Survival Stories

Lesson 1


Explain what steps can be taken to prepare for a wilderness emergency.

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Target Task


Writing Prompt

What steps can be taken to prepare for a wilderness emergency?

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Key Questions


  • Why are the words “I am just..” dangerous words to utter in the outdoors?

  • According to Peter Kummerfeldt, what is survival?

  • What tips does Peter Kummerfeldt recommend to help prepare for a wilderness emergency?

  • What should you include in a basic survival kit? Explain the purpose of each item.

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Common Core Standards

  • RL.5.2 — Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

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