Stateside Challenge

Language Arts Activity

Student teams master information about state geography, and use it to challenge fellow classmates in a geography game.

WHAT YOU NEED

WHAT TO DO

  1. 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).

  2. Have each team write a set of clues for each state in the region. For example:

  3. 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

  4. Continue the Challenge matches by selecting another region for study.

TEACHING OPTIONS

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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