Friday, March 13, 2015

Southeast States Trivia Treasure Hunt

The fourth grade social studies curriculum at my son's school covers the regions of the United States. He recently learned all about the southeastern states and the class is now moving on to the southwest. 

My son's memory is pretty good and his ability to ID the states is equally as strong. Since he's been begging me for a new deceptively educational after school game, I thought I'd test his knowledge with a fun trivia-based treasure hunt of the southeastern states.

You should have seen him when he realized it was finally time to play the game I'd been working on for so many nights (thank you, Internet, for all the great info!). He was pumped!

What You Need to Play
Heavyweight cardstock (7 sheets)
Scissors or paper cutter
Glue (optional)

Download the PDF from Google Drive here. Print on heavyweight cardstock. 

Cut the cards apart and fold in half so one side is the state and the other trivia. Tape or glue shut. The START card is the only card that can be cut in half (i.e. it doesn't require folding). Take all the other folded cards and tape them in various places around the room(s).

Hand your child the START card with trivia on it. Based on the facts, can they determine which state is being described? Once they've figured it out, they must race around the room to find the card with that state pictured. They'll then flip the card over and read the next set of state facts, then try to locate the card with that state's shape. Play continues like this until kids have found the final card. Their tour of the southeastern United States is complete!

Note: The cards are labeled on the back corner with a number from 1-12. This will help kids know if they've found the right state (i.e. if a child reads facts on card number 8 and flips over a state with a 5 on the back, they've incorrectly identified the state that the facts were about. The numbers will go in chronological order if the child identifies the states correctly).

The order of the hunt is as follows:
North Carolina
South Carolina
West Virginia

Variation No. 1
 If your child doesn't recognize the state shapes yet, label the cards with the state names.

Variation No. 2
Want to simplify things? Cut the cards apart and write the capitals on the back of the cards so the hunt is just about ID'ing the state capitals correctly.

FYI: I was rushing to get this activity put together. If you see any inaccuracies, typos, etc. please let me know! It isn't likely my 9-year-old would point them out to me, so I'd appreciate if you did!


  1. This is amazing! Thank you? Will you do the other regions, as well?

    1. I would love to, although I must confess that hunting down the facts for each state was WAY time-consuming. It'll probably be awhile before I can make that kind of time investment again. Stay tuned, though!