What is it? In this scenario, students and their group members are stranded and isolated from the rest of the world. It is their mission to create a civilization with their group that withstands the test of time. They will need to figure out how people will SURVIVE both mentally, physically, and emotionally. Since much goes into planning a new civilization every single content area will be involved in the project. To do this, students learn about different aspects of ancient river valley civilizations and what characteristics are needed for a group of people to develop into an advanced civilization. As they learn about various characteristics, students will have to figure out what is possible for theirs based on where they are stranded so they can survive. Other areas include: types of environment elements make a place the most livable (Earth Science); creating a money system (Math); figuring out how they will keep people entertained (PE).
Why do we like it? This is a well-designed global history project with a completed Project Design Overview and Learning Guide from one of our National Faculty, Alicia Peletz.
How can you use it? Use this for professional development and as a model for completing the Project Planner.