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Space Ship – a Cooperative Group Activity

Group activities that truly engage students are hard to come by. This lesson is one of those activities.

Space ship takes a look at rebuilding human civilization. What if the world was coming to an end? Who should we choose to continue the human race?

Students are taken on a thought provoking journey to a time when the Earth will be destroyed. A giant meteor is headed toward Earth and life as we know it will end. Scientists have found an inhabitable planet and built a ship to carry a small group of people there. 11 people were originally chosen, however there is actually only room for 7 on the ship. Through a process of elimination students must choose the seven best candidates for this journey.



  1. Typically I begin by describing the end of the world (PowerPoint Slide 02), emphasizing that no one left on Earth will survive.
  2. Next I give the story about the spaceship and show them the PowerPoint images of the each of the potential passengers
  3. I then pass out the worksheet and have students on their own chose seven people they think should go.
  4. Then students discuss their choices with their group. In order for someone to be added to the group list, everyone in the group must agree. You can have students put their choices on a piece of poster paper.
  5. After all the groups have made their choices, the groups present their choices and explain why they made those decisions.

Things To Keep In Mind

  1. There are no right or wrong answers, but there are better choices.
  2. Male to female rations are important (we want to rebuild humanity right?)
  3. Questions like, do we need religion, guns or art on the new planet always spark a conversation.
  4. Finally, have fun! This activity really gets participants engaged.


  1. PowerPoint Presentation
  2. Worksheet
  3. Poster Paper
  4. Markers

Good Luck, if you have any questions about or modifications to this lesson, please let us know about them in the comments section.

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