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Welcome to the home of the Geography Quest! Here you will find information on what they are and how to join us for Questing.
What is a Geography Quest?
The Geography Quest is an assignment which asks students to search and explore topics related to the study of the physical features of the earth and its atmosphere, and of human activity as it interacts with the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.
Resources for Geography Quests
You’ll want to have some reference material handy for your students to go Geography Questing. Here are a few of our favorites:
- WonderMaps– from Bright Ideas Press. These are wonderful software tools which allow you to customize your maps. You never have to worry about copying a book page or finding your CD. These maps are web based so pull them up when you need them and they will always be current! When the world changes, there’s no need to run out for a new map set. Bright Ideas Press releases updates to the maps. That is a win!
- National Geographic Young Explorers Atlas– Both the US and the World. Easy to read, large, with icons and symbols.
- Internet Access– Along with a device to access it.
- Learning Geography with Atlases– A great resource for everything atlas
How Do I Implement a Geography Quest in My Homeschool?
Your children can work together on finding out different pieces of the day’s assignment. Things go more smoothly for multiple ages working together if I help them with some guidelines:
- Answer the questions together using reference books and websites.
- Try to avoid just Googling the answer. Use websites such as National Geographic for Kids.
- Write down the answer.
- Work together without arguing or hogging. Work as a team.
- Everyone must have a turn being the “recorder” – so it’s not the same person each day.
- Everyone will contribute to the answer at dinner time. Make sure you include everyone.
- Discuss where you can find the answers and give assignments according to age and ability.
Free Geography Printable
If you subscribe, you’ll get a free travel journal printable to be used with any Geography Quest.
Nearly 40 Free Geography Quests
Since August, 2013 I have published just about 40 Geography Quests. Feel free to follow the link and enjoy a quest together.
- Geography Quests at Blog, She Wrote– The first quest and it has a treasure hunt.
- Brazil– All about Brazil and it has video content
- Great Lakes Watershed & The St. Lawrence Seaway– the first of two parts on the Great Lakes
- The Great Lakes System & The Saint Lawrence Seaway Facts– Quick facts on the shipping system of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence along with Niagara Falls
- Geography in Literature: Apple Pie Quest– a Geography Quest to go with the book How to Make an Apple Pie & See the World
- National Parks Edition– A Quest all about the US National Parks to go along with National Parks week in August. This one is a treat!
- World Travel Treasure Hunt– One of several mapping treasure hunts in the Geography Quest series. See where the clues take you!
- Africa Edition– Travel to the continent of Africa and learn about its peoples and places.
- Geography in Literature: Carry on, Mr. Bowditch– A Quest to match the life, times, and travels of the first American Navigator
- Fall Foliage Treasure Hunt– Where do the leaves turn color in autumn? Why? Why do certain places in the US see the most color?
- Apple Growers Edition– All things apples in this quest. Where do they grow? Who grows them? What weather is best?
- Family Geography Using Geography Quests– The start of a five day series of Geography Quests with more details on how to use them with multiple ages
- Geography Game Edition– Ideas for commercial and hand made geography games for a family quest on geography
- Safari Edition– Join this quest for searching animal habitats
- Snake Pit Edition– Do you have a snake fan at your house? This is the Quest for you! Learn cool facts and see video of snake dens.
- Hurricane Tracking Edition– Use this to learn about hurricanes and tracking their voyage around the globe. Bonus video on the Coriolis Effect
- Daniel Boone Edition– This Quest follows Daniel Boone’s travels as a grown man crossing the Appalachian Mountains and opening the west to settlers.
- Europe Edition– Enjoy a tour of Europe complete with games
- Bird Migration Edition– Take a closer look at how birds move around and what obstacles they face during migration season.
- Forest Edition– What do you know about forest habitat in the US and around the world? What kinds of forests are there?
- Operation Christmas Child Edition– Fill a box for children and track it around the world.
- Corn Edition– What kinds are there? Where is it grown?
- November Treasure Hunt Edition– Join us for another trip around the world to see what you can find by the clues.
- Thanksgiving Edition– A look at the geography of the first Thanksgiving.
- Gingerbread Edition– A fun look at the origins and geography of a favorite holiday treat
- Christmas Edition– a look at Christmas weather and trees from around the world
- Epiphany Edition– Follow the star and learn about the journey of the Three Kings
- Groundhog Day Edition– A look back at the history & geography and climate studies related to this fun little US custom
- Great Backyard Bird Count Edition– Count the birds at your feeder in February and enjoy working with the data collected from all over the world.
- Iditarod Edition– Follow the famous race through Alaska with maps and other resources
- Great Lakes Ice Edition– How the ice cover from the winter 2014 affects shipping and swimming in the summer
- St. Patrick Edition– Learn more about this patron saint of Ireland
- Road Map Edition– Brush up on road map reading skills and get ready for your next road trip
- Mountain Edition– All things mountains. How they are formed, where they are along with fast facts about mountains
- Summer Adventure Edition– Ideas on how to easily insert geography into your lives in the summer and any time in your homeschool year. Video!
- Shark Edition– Just in time for National Shark Week. Map shark distribution and migration and enjoy some shark art.
- El Niño Edition– Learn about this oceanographic phenomenon and how it affects weather in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Waterfall Edition– Learn about waterfalls and the most beautiful destinations in the world.
- Pumpkin Edition– Where do our beloved fall pumpkins come from?
- Volcano Edition– map active volcanoes around the world using volcano monitoring systems