Zombies Invade the US- Learn Geography Through Disaster Planning
Zombie virus has been reported in Kazakhstan! Your students will be given a fictitious FEMA memo to read. It details the beginnings of a contagion that has the ability to destroy the populations world wide.

Your students, acting as FEMA teams will have to study the national resources to develop a cohesive class plan for evacuation, housing refugees and procuring supplies. The project has the possibility to be as detailed or in depth as you want it to be.

This unit is in two parts. The secondary is written for 8th grade, the elementary focuses on 5th grade standards. The biggest benefit of having both is it gives you so many different ways to differentiate for your students.

This is a 3 week project that includes the BIE format for project based learning.

Students will start with their hook- reading the memo and learning about Kazakhstan’s. Connecting the themes in the memo to the five themes of geography. The hook includes:
*FEMA memo
*Kazakhstan map
*Introductory Vocabulary activity with word wall with three sets of task cards, to go back to vocabulary for reinforcement.
*Answer Keys, and Sped/ELL hints and modifications

In the main project students split into interest based teams to research and plan for their big final presentation. Included for the project are:
*All 7 teams is given a researched fact and scenario sheet with different presentation expectations, and questions they need to answer and research.
*There is a detailed process for the teams to set up their own norms.
*There are two different self, team and class assessment sheets along with 3 check points that can be used as quizzes or part of the overall grade.
*There is a detailed 15 day suggested calendar to walk the teacher through the process with the daily lesson follow that day.
*As the students are working it is suggested that you have daily class meetings for each of these meetings there is an "updated" scenario that explains how the contagion is continuing to spread.
*Several mini-lessons are provided to ensure students are learning the information on your standards and completing their "Need to Knows"

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