Friday, March 15, 2013


Breakfast on our fire that we started with flint and steel.
My fifth grade students studied books on survival during January and February. We read Hatchet, Brian's Winter, Call It Courage, and Frozen Stiff. Based on our research of survival skills and knowledge gleaned from the books we planned a "Survival Night" out on the prairie.

Last weekend we built our shelter, cooked over a campfire, and gathered firewood. The temp was about 38 during the day and dropped to 20 at night.

We took away some valuable lessons! We were warm enough when our fire was going but did not have enough wood to last the entire night. We also should have set up our shelter on snow, not concrete.

Looks like we have some work to do before starring on Survivorman!

The kids had a great time and said they would do it again. I'd call that a success!

We built our shelter next to the fire to capture heat.

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