SOUTH WEBER -- Students at South Weber Elementary School spent a full day lost in the land of Narnia.
The fifth annual Journey to Narnia -- held the day before school let out for the summer -- wasn't just about having fun. It was also about learning.
"This is something the students look forward to every year," said teacher Deborah Sheffield. "The students participate in daylong activities that go along with the Chronicles of Narnia books. So they are having fun, but the curriculum is being incorporated."
Throughout the day, students participated in a scavenger hunt, where they visited the Wood Between the Worlds and had to find their way around.
"We had to use maps to find our way around," said third-grade student Jacob Martinez. "There were a lot of pools (of water) and they led to different houses."
To find the houses, the students had to use maps and follow different clues. Using the maps helped them learn about latitude, longitude and map grids, Sheffield said.
"I think the scavenger hunt has been my favorite thing so far," Jacob said. "I liked working on the different clues."
One of the classrooms was decorated as a home to Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, who taught the students about beaver and animal adaptations.
"They have really sharp claws, and they can hold their breath for 15 minutes," said third-grader Hayley Poll. "I got to dress up as a beaver and put on flippers and stuff."
Kaia Hoit, another third-grader, said she liked seeing the White Witch, even though she was kind of scary. Students were taught about liquid nitrogen and how it affects the properties of different objects. They learned that a frozen banana can function as a hammer, and they learned that frozen licorice shatters when it hits another object.
"It was fun, but it was weird, too," Kaia said. "We ate frozen graham crackers, and it was just really super cold."
Students were taught about music when the character Mr. Tumnus took them into his home and played the Narnian Lullaby. He taught them how to play part of the song on the flute.
After performing several different illusions, a magician gave each student "magical" rings that transported them to a different area of Narnia.
Outside, students received training on using a trebuchet. Using a milk carton, spoon and rubber band, the students got to catapult marshmallows at each other.
At the end of the day, the parents attended the party dressed in costume and participated in a battle with the students. Using flour bombs the two sides battled until the evil side lost. The students were then crowned kings and queens.
"The parents are the bad guys. They have to go with the White Witch, and they have to all wear black," Hayley said. "We're the good guys."
After the battle, everyone joined together for a banquet of ham, roasted potatoes and rolls, followed by a dessert celebration.
"It's been a lot of fun. I think it's good to do stuff like this because it encourages you to read, and reading is important," Jacob said. "There are some really good books to read."