Language Arts Activity
Student teams master information about state geography, and use it to challenge fellow classmates in a geography game.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Atlases, maps, globes
- Almanacs (optional)
WHAT TO DO
- Have students work in teams to study the states in one region of the
United States (for example, New England) by locating it on the map/globe.
Students should make notes on such factors as coastlines, borders with other
states, capitals, and major landforms (mountains, lakes, rivers).
- Have each team write a set of clues for each state in the region. For
- This state is part of New England.
- This state has the Atlantic Ocean on its east coast.
- This state borders on Canada.
- This state's capital is Augusta.
- This state is the state farthest north on the Atlantic coast.
- To play Stateside Challenge, each team presents another team with a series
of clues (up to five) about a state. The fewer clues a team needs to name the
state, the more value the correct answer has. For example:
one clue = 100 points
two clues = 80 points
three clues = 60 points
four clues = 40 points
five clues = 20 points
- Continue the Challenge matches by selecting another region for study.
Award bonus points if a team not only names the state but can point to it on a map or globe.
Students may enjoy playing similar challenge matches for hemispheres,
continents, and countries.
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