As part of GlobalFest this year, we will host our 3rd Annual Geography Bee. This is an extracurricular event in which all students and their families are welcome to participate. The 2013 and 2014 SMS Geography Bees were great successes, with our finalists cheered on with great enthusiasm. Make sure your geography rock star has a chance to shine this year!
Description of Qualifying Tests, Registration, and Access Grade 4-8 Bee questions are from the 2015 National Geographic Geography Bee for school-level competition.
Grade PK-3 Bee questions will pair countries with the continent on which they are located. The qualifying test will be administered online April 16-29 to avoid taking class time. Test preparation will also be conducted at home using online resources. For homes without computers, internet access is provided at local libraries.
Step 1: Register with St. Matthias School
Each student interested in taking the online qualifying test must register at this site. The following information must be provided for each test-taker: student name, grade, teacher, and parent email address.
Additionally, test takers must agree to the following academic honesty pledge:
“I agree to have fun with the Geography Bee to be best of my ability. I understand that the online qualifying test may be used as a learning tool for my whole family, but I promise to only record answers that reflect my individual knowledge. I understand that this is a closed-book, closed-note test, and I am on my honor not to consult the internet or any reference material while taking the test. I promise not to discuss specific answers on this test with other students that may take the test as this may provide an unfair advantage for later test-takers.”
Step 2: Register with Host Website and Take Test
Once registration is complete, participants can access the online qualifying test. The on-line qualifying tests will be available on April 15 and close Saturday, April 29 at 10pm. To take the qualifying test. Register as a student by providing the students name and creating a username and password.
To take the qualifying test(s), follow the instructions below:
- Class search by class title “2015 Geobee” exact match
- Click “my classes” to take the test, which is a time limited.
- Select the appropriate test(s) for the grade level of the test-taker.
- Once you start a quiz, you cannot take a break. If the quiz is inactive for a extended period of time, a score of zero will be logged and that quiz will no longer be accessible.
There are seven on-line qualifying tests for Grades 4-8, each covering one of the seven rounds of the 2015 National Geographic School Level Preliminary Bee. The sections are numbered in the order that the rounds would be presented in Bee format (presumably in order of increasing difficulty). The seven tests and topics for Grades 4-8 include:
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R1_US
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R2_US sports
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R3_US odd one out
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R4_world weird but true
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R5_world comparisons
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R6_Nat Geo wild animal atlas
- 2015 Grade 4-8 R7_pop artists on tour
Tests can be taken separately over a number of days, but each individual test is limited to 45 minutes and students cannot take a break midway through a quiz. Grade 4-8 students may take one or all of the tests. However, finalists will be selected by total number of questions answered correctly with no penalty for incorrect answers, so taking more tests may provide an advantage. Finalists will be selected from the top test scores and announced via email the week after the on-line qualifying tests close. These finalists are invited to compete in the Grade 4-8 School Bee held during the school day at a date to be announced. The Grade 4-8 School Bee questions will be sourced from the 2015 National Geographic Geography Bee for school-level final competition. The School Bee winner will then be invited to take the State Bee Qualifying test. Check the Important Dates section of the home page for dates the on-line qualifying test will be accessible deadlines.
There is one qualifying test for K-Grade 3 entitled “2015 PK-Grade 3 Geobee” that pairs countries and continents on which they are located.
These finalists are invited to compete in the school Geography Bee held during the school day on May 12, during the week of GlobalFest.
Prizes will be awarded to winners as follows.
Grade 4-8: First prize = $25 Target card + out of uniform day
Second = $15 Target card and out of uniform day
Third = out of uniform day Grade
PK-3: First prize = $15 Target card + out of uniform day
Second = $10 Target card and out of uniform day
Third = out of uniform day
Study Materials The following study materials are suggested, but feel free to explore the many other apps and websites that can make studying fun.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ (grades 4-8)
http://www.home-school.com/Articles/how-to-win-the-geography-bee.php – list of sites (grades 4-8)
http://www.wanderourworld.com/ – app recommended for 3-7 year olds (PK- grade 3)
Tag Reader interactive world map recommended for ages 4-8 (PK- grade 3)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/apps/ (grades 4-8)
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/ (grades 4-8)