Prevent the Chicago Fire: Knowledge Ninja Challenge

The Knowledge Ninja is looking for third- through fifth-graders to complete this challenge and become Knowledge Ninjas. Use your ninja skills to investigate, then answer the questions below by October 13 to be entered in a raffle to win a prize to help you continue your ninja training. Watch for more challenges coming soon!

On the night of October 8, 1871, in a small barn on DeKoven Street, a fire started. Two days later, 300 people were dead, 100,000 were homeless and 3.3 square miles of Chicago were in ruins.


The Great Fire: This award-winning book is considered the definitive guide to the Chicago Fire.

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