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Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« on: September 03, 2010, 01:03:50 pm »
This is a classic activity designed to get students to think critically about the positive and negative points of different people.

The PowerPoint sets the scene. Tell the students to imagine they are on a sinking ship. There is a deserted island nearby. They get on the only lifeboat. There are 13 people still on the ship, but only 6 more can fit on the lifeboat. Who would you save?

A worksheet is provided to go along with the PowerPoint. I used the white board and a marker to write the students' comments about each person. I went through each person one by one and made the students give me at least 2 positive and 2 negative things about each. Afterwards, the students were asked to make their own list. It's pretty self-explanatory when you see the worksheet :)

This was successful even in my low-level 2nd grade middle school classes.

If you like this lesson, check out a similar lesson "Desert Island with Items" here: http://waygook.org/index.php/topic,19451.0/topicseen.html
« Last Edit: September 07, 2011, 10:09:00 am by duchessrachel »


  • k_belle
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    • May 18, 2010, 12:20:26 pm
    • Wonju
Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2010, 01:25:38 pm »
This looks FANTASTIC! Thank you!


  • Regina
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    • July 23, 2010, 03:33:56 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2010, 07:17:52 pm »
same topic as deserted island  but different people are shown..
it's interesting.. thanks..


  • Morticae
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    • August 31, 2010, 12:45:33 pm
Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010, 03:23:19 pm »
Is this from a chapter in the book, or your own idea?


  • ant-honey
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    • April 30, 2010, 12:38:56 pm
    • Yeosu, South Korea
Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2010, 09:24:41 am »
This looks great! Thanks for sharing. :)


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2010, 09:35:40 am »
I'm using this with my first year boys at my high school and it works pretty well. It ties into an earlier lesson I did on Pros and Cons. Thanks!


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2010, 12:24:50 pm »
This worked pretty well for me so far.  I threw in a video clip of the trailer for Lost to give them a better idea of the situation.


  • pwalk002
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    • September 09, 2010, 03:39:07 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 01:46:43 pm »
 ;D ;) This is so detailed.  Thanks sooo much!  I have an after-school class that's too freakin long and this should keep them busy and chatter-free.


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2010, 08:18:29 am »
Looks awesome.  My seniors aren't taking the KSATs and have therefore checked out of school.  Maybe this will inspire them.


  • cowboy7
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    • October 05, 2010, 01:47:27 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2010, 09:36:49 am »
First off, I enjoyed your ppt.  Second, I did a similar activity when working in the dormitories and I was wondering if you or anyone on here might know of it. 

The premise is very similar. The earth is facing Armageddon and you must choose a handful of people to continue humanity on Mars or another spacial body. Each person has pros and cons why they should be allowed on the shuttle. For instance, one woman is pregnant but she has HIV and her baby may contract the disease, another is a man is a personal trainer so he is quite fit but he was accused of rape, and there is doctor but he is 80 years old or something and might not be strong enough to make the trip.

Sound familiar to anyone? I didn't mean to thread-jack but I honestly thought the OP might know of this scenario or possibly someone else on this forum. Thanks.


  • lychee
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    • October 03, 2010, 04:59:26 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #10 on: October 20, 2010, 08:27:15 am »
This looks so great! Thanks for uploading the ppt and for the detailed instructions!!


  • Juno106
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    • October 01, 2010, 07:54:17 am
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #11 on: October 20, 2010, 09:01:30 am »
I just looked this over, I might have to modify it for my grade 6 elementary school kids but WOW...looks exciting...I Want to play it myself with my friends.


  • peteclem
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    • October 27, 2010, 11:24:23 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #12 on: October 28, 2010, 10:15:17 am »
I think this exercise is brilliant and very thorough. Thank you for saving me a good few hours!


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2010, 03:37:28 pm »
ditto what everyone said. one of my co-teachers asked for the docs so she could use it with another of her classes.
also, i'm going to use it in my teacher's classes. Thanks!


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2010, 12:15:08 pm »
Thanks for sharing!  It looks great.  Going to use it with my after school classes.


  • adfarmer
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    • November 03, 2010, 08:52:18 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2010, 12:38:15 pm »
Thank you thank you! I am trying to motivate my 5th/6th graders for after school.  I will have to modify it a bit, but AMAZING idea! Thank you!


  • chingu
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    • October 04, 2010, 08:22:02 am
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2011, 01:13:22 pm »
Great Lesson. I'll be using this with the teacher's class tomorrow to kick things off this year with a bit of fun. Wish me luck.


Thanks again!


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #17 on: May 01, 2011, 12:44:02 am »
This is a really great game to play. I'm gonna use it in my classes!


  • jrwhite82
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    • September 09, 2010, 04:29:15 pm
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Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #18 on: May 01, 2011, 12:13:00 pm »
For some reason I'm unable to open this in PPT on my mac.  It says it's corrupt.


Re: Who would you save? Shipwreck scenario.
« Reply #19 on: May 01, 2011, 04:32:49 pm »
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For some reason I'm unable to open this in PPT on my mac.  It says it's corrupt.

same here... advice anyone?