South American Geography Games

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about geography does not have to be boring! The games in this lesson will get your students more familiar with the geography of South America, and they will also keep learning fun.

Why Geography Games?

Learning about geography does not have to be boring! The map of South America is filled with exciting nuances, and when students understand it better, they are better equipped to understand culture, history, and economics as well. Yet it can be difficult to teach geography, without falling prey to the temptation to simply drill students again and again on the same facts. This is where geography games come in. Games keep learning fun and motivating for students. Playing games that involve geography will bring learning to life and will really move your students closer to understanding the world they live in. The games in this lesson are designed to get your students motivated for understanding the complex and interesting geography of South America.

Countries and Capitals

Match It Up

Have your students make this game for themselves by creating note cards with the names of South American countries and separate cards with the corresponding capitals. They can do little illustrations of the countries on the cards if they want to. Then, have them mix their cards up and time themselves at matching the right countries and capitals together.

Country and Capital Word Hunt

Create a word search that includes the names of South American Countries and their capital cities. You can also have students create the word search themselves by giving them an empty grid. Challenge your students to find as many of the hidden words as they can, and then write sentences using the names of the countries and capitals they have found.

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