Objective: Students will answer questions that pertain to their school county to find
different landmarks on a detailed county general highway map. Students will learn how
to read a map and how to discern map legend symbols.
Materials: County general highway map, copy of scavenger hunt county questions,
copy of Teacher's Answer Key: Brookings County, Clark County, Codington County,
Deuel County, Grant County, Hamlin County, Kingsbury County, Lake County, Moody
County, pencils, prizes (optional)
Background: Scavenger hunts are educational and fun. They are searching fests for
students. This particular scavenger hunt was created around the theme of water
Scavenger hunts can be played in teams, as a class or even individually. They can be
played out in contest form or just provide a time frame that the students have to work in.
Most students find these hunts very motivational and they are also a great way to review
material for upcoming tests or events. They can be very simple or very complex.
This activity can be done in either small groups or individually.
Hand out a copy of the Where Do You Live Scavenger Hunt questions to each student.
Explain that he/she will be exploring the school's home county by using the county
general highway map. Spend a little time going over the map, pointing out the water
bodies, roads, towns, etc. Explain how the map legend works and tell student that
his/her assignment will be to answer the questions on his/her handout. If you are
awarding prizes, explain what it takes to obtain one.
Using the county general highway map, have student answer the questions on the
handout. We have provided a minimum number on most questions. There may be more
gravel pits, wastewater treatment plants, etc., on the map; however, there will not be a
lesser number than what is indicated on the Teacher Answer Key.
When each student has finished his/her handout, award prizes. Another suggestion
would be to use this game as extra credit during your water unit.
Take class to one of the water areas indicated on the county general highway map. En
route, have students follow on the map whatever roads/highways your bus takes to the
site. Upon reaching the waterbody, do another scavenger hunt - one based on the
environmental aspects of the site (i.e., locate a bunch of cattails, try to find an animal
track, where are the bird feathers, etc.).
Invite a cartographer (perhaps someone from the EROS Data Center) to visit your
classroom. Encourage him/her to talk about the process by which maps are made. Hold
a map-making unit in your classroom, having students design their own maps showing
topography, symbols, etc. on their creations. Display around your classroom.
Legend: An explanatory list of symbols on a map or chart
Social Studies, Reading
SD Standards for 4th grade:
4.R.1.1; 4.R.1.2; 4.R.2.1; 4.R.2.3
Application, Data Collection,
Prior Preparation: Make copies of
Where Do You Live Scavenger Hunt
questions - one per student. Laminate
the county general highway map.