This a two to three-week project, created by me, Robert Michelin, that is designed to review and re-teach systems of equations, inequalities (if you choose to set it up as such), linear functions and the value of understanding these tools when contextualized with scarcity of resources and survival.
The students are asked to decide the team they'd like to join on a Trek through the desert to apprehend war criminals. Each of the teams has been given a certain amount of a given resource, and the team that runs out of any resource will not make it to the target. Students should determine which team makes it to the target and eventually apprehends the criminal.
The unit includes a number of documents that help the students guide and pace themselves through this project: An entry document (a document to give students a reason to do this meaningful work), a document that provides data and a map as tools, a pacing guide that is meant to highlight benchmarks, keep students on task and aid in time management, additional questions that might aid in assisting students achieving the same goals, a rubric that students should be given at the start of the unit (so they know how to succeed), and a document that helps students summarize their work through the scientific method and validate its importance in the 'real world'. Documents should be given in that order.
If you use this, please tell me how it went, and feel free to reach out with any questions you might have. Good Luck and Enjoy.