The Woodlin Geography Bee (Geo Bee) has been an annual PTA-teacher learning partnership and tradition for more than 15 years, supporting geography education and friendly competition for third, fourth, and fifth graders.
Classroom teams, consisting of four students, compete in one-hour long grade-level Geo Bees held in the Multi-Purpose Room each spring. Each classroom team works together to answer questions about geography and history for the regions studied, including basic land forms, bodies of water, and some cultural information. Question types include straight answer, “find it on a map,” and navigation- and direction-based questions.
The PTA develops study packets for each grade level that include multiple regional maps, information about history and culture, and geographic information. The packets range in size from 40-60 pages. Only content from the packets is used in the preliminary and final grade-level bees, so students do not need additional books, maps, or globes to participate.
- Third Grade – Geography of the United States: 3rd Grade Geo Bee Packet 2020 FINAL (PDF, 62 pp)
- Fourth Grade – Refresher of United States’ geography, plus Canada, Latin America, Australia, and Antarctica: 4th Grade Geo Bee Packet 2020 FINAL (PDF, 30 pp)
- Fifth Grade – A sample of the rest of the world including Europe, Africa, and Asia: 5th grade Geo Bee packet 2020 FINAL (PDF, 50 pp)
- Postponed due to coronavirus response.
- The Geo Bee kicks off with third, fourth, and fifth graders receiving geography packets in their classrooms
- March 20: Packets due back to teachers for checking
- March 24: Online preliminary bees take place in each classroom throughout the day
- April 15 at 2:00 pm: Fifth Grade Final Bee
- April 16 at 2:00 pm: Fourth Grade Final Bee
- April 17 at 2:00 pm: Third Grade Final Bee
Every student in the third, fourth, and fifth grade can participate on some level in the Geo Bee. Each student receives a packet and can work on it at home and during in-school free time. Students who submit a completed packet to their teacher by March 20, 2020, receive a prize, and the class with the most completed packets wins a prize. The packets will be returned to the students. Completion of the packet is voluntary.
Classes will attend the final bee for their grade level to cheer on their representatives, and second graders are invited to attend the third grade final bee.
The Preliminary Bee (one per class)
The PTA Geo Bee Team visits each classroom to conduct the “preliminary bee.” The preliminary bee takes about 30 minutes. Those who get the highest scores on the test will proceed to the second level of the preliminary bee with some additional questions. The top four students will represent their class in the final bee, along with two alternates.
The Final Geo Bee (one per grade)
Classroom teams work together to answer the questions posed by the master of ceremonies with final answers provided by the team captains. Family and friends are welcome to attend (sign in at the front desk before proceeding to the Multi-Purpose Room). The Geo Bee coordinators invite parent volunteers to serve as master of ceremonies, timekeeper, and scorekeeper; two staff members serve as judges.
If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.