The activity starts out with the kids brainstorming the top 5 essential needs to survive. The list is very basic and every class ends up with the same five items.
The next step is to have the kids brainstorm in their groups the materials that would be needed to fulfill the top five. (Such as weapons to hunt animals for food, or trees for wood to use as shelter, etc...)
As we prepare for the class discussion I ask the question again. "What materials do we need for our five items?"
And without missing a beat, someone yells out "CHUCK NORRIS!"
I love middle school! :o)