Monday, January 4, 2010

The National Geographic Bee

According to our Social Studies Department's tradition, the couple of days after winter break are used to administer the qualifying rounds of the National Geography Bee sponsored by National Geographic Magazine, and held each year for students in grades 6-12.

Each Cluster at Pollard and High Rock will find a winner, and each grade level will have runoffs to determine a school representative for the regional championships. Eventually, students compete for the state championship, the winner of which will represent Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

The first rounds were held in our cluster today. There are seven rounds, and each student has an opportunity to earn one point for a correct answer in each round. Round One consisted of a series of questions with the name of a U.S. state as the answer. Round Two questions were answered with U.S. city names, and Round Three with the "odd state out." A couple of blocks even started Round Four, in which all of the answers are one of the seven continents. We'll finish the entire preliminaries by Wednesday, and hopefully have a school-wide winner for High Rock by the end of the week.

If you are interested in knowing more about the Bee, the prizes, and previous years' winners, just check out this link:


  1. Hey Mr.G
    has anyone from MA ever won????

  2. Wow that kid knows his geo.

  3. hey its jdesouza and i say hi

  4. No one from Massachusetts has ever won. Check out the list of past winners here:

  5. Hi Mr. G

    Its eleanna D i love pollard and really miss High Rock i cant wait to visit and i love the unit you are teaching it was in my top 3