Connecting learning to student lives is one way to keep students engaged and to build “buy in” from students. This activity relates learning to a popular television show, Survivor, and puts students in a position to evaluate future sites for the show to be held. This activity provides practice for students to plot locations by longitude and latitude and to analyze the given locations and evaluate a future location. In addition to providing practice with longitude and latitude, this activity would be an appropriate introduction to climate zones (tropics, mid-latitudes, polar circles).
* Survivor handout with longitude/latitude locations
* Survivor handout with critical thinking questions (these 2 pages can be copied to be double-sided)
* World map to plot longitude and latitude
* Answer Key – Longitude and latitude locations
* Answer Key - Critical thinking questions
This activity provides many options for student extension:
* Students select a new location for the Survivor television show then research that location to determine the suitability based on human and physical geographic characteristics. Students could complete this individually, in pairs, or small groups. Students or groups could then debate which location they believe would be most appropriate for the purpose.
* Students research locations in other television shows to map those locations
National Geography Standards
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information
15: How physical systems affects human systems (8.1.A. Describe and explain the environmental characteristics that people consider when deciding on locations for human activities)
Check out these other geography activities:
Geography Challenges - Entire program for extra credit, early finishers, or class challenges
Physical Geography Crossword Puzzle (w/ answer key)