Educated Geography Guess
This activity takes approximately 45-55 minutes. Can use anytime, but this activity is a great way to start a new unit as you typically open a new unit with a geography lesson. Designed for 9th grade, but can be adjusted for any grade. This lesson is noisy, hectic, and fun.
Game Preparation (Pair or Small Group Activity)
- Tell your students to take out an atlas or a textbook.
- Break up into small groups or pairs, and refer to your groups as teams. Make sure you have an even number of teams.
- Working in groups, have each team (each group) secretly pick a location, one single spot in the region in which you are working.
- Direct each team to design four (4) clues that will lead people to their spot. The first clue will be very general. The next two will narrow it down. The fourth clue will give it away.
- Clue #1 is general. (Example: USA East Coast)
- Clue #2 narrows it down. (a town in the Mid-Atlantic region)
- Clue #3 narrows it again. (home of the Naval Academy)
- Clue #4 gives it away. (capital of Maryland)
- The correct answer, of course, is Annapolis
Play the Game: Match up teams. The whole class plays at once. 3 Rounds. Time each round. Each group (team) will have 30 seconds per clue. Each team gets a turn to ask the other. Then the entire class switches teams. And you're off. One way to arrange your room for easy movement is to arrange desks so that one team has their back to the wall at each station. We call that the "outside". That way, the inside can stay put, and the outside teams can move three or five spaces.
Scoring: Scoring is based on a 4-3-2-1 scale. If you guess the answer from the first clue, your team receives 4 points. The second clue delivers 3 points. The third clue delivers 2 points. Your team will receive 1 point if you guess it correctly on the 4th clue. If you do not guess the answer after hearing the 4th clue, your opponents (the team asking the questions) lose a point. In case of disagreement, the teacher will decide if the clues are fair or not. Once all three rounds are completed, have teams take the average of all rounds to determine their final team score.