If you are teaching a unit about nature or man versus nature, this is a good group activity for your class. I created ten scenarios that deal with nature, and students are to address each scenario in five different ways.
Here's an example: "A doctor in the jungle has found what seems to be the cure for AIDS. The chemical, however, cannot be reproduced and is found only in the jungle where he disappeared."
Students then have to figure out five answers to the necessary trip, including "How language (written and oral) skills are necessary."
I remember this assignment being one of the highlights of the nature unit, so if you need more than the tide rises, the tide falls and To Build a Fire, give this download a try.
I could also see this as a fun staff development activity, maybe with groups and some kind of needed roles to be assigned. Better than most of the dumb stuff they usually have at inservices, anyhow.
Use it in science class without changing much at all. Give it a little more mystery about location and it's a geography lesson.
Yes, you could come up with the scenarios and the questions in one prep period, but these have been tested and are quite interesting to students, so save your time and get ready for some relevant group work.