In this creative teaching activity, students use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to survive being stranded on a desert island.
- dice or a way to roll dice online
- one copy of the island cards per class, cut-up as indicated
- poll everywhere set-up to receive votes
- Set the scene by drawing a boat on the board. Ask the students to name the boat and to suggest what they are doing on the boat.
- Then draw lightning on the board. Explain that the boat has been hit by a storm and has started taking on water.
- Now, divide the students into groups of three.
- Tell the students that there is a desert island nearby and that the students must choose four items from the worksheet to take with them to the island.
- When the time is up, students then write about their choice of items and their reasons for choosing them.
- When the students have finished writing, ask each group to explain their choices to the class. (optional)
- Then tell the class that they are going to find out what challenge they face on the island by picking a card.
- Each group picks a card and makes a plan of what they will do to survive on the island, and how the four items they brought will help them.
- The groups then present their plans to the class. Once a group has presented, students vote on the chances of survival using Poll Everywhere.com. Each group gets a score between zero and three.
- After each group has presented and the votes are in, the group rolls a dice and the awarded points are added to the number on the dice.
- Groups need to score four or more to survive, and more than six to thrive on the island.
Optional: depending on the score, you make up the end of each group’s tale.
For example, a group with a score of four may barely survive, e.g. they may get their arms eaten by a gorilla or lose some fingers to frost bite, etc. A score of six would mean everything happened as the group planned and five would be somewhere in between.