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Caribbean Capitals Games

Instructor: Tammy Galloway

Tammy teaches business courses at the post-secondary and secondary level and has a master's of business administration in finance.

The Caribbean Islands are paradise in water. While the island names are known to some students, most do not know their corresponding capitals. Read on to find three fun and engaging games to help familiarize students with the capitals of each island.

Caribbean Capitals Game

The Caribbean Islands are home to some of the most beautiful places on Earth. There are 28 main islands in the Caribbean, each with unique culture and geographical characteristics. With so many islands, it can be tricky for students to remember the names and capitals of each. Incorporating some activities and games into your unit on the islands will help make the content not only stick a little better but fun, too!

Let's take a look at an activity that will allow your students to take a virtual field trip to the islands as well as some games to help them review the names of all the islands and their corresponding capitals.

Let's Go to the Caribbean

Materials

  • Internet-enabled computers or smart devices, one with projector capability
  • Online video about the Caribbean Islands
  • Blank map of the Caribbean Islands
  • Crayons
  • Markers

Instructions

  • Prior to this activity, create a document with the islands' and capitals' names, then print a class set.
  • Begin by showing the video about the Caribbean Islands to the class.
  • Ask the class what they learned from the video, opening an all-class discussion about what they learned of the region.
  • Next, shoulder-pair students and distribute a blank map, crayons, and/or markers to each.
  • Ask students to use their computer or smart device to find a detailed map of the Caribbean. Students will use their online map to fill in their own map, making sure to identify all 28 islands and their capitals by name.
    • Basseterre - Saint Kitts & Nevis
    • Basse-Terre - Guadeloupe
    • Brades - Montserrat
    • Bridgetown - Barbados
    • Castries - Saint Lucia
    • Charlotte Amalie - US Virgin Islands
    • Cockburn Town - Turks & Caicos Islands
    • Fort de France - Martinique
    • George town - Cayman Islands
    • Gustavia - Saint Barthèlemy
    • Havana - Cuba
    • Kingston - Jamaica
    • Kingstown - Saint Vincent & The Grenadines
    • Kralendijk - Bonaire
    • Marigot - Saint Martin
    • Nassau - The Bahamas
    • Oranjestad - Aruba
    • Philipsburg - Saint Maarten
    • Port au Prince - Haiti
    • Port of Spain - Trinidad & Tobago
    • Road Town - Tortola, British Virgin Islands
    • Roseau - Dominica
    • Saint George's - Grenada
    • Saint John's - Antigua & Barbuda
    • San Juan - Puerto Rico
    • Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic
    • The Valley - Anguilla
    • Willemstad - Curaçao

Capitals of the Caribbean Matching Game

Materials

  • 500-750 pieces of Legos
  • Non-permanent black markers

Instructions

  • Pair students and give each 56 Lego pieces and two black markers.
  • Explain to students that one person from each pair will write the names of the islands' capitals on the flat surface of 28 Lego, while their partner writes the names of the island countries on another 28 Legos.
  • Challenge students to now try to attach each capital to the island from memory. Give them 15-20 minutes to practice.
  • Select two students to come to the front of the classroom and play the matching game for one minute. The person who accurately matches the most capitals with the islands win.
  • Choose another student to play the winner.
  • Repeat these steps until there is only one student standing.
  • Give the winner a small prize.

Capitals of the Caribbean Bingo

Materials

  • Online bingo card generator
  • Word processing software
  • Printer
  • Pens or pencils
  • Skittles candy

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