Map image from National Geographic Atlas of the World, Ninth Edition
Building a strong “geo-vocabulary” is an important part of learning geography. But simply memorizing terms and place locations can be tedious and even boring. One solution to this learning challenge is to turn the task into a game in which students take charge of their own learning. For example, students can participate in an atlas-based scavenger hunt to learn new information and also become more familiar with the atlas as an important tool of geography.
Conducting a Geo-Scavenger Hunt
a) Divide students into teams of two or three. Then provide each team with several atlases and copies of the handout.
b) Explain to students that their task is to use the atlases and the clues provided in the handout to identify 26 place locations that begin with the letters of the alphabet – A to Z.
Geo-Scavenger Hunt Key
F: Faroe Islands
J: James River
M: Marquesas Islands
N: Nile River
O: Ob River
P: Paraná River
Q: Queen Maud Land
R: Rhine River
T: Thames River
U: Ucayali River
V: Viti Levu
W: Weddell Sea
Y: Yalu River
Extending the Activity
a) Distribute blank world physical maps.
b) Have students use the atlases to locate and label each of the place locations identified in the Geo-Scavenger Hunt on blank world maps.
About the National Geographic Bee
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to inspire students to be curious about the world. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging competition.
Registration for the 2015 National Geographic Bee has ended. Schools can register for the next competition on August 18, 2015. Early bird registration starts at $100 per school. Vouchers will be available for qualifying schools. Sign up here to receive a reminder email that early bird registration is starting.
Utah State Winner
Gauri Garg, Utah State Bee Champion, was asked to select one superpower, and one global and community issue to solve. She’d use her special powers to end pollution by converting pollutants and educating the public about hazardous vehicle emissions.
How to Help
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