Back to School Activities - Survival Simulations BUNDLE

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Headed back to school and looking for an engaging activity?! These back to school activities are perfect for the first day - or any day! Will your students survive being Lost in the Amazon? Could they lead a successful expedition to the North Pole? Will they choose the correct items to survive a Zombie Apocalypse? These are THE back to school activities that middle school and high school students LOVE. These are FUN, collaborative, problem solving, unique activities that even adults enjoy. All activities are based on researched articles. Each activity has a different method of survival. These are the back to school activities students go home and tell their parents about!

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✈️Back to school: Amazon Rainforest Survival

This is a class favorite activity, every year. This is the BEST back to school activity, EVER. You start by reading a dramatic story to the class. In this case, students are aboard a chartered jet plane that's flying over the Amazon Rainforest. Trouble strikes, and students will be forced to make decisions about which items THEY believe will help them survive in a dangerous trek through the Amazon.

A great, low pressure, everyone has an opinion, no-one has any actual experience, everyone thinks they're right, activity. Then you'll go through a PowerPoint Presentation that explains the rankings and points for various items. All rankings are the result of research.

How long will your students survive? Who will lead the trek? Who should just stay home?

THIS is the activity kids will go home from school talking about. THIS is the activity that gets mentioned at the dinner table. THIS is the activity that brings excited kids back to class the next day.

❄️Before winter break: Arctic Survival

In need of a before-winter-break-activity for secondary students? Students make a series of decisions that will ultimately determine whether or not they are successful in leading an expedition to the North Pole. I write very explicit teacher directions. There is a lot to print, however, it is all in black and white and re-usable year after year. 4 individual pages for the teacher; "life cards" for students (1 page per 3 students), and 52 station pages (that are front and back). Please see preview for full explanation and images of final product. This activity takes approximately 25-30 minutes.

End of the school year: Zombie Apocalypse

Looking for that one of a kind, secondary level, team building, ice breaker, collaborative, fun, the class is going to LOOOOVE this activity? You found it!

Everything you need is in this pack. Directions for prep and set up, story line, location signs and cards, item cards, and presentation of item rankings included. And not just random- nilly dilly rankings- I researched four articles and made a compilation list based on each items' rank in each of the four articles. You won't find anything else like this.

Set up location signs (with item cards) around your room (6 locations). Begin reading dramatic story. Within the story, directions are given to students to flip over their location card, go to location, choose two items, and then move on. Students will be able to visit two other locations before leaving town forever with a maximum of four items. Their goal: long term survival in the wilderness during the Zombie Apocalypse.

This activity takes approximately 25-35 minutes.

Head Back to School with the coolest activities EVER!!


"My administrator walked in while I was using the Survival in the Amazon Rainforest lesson. She LOVED how students were using critical thinking skills right at the beginning of the school year. I told my students how I also have the Zombie Apocalypse one that we will do around Halloween and they are SO excited!"

Abigail R.

"I used the Amazon Survival with my environmental science class and the Zombie Apocalypse Survive with my chemistry students as week one activities. It was easy to set up, fun to do, and offered interesting conversations afterward to make connections between the activity and subject! All students were eager to share their choices, great for involving all students." Lea P.

"I have only used the rainforest one so far. Not only did they enjoy the project I let them then debate on why certain items should be placed higher or lower on the scoring. So it turned into a persuasive speaking activity as well. " Lynne H.

"I used the zombie scenario for the second day of school. I used an emergency tone from YouTube to get the students attention each time I started another part of the story. I also asked afterward if there were any items they would rank differently. I had a really good response from every class. I teach 7 to 12 grade and the older they get, they seem to be more hesitant to speak out during class. This was a good way to get a conversation going where every student had equal contribution. We spoke after about the importance of sharing during class, using critical thinking skills, and disagreeing in a constructive manner. These conversations would have been impossible without good prompt like this. " Samantha H.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.


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