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A 4th grade project at Estes Elementary teaches life skills

A big goal at Estes Elementary this year was to teach students to work as a team, as well as to have the grit and determination to set goals and reach them. The school's teachers are using a novel to make that happen. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A big goal at Estes Elementary this year was to teach students to work as a team, as well as to have the grit and determination to set goals and reach them.

The school's teachers are using a novel to make that happen.

One assignment was to build a shelter using only the materials provided. It's similar to what the character Brian goes through in the book "Hatchet."

Shelter was one of six stations set up for the students to work on their problem-solving and team-building skills.

Through the novel, the students are learning how an extreme setting or challenging environment can change a person

"One of the things that I've heard throughout the day is this is hard, teacher Meredith Rhyne said. "But, we've got to keep trying. So, it feels good to know that they have ingrained in their mind that things will not come easily for them. But they have to have that grit and determination to overcome odds."

"And it's been so nice to see them collaborate with people who may not be one they choose to play with outside or sit with at lunch, but they can work together to build a structure or solve a problem," teacher Lisa Lemus said.

The students also had to build a raft that would float while holding weight.

The activity, which includes all of the school's fourth graders supports the Wit & Wisdom literacy program that was adopted at Estes Elementary School this year.

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