Monday, November 20, 2017

Getting ready for a "Geographic Bee"? Check out "How to Ace the National Geographic Bee" from National Geographic [Review & Giveaway]

Many years ago when I was a secondary school student, yep a long time ago, they taught geography as a class in school. I loved geography and maps and learning about people, places, and pretty much everything global. But I didn't enjoy giving oral reports which were required weekly. Reports on countries, weekly reader (our news source) reports, etc. This always caused moments of dread and insecurity.

So I offer real heart-felt praise to kids who not only have the knowledge of world geography to head for a Geography Bee (think "spelling bee" on steroids) but the personality to actually stand in front of people - large groups of people - and be judged for their knowledge.

I also offer real thanks to the National Geographic Society for getting schools and private entities involved in the instruction of students in the subject of geography. For awhile, this was not available to students in schools and was a real deficit.

Part of this renewed interest in the subject and focus on geography has been the annual National Geographic Bee. And students are preparing for this entertaining and challenging local, state, and national competition. Students in grades 4-8 who have amassed a lot of world geographic knowledge will compete. To prepare they not only pay close attention to what they learn in school, they glean knowledge from other sources as well. One of the best to ready them for this challenging competition is the How to Ace the National Geographic Bee. The book is packed with a plethora of maps, charts, pictures, statistics, and pertinent information bites that will most certainly prepare the most avid student for being an astute student of geography.

Quite frankly, I am literally amazed at the amount of information this little book contains on this world, the countries, their capitals, the people, the land masses, the populations, etc. A real educational treasure.

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How to Ace the National Geographic Bee, 5th Edition (ages 9-12) 

This book is the only official study guide available and is chock full of tips from previous finalists, past questions, a country index of vital stats, and recommendations for the best study tools.  The Bee is designed to engage students in diverse ways, challenging them to memorize geographic knowledge, synthesize it, and apply it accurately, compellingly, and creatively.  How to Ace the National Geographic Bee is specifically written to prep the aspiring champion with not just facts, but thought-process as well.  It offers a top ten list of study tips – “learn the language of maps” (latitude and longitude, meridians and Mercators) and “choose your tools” (a large world map, an atlas, and satellite images are a must!) – and advice from past finalists, including “trust your gut,” “be passionate,” and “take the opportunity to learn.” A comprehensive list of sample questions range from “Harry [Potter] catches the train to Hogwarts at Kings Cross station in what major European city?” to “What landlocked country is located farther from an ocean – Paraguay or Kazakhstan?”

About the National Geographic Bee:  

The Bee involves more than 10,000 schools and millions of students from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. territories, and Department of Defense Dependents Schools overseas. After passing their school’s Bee which occur in the Fall, the online qualifying test, and State Bee, the 54 “state” champions receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National Championship May 20-23, 2018.  After a preliminary competition on May 21, the top 10 students will compete in a televised final round on May 23, vying for a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Gal├ípagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. The program will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo WILD, and later on public television stations nationwide.

How to Ace the National Geographic Bee is the perfect resource to help millions of school kids prepare to compete in the Bee. It's also a fun and helpful resource for trivia buffs, challenge seekers, and college-bound test-takers.

DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from MMPublicity on behalf of National Geographic Kids to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.


  1. "Did you study "geography" in school?" Yes!

    "Was it taught as a separate course of study or incorporated into other social studies courses?" It was part of what we called "Social Studies," but it was basically all geography as far I'm concerned. Geography/Ethnography.

    "What is your favorite part of learning about the geography of our world?" Learning about all sorts of beautiful places and fascinating cultures!

  2. Did you study "geography" in school? Yes, I loved it.
    Was it taught as a separate course of study or incorporated into other social studies courses? I think it was part of Social Studies
    What is your favorite part of learning about the geography of our world? I liked learning about other places because I had never been out of my state.

  3. I did study Geography in school!! It was a separate class and I really enjoyed it! I just really enjoyed learning about other places!! The world is seriously amazing and full of SO many wonders!!

  4. nope. I was the least bit interested in school as a kid... My kids, however, love to excel in school!

  5. Yes, we studied Geography in school -- it was one of my favorite subjects.

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  8. I took a geography class in college. It was an introduction to a fascinating world.

  9. I did not take geography in school. I would get this for my grandkids.


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