Geography Bee Practice

GeographyBee

Questions:  Elizabeth Dwight, elizabeth.dwight@mpls.k12.mn.us

Geography Bee Study Plan

Introduction:  Study geography with the goal to be a good geography guesser.  Listen for clues in the questions in order to make your best educated guess.  For example, you will not be asked to cite the exact elevation of a mountain, but you might be asked which of three mountain ranges has the highest average elevation, or which of three cities is near a specific mountain range.  You might be asked to name the continent where a mountain range is found.   Which continent might you guess if the name sounds like it is in Spanish?  Probably not Asia!  Using logic to reason out the answer will help you more than lots of memorized facts.

Step 1:  Learn about the National Geographic Bee:  Are you trying to convince your parents to give you more computer time?  Show them this bee info page and ask for permission to play geography games!  Every day you can take a new geobee quiz for practice. Studying geography for 20 minutes a day is better than studying just before the bee.  While you're at it, check out the National Geographic Kids page

Step 2:  Surround yourself with maps:  Look for U.S. maps at the dollar store, or print them off the internet.  Print  blank maps off the National Geographic website and practice pointing and naming the state or country.  Look at a map or atlas while you are playing geography games. 

Step 3: Check out the National Geographic Study CornerIgnore the stuff for teachers on the top left, but try ALL of the links on the bottom left of the page. 

Step 4: Start with U.S. Geography:  Develop a good mental map (a map in your head) of the United States by playing geospy.  For example, if you are asked about a fruit that you know only grows in a very warm climate, you probably won’t guess North Dakota.  Once you know the 50 states, learn the 13 provinces of Canada.

Step 5:  More U.S. Geography:  Play more  U.S. geography games to learn lakes, rivers, mountains, port cities and state capitals. Learn about agriculture, natural vegetation, major industries, tourist and historical sites, national parks and population trends.  Connect what you learn to your mental map.  As you learn about the Mississippi River, for example, look at an atlas to think about which states and major cities are near.  Can you close your eyes and picture the Mississippi River on your mental map of the United States? 

Step 6: ­­­World Geography:  Play world geography games to develop a good mental map of the continents and familiar countries of the world.  Learn about landforms, climate, crops and natural vegetation, bodies of water, important cities, culture and religion, general latitude and longitude, and tourist and historical sites.  Donate rice to countries in need with each correct answer at this site that focuses on world geography.  Browse CultureGrams Online Database.  Check out the library to find books about different countries around the world. 

Step 7: Current Events:  Read up on current events that relate to geography. This is especially important for you if your goal is to win the Anwatin geography bee and qualify for state competition.  Reading a weekly news magazine is a good way to learn about current events.

Don't stop studying geography after the Anwatin Geography Bee in January.  Study all year!