony: Cree Nation of OujeBougoumou

Math Activity: The Pressure and Force of Snowshoes

Curriculum Connections   Outcomes Indicators
Grade 6 Phys Ed

PE6.10 Apply controlled use of selected movement skills and variations (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative skills) as well as safe and environmentally friendly behaviors while participating in a variety of:

alternative environment activities

  Phys Ed PE6.13 Analyze and apply safety guidelines and rules that apply to the target games, invasion/territorial games, and alternate environment activities to develop an appreciation of their impact on self and others. D
Grade 7 Health USC7.5 Evaluate personal food choices and needs by applying accurate and current nutritional knowledge E
  Phys Ed

PE7.9 Utilize selected movement skills and combinations of skills (i.e., locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative) to participate in a variety of:

Alternate environment activities

  Phys Ed PE7.14 Examine, evaluate, and represent both the historical and present impact of Canada's Northern people on the development of movement activity options as a means of supporting the well-being of self and others. C,D
Grade 8 Math

N8.3  Demonstrate understanding of rates, ratios, and proportional reasoning concretely, pictorally, and symbolically. 


FD8.2  Examine the effects of forces in and on objects in fluids, including the buoyant force.  

  Health USC8.6 Examine and assess the concept of sustainability from many perspectives, and develop an understanding of its implications for the well-being of self, others, and the environment B,C
  Phys Ed PE8.8 Apply and adapt selected activity-related skills (e.g., carrying, paddling, gripping, hanging, wheeling, digging, fire building, snow ploughing, compass reading) and strategies required for participation in alternate environment activities (e.g., backpacking, hiking, cycling, overnight camping, canoeing, snowshoeing, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding, cross-country skiing, tracking, roping, dog sledding, skating, orienteering, downhill skiing, toboganning, quincy building) A,C,D,E,G,H,I,J
  Phys Ed PE8.12 Demonstrate the skills required to administer basic first aid (e.g., scene management, seeking help, treating minor injuries, applying precautions for body fluids) required as a result of injury caused by participation in movement activities A,B,C,D,E,F

Winter Menu Planning102.5 KB
Pre-Field Trip Activity: A Scientific Experiment: Comparing Different Asâmak1.4 MB
Post Field Trip Activity: Snowshoe Review and Wrap Up1.04 MB
Asâmak Power Point2.39 MB
Student Checklist Snowshoeing47 KB