Janet Dziak, a sixth and seventh grade special needs teacher in Ohio
In fall, my students read the novel, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. In the book, the main character, Brian, finds a survival pack. The students list the items and discuss how each item helped Brian to survive. Next, we talk about the approaching winter season and how much harder it would be for Brian to survive if the story took place in winter. From this, I have the students think about what they could do if they were stranded in their cars during winter. We brainstorm a list of items that they could keep in their car in case of an emergency. The students bring the list home to share with their families and make survival kits for their car. This activity helps to relate the events in the story to their own lives.