Travel Around The World: Geography Web Quests for Kids

Studying geography globally increases knowledge of places and environments worldwide. The skills gained from understanding maps and environmental issues provide an essential link to natural and social sciences. As students study geography it allows them to encounter different cultures. Exploring different cultures inspire students to think about their rights and responsibilities. The world is a cultural melting pot that brings value to a community. We as humanity bond through the values gained and transferred to other cultures. Learning cross-cultural communication can help students articulate themselves efficiently. The following resources will help build knowledge of different countries and cultures.

Asia
  • Journey to Japan: Students construct a book as if they were a Japanese elementary student living in Japan.
  • India Caste System: Sixth grade students are tasked to take on roles of an individual from Ancient India and to write three journal entries,
  • China: Students must design travel brochures for China.
  • Ancient china: Students virtually tour Ancient China and recognize significant cultural events in today’s China.
  • The Daily Gazette: 7th graders must complete five tasks on reporting on Ancient China.
  • Discovering Korea: Third grade students must read about Korean traditions and culture in The Seesaw Girl and write a paper on Korean culture and create a PowerPoint presentation to present to the class, parents or any group.
  • Arab-Israeli Conflict: Students are part a Middle East Advisory Committee that researches the history behind the Middle East conflict.
Africa
  • Africa: 6th graders are tasked with constructing a PowerPoint presentation detailing the many cultures of Africa.
  • African Geography: Students create a virtual PowerPoint presentation by completing a map of Africa and researching online resources.
  • King Tut: Students investigate the death of King Tutankhamun.
  • African Diversity: Fifth graders are placed in groups to explore the culture of different regions in Africa.
  • Zimbabwe: 8th graders research the community issues in Zimbabwe and gather information to form fundraising plans for areas in Zimbabwe.
  • Sierra Leone: Students learn about how geographical and climate issues affect the development of the people in Sierra Leone.
Antarctica
  • Animal Adventure: A 3rd grade Antarctic animal adventure on polar bears. 
  • Exploring Antarctica: Teams of two students use the Internet to map and gather facts on Antarctica.
  • Creatures: Students explore the native animals of the Antarctic.
  • Shackleton: A Webquest that tasks students to retrace the steps of Ernest Shackleton’s journey across Antarctica.
  • Google Earth Antarctica: Students use Google Earth to gather geographical information about Antarctica.
Australia
  • Land of Oz: Students research and explore Australia and create a scrapbook of the geography and culture.
  • Australian Music: This Webquest allows students to experience Australian music and decide what types they enjoy.
  • Australia: Students are placed in teams of four and explore Australia to gather information to construct a poster.
  • Australian Animals: Students create a presentation using online and offline resources for Australian animals.
  • Cultural Diversity: Students ages 13-14 gain knowledge of cultural diversity in Australia by researching the roles and tasks given.
  • Aboriginal Studies: In teams students ethically discuss whether the Australian government should apologize to the Aboriginal people.    
Europe
  • European Vacation: Students develop a travel guide and report on an European country of their choice.
  • Mission Impossible: 10th graders must find the phantom country in Europe by studying six countries.
  • Europe Union: Students must take on specific roles within a team to convince the European Council that their country is worthy of hosting the presidency.
  • Ireland: Students journal their journey of their visit to Ireland.
  • Amerique or America?: 8th graders get the chance to rewrite the history of the out come of the French and Indian war.
  • French Speaking Countries: Middle school students are given the task to present a report on a French speaking country before parents and county members.    
North America
  • U.S.-Mexican Immigration: Students are grouped and are tasked with researching a specific group of people.
  • Travel the US: Students must create travel itinerary for on state in all regions of the Unites States. 
  • Canadian Studies: Students are put into groups and must create a tourist guide of Canada.
  • United States Geography: Students follow provided websites to take a journey around America.
  • Mexican Culture: Second graders are tasked with comparing Mexico’s culture with that of theirs.
South America