How To Study For The Geography Bee

Students will be responsible for studying and preparing for the Geo Bee on their own time. All students will receive the same questions, regardless of whether they are fourth or fifth graders. National Geographic provides the questions that will be used in the competition.

The questions will be related to these topics:
—general U.S. and world geography (such as locations, capitals, major cities/rivers/mountain ranges, national parks, population, cultural geography such as languages, religions, currencies, key products, superlatives—highest mountain range, longest river, etc.);
—physical U.S. and world geography (such as climate, major landforms, map reading, etc.)
geographical terms, economic, political, historical geography and more.

Useful tools for studying:
1) Maps (esp. blank outline maps)
2) Atlases
3) Globes
4) Books such as almanacs, geographical dictionaries, geography fact books
5) Internet:
The National Geographic website has a “Study Corner” with tips for studying for the Bee and includes daily geography quizzes:

National Geographic Geo Bee Website

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Good luck!

Study Tips #2

–Read the newspaper and news magazines to learn about geography and to stay up-to-date with major news events happening around the world. Some Bee questions come from the geography of current events. Look up any unfamiliar place names you encounter in an atlas.
–Knowing principal languages, currencies, religions, and former country names will help you. This information is best obtained from the CIA World Factbook.
–Become familiar with the terms and concepts of Physical Geography. This site defines common terms related to geography.

Study Tips #1

Here are some tips and techniques to help you prepare for the GeoBee.

–Start with a world map, globe, and atlas and become very familiar with the continents, countries, states and provinces, islands, and major physical features of our planet.

–Use Outline Maps of the world and continents to test yourself on this information. Knowing the relative location of countries, islands, major water bodies, and major physical features is very important for the Bee. Be sure to also have a good understanding of where the major lines of latitude and longitude lie. This site offers many:

–Take as many practice quizzes as possible. National Geographic offers a daily GeoBee Quiz online. Be sure to use an atlas to look up or understand the questions that you’ve missed.

–Prepare flash cards or use some other technique to memorize the capitals of the countries of the world and the capitals of the fifty United States.