One more day until the end of the week and you’ve tackled the after-Thanksgiving back-to-school craziness. This time in between Thanksgiving and Christmas break can be a hectic time for students and teachers, so why not capitalize on the abundance of energy with some engaging activities?
While doing some research for a project, I came across a helpful website full of survival scenario exercises. Wilderdom is a site dedicated to “natural living” and focuses on equipping educators with tools for outdoor education. But what I found most intriguing were the survival scenarios they have compiled.
Survival scenarios (no supplies needed) give students a chance work in teams to make crucial decisions in a mock survival setting. The strategy addresses communication, decision-making and teamwork. I particularly like these scenarios, because real survival experts have crafted most, which means they come with an answer key. This boosts the challenge and competitiveness among teams, while adding some legitimate input!
Set aside 15-30 minutes in the next few weeks to engage your students in a survival scenario. Use the following as a general guide for debriefing the experience:
- What happened?
- What worked?
- What was challenging?
- How did you come to a decision?
- Did you feel like your voice was heard? Why/why not?
- When, in real life, will you work with others?
- When will you have to make group decisions?
- What strategies can we take from this experience, to apply to our lives?