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Scavenger Hunt: Where is Gina the Geographer?

Activity Description

Gina the Geographer

Students will participate in an online scavenger hunt based on a story that a geographer named Gina, who loves to travel, has escaped to an undisclosed location. It is their mission to bring her back to the school. Students must follow a series of clues about the location including landmarks, weather, and population—and use a U.S. Census Bureau data tool called State Facts for Students to answer questions that lead them one step closer to finding Gina.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

60 Minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to use an online resource and a map to understand the characteristics of a place in order to identify its location.
  • Students will be able to describe the characteristics of their own community.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student or group of students
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display Web sites

Activity Item

This activity uses the following online tool:

For more information to help you introduce your students to the Census Bureau, read “Census Bureau 101 for Students.” This information sheet can be printed and passed out to your students as well.

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply what they learn from online data to correctly identify a location.


Elementary School


  • Cities
  • Population

Skills Taught

  • Collecting data
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Gathering information from an interactive data source
  • Making inferences


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