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    Survivor
    By Lisa

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    I did a Survivor unit for my 5th graders, and it worked great. It was based on Heat and the Sun's Energy. I divided the class into different tribes. They named themselves(and worked really hard for unique names) Each day I wrote a different task and delivered it to them via tribal mail, sorta like they did on the real Survivor. They then had until after lunch to contemplate what the rhyming task meant. After lunch we did a different hands on experiment/activity each day. Each of these activities were pretty well inquiry based. I never stood and gave out directions or anything like that. I gave each tribe a task card. They would then earn points based on completion of the task. They might also loose tribal points for bad behavior or unbecoming sportsmanship...things like that. We did things like make insulators and conductors, a solar powered oven, plant seeds. It was great. It lasted about 2 weeks and the kids just loved it. Hope I helped


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