Getting out of “The Dip”

The heroes were inspired by different men and women who all got out of “The Dip”, a challenge that may lead to frustration or a feeling of giving up. Hearing about how Martin Luther King, Jr., Bethany Hamilton, Jeremy Lin, Elon Musk, and Michelle Obama, got out of The Dip triggered a deep sense of strength and endurance for the heroes. They remained undaunted by any challenge they may face, mistakes and failures, discouraging words, rejection, even sharks!

When the heroes conducted their water cycle experiments, they demonstrated determination despite adversities and failures. After researching about how to build a water filter, the heroes were eager to build one themselves. By using only materials they had available, they were able to replace some materials for the experiment. Instead of a coffee filter, they said we could use paper towels. They also used gravel they found on the trail and sand from the sandbox. They were adamant that they could filter the muddy water from the creek to make it crystal clear, no matter how many times it would take to rebuild the filter one after another.

Exploring the water cycle has given the heroes a better understanding of how to find water in survival situations. While walking along the trail, they noticed water from a puddle that dried up because the water evaporated. One hero noticed water condensation inside their little greenhouse by the window sill. And they wait in anticipation for precipitation to fall down from thick dark clouds they see in the sky, just like the cloud in the bottle.

In order to find more ways to find precious drinking water, the heroes also built a solar water still and a solar water distiller. They were very hopeful to be able to collect clean drinking water no matter how long it takes. One hero has begun a campaign for clean drinking water for Africa, convincing her friends that they could collect money to build wells for the people who do not have access to water. And they can’t wait to show the people how to filter water and get clean water.

The heroes have also been learning a lot from their EMS buddies. The younger heroes helped build a matchless fire by collecting firewood – tinder, kindle, and fuel. They also learned from the EMS heroes how to build debris shelter and tarp shelter. Next week, they will try to do it all on their own!

Our Week At A Glance

Week 2: 6/4 – 6/8


Colossians 3:4

When Christ, who is in your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

What are some things that you do that reflects Jesus?

Colossians 3:5

Put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature

How does the Holy Spirit help you focus on Jesus?

Colossians 3:6-8

You must rid yourselves of anger

What do you do when you feel angry?

Colossians 3:9

Do not lie to each other

How do you feel when someone lies to you? What ways can you help a friend who lied about something?

Colossians 3:10

You have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator

Discovering the Dip

Stories to read

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What would you do when you believe a rule is not right? How would you convince others to change the rule?

Bethany Hamilton

What helps you get out of the Dip?

Elon Musk

What do you think about to help you persevere when thing are not working out?

Michelle Obama

What would you say if someone discourages you?

Jeremy Lin

How could you help a friend who is discouraged?

Writer’s workshop

Typing club

Camping story

Spelling city

Camping list

ES Writer’s workshop – autobiography

Google Docs


Play-based TWTh


Mile run

Seed planting

Magnet tiles

Straw connectors

Writing projects

Whiteboard art


Scooter boards

Jump ropes


If you were lost in the woods, how would you prioritize this list: find a safe place to sleep, collect clean drinking water, start a fire to stay warm, and tend to a wound in your leg?

New York Times  “A Hiker’s Plight: How to Help When Water Runs Low, – ethical dilemmas relating to water in the wilderness and how much to share.

What would you do in this situation? Would you share your water risking your own survival? Or the survival of your family?

Water Changes Everything.

We pay for clean water in the US. Should everyone pay the same amount, or should you pay based on how much you earn? Should there be water restrictions during a drought, or should you be able to use as much as you want as long as you can pay for it?

Imagine this: you’re stuck in the wilderness and thirsty. You’re starting to feel dehydrated, and you begin to get scared. You keep looking and walking, and you find a water source that looks clean. Do you take the risk?

Imagine this: you are a famous survivalist and you’ve challenged yourself to a great quest—to survive a week on an island off the coast of Alaska. You’re dropped off by a helicopter and begin assessing your surroundings.

What would be your biggest safety concern: grizzly bears, injury from slipping on the ice, losing your sense of direction, or hypothermia (defined as a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat)?

Project time


Water cycle

solar stills

Water filtration

Cloud in a bottle

Orienteering challenge: river crossing

What Would Happen If You Didn’t Drink Water?”]

Water Filtration Experiment

Worksheet: Water Filtration Card

The magic school bus – how water changes

Water cycle experiment

Evaporation, condensation, precipitation

Worksheet: Water Cycle Card

Poster: Water Cycle Poster

Planet Science Cloud in a Bottle

Worksheet: Cloud-in-a-Bottle Experiment Card

Solar water distiller

Solar water still

Interactive from instructions: The Water Project Water Cycle Presentation (Flash player required)

Website: Survivor Quest website- Day 8

Worksheet: Orienteering Card

Worksheet: Safe Journey Orienteering- First Cards



Paper sculptures


Google Earth


Musical instruments


Water cycle mural


Bible man


Would you rather be a survivor or a conqueror?

Character callouts for Lincoln

How do you persevere?

What helps you wait patiently

What did you learn this week that surprised you?

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