Using Seterra Map Quizzes in the Social Studies Classroom

December 10th, 2018

Social Studies Classroom

Map quizzes can be an engaging way to help your students learn geography. Rather than just staring at a sheet of paper, map quizzes allow students to learn at their own pace and track their improvement in real time. Below are some ideas for how to integrate map quizzes into your classes.

The U.S.: 50 States

The U.S.: 50 States Map Quiz

Before beginning a U.S. history course, it is helpful for students to understand the geography of the United States. Throughout the course they are likely to encounter references to regions like the northeast, southeast, and west coast. By having students practice with this map quiz at the start of the year, they will be able to match specific events with actual locations.

Europe 1914

Europe 1914 Map Quiz

As part of a World War I assessment, have students complete the Europe 1914 map on “Pin” mode. In this way, you can test their content knowledge while also assessing their technological skills. This experience will help prepare your students for the many standardized tests that are now administered online.

Cold War Europe (1949-1989)

Cold War Europe (1949-1989) Map Quiz

Trying printing out a blank map of Europe and having students color it in using the Cold War Europe map on “Show all” mode as their guide. Then, have students compete in pairs to see who can complete the map on “Pin” mode the fastest.

The U.S.: 13 Colonies

The U.S.: 13 Colonies Map Quiz

Completing The U.S.: 13 Colonies map quiz would be a great launching activity for a 13 Colonies research project. By completing the quiz, students would learn where each colony was located and read a little information about each colony. Then, given that background information, students would be able to select one colony they want to learn more about and begin researching it.

Our map game on the 13 colonies comes with a free downloadable maps and a printable map scavenger hunt in pdf format.

Native American Tribes and Native American Cultural Groups

Native American Tribes - Map Quiz Game
Native American Cultural Groups - Map Quiz Game

These two maps work well together. Students beginning a unit on Native Americans could first complete the Cultural Groups map on “Learn” and then “Pin” mode. After learning more about the specific climates of each region, students could then complete the Tribes map on “Learn” and “Pin” mode. Once students understand the different regions where the tribes lived, you can ask them to predict what types of food, clothing, and housing each tribe used based on the region where they were located.

The U.S.: Civil War Events

The U.S.: Civil War Events Map Quiz

Students with a Civil War assessment coming up would benefit from reviewing by using The U.S.: Civil War Events map. This map highlights important events of the war and gives brief descriptions of each. Students could also use this map as their source of information in order to complete a timeline of key events of the Civil War.

Our map game on the civil war comes with a a free downloadable map and a map scavenger hunt.

Ancient Civilizations

Ancient Civilizations Map Quiz

Our map game on ancient civilizations comes with a free downloadable map scavenger hunt.

América Central: Países

América Central: Países

If you teach a foreign language, consider having students complete a map in the language they are learning. This way, they can practice the words for city, country, river, etc. while also matching them to specific, concrete locations. This would also be a great activity for students to complete before studying abroad!