Five Components of Hypothermia


Group 1 Assignment sheet

Objective:  Identify and present the effects on humans when the body temperature falls.

Research your topic, using books or periodicals, or doing a search on the Internet. 

Your group is to answer the following questions in your presentation.  Creativity is
stressed, using a variety of ways to present; posters, skits, role playing, create rhythms, 
etc.  Make sure your information is accurate, that you answer all the questions, your 
entire group participates, and that it takes at least 6-8 minutes long.  Incorporate new 
terminology, giving definitions in presentation.

Answer the following questions:
1. What is hypothermia?
2. What are some conditions that lead to hypothermia?
3. What happens to the body when the core temperature is lower than 98.6 degrees?



Group 2 Assignment sheet

Objective:  Demonstrate and explain how the human body loses heat

Research your topic, using books or periodicals, or doing a search on the Internet. 

Your group is to answer this question: what are the five ways that the body loses heat?   
Being as creative as possible, explain the 5 ways, and demonstrate by using props (from 
home, if necessary) to increase understanding.  Since your presentation needs to be at 
least 6-8 minutes long, you might want to create a puzzle using the terms or play a game 
using the information.



Group 3 Assignment sheet

Objective: Understand hypothermia and cold water survival techniques

Research your topic, using books or periodicals, or doing a search on the Internet. 
Your group is to answer the following questions in your presentation.  Creativity is 
stressed, using a variety of ways to present;   posters, skits, role playing, create 
rhythms, etc.  Make sure your information is accurate, that you answer all the questions, 
your entire group participates, and that it takes at least 6-8 minutes long.  

Answer the following questions:
1. What is 'cold water'?
2. What body positions are most helpful in cold water?
3. What are some do's and don't's for survival in cold water?



Group 4 Assignment sheet

Objective: Understand hypothermia on land and the survival techniques

Research your topic, using books or periodicals, or doing a search on the Internet. 
Your group is to answer the following questions in your presentation.  Creativity is 
stressed, using a variety of ways to present: posters, skits, role playing, create rhythms, 
etc.  Make sure your information is accurate, that you answer all the questions, your 
entire group participates, and that it takes at least 6-8 minutes long.  

Answer the following questions:
1. Hypothermia is the number one killer of outdoor recreationalist, what happens 
   to the body to cause this to happen?  
2. What are some signs of hypothermia on land?  
3. What are survival techniques for hypothermia on land?   



Group 5 Assignment sheet

Objective:  Experience the effects of cold on the human body

Your group will be doing the 'hands on' activity associated with hypothermia.  When you 
submerge your hand and part of your arm in ice water (lots of ice in it), the hand becomes 
numb and manual dexterity is affected.  Your job will be to create an experience for your 
classmates that will have them 'feel' the sensation.  You can devise your own method, but 
have them try to pick up objects like pennies and put them in a jar in on bottom of the 
bucket or some other method to show dexterity.  You could time them, or have them race, or 
just have them describe the feeling.  Try to get as many people as possible to be involved. 
Figure it out, experiment. Practice at home, make it a fun, learning experience.  You may 
use more than the 8 minutes to include more students.