The Living Edens
So You Want To Travel To Namib

Instructional Objectives
Background Material
Evaluation/Alternative Assessment
Web Resources

Instructional Objectives:

Students will:

  1. Plan a trip to the Namib desert
  2. Determine what materials will be necessary to travel in the desert
  3. Identify the hazards to human travel found in the Namib desert

Background Material:

The Namib desert is a very hot environment. All travelers there must plan for the hazards they will face in the desert to enjoy the beautiful place that it is. Temperature varies during the year and during some periods, travel is not suggested due to extreme temperatures. After viewing the Namib film, many of the hazards to humans will become evident to the students. Target areas to consider would be the intense heat of the desert, lack of water, dangerous insects, dangerous snakes, large mammal predators, etc. (If you missed The Living Edens "Namib" program that aired July 16, 1997 on PBS, you can order the video).

An excellent guide to Namibia is the Spectrum Guide to Namibia, compiled by CAMERAPIX, Hunter Publishing, 1994.

Target Grade Level:

Middle Level Students, grades 6-8

Materials Needed:
(Students should work in cooperative groups of 3-4 students)

  • Copy of the program, The Living Edens "Namib"
  • Lined paper and a pencil
  • Student science journals
  • Computer with access to the World Wide Web


  1. As students view the Namib Program, have them compile an individual list of the harsh conditions of the seashore and desert in the Namib environment
  2. Have student groups review the list following the film and identify precautions they might take to protect themselves in the Namib environment
  3. Write the hazards and the precautions students would take on the visit to Namib in their science journals

Evaluation/Alternative Assessment:

Students are to share their lists of hazards and precautions for a trip to Namib to the class by group. Other class members compare and contrast their lists as each presentation is given. The teacher records a list of the suggestions on the board or overhead projector and upon completion of all entries by all groups, a final list of hazards and precautions is completed and agreed upon by all groups.

Elementary Extension:

Elementary students will come up with fewer hazards and precautions. Brainstorming in groups regarding the list of hazards and precautions may be more difficult for lower elementary students which in turn will require more lead from the teacher to direct concerns for travel in the Namib.

High School Extension:

Students in the high school can research other environments and extend the activity by determining what hazards and precautions must be taken in each of the environments visited. Much research can be done on the World Wide Web. Other biomes that can be visited are the arctic and the rainforest.

Other options are to connect with the CDC, Center for Disease Control on the world wide web to research health hazards.

Web Resources:

click here to return to the Namib home page
Broadcast Info | Purchase Video | Earth, Wind, and Fire | Recalling Namib
Trivia Challenge | 24 Hours in Namib | Teacher's Resources
Related Links | Screen Saver | Credits
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