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The story of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen is about a young boy named Brian who is flying in a Cessna bush plane to see his father in Northern Canada.  After the plane crashes, he is forced to live on his own for several days in a remote forested area.  Through the book, we  explore how Brian learns to survive using his own skills and the items available in the Canadian wild.

Gary Paulsen continued this story with Brian’s Return about when he gets home,  Brian’s Winter which explores what may have happened if Brian wasn’t rescued, The Hunt and The River.  If you loved Hatchet, you may want to read more….

  1. Click here to read the answers to questions that many kids have asked Gary Paulsen: http://www.randomhouse.com/features/garypaulsen/book-report-corner.html
  2. Chapter 10 activity: Write a survivor story with this online HELP: http://writingfix.com/Chapter_Book_Prompts/Hatchet2.htm

Lost in the Woods

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Click here to see an amazing animated look at our Breathing Earth


The Science of Keeping Warm

Go to this website to try some Keeping Warm online experiments: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/8_9/keeping_warm.shtml
READ this page from Scholastic about people who got COLD exploring the Arctic: http://printables.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/42/0439625742_e011.pdf
Try this Arctic Game about changing Ice into water and making it safe to drink: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/science/materials/changing_states/play/