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  • Four short tales with a survival theme (Exploring the Titanic, Three Skeleton Key, Survive the Savage Sea, and The Dinner Party) are thoroughly explored in this mega-unit, covering setting, characters, plots, and other short story devices.
  • Use this page to draw animals that hibernate and describe how each one survives. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1.4-6

  • Use this 'Writing: Define the Concept of Plant Defenses (middle/high)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Writing: Define the Concept of Plant Defenses (middle/high)'. In this paragraph and essay writing assignment students use their own ideas to define the abstract term defense in relation to plant survival strategies. One of many focused writing activities based on abcteach's Plant Kingdom PowerPoint presentations in the Living on Planet Earth Series.
  • PowerPoint with Audio. Part of the Living on Planet Earth series. This presentation includes colorful images and illustrations to explain how all plants and animals use water and need it in order to survive.
  • Defining the basics of survival needs, and taking creative approaches to survival situations.
  • This mini-unit combines a vocabulary search with priority charts and essay questions. What do you need to survive in rough circumstances? Your students will have decided for themselves by the end of this lesson!
  • Teaching a "survival" unit? Use our suggested mega-unit, or choose your own stories of danger and bravery. These four worksheets (from the larger unit) will help with location, characters, setting, and conflict and resolution comprehension.
  • "The settlers at Jamestown were told to find a place that was not already occupied, that would be easy to reach by ship, and that would be difficult to attack." How important are geography and climate to survival? This worksheet can be used as a writing assignment or an in-class discussion prompt.
  • This form provides leading questions about a ecosystems and animal species survival to help the student gather ideas and background information for future paragraph and essay writing assignments. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit. See PowerPoint "A Visit to the Zoo".
  • A green camouflage design candy wrapper with words "I survived boot camp." Black and white version also available in same file.
  • Use this graphic organizer to brainstorm and draw pictures of different things that animals can use for food, shelter, air and water.

  • Reading comprehension, activities (write your own survival story), and an approach to writing elements such as setting, metaphors, similes, and repitition, that will help your students go beyond the plot as readers and develop their own writing skills. Includes information on the historical account of The Lost Woman of San Nicolas, sea elephant, and ecology. This 25 page super unit is a great enhancement to Scott O'Dell's Newberry Medal winner.

  • Use this 'Book: Hatchet (upper elem/middle)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Hatchet (upper elem/middle)'. The Newbery-winning novel Hatchet (by Gary Paulsen) is a popular book, even among reluctant readers. Expand your reading with a chapter summary sheet, vocabulary expansion exercises, comprehension review, and MUCH more.
  • "I survived my first day of preschool!"
  • Use this 'Book: Sign of the Beaver (upper elementary)' printable worksheet in the classroom or at home. Your students will love this 'Book: Sign of the Beaver (upper elementary)'. Chapter-by-chapter comprehension and writing prompts to accompany Elizabeth George Speare's Newbery Award-winning story of growing friendship and respect between two boys: a white settler and a Native American.
  • Forty-one sea turtles hatched on a beach survive to adulthood. Hunters captured twenty-one of them. How many remain? Five subtraction word problems with an endangered animal theme.
  • Paragraph and essay writing assignment for middle school, junior high and high school students. Writing and following directions are important skills to have when putting something together, repeating an experiment, or learning new techniques. This activity helps students describe an animal behavior that helps it survive. One of many focused and fun creative writing offerings available in the Zoo Theme Unit.
  • Camouflage design bookmarks for a boot camp theme. Print the colorful green design version or the black and white version.