Global Updates From World View
Summer Fun Online: Globally-themed Quizzes and Games
Keep your mind sharp and thinking globally this summer by challenging yourself to a quiz, game, or other online activity. The following Global Update is a combination of game and quiz sites recommended by My Wonderful World, as well as games produced by National Geographic, the United Nations, the European Union, and more. Fun for all ages!
Africa for Kids
Follow Femi from Nigeria and play a thumb piano, make a mask, hear a Swahili folktale, and more in this PBS site. pbskids.org/africa/
Can you learn the social reactions needed to survive in a troop of chimps? www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/mammals/challenges/flash/chimp_challenge.shtml
Fin, Fur, and Feather Bureau of Investigation
Join animal agents and take part in interactive spy stories. Plus, try your hand at a world trivia game, listen to radio dramas, and more. www.fffbi.com/
Think you have what it takes to be a geography whiz? Test yourself with questions from the National Geographic Bee. Come back every day for five new questions and another chance to beat the Bee! www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee
Choose a map, then answer questions to make your way across the world. www.eduplace.com/geonet/
How many countries can you pinpoint on a map? How about continents? You've got just a few seconds to find as many places as you can. www.nationalgeographic.com/geospy
Global Groove is a Sesame Street jukebox with musical styles, rhythms, instruments and heritages from around the world. www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/music/zone/groove/
Global Grover Grooves
Choose dance steps for Sesame Street's Grover and watch him shake his caboose to music from around the world. pbskids.org/sesame/grover/index.html
Greetings from Grover
Travel with Grover to foreign countries and send a postcard home. www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/games/flash.php?contentId=8473866
Help aliens reach their global destinations, race to name U.S. state capitals, try your hand at a geography crossword puzzle, and more. www.maps.com/games
Pick your level and see how much you know! sheppardsoftware.com/web_games.htm
National Geographic Kids
Cartoons, interactive adventures, funny fill-ins, and much more www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/
Explore the deep in a sub, travel aboard an icebreaker, and head to sea as a fish in these rich games from BBC. www.bbc.co.uk/nature/blueplanet/games.shtml
Travel with Snuffy to the jungle, the ocean, and the Arctic . www.sesameworkshop.org/sesamestreet/games/flash.php?contentId=11944623
As the newly appointed chief of the Emergency Management Agency for Bluebear County , it's your job to handle an eruption of the fictional Mount Spur . Are you up to it? www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/supervolcano/game.shtml
Survey of Geographic Literacy: Test Your Global IQ
A recent survey of young Americans showed that many are missing the basics of geography. How do you measure up? Test your Global IQ by answering sample questions from the National Geographic-Roper poll. www.nationalgeographic.com/roper2006/
Can you survive in different habitats? You've got only your foxy wiles to help you. www.bbc.co.uk/nature/animals/mammals/challenges/flash/grassland.shtml
What on Earth?
A game of Earth trivia from NASA. gaia.hq.nasa.gov/quiz/quiz_start-template.cfm
Explore Europe and the European Union through the EU’s site for kids, EuropaGO. Play these games and take quizzes to learn about the people, cultures, languages, the countryside and cities, flags, and music and much more of European countries and their history over time. EuropaGO has also introduced a new Euro Kids’ Corner for students to learn more about the euro. Games include:
Coins and countries
Which country does each euro-coin design come from? Think fast, react quickly.
Put together the pieces of each euro banknote.
Dive and count
Can you add up? And are you a great diver?
Test your knowledge of the euro. Can you make it to the €500 question?
You've ended up in the Stone Age! Travel through the perilous ages and collect the right currencies to warp back to the present.
Against All Odds
This interactive online game was created by UNHCR to increase students' awareness and knowledge about refugee situations by putting players in the position of a refugee. www.playagainstallodds.com/
Child Soldiers WebQuest
There are more than 250,000 children in armed conflict - some are as young as 7 years old! Go on the WebQuest, and help answer its big question: What should be done about child soldiers? cyberschoolbus.un.org/childsoldiers/webquest/
Do you know lots of flags? Tag the right one! Test yourself. www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/flagtag
Play this popular video game on world hunger. Six different missions. www.food-force.com/
An interactive and entertaining way to learn about your health. A fun quiz for use with CyberSchoolBus’ Health Teaching Unit. www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/qui.html
A set of geography questions and answers for classroom use. These are based on Country at a Glance, which can be used by students to find the correct answer. www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/quick/index.asp
Learn how to respond to different disasters in this new simulation video game from UN/ISDR. www.stopdisastersgame.org/
Urban Fact Game
A creative, colorful, and highly interactive on-line quiz. What do you know about cities and population? Find out. www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/qui.html
Discover fascinating facts about everyone's favorite liquid. www.un.org/cyberschoolbus/waterquiz/waterquiz4/index.asp
Test your knowledge of African geography. Africa puzzle map with choice of difficulty level. www.schoolnet.na/games/map/africa.html
Holidays around the World Quiz, from World View
Volume 1: www.unc.edu/world/Global%20Updates%202005/Nov_Dec/Dec05.htm
Volume 2: www.unc.edu/world/Global_Updates_2007/November_December/December_07.htm
Panwapa from Sesame Street
Panwapa World features an interactive globe that children explore to meet and visit Panwapa Kids from around the world. Activities include: creating your own Panwapa Kid, Home, and Flags; collecting Panwapa Cards; searching for Panwapa Kids based on similarities and differences; and playing Treasure Hunt games. www.panwapa.org
Peace Corps Challenge
Become a “virtual” Peace Corps Volunteer working in the fictional village of Wanzuzu . www.peacecorps.gov/kids/?cid=wwsgame
Quizzes, Crosswords, and other Games : Test Your Geography Genius
Be a geography genius! Check your knowledge with our most intriguing geography quizzes, and crosswords. www.factmonster.com/spot/99geography1.html#quiz