When signs of spring arrive, Sam meets Matt Spell and makes a deal with him. After that, Sam has a continuous stream of visitors including a hiker named Aaron, Bando, and Tom Sidler. When Sam’s father arrives with the entire family, Sam fears they are going to make him move back to the city. Instead, Sam’s mother decides that if Sam won’t come home, she will bring the family to him. Chapter 1: I Hole Up in a Snowstorm Summary Sam is holed up in a snowstorm with his bird Frightful. The reader learns that Sam has run away from home to the Catskill Mountains and is living in a hemlock tree near a wild weasel he’s named Baron. Sam learns how to make a fire with flint and steel and he eats plants, fish, and any animals that he can trap. Suggested Chapter 1 Vocabulary: cascades, purse, tethers Recalling Chapter 1 • What kind of shelter does Sam Gribley live in? • Why is Sam living here? • How long has Sam been living here? • How does Sam know the current date? • What season is it? How is the weather where Sam is? • What are Sam’s two companions? • Why was Sam scared before the storm? • Why is the land where Sam lives called Gribley’s folly? Kelly Dripps (order #2800680) 7
13 | P a g e Lighting a Fire Bill teaches Sam an invaluable lesson - how to start a fire. If a person is able to light a fire in any environment under any conditions, he or she will always have a source of warmth, a way to cook food, and a way to signal for help. Wigwam Fire (using matches) One of the easiest types of fires to build in the wilderness is the wigwam fire. To make a wigwam fire: 1. Clear the area of leaves, dry grasses, and twigs (if the conditions are windy, dig a trench and light the fire in that). 2. Make a small pile of twigs and small sticks for kindling. 3. Build a wigwam shape of longer sticks around the kindling. 4. Place a ball of tinder inside the kindling. 5. Light the tinder with a match and the kindling will soon catch fire. 6. Blow gently and add dry needles or leaves. Keep blowing. Lighting a Fire with a Flint Matches are the easiest way to light a fire. If, like Sam, you do not have matches, you can try using a flint and steel. To light a fire using a flint follow the instructions for making a wigwam fire, but instead of using a match, strike the flint with a piece of steel until sparks fly. Chapter 2: I Get Started on This Venture Summary Sam explains how he got started on his journey the previous May. He hitched a ride to the Catskill Mountains and was able to catch a trout and make himself a shelter. He finds help at a nearby cabin from a man named Bill who teaches him to make a fire. It was hard for him at first, but once he learns how to make a fire, Sam knows he’ll be fine. Suggested Chapter 2 Vocabulary: whittle Recalling Chapter 2 • Have you ever thought about running away? Why or why not?
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