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Zombie-Based Geography

A highly-engaging curriculum based on national geography standards

Geography Skills = Survival Skills

Put your middle school students’ geographic literacy skills to good use as they strategize how to survive a zombie invasion using simulation-based learning.

Learning that Feels Like Fun

Zombie-Based Geography pulls middle school students in from the start by seamlessly weaving together the excitement of a zombie thriller with geography skills and concepts. The program includes:

  • Dead Reckon e-book
  • 3 curriculum units with 10 projects
  • Digital curriculum in Active Classroom

Mapping the Outbreak

When the undead first come salivating for brains, survival depends on students building the following skills.

  • Analyzing spatial relationships
  • Examining connections
  • Defining regions
  • Mental mapping

Surviving the Environment

After the initial outbreak, survival depends on students putting the following geography concepts into play.

  • Landform and climate patterns
  • Human-environment interaction
  • Natural resource usage
  • Migration patterns

Planning for the Future

Long-term survival depends on starting over somewhere safer, and that requires students to do geographic planning using the following geography concepts.

  • Land-use patterns
  • Renewable resources
  • Human-environment impact
  • Predictive and cultural geography
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“I’ve already taken a few unofficial surveys of my students as to engagement and they’re off the charts with loving how the simulation is going and how much they’re learning and being inspired because of it. Kids are dressing up, too! Some have even reached out to family members in Guatemala. One of our noon supervisors  ended up purchasing a genetics kit to learn more about her history. It’s really incredible how this unit has inspired and engaged our whole learning community!”
Amy Murphy
Grade 7 Educator

Additional Interact Simulations

American History Activators

Students recreate turning points in U.S. history through role-playing and kinesthetic learning.

Maya

Students get to know the Mayan culture from the inside out through role-playing and art projects.

Civil War

Students learn about Union and Confederate life in camp and on the homefront, reenact battles, portray notable figures, and more.

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Elementary

  • Maps: Primary: ELS
  • Maps: Primary: Readiness
  • Maps: Primary: Outline World Map
  • Maps: Intermediate: Physical
  • Maps: Intermediate: Political
  • Maps: Intermediate: Continents and Oceans Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Wealth of Countries Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Precipitation Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Temperature Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Time Zones Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Land Use Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Population Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Outline World Map
  • U.S. History:1 Native Americans
  • U.S. History:2 Spanish Explorers
  • U.S. History:3 Explorers
  • U.S. History:4 The Great Exchange
  • U.S. History:5 European Settlements
  • U.S. History:6 Thirteen Britishi Colonies
  • U.S. History:7 Slevery In the Americas
  • U.S. History:8 Revolutionary War
  • State Map

Secondary

  • Maps: Intermediate: Physical
  • Maps: Intermediate: Political
  • Maps: Intermediate: Continents and Oceans Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Wealth of Countries Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Precipitation Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Temperature Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Time Zones Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Land Use Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Population Thematic
  • Maps: Intermediate: Outline World Map
  • Maps: Secondary: Land Use Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Population Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Political Relief
  • Maps: Secondary: Land Cover
  • Maps: Secondary: Scupltural Relief
  • Maps: Secondary: Growing Seasons Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Climate Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Tectonic Plates Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Precipitation Thematic
  • Maps: Secondary: Outline World Map
  • State Map

U.S. History

  • Native Americans
  • Spanish Explorers
  • Explorers
  • The Great Exchange
  • European Settlements
  • Thirteen British Colonies
  • Slavery in the Americas
  • Revolutionary War
  • American Expansion
  • Explorations of the West
  • Trails West
  • War with Mexico
  • Slavery Divides the Nation
  • Slavery and the Economy
  • Union and Confederacy
  • Civil War
  • Conflicts with Indians
  • Railroads Tansform the West
  • Industrial United States
  • Immigrants 1895–1929
  • World War I in Europe
  • Great Depression and Dust Bowl
  • World War II in Europe 1939–1942
  • World War II in the Pacific 1941–1945
  • Great Migration 1940–1970
  • Korean War
  • Cold War
  • Vietnam War
  • Persian Gulf War
  • A Shifting Population
  • Immigrants Sinve 1970

World History

  • New Babylonian Empire
  • Ancient Egypt
  • Chinese Dynasties
  • Ancient India
  • Athens and Sparta
  • Alexander’s Empire
  • Roman Empire
  • Barbarians and the Roman Empire
  • Silk Road and Eurasian Trade
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Charlemagne’s Frankish Empire and the Holy Roman Empire
  • Spread of Islam
  • World of the Crusades
  • China in the Middle Ages
  • Mongol Conquest
  • Rise and Fall of Shogun Japan
  • Exploration
  • Maya, Aztec, and Inca
  • European Exploration and Land Claims
  • African Empires and States
  • Rise of Ottoman Empire
  • Reformation and Counter Reformation
  • European Trading Empires
  • Rise and Fall of Mughal Empires
  • Independence in the Americas
  • Napoleon’s Europe
  • Europe After the Congress of Vienna
  • Africa Under Foreign Rule
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Cold War
  • World Conflicts Since 1991

Texas

  • Spanish Explorers
  • Western Explorations
  • Trails West
  • War with Mexico
  • Indian Wars
  • Railroads & The West
  • Great Migration
  • population Loss and Growth
  • Native Americans in TX
  • Spanish Settlements
  • Republic of Texas
  • Energy Resources of TX
  • Texas Readiness Map
  • Texas Desk Map
  • Texas State Map