# Survivor Camp

# Survivor Camp

- Grades: 6-8
- Number of Students: 30
- Contact Hours: 12+
- Lesson Plan Sample PDF

Lightning strikes, dead car batteries and losing your map — emergencies can happen at any time! While the odds of being lost or stranded outdoors are pretty low, knowing what to do in an emergency is important. As survivalists, students learn exactly what to do in an emergency through the team-based study of real-world survival skills.

From investigating the utility of tools to working through challenging situations, over this 12-day camp, learners use ingenuity to gain crucial skills such as knot tying, water purification and compass navigation. Bringing STEM to the great outdoors, instructors love the hands-on, interactive and collaborative curriculum. With each thrilling activity, students gather their senses, put their new skills to the test and conquer every challenge Mother Nature throws their way!

Recommended Settings:

- Summer camps
- Elementary classrooms
- After-school programs
- Homeschool environments

- Sterilite tub (10 gal, for storing materials) - 1
- Aluminum foil - 50 ft
- Bandanas - 7
- Cloth tape measure - 1
- Compasses - 10
- Dry erase marker - 5
- Dry erase pockets - 5
- Magnets - 8
- Masking tape, 60 yards - 1
- Paper clips - 100
- Paracord, 10 ft - 30
- Paracord buckles - 30
- Permanent marker - 1
- Playing cards - 2 decks
- Pony beads - 400
- PET water bottles with caps - 5
- Scissors - 1
- String, 450 ft - 1
- Tarps - 5
- Zip baggies, quart size - 100
- Plastic envelope (for holding student handouts) - 1

- Curriculum for 12 activities. Each activity can accommodate a 1 hour segment, or can be adjusted for different time blocks
- Materials for documenting, recording, and reflecting
- Necessities and tools for wilderness survival
- Instructor guide
- Camp background information
- Collaboration and discussion tips
- Lesson extensions for differentiation
- Activity/assessment materials

- Day 1 - Welcome to Survivor Camp
- Day 2 - Water
- Day 3 - Purification
- Day 4 - Edible Plants
- Day 5 - The Elements
- Day 6 - Navigation: Pace and Measure Distance
- Day 7 - Navigation: Compasses
- Day 8 - Navigation: Scavenger Hunt
- Day 9 - Knots & Shelters
- Day 10 - Signal
- Day 11 - Lost!
- Day 12 - Surviving Boredom

- NGSS MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.
- NGSS MS-LS1-6: Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.
- NGSS MS-LS1-7: Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.
- NGSS MS-PS1-4: Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.
- NGSS MS-PS3-3: Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.
- NGSS MS-PS4-2: Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
- NGSS MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account the relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions. • NGSS MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
- NGSS MS-ETS1-3: Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3 Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems, e.g., by reasoning about tables of equivalent ratios, tape diagrams, double number line diagrams, or equations.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.RP.A.3.D Use ratio reasoning to convert measurement units; manipulate and transform units appropriately when multiplying or dividing quantities.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.G.A.4 Represent three-dimensional figures using nets made up of rectangles and triangles, and use the nets to find the surface area of these figures. Apply these techniques in the context of solving real-world and mathematical problems.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.NS.A.2 Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division and of fractions to multiply and divide rational numbers.
- CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.NS.A.3 Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.

Note: Due to production time, this item typically ships 2-3 weeks after receipt of the order.