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8th Grade: Lord of the Flies-Piggy’s glasses

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Could we start a fire with just glasses as the survivors of Golding’s, Lord of the Flies did? We divided into 3 teams and set out to try. We used magnifying glasses to represent Piggy’s glasses, and each team then went out to find twigs.

We all met in the alley and I gave them some newspapers to represent leaves, since we were not in the tropics and we had snow cover. They then set upon trying to make it ignite.

They had some whiffs of smoke, and almost a start, but no true flame strong enough for a fire. I did talk about the sun’s distance being a factor. It might seem to be a warm day, but we’re use to 20 degrees being a decent day!

Great experience!

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