I could spend all day exploring the great things to do with maps in the classroom. Between Google Earth and My Maps, there are so many ways to explore the earth and connect it to content in the classroom. As I prepare to teach a class on this for staff, I got lost in the many games that are now available for kids to just have fun with maps. What is really great is that they work on a Chromebook making it something that kids can do on their own devices.
SmartyPins is a marriage of trivia and maps that is wrapped up in a fun game for kids. You begin by selecting a category (arts and culture, science and geography, sports and games, entertainment or history and current events). You are given 1,000 miles certain number of miles of which you can lose for inaccurate answers or gain for fast answers. Areas currently covered are the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canda.
Another equally fun but more interactive map exploring game for kids is called Geoguesser. This web-based game can be played in single player or challenge mode. You are dropped in a street view map and you have to guess where you are. You can move around the location, spin the view to explore and use clues to explore. You gain points while trying to guess 5 different locations. Additional games for various continents and topics are also available. Learn about the location while experiencing real street views! So much fun!