Scholastic Scholars: Unit 5
When you have a fire drill at school, does it sometimes feel like an adventure? Adventures can happen any day, any time you feel as if you are escaping into a different world. And while fire drills can feel like adventures, they are also serious because they prepare us for real-life emergencies. Emergencies are dangerous situations that often happen because of the weather. Wildfires, floods, and tornadoes are all emergency situations. Firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders all help out in emergencies. These people can be heroes. But they aren’t the only heroes. Your parents, grandparents, siblings, or relatives might be heroes too! You might even be a hero. Heroes are individuals who do extraordinary things. Imagine what an adventure it would be to swoop in and rescue someone. But adventures don’t always have to be about emergencies. Scientists have adventures all the time, especially when they go on expeditions. Scientists might go on expeditions in order to find unknown plants or animals or to research other cultures. They learn about other regions of the world, and they often explore the unknown. Talk about an adventure! Exploring the unknown can be very dangerous, and it can require people to make great sacrifices. Exploring steep mountain ranges and harsh climates means that you have to be prepared and equipped with the right supply of food and durable clothing. You can bet astronauts who walk on the moon need special clothing. Astronauts wear special spacesuits that allow them to breathe oxygen when they are outside Earth’s atmosphere. Going on a spacewalk is quite an adventure, one that allows astronauts to study the moon’s surface so that they can teach us more about craters and moon rocks.
In this unit, you will learn that adventures can happen in many ways, from preparing for emergencies, to exploring the unknown, to walking on the moon.