Don’t Let The Undead Get Ahead: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse (or Other Disaster)




While a zombie apocalypse might seem unlikely, you never know when necessary survival skills will come in handy, so let’s learn some just in case!

Meets for 30-40 minutes once per week for 12 weeks. 

In this unit study, we will learn about the following:
• What is a zombie?
• Parts and functions of the brain
• Possible cause of the zombie plague: viruses and virology
• Cellular biology (extra credit homework project!)
• Determining what caused a disease in a scenario, by investigating through interviews
•Infectious diseases and epidemiology
• Wants vs. needs
• How to create an emergency plan (learners will create one with their families), and pack an emergency kit
• First aid (and learners will become certified, included in this course!)
• Reading a Map
• Building a fire (five methods for starting a fire will be discussed; disclaimer included in the work!)
• Choosing shelter
• Foraging for food, plant identification, growing food, and preserving food
• Defense against zombies

While this unit study does cover some information about zombies, this is a really fun way to present basic survival skills as well as the science behind diseases and cures to young people. Learners and their families will also create an emergency preparedness plan, which is helpful in any disaster, not just a zombie outbreak! An online first-aid course is part of the unit study, and learners will have the opportunity to become certified; this particular class will end early so learners can complete most of this course during class time without distractions. Access to a CPR course is included as well. Learners will also discover some ways to build fires; please be advised that we discuss, many times, not putting these skills to the test without the permission and/or oversight of an adult. Because there are many different options for eradicating zombies and different students may have various comfort levels with any of the options, our Defense Against Zombies section will be student-based; each student will choose for themselves, so the exposure to anything gruesome will be limited to the child’s comfort level. Each student will write what they think is the most effective method of eradication. Your learner must be an independent reader/writer for this class, or you must sit with them. Learners will need read outside of class time for some topics. Silent reading or reading along may be required during class.

At the end of this unit study, we will also play a table-top style role playing game I’ve created to test what students learned! Learners will create their character using a standard six-sided die, and then put their survival skills to the test! This last class will be longer, close to an hour, depending on the number of learners enrolled.

Do YOU think you’ve got what it takes to get ahead of the undead?!

A 43-page packet I’ve created for this class is included and can be printed front and back. A pencil is required for all activities, and colored pencils/crayons are helpful. Scissors and glue or a glue stick is required for some activities. A standard six-sided die and blank paper will be required for the last class.

Meeting dates and times:

(NOTE: This session meets twice per week for seven weeks, instead of once per week for 12 weeks, with the exception of Tue, Jun 5.)

Mon Jun 4, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jun 11, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Tue Jun 12, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jun 18, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Tue Jun 19, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jun 25, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Tue Jun 26, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jul 2, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Tue Jul 10, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jul 16, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Tue Jul 17, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern
Mon Jul 23, 1:45pm – 2:15pm Eastern