Yep. You read that correctly.
How have I not heard of this before?!!! Problem-based, standards-based, project-based…. All familiar to me. Zombie-based? Not so much.
The only reason I know about it now is because of another of Edutopia’s fabulous 5-Minute Film Festivals. This one, posted on 7/17/15, is about inspirational teachers. I scanned the list and, well, the word, “zombie” kind of jumps out at you.
David Hunter invented Zombie-based learning as a way to engage students as they learn about geography. It’s aimed at 4th-8th graders, and he created his own graphic novel to supplement the lessons. Curriculum standards are covered; you just happen to be evading zombies as you learn them.
I don’t know about you, but geography was such a yawn subject when I was in school back in the day. With Zombie-based learning, I might have actually been interested in the location of Siberia and whether or not its climate was conducive to zombies.
I have not tried the curriculum, You can check it out over here, and look at examples. To use the curriculum you will need to fork over some cash. You might find it worth it. After all, you’re really getting two things for the price of one – an engaging curriculum for your students and a survival guide for the Zombie Apocalypse.
Let’s face it. It’s coming. It’s only a matter of time…