Before leaving for Staten Island Greenbelt, second graders worked in teams to select 5 to 6 objects that might help them survive if they were stranded on an uninhabited island. What could they use to find food, shelter, and water?
|Many groups opted for cell phones and money, but soon realized that the lack of electricity and stores made those objects useless.|
At Staten Island, kids kept note of available resources on a map of the trail.
|Are those berries edible?|
|And they sketched, trying to draw what they saw.|
Back at BNS, students organized survival ideas for finding food, shelter and water on a class chart.
|Not the most appetizing menu but it will keep you alive: worms, leaves, birds, mushrooms, birds' eggs.|
|Dig a hole at the edge of the island to get water.|
|Collect water from a lake and rain water...|
What's next? Using a computer to tell about island survival. Building shelters. And exploring rock properties to see how they can be used.