Some of them may not pass this challenge, but have them write two nice things about each kid in the class. For a physical challenge, let them have a jump rope race. They have to jump rope all the way down to a point and back.
The first thought that came to my mind were perhaps some historical challenges, perhaps even Native American games and foods, maybe cooking food outside and building a fire without matches. A resource for that might be, if available anywhere, from an old TV show, Camp Cariboo. Out of curiosity, I searched for their website, and found it at http://www.keeners.com/cariboo/index.html . Nothing instructional on it, but found out it is on the Green Channel in reruns.
Perhaps a guest historian or Native American could visit. We have a local French & Indian War reenactment group whose members have shared with our school.
Another thought, in the food area, if possible where you live, blue crabs. I don't know if they'll be quite in season when you do this, but they are fun to eat. Pull out the claws, first, and eat any meat that comes out. Turn over, and pull out the key like appendage on the bottom. Males have the shape of the Washington Monument on the bottom, and females have the shape of the U.S. Capital, (as the saying goes in eastern Maryland). Pull the shells apart. The yellow inside is called the mustard and is edible; cats love to eat this part, but not all humans do. Scrape away the finger like parts, called "The Devil's Fingers" or the lungs, with the blade of a butter knife and wipe the knife clean with a knapkin. This is the only dangerous part of the crab, but not so dangerous to be squemish about. Marylanders just scrape the lungs away to the side of the tray or whatever the crab is on. Break apart the thin shells inside to reveal the rest of the meat. Hit the claws with the handle end of the butterknife to reveal meat inside them, especially the larger claw. Personally, I think the claw meat is the least tasty.
The back of Old Bay seasoning has the cooking directions. Cooking is the only other dangerous part I know of--they must be cooked alive or bought pre-cooked and frozen from the store (they turn orange when cooked).
had come up with some "mind games" answer questions type thing,
we had a big play structure in the school yard, they had incorporated that in one of the activities and the huge sand "pit" we had... they had hidden things in the sand and the others had to find them following clues... that's all I remember... this was about 3 or 4 years ago...
Thanks to everyone who has replied with ideas for Survivor week. This past week was absolutely a blast! We did lots of team and individual challenges to earn points and the kids have had such a good time I'm going to continue the challenges through next week, which is our final week of school.
The kids have completed the following:
Logic puzzles and Sudoku puzzles (found on edhelper.net)
Geography searches (A to Z geography - kids had to find two countries beginning with specified letters of the alphabet)
Find the misspelled word (I used 6th grade words)
Database challenges (answering questions based on a pre-made database)
Research challenges (Students had specific questions to answer about our Social Studies unit on Canada - did research in library)
Math challenges (computation problems with missing digits - kids had to figure out which numbers were missing to make the problem correct)
Measurement challenge (Students had one piece of construction paper and had to create the longest paper chain they could using only the paper and tape - AIMS activity)
Design challenge (Students had one piece of construction paper and had to build the strongest structure possible using only paper and tape - AIMS activity)
We've also had physical challenges involving sprints, basketball shoots, hula hooping, jumping rope.
I've had silly challenges such as building the tallest card house possible, keeping a balloon from touching the ground (groups held hands and could not let go of one another's hands or let the balloon drop), guess the teacher's baby picture (staff brought in baby pictures for a bulletin board and kids had to match up the pictures with the correct staff member).
Overall it's been great and exhausting! Now I'm trying to think of new ideas for next week.
I did let the kids create their own team flags and come up with team names. They cannot vote team members off, so instead of an immunity challenge we have an "incentive challenge." I made a hat called the "Deuce Hat." Each day begins with a deuce challenge and the winning team gets the deuce hat. The team member wearing the hat in the next challenge of the day gets double points for the challenge. No team member can wear the deuce hat for two consecutive challenges and every team member must wear the hat at least once during the day. This little twist has made the competition very interesting!
I hope someone can use some of the ideas I've mentioned and I'm certainly open for new ideas to use for this coming week. Thanks again to everyone who has already replied!
I used the Theme Survivior in my classroom a couple of years ago and plan to use it next year. I'm a middle school teacher and used it for discipline,attendance,challenges etc. Points were given for perfect attendance/tardies deducted points for each team Participation of all members in the team earned points and Challenges- quizes over the weeks content in Math (since I teach Math). I actually had teams randomly selected then the teams randomly selected the color of their team by the bandanas tied to the desks representing each different tribe..cute ones at Michaels! Team names were created by the Teams and at the end of 6 weeks we then randomly selected new tribes and started over. I'm always looking for more ideas to incorporate into the classroom. My past students come by to ask what Theme I'm doing this year, seeing as they liked the Survivor Theme made me decide to do it again. Any student off task or not working with their Team was kicked off the island/Team for the day and sent to a separate desk/island to do their work.
I hope to get more ideas and have enjoyed reading the ones on this site.