Geography Awareness Week!

22 Nov
Image source: National Geographic Education

Image source: National Geographic Education

What is geography?
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time. 
Free Technology for Teachers sent me a list of fun online games for students to play. Check of the some of the links below:
Spacehopper is a game based on Google Maps Street View imagery. Spacehopper shows you a Street View image and you have to guess where in the world the image was captured. You can click the clue button to have the country identified before making a guess. After three incorrect guesses the correct answer will be revealed to you. You can play Spacehopper on a global level or you can specify that you only want to see images from a particular continent.

Smarty Pins is a Google Maps game develop by Google. Smarty Pins presents players with a trivia question that they have to answer by placing a pin on a map. Players earn “miles” for correctly placing a pin on the map. Players can lose miles for answering incorrectly and or taking too long to answer. Games are available in five categories; arts & culture, science & geography, sports & games, entertainment, and history & current events.

Where is…? is another good game geography game. This game uses a popular format for geography games; the name of a city is presented to the players and they have to click the map to guess where the city is located. Players are given immediate feedback on their accuracy in the form of a measurement, in kilometers, of the distance between their guesses and the correct answers.

GeoGuessr. GeoGuessr shows you a Google Street View image and a clue to try to guess where in the world the imagery was captured. Playing GeoGuessr is a fun way to get students to look at all of the visual and text clues they have in order to form a good guess as to where in the world they think the imagery came from.

Capital Toss is a free geography game from ABCya. The game has a state capitals mode and a country capitals mode. In both modes of the game works the same way. The name of a state or country appears at the bottom of the screen and three rows of capital names scroll across the top. When the correct capital name appears players virtually toss a ball at it. After ten correct answers players can choose a new ball. Three consecutive incorrect answers ends the game.

Math Trail provides a nice blend of geography questions and math questions appropriate for 5th to 7th grade students. Math Trail from HeyMath! is a series of map based math trivia challenges. Math Trail offers six thematic games. Each game follows a trail of locations that students have to find by using the clues provided. If they get stumped they can click “show location” but they lose the point value for the question. When they arrive at the correction location students have to answer the multiple choice math question presented to them before moving on to the next question in the trail.

Finally, we will add a Countries of the World Quiz (timed!) that our student really enjoyed playing last year. Give it a try!
Enjoy your weekend!

12 Responses to “Geography Awareness Week!”

  1. Aisyah November 22, 2014 at 7:57 am #

    I tried the quiz, and I got 77 right T_T and they said average was about 100 😦

  2. Woon Ji November 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    39 and 20% it is hard

  3. Samara November 24, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    I did the Country Quiz and got 62 right.

  4. Ju yang November 24, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    39 questions answered… 20% ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

  5. Woosung November 24, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    So Hard! I got 35.

  6. Lin November 24, 2014 at 9:12 am #

    I only got 42:(:( Its sooo hard!! Aisyah, you’re soo good at this GAME:)

  7. Rin, Signe, Luca. November 25, 2014 at 4:57 am #

    I had only 7%
    It’s too hard!

  8. Mr. Martin November 25, 2014 at 5:40 am #

    The first time I did this, I scored 124/196 or 63% and that was after someone was trying to interrupt me. I am not happy with this score and will do better next time. I did really well on Africa, Asia and South America. I need to do better on Europe and and Oceania. I like the map, but I wish it were bigger. I think I could do better if this were not timed and someone just gave me a blank paper map.

    Have fun and try it again. I like the stats it gives you. Try the other geography games too.
    Mr. Martin

  9. Aoi:) November 25, 2014 at 5:43 am #

    I got 67!!! Im going to get 150 at home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Mr. Martin November 25, 2014 at 5:54 am #

      Do that without looking at a map! ;>)

  10. Sture November 25, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    68=35% :3

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