Survival skills needed...

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  1. heavens54

    heavens54 Connoisseur

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    Not for me, but for my after school enrichment class. Twenty students, mostly boys, third grade enrichment. Looking for cool lessons, activities, websites, etc. We can go outside for a few minutes, but not for long periods of time. It's only two hours a week.
     
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    Quia.com has lots of educational games. Also, learn4good.com
     
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    To clarify... the enrichment class is about survival skills? Or you want to survive teaching enrichment?

    If it's the former, knot tying would be a good.
     
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    Like actual survival skills?

    How to identify edible plants
    How to build a fire
    CPR and First Aid
     
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    Yes, I'm looking for skills, activities, ideas for teaching survival skills to my students. Sorry for the confusion. Stories, inventions, experiments, books, articles.

    It started with this seven year old girl who survived the plane crash that killed four other members of her family. She walked almost a mile, in the night, in very cold temps, in woods, wearing one sock, to a house to get help. The man asked her how she made it out alive and she said her dad taught her survival skills. I'd like to learn some of those myself and teach them to others.
     
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    Map and compass skills
     
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    I was going to say the same thing as Caesar. If your playground is big enough, you can give them the azimuth and distance to a point. Then they can use a compass and a step count to find certain points on the play ground.
     
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    You could do geocaching for compass skills.
     
  10. Ima Teacher

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    There are lots of websites for survival skills if you search for prepper skills. My BF is a prepper, and he's taught me all kinds of stuff.

    1. making shelters
    2. building fires
    3. typing knots
    4. edible plants
    5. everyday carry bags
    6. signaling
    7. compass use
    8. water purification
    9. reading sun & moon positions to determine location

    Fun type of class to teach.
     
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    I have a decent amount of camping experience, including winter camping in the Adirondack Mountains (hello, -7 degrees in a tent!), and some of the major things to know besides having the right gear are:
    learning to read trail maps and find/stay on a trail
    staying hydrated
    always having extra layers
    basic first aid
    making water safe to drink (iodine pills or bleach droplets)
    compass skills (using the iPhone is really cool, you should do that if you can--there's an app that will actually track your path, it might make a cool game to see who gets to one place with the shortest distance or something)

    YOu should definitely watch episodes of Survivorman (with Les Straud)--NOT the show with Bear Grylis! Les Straud is pretty amazing, he gets dropped off for up to 7 days in a remote location, and his goal is to act like a lost hiker and find civilization/help. He is great because he does ALL his own filming (carries all of his equipment with him), and he is down to earth without being boring. So if you are allowed to watch shows I would definitely recommend that one.

    Please feel free to PM me if you have any other questions, my husband does an Adirondack hike with high school kids every year for a week and he might have some good suggestions as well.
     
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    Wow, thanks all. Great ideas.

    What is a prepper?
     
  13. heavens54

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    I just ordered the Dangerous Book for Boys. I think this should have some cool ideas.
     
  14. Ima Teacher

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    Preppers prepare for being self-sufficient in case of disaster. I'm prepared for about a month at home and three days minimum outside.

    BF is prepared for months outside.

    We live in near a government nerve gas storage facility, so we know shelter in place techniques, too.
     

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