The Survival Game

Social Studies Activity

Students stretch their imaginations as they plan a survival game that includes both dangers and opportunities for survival. As they play the game, they test their luck and ingenuity.



  1. Display some board games and ask students to comment on the similarities and differences among the games. Similarities would include a beginning position, a path along which the players move their pieces, some means of moving ahead (dice, spinner), and various challenges and chances as the players move their pieces. The differences would lie in the nature of those challenges and chances.

  2. Divide children into four groups and distribute copies of The Survival Game. Read with students and then ask each group to choose an environment as the setting for their game. Suggest that each group choose a different environment.

  3. Suggest that students brainstorm what they will include in their game and make a preliminary version of it using scrap paper. Each team should also agree on and make an official set of rules so that others can play the game.

  4. Encourage students to play through the game a few times to test it, making any necessary changes and improvements.

  5. Students are now ready to create the actual game board and accompanying decks of cards.

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