SOS: Survival in the Wild Research and Teaching Packet

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SOS: Survival in the Wild Research and Teaching Unit

These teaching activities and resources are designed for the middle and high school classroom. Our culture and students are fascinated with survival stories. This teaching packet includes numerous nonfiction, informational text, and digital resources highlighting man's struggle to survive conflict in nature; or in this case, TEENS who have faced conflicts in nature but ultimately triumph in the end.

The activities can be used in a variety of contexts such as:

•Study of external conflict man vs. nature;

•Supplementary resources for a thematic unit on survival in the wild;

•Analysis of the power of the mind and individual will to survive;

•Integrating a short term, high interest research unit titled SOS: True Life Teen Survival Stories.


The activities can accompany themes present in a number of middle and high school novels and short stories including, but not limited to, the following:


Most Dangerous Game, To Build a Fire, Lord of the Flies, Hatchet, Hunger Games, Into the Wild, Into Thin Air, Touching Spirit Bear, My Side of the Mountain, Man and the Sea, Call of the Wild, Touching Spirit Bear


Activities in the Survival in the Wild teaching packet include -
Teacher's Notes, Teaching Ideas, and Lesson Plans


Song Analysis Activity:
Song Lyrics "Survival in the Wild" by Adrian Belew
Student Handout/Questions on "Survival in the Wild"
MP3 (Audio) of "Survival in the Wild" by Adrian Belew
"Survival in the Wild" Teacher's Answer Key


Nonfiction Article Analysis and Comprehension:
Nonfiction Article: "Mind Over Matter: What Makes a Resilient Mind"
Student "Mind Over Matter" Reading Chart Handout
Jigsaw Collaborative Groups "Mind Over Matter" Reading Chart
Teacher's "Mind Over Matter" Answer Key


My Survival Skills to the Test:
Links to Survival Skills Games and Quizzes
Student Survival Skills Handout


Research Activity: SOS -True Stories of Teen Who Survived the Wild
Guided Research Activity and Handout
MLA Source Citation Handout for Websites
Cornell Note Taking Handout
Access to Symbaloo Webmix of 41 articles on Teens Who Survived in the Wild
Links to 11 "How To Survive Against Nature" websites


Research Project:

For differentiation, three project sheets are included with three teaching rubrics: Design a Survival Skills brochure, Design a Survival Skills Google Slideshow or PowerPoint presentation based on your research, Write a research-based informational essay based on Survival in the Wild


The Teen Survivors and Survival Skills research and final project take 3-5 days to complete. This Survival in the Wild Teaching Packet addresses numerous ELA writing and reading Common Core academic learning standards. The Teacher's Notes in this packet includes a sample list.


If you and your students enjoy these teaching and learning resources, try my following teaching packets and thematic research units -

Research 101: Ready, Set, Research Teaching Bundle

Stand Up! Civil Disobedience Research and Informational Writing

All They All Fall Down: The Rise and Fall of the Modern Day Tragic Hero

Cultural Clashes: Utopia vs. Dystopia

Total Pages
35
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
4 Days

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