Reasons to Use Zombie-Based Learning
EngagingZBL is designed to be engaging. Graphic novels and projects provide the hook for how students can use geography to survive the zombie apocalypse.
Standards BasedThe entire curriculum is based on the 2012 National Geography Standards. Each lesson is aligned to one of the standards. Each project includes a rubric aligned to the standards. Completing all 10 projects completes nearly every standard (I just need to update a couple more).
Project BasedThis curriculum is designed to help teachers get started on project-based learning. This means that students are learning to complete a project and can be assessed through the product of their work. Daily lesson plans are provided to support teachers and prepare students for completing each project.
RigorousWhen students are engaged, you can push them to work harder. While this curriculum is set in a zombie apocalypse, the geographic concepts are the same kinds of thinking real world geographers do.
By a TeacherAs a teacher I’m very critical of curricula. I designed this curriculum to allow teachers to focus on teaching and not have to track down resources. I wanted this curriculum to make teaching easier. I hope you’ll wonder how you ever taught without it.
Let’s take a moment to talk about language and geography. Human geography studies culture and linguistics or language has to do with culture. So, geography studies language, and in fact it can study it in multiple ways. Geography of languages studies the distribution and movement of languages around the world, while linguistic geography studies language variations across.. read more →
ESRI has put out this great “Geography of Horror” map, just in time for Halloween. It’s a map of where the top rated horror movies (about 250 of them) take place. You can explore the the locations via decades of movie releases. This kind of thing brings up questions I wish I had time to.. read more →
I’m tired of people thinking of geography as memorizing locations and capitals. Geography is so much more. There are unlimited amazing questions that geographers take on to help us better understand how the earth affects us. In an attempt to help people imagine these big questions, I created the Geography Question Generator. It randomly creates.. read more →
This excellent video shows a bit of behind the scenes of the craftsmanship put into these globes. Peter Bellerby, founder of Bellerby & Co., reflects on the long process of figuring out how to best make a globe. These globes don’t come cheap though. The craftsmanship and detail has a price. A “mini” desktop globe.. read more →
Dead Reckon is now available on Kindle! The comic has special functions to allow you to zoom into each panel. For Kindle users or Kindle app users, this will hopefully be an easier and even cheaper way to access the comic. The geography project notes are also included and zoomable as well. I’d love to hear any.. read more →
I might have to say that the one combination I probably love more than geography and zombies is geography and pizza. I have a tattoo about pizza that is too embarrassing to share on the internet. Flowing Data used a data set of closest pizza places in a 10 mile radius to create various maps.. read more →
Ordnance Survey took their actual topographical data as well as image data, but instead of putting them into a GIS program, they scaled it down and put it into Minecraft. They used different block materials to display different features (for example, the gold blocks are minor roads). Minecraft players can even download the map and.. read more →
I have added a new online viewer for the first issue of Dead Reckon. This new reader is faster loading, higher quality, and I’ve given it a simple URL so that teachers may share it with students. The full comic is behind a login. Members can find the login and password on the Dead.. read more →
Getting Parents and Guardians in on the Zombie Apocalypse DOWNLOADS: It is the beginning of a new school year, which means we’re telling parents what we’re up to this year. We’re sending home syllabi for our classes (and hoping they actually get home). I’ve had some good questions about how to explain Zombie-Based Learning to.. read more →