Students getting reckless with the approaching holidays? Take a break from your textbook and incorporate this fun and educational geography activity! Students will use geography skills, prior social studies knowledge, and research skills in this activity that has them track Santa around the world. Students will be given a list of 20 clues. Each clue will describe a location that Santa visited. They will use classroom resources and prior knowledge to figure out each clue. It is always fun to see which questions challenge students! Other students always give out hints when another student gets stuck on a question. If they are really stuck I give them hints as well! Completing with partners is recommended for younger grades.
Sometimes I like to have a competition and give a prize to whoever completes it first with all the correct answers. I do not usually take this for a grade, but you certainly can. The first time I did this with my 7th graders one student said "we should do more stuff like this, it was fun!"
-Santa began his journey in a tropical peninsula state in the United States. Where did he start?
-From here, he moved to an archipelago south of this state. Here you will find 700 small islands. Where did he go next?
Looking for more Christmas activities? Check out this information reading comprehension worksheet that traces the history of Christmas the the evolution of Santa Claus: