Geography Activities: Atlas Scavenger Hunt [FREE Printable]

Geography Activities: Atlas Scavenger Hunt

Would your family like to learn about far off lands without leaving home? 

Do your kids enjoy finding interesting fun facts about other countries?

One of our favorite resources for gathering information about places around the world is an Atlas.

An atlas is a collection of maps. According to my geography loving children, however, atlases are much MORE than just books filled with pages of basic maps.

Why are we so fond of atlases? Atlases are a great tool for kids who are very visual.  In addition to traditional outline and reference maps, most world atlases also include thematic maps to show population density, topographical data, animals, natural resources, etc. as well as interesting facts about continents and countries.

Historical atlases can help show changes to country boundaries over time or the movement of troops in battles.  Our atlases of the United States help compare land formations and natural resources from different regions of the country using a variety of photos and graphics.  Since my kids are big fans of maps we always include map work in our history and current events studies.

Atlas Scavenger Hunt

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Atlas Scavenger Hunt

To help spread our enthusiasm about atlases with your children we are sharing a fun activity called an Atlas Scavenger Hunt.

With this activity your students will learn information about places around the world from A-Z and become familiar with the format of an atlas.

Supplies:

  • Several world atlases – one of our favorites atlases is the National Geographic Student Atlas of the World (yes, your students could find the answers to our hunt online, but for this activity we are suggesting you use a printed atlas to help your children understand how to navigate through the table of contents, maps, index, etc.)
  •  Atlas Scavenger HuntThe Education Possible Atlas Scavenger Hunt

Instructions:

  1. Students can work individually or in teams of 2-3 to complete the Atlas Scavenger Hunt (we have used this at home and in a Geography co-op setting).
  2. Each person/team completing the hunt will need an atlas and a printed copy of the Education Possible Atlas Scavenger Hunt.  They will:
    • Search through the atlas and use the clues to identify each location from A-Z.
    • Write the name of the location in the appropriate box.
    • Don’t pass out the answer key! That is provided only if needed.
  3. To take the learning a step further, consider this optional activity – After identifying each location from A-Z students place and label each location on a printed map.

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

Create Your Own Atlas

As homeschooled middle school (and soon to be high school) students my children are excited about a new Geography program called North Star Geography, offered by Bright Ideas Press.  We have searched for a hands-on, comprehensive geography program for older children for several years and this is the first one that really meets all of our needs.

Create Your Own Atlas

North Star Geography offers many hands-on project ideas which we will share with you over the next several months.  One project we are very excited about is the creation of our own atlas.  With each lesson students add maps and interesting facts to their personal, one-of-a-kind atlas.  This will be a great addition to each child’s portfolio and will be a resource they will want to keep for future reference.

We hope your family has fun learning about atlases!


Looking for more atlas fun?  

We had so much fun with this world atlas scavenger hunt we created another one for studying the USA!

Be sure to check out our FREE United States Atlas Scavenger Hunt and download it too.

USA Scavenger Hunt -EducationPossible.com

 

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Susan Williams
As a veteran educator I am always looking for new ways to bring learning to life for my family. I enjoy traveling, sharing ideas with other moms, and helping my children explore the world around them. We have been homeschooling for more than a decade and are now entering the final stretch of our homeschool journey with two teens in high school.
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Comments

  1. What a neat idea! That’s a great way to get used to learning an atlas.

  2. This is a really nice scavenger hunt, thank you! As part of the Challenge A program through CC my 7th grader is learning how to draw and label the entire world. This scavenger hunt is a nice supplement for what we are doing this year! I just pinned it to my CC board.

  3. I love this idea! My 6th grader, especially, would get a kick out of this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Great post! I’m looking forward to seeing the North Star Geography when it becomes available and I am definitely adding the Atlas Scavenger hunt to the World Geography Unit I am preparing for next year after the kiddos finish their State Study?

  5. I love this! :-) I am featuring you as one of my favorites from last week’s Hearts for Home Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button. :-)

  6. Fun, we love Geography and I have done scavenger hunts in the past but for more specific locales. love the print out, thank you :)

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