Practicing Latitude and Longitude? Need something to do with your earlier finishers? Geo Challenges are here for you!
Disclaimer: You will want students to have access to more than just a basic atlas. Look for an atlas that either has every country on it, or at least zooms into a variety of regions within each continent. While most of the coordinates are major cities, some are smaller and not listed in every student atlas.
I use these Geo Challenges for my early finishers. If you finish my classwork/homework then you work on one of these. I really believe in having my student’s do “Social Studies” for the full period, and it also helps to cut down on the fooling around.
Included is a list of 918 different latitude and longitude coordinates, with coordinates from just about every country in the world. Students pick one of the cards, and use an atlas to find the city, and fill out an answer card. I use these as extra credit in my room, every 10 they get correct they can earn extra credit. I made cards for students that get punched or stamped when they get one correct. They turn in the completed card for me to received extra credit. A copy of the cards I give out is included. The cards could be used with pairs or as a group activity centered on latitude and longitude.
There are 2 types of answer cards included, one where students provide the city, country and continent. A second one goes more in depth and has students provide the city, as well as information based on the 5 Themes of Geography. This second set is great for your more advanced learners.
As I mentioned earlier besides using the Geo Challenge cards for early finishers/extra credit, you could use them as a pair or group activity to help students practice the skill of reading and locating places on a map.
Spreadsheet and Word Document of all 918 coordinates
Answer to key to all coordinates
2 different versions of student answer cards
Student Punch/Stamp card