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.
Last week Edutopia ran a piece on Zombie-Based Learning. Edutopia is one of my favorite educational organizations with many great resources on Project-Based Learning. It is an honor to be able to discuss Zombie-Based Learning with their readers. I’ve been very busy with school the last little while, but it is exciting to see the.. read more →
SPOILER ALERT: I’m talking a lot about characters and plot points in The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 12 “Clear.” I don’t intend to give anything away, but if you want to stay surprised and haven’t watched season 3 yet, you might want to bookmark this post and come back later. I strongly believe that.. read more →
I’ll be posting slideshows to go with project lessons. These are available to all members on ZombieBased.com. The slideshow for the first lesson of project 01 is the first to go up. It’s available on the Project 01 page. Below is a PDF of the slides. read more →
I am very happy to let you know that you can now download all 442 pages of the ZBL core geography curriculum. Just take a look at that Table of Contents! Members can download the entire PDF or units at the Members Download Page. There are still a few tweaks I want to make before.. read more →
Celebrate! I just received hundreds of the first issue, first printing of Dead Reckon! They look great! Can’t wait to share them with you. read more →
Project 07 has been uploaded to the Member Downloads directory. Here is the direct link if you are logged in. There you can either download the individual files or a single PDF of all of the project 7 documents (52 pages). Here is an introduction to the project: And here is an outline of the unit: Exciting next couple.. read more →
Ravenstein’s Laws Nearly 130 years ago, cartographer and exercise-guru Ernst Ravenstein, introduced the world to his original laws of human migration. The original laws that he wrote have somewhat stood the test of time and provide some foundation for our modern theories of migration. Ravenstein and others continued to work on the laws and the.. read more →
Second big update this week. All of Project 05 has been uploaded to the Member Downloads directory. Here is the direct link if you are logged in. There you can either download the individual files or a single PDF of all of the project 5 documents. Here is an introduction to the project: And here is an outline of.. read more →
Big update today. All of Project 04 has been uploaded to the Member Downloads directory. Here is the direct link if you are logged in. There you can either download the individual files or a single PDF of all of the project 4 documents. It is a massive 85 pages long! Here is an introduction.. read more →