Survival Webquest


Survival Webquest

This quest will discuss the topic of survival, and it will introduce us to the themes involved with the concept of survival and what it means.

 The outline of the quest follows a C.O.D.E. system (C-connect, O-organize, D-deep process, E-Exercise).

                                                         Follow the directions.  Put your answers on your answer sheet.


Part 1-Definitions and Questions (Connect)


  1. Who are some survivors that you know about?
  2. What are some things survivors do?

Part 2-Survival Associations (Connect)

In this section, you will create words, pictures, feelings, physical reactions, and/or words that connect or relate to survival.
There is no right or wrong answer for this section because it is just what comes to your mind.

On your answer sheet in the big blank space provided, think about the word "survival" and what it means.  Let your mind and your hand work for you and fill the space with words, pictures, etc. that come to your mind.

Part 3-Vocab Categorizing and Labeling (Organize)

Use the following list of words (the one that says "Your Vocabulary Word List" and place them into groups based on what they have in common.  Which words go with which?  Make groups and give those groups each a title/label that shows what that group represents.  If you don't know any of the words, go to to get the definition.

Look at my example first to help you understand.
My words include: desk, language arts, teacher, nurse, cafeteria, band, pencil, instrument, calculator, principal, board, bathroom, hallway, janitor.

Here is how I organized them:

Rooms/Places in School

  • Cafeteria
  • Bathroom
  • Hallway

People in School

  • Teacher
  • Nurse
  • Principal
  • Janitor

Things that help you learn

  • Desk
  • Pencil
  • Instrument
  • Calculator
  • Board


  • Language Arts
  • Band

Your Vocabulary Word List:

  • Survive
  • Harsh
  • Children
  • Wilderness
  • Victims
  • Wild
  • Unsafe
  • Individual
  • War
  • Ambulance
  • People
  • Animals
  • Lost
  • Different
  • Stranded
  • Danger
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Catastrophe
  • Apocalypse
  • Caution
  • Warning
  • Blast
  • Doctor

Part 4-Quotations (Organize)

  1. Read the quotations below.  They all have to do with survival.
  2. Pick 3 quotations.
  3. Complete a "3-Way Tie," where you will connect the quotations with lines and explain the relationship between each quotation by writing along the lines.  This means: how are the quotations alike, similar, connected?  The "3-Way Tie" looks like this --->


Survival Quotations

"Survivors get to tell the story." –author unknown

“Your fear is 100% dependent on you for its survival.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Survivors aren't always the strongest; sometimes they're the smartest, but more often simply the luckiest.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Dark and Hollow Places

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one's chances of survival increase with each book one
reads.” ― Sherman Alexie

“Sometimes the greatest tests of our strength are situations that don’t seem so obviously dangerous. Sometimes surviving
is the hardest thing of all.” ― Richelle Mead, Last Sacrifice

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” ― Carl Sagan, The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of
the Search for God

“The strong survive, but the courageous triumph.” ― Michael Scott, The Warlock

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.” ― Charles Darwin

“Adventures are only interesting once you've lived to see the end of them. Before that, they are nothing but fear, and being
too cold or too hot or too wet or too hungry, and getting hurt.” ― Holly Lisle, The Silver Door

“A scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.” ― Chris Cleave, Little Bee

“One thing you have to realize from now on is that it doesn't matter if this is a dream or not. Survival depends on what you
do, not what you think.”― Rebecca McKinsey, Anterria

“You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there.” ― Edwin Louis Cole

“You know, I once read an interesting book which said that, uh, most people lost in the wilds, they, they die of shame. Yeah,
see, they die of shame. 'What did I do wrong? How could I have gotten myself into this?' And so they sit there and
they... die. Because they didn't do the one thing that would save their lives. Thinking.” ― David Mamet

“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of
it.” ― Robertson Davies

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor,
and some style” ― Maya Angelou


Part 5-Survival Videos

Watch the following video clips which all have to do with survival in some way.
After you have watched the videos, do these 2 things for EACH VIDEO:


  • Write a sentence about how the video relates to survival.
  • Come up with a hashtag that the characters might use that explains what they are going through.

Movie Clip #1: 
The Land Before Time

Movie Clip #2:
The Pursuit of Happiness…

Movie Clip #3:
Escape LA

Movie Clip #4:

Part 6-Quotations (Deep Process)

Look back at the survival quotations above and choose 1.

Activity #1: visualizing quotation
You will create 2 visual images, sketches, or icons with brief explanations to demonstrate your understanding of the quotation.

*put your answers in the 2 boxes on your answer sheet.

Activity #2: metaphor 
Create your own metaphor by filling in the blank below and then explaining it.

Survival is _____________.

Here are some examples of popular metaphors to get you thinking!

  • Busy as a bee.
  • They are bad apples.
  • He has a heart of stone.
  • Her voice is music to my ears.
  • You are the sun in my sky.

Part 7-Cinquain Poem on Survival (Deep Process)

Now, you will create a cinquain poem on the topic of survival.

A cinquain poem is a five-line poem used to define a term.  Your term is "survival."

This website here gives more information on cinquain poems and it gives an example.

Here is my own example about Pompeii (the ancient Roman town that was destroyed by the horrible volcano):

Two adjectives
Three Action Verbs
Four Word Sentence/Phrase
Ending Word

Italian, 20,000
Burning, Suffering, Destroyed
A city long forgotten


Part 8-Survival Activity (Exercise)


 You will complete a plane crash survival activity where you must think about the items you would most need for survival in a plane crash.  You will have an additional sheet for this activity.  Put all of your answers and responses on this sheet of paper.