21 Ways to Use GeoPlunge in the Classroom
- Use the quick and easy games to engage and immerse students in United States geography.
- Develop communication skills, study habits, and community through GeoPlunge games and activities. Check out our resources!
- Play GeoPlunge during indoor recess.
- Use GeoPlunge games as an incentive for fast finishers.
- Use GeoPlunge as a team builder and 5 minute movement break. Hand out 1 GeoPlunge card to each student. As quickly as possible, have them line up by state rank for statehood. Time them! Repeat with a different category. Did they beat their previous time? Make it a silent activity!
- Keep students engaged by playing GeoPlunge games during morning arrival time or after they have packed up for the day. Many games may be played in just a few minutes.
- Observe students playing GeoPlunge and take anecdotal notes regarding communication skills, behaviors, and/or content knowledge.
- Use GeoPlunge cards to develop critical and creative thinking skills such as questioning, comparing and contrasting, building fluency and flexibility, visualizing and making decisions.
- Use the GeoPlunge cards to ask state trivia during snack time.
- Use feedback from GeoPlunge activities to fine-tune U.S. Geography lesson plans.
- Select a student as the “State Expert” of the day. Their role is to share important state information from the GeoPlunge cards at various points during the day.
- Use GeoPlunge for outdoor learning activities. See our resources for ideas.
- Have students randomly select one of the GeoPlunge cards. The card they pick is the state they research for an in-depth research assignment.
- Host a grade-level tournament by playing a series of games and crowning a grade level winner. Hold a play-off between grade level winners.
- Explore the GeoPlunge cards with students as Flat Stanley starts traveling the country.
- Every teacher has a few minutes here and there during transitions. Why not make it educational? Have a student select a card at random. Either provide facts or ask questions about the information on the card.
- Blend GeoPlunge into curriculum instruction alongside technology like Google Maps, Google Earth, or learning how GPS works.
- Collaborate with another classroom across the state or country. Learn about each other’s states. Play a game of GeoPlunge long distance through Skype or a Google Hangout!
- What do you do when you have finished teaching your curriculum, taken your standardized tests, and still have 6 weeks until the end of the school year? Turn to GeoPlunge! What a great time to play the games, keep students engaged, and create a tournament within your school.
- Many schools have a block of time for students to participate in enrichment activities or to remediate an area of weakness. GeoPlunge makes a great enrichment opportunity for students to learn United States geography or a way to practice non-fiction reading skills.
- At the start of the year, sort out all of the GeoPlunge cards representing the states that students visited during the summer. Have them write a short description about something they remember from that state–landforms, places of interest, landmarks, or cities, and draw a picture to go along with it. Have students select a few facts from the GeoPlunge card to include in their design. Use their responses to make a geography-themed bulletin board.
Barb Bailey is the Director of Learning at LearningPlunge, Inc. She has a Master of Education degree and 15 years of teaching experience. Barb is committed to providing high quality educational resources for all children. Reach out to her at Bailey@learningplunge.org.