Project Overview ....
After introducing the unit, I had each of my classes divide into 5 or 6 tribes of 3-4 students and assigned each one a specific color. Each team came up with a team name and completed a totem pole (printed on colored paper) that I used to keep track of points earned during the immunity and reward challenges. A PowerPoint is available that I use to introduce the unit and make sure the rules are clear!
Survivor Prize Package
Super Surfers - Students use Internet sites to complete this challenge that includes questions from various branches of science. I allow teams to use only two computers during the challenge, which means that they need to work together to make sure they complete the challenge. This file is also available as a Word document so you can edit it and tailor it to your curriculum.
Metric Mania - Students have a chance to test their knowledge of the metric system as they complete this challenge. I usually give students 10 to 15 minutes to review the day before the challenge and work through some conversion problems with them. You will need to set up several measurement stations before the challenge.
ChemTime - Hopefully your students were paying attention during their chemistry lessons for this challenge! Students use periodic tables to help them answer questions about the elements and also need to know common names for compounds, how to identify ionic and covalent bonds, and balance chemical equations. I allow students to fill up a note card the day before that they can use on the challenge. I also review the main topics that will be addressed in the challenge. This file is also available as a Word document so you can edit it and tailor it to your curriculum.
GeoTroopers - For this challenge students use GPS receivers to find waypoints in our schoolyard to complete a challenge. There are a total of 7 challenges - each with four questions that must be answered at each waypoint. The four questions relate to tree identification, plant identification, insect classification, and ecology factoids. Students are provided with a tree identification book, an insect book, and a periodic table. They may also use their textbooks if they want to carry them around. You will need to print copies of the challenge cards as well as the ecology questions and insect pictures. The questions and pictures need to be placed in film canisters and hidden at the correct locations.
Trivia Time - This SpongeBob themed-challenge is one of the favorites and usually the last challenge we complete! Students use the clues and their science knowledge to complete the challenge. Points are awarded based on the location of the question in the chart.
Inspector Gadget - Students have time to try to memorize 30 items on a tray and earn points for each one they remember. Teacher notes are included in the download.
Teacher Trivia - I challenge students to remember a variety of facts about me that I have shared throughout the year. This challenge is also available as a Microsoft Word document so you can personalize it.
Word Whomp - Test their word making skills with this make-a-word challenge using the letters in "Survivor Science."
Super Scientists - This challenge tests their knowledge of the various scientific careers we have discussed throughout the year. More Super Scientist lessons (worksheet, bingo game, and review cards) can be found on my General Science Lesson Plans page.
The Science Spot was developed in March 1999 by
8th Grade Science Teacher @ Havana Junior High, Havana, IL
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