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Let David Hunter Help You Zombify Your Entire Curriculum

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Sep 27, 2013 9:56:00 AM

zombie based learningWe haven’t heard you say “uncle” yet, so we’re going to dish out one more way for you to zombify your curriculum (you can read two related posts here and here). Allow us to introduce our latest find: Zombie-Based Learning (ZBL), a standards-based, zombie-infused curriculum designed by geography teacher, David Hunter.

Instead of using textbooks, ZBL substitutes graphic novels and hands-on projects to teach student how they might use geography to survive a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. If you’re wary of the legitimacy of ZBL, you might be pleased to know that it meets the 2012 National Geography Standards and actually uses the geographic concepts and same kinds of thinking that real world geographers use.

Here’s how the Zombie-Based Learning Narrative is structured:

Planning for the Outbreak
News of a zombie-like outbreak has reached your community. You are helping to plan in case the outbreak reaches your area.

Post Outbreak Survival
The outbreak has reached your area and chaos has followed. You use your skills to survive and find other survivors.

Finding a Place to Settle

You meet with other survivors; now you are trying to decide upon a safe place. 

Building a Community

With your group of survivors, you make decisions to build a safe and sustainable community.

Planning for the Future

Based on what you know about geography and your knowledge of the past, your community makes long-term plans for survival and rebuilding.

Should you choose to use ZBL in your own classrooms, you won’t be tracking down resources since everything you’ll need, from graphic novels and handouts to rubrics and in-class activities, is on the ZBL site.



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Common Core Resources to prepare for the zombie apocalypse

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Sep 14, 2013 6:00:00 AM

zombieWe’ve loved zombies ever since we were kids, so imagine our elation when one of our Edmodo buddies, Mrs. Stauffenecker, offered up a bundle of resources she uses to bring zombies into her classroom. Not literally, of course, but should you choose to use her resources, your students will create a local community preparedness plan that will help them survive a zombie apocalypse!

If you are skeptical about the academic merits of this particular unit, rest easy: Everything aligns with Common Core Standards.

Common Core Resources to prepare for the zombie apocalypse

zombie2Before your students create their own preparedness plan, they’re going to need to do a little research. A good place to start is with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) Zombie Pandemic Preparedness 101 manual. This is written in an easily-digestible comic book format, so you’re students are sure to devour it (pardon the puns).

Next, you might show them Tips for Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse with P. Allen Smith.

zombie presentationTo get your students talking, try using Mrs. Stauffenecker’s Power Point presentation. This asks students to think about the nature of fear and teaches them about the different types of zombies they may encounter. To download the presentation, click here.

zombie3OK, you’ve read the CDC manual, considered P. Allen Smith’s tips for surviving the zombie apocalypse, and had a discussion about the Power Point presentation. Now you’re ready to go over the specifics of the assignment. To download the rubric, click here. 


Good luck and happy zombie apocalypse!



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Finding a Cure for the Common Core at

Posted by Marygrove MAT on Jul 4, 2013 6:00:00 AM

Websites housing worksheets tailored to meet the Common Core are a dime a dozen, but few—if any—are as comprehensive as Here you will find free downloadable PDFs for math, social studies, science and language arts. Each worksheet comes in 10 different versions. Preview each version or download all of them in one fell swoop.

common core standardsWhat we particularly love about the PDFs we find on CommonCoreSheets is that there is an answer column on almost all of the worksheets, which makes grading quicker. And because of the convenient formatting, you can actually grade several papers at once.

Put away your calculator or sliding scale and simply refer to the built-in scoring rubrics on the bottom of each sheet.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Everything on CommonCoreSheets is completely free, no registration required.


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