By Zeke Williams
In November, fourth and fifth grade teachers announced to their classes that we would be doing a geography bee. For my class we had it at Social Studies time and each student was given five questions, including on states and continents.
Our teacher asked the questions while we sat on the carpet.
Some of the questions were easy and some were hard! An example of an easy question was “What continent is Australia on?” Most people knew Australia is the continent!
An example of a hard question was “What is the smallest of the Great Lakes?” Do you know? It’s actually Lake Ontario.
Whoever got the most out of the five questions won. If two kids got the same, highest number, they would compete in a tie-breaker the next day. The winner of the tie-breaker goes on to compete against the winners from other classes in the grade. The winner for fourth grade competes against the fifth grade winner for the championship.
It was fun for most people. When you didn’t know the answer, though, it was frustrating to lose.
Editor’s Note: Radnor participates in the official National Geographic Society Geographic Bee. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible. This year is the first year 4th and 5th graders were able to take part. RMS also takes part. In 2012, an RMS student won the state championship! To learn more about the Geographic bee, see https://www.nationalgeographic.org/bee