Journey to the River Sea Extension Activity
- Grades: 6–8
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1 Imagine a different ending to Journey to the River Sea, in which Maia and Miss Minton remain in the jungle, living with Finn and the Xanti. Do you think they would live "happily ever after," or would they miss the comforts of home and want to return? What might they miss about the outside world?
2 List all the things you love about nature and imagine about how life would be different if, like the Carters, you rarely interacted with that world. What would you be missing out on? How does nature play a role in your daily activities -the sports you play, the out door games at recess, your hobbies?
3 Using the descriptions in the story, draw a map that includes the Carter's house, the city of Manaus, and the river between. Then, try to place all of Maia's favorite locations on the map, including her dance class, the museum, Finn's secluded home, even the docks where Clovis hides. You can place other locations on the map that appear in the story. Try to place each location an accurate distance from the others. If an inch on the map equals a mile in real distance, create a key that gives that information, so the map-reader will know exactly how far Maia had to travel.