Danger in the Desert

by T.S. Fields

A WebQuest

Can YOU Survive?

Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Teacher Page


Introduction

Scott and Robbie, the two boys survived their night in the Sonoran desert, using their instincts and the resources they had available. Using the resources you find on the Internet, you will learn even more about desert suvival and create a plan so that YOU TOO can survive DANGER IN THE DESERT!


Task

You have two tasks in this webquest.

1) Research Internet resources to find information on desert survival.

2) Create a plan for surviving in the desert.


Process

Use the resources listed to make notes on the six main elements of a survival plan.

The six main elements of a survival plan are:

1) First Aid

2) Fire

3) Shelter

4) Signals

5) Water

6) Food

Use the note-making cards to record and organize the information. Remember to write down the source of the information. This is called "citing your sources." If you don't cite your sources, people might mistake someone else's work for your own. This is called plagiarism, and it is a form of cheating.

After you have gathered enough information to create your survival plan, you can begin creating it.

For your survival plan, you will need a minimum of seven pieces of paper. The first piece of paper should be labeled "Desert Survival Plan." Write one paragraph explaining the importance of a plan for surviving in the desert.

Label the top of ther rest of the pages with each of the six categories above. Write the information that you found about each category on each page. At the bottom of the page, write down your sources.

Neatly organize your information into a folder, or staple it together. You're finished!


Resources

Desert Survival from the City of Scottsdale (Scott and Robbie were stranded just outside of Scottsdale!)

Desert Survival from Yavapai County Sheriff's Air Group

Desert Survival from the City of Phoenix

Desert Awareness from the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management

Desert Survival Manual from the U.S. Army

First Aid for Heat Disorders

First Aid for Bites and Stings from the Mayo Clinic

Equipped to Survive- A Kid's Wilderness Survival Primer


Evaluation

 

 
Criteria 4 3 2 1 Points 
Task All areas of the task were addressed and handled with a high degree of sophistication. The plan followed by the student demonstrated a great deal of thought. At least one area of the task was not addressed. The plan followed by the student demonstrated a great deal of thought. At least two areas of the task were not addressed. The plan followed by the student demonstrated a moderate level of thought. The task is incomplete and/or it is apparent that little effort went into the development of the task. ____
Process: Notemaking 4-5 notemaking cards were filled out completely for each of the 6 areas of the survival plan. 2-3 notemaking cards were filled out completely for each of the 6 areas of the survival plan. 1-2 notemaking cards were filled out completely for each of the 6 areas of the survival plan. 0-1 notemaking cards were filled out completely for each of the 6 areas of the survival plan. ____
Process: Survival Plan The survival plan contains 4-5 ideas for each of the six areas. It is well organized, neatly presented, and has a cover sheet with an introduction paragraph. The survival plan contains 2-3 ideas for each of the six areas. It is somewhat organized, neatly presented, and has a cover sheet with an introduction paragraph. The survival plan contains 1-2 ideas for each of the six areas. It is not very well organized, or neatly presented, and has a cover sheet with a partial introduction paragraph. The survival plan contains 0-1 ideas for each of the six areas. It is not organized or neatly presented, and has no cover sheet with an introduction paragraph/ a cover sheet with a missing introduction paragraph.  
Grammar, Citation, and Spelling The final body of work was free of grammar, and spelling errors. All sources were cited The final body of work had 1 error related to either grammar or spelling. Most sources were cited. The final body of work had 3-5 grammar and spelling errors. Few sources were cited. The final body of work had major grammar and spelling errors. Little or no sources were cited.  
        Total----> ____

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