Beth Cauffman pulled together several resources such as books on survival skills, wild edibles, and more.
We started by making nature journals to record what we did throughout the morning, including prompts and additional resources on the topic.
Fred Flury talked about tracking wild animals and signs to look for while out on the trail.
We headed out for a hike, looking at signs of animals (found several tracks!) and different plants in the forest. We found an old woodchuck den, dreys, places for shelter and food, and more.
This bloodroot is pretty fascinating. Besides the pretty flower, the liquid inside is red, hence the name. It has been used as an insect repellant and for dyes in the past. Among the other plants, we had to find dandelions and garlic mustard as we were eating those later!
Later we played a game to get to know more wild edibles and medicinal plants that were mentioned in The Hunger Games and others that are native to our area.
We camouflaged orange pieces of paper, like Katniss camouflaged her backpack so that it wouldn't stick out as easily.
It was interesting to watch everyone use different technique, even going as far as to disturb other areas nearby to throw us off track once we tried to find them.
We talked about different things animals do for camouflage and how it helps protect them, as well as looked at different examples and specimens of this in action.
We played another game to simulate how camouflage is advantageous to the animals. The items that stuck out the most were found first!
We had the chance to try our hands at archery.
And had some treats . . . girl on fire cupcakes, mint tea with local honey, dandelion tea with maple syrup . . .
Cinnamon bread (like Peeta threw Katniss), goatcheese and basil (Prim gave to Katniss on reaping day), and a dandelion salad with berries and nuts. The dressing was very simple but delicious. 1/3 cup each of olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and maple syrup (which we made at home!).
Delicious! It was fun pulling together elements from the book with nature in our own back yards!
We also had a great discussion at the Nature Nook book group earlier in the week, mentioning how overarching themes talk about sustainability, local foods, foraging, and more! Of course, there are many more resources, quotes, and applications, but here are a few topics to note:
Birds--there are two fictional birds in the story, the jabberjay and the Mockingjay. The Mockingjay is used for communication and as a symbol of hope in the book.