GeoQuest

Run By: BSPTO

Timing: The last instructional Wednesday of each month

Needs Volunteers: Yes

 

NOTE – GeoQuest Changes for the 2020/21 School Year: As always, students will need to study each month using the maps below. They can be printed out or studied online. Instead of being quizzed by volunteers at school each month, students will need to be quizzed by parents/guardians at home. Results can be emailed to geoquest@bspto.org. Please include the student’s name, teacher’s name, and score (how many levels were completed and whether or not they did the Wonders/Landmarks). You have until the end of the month to submit results, however, results can be submitted at any time during the month. Also, if you miss a month, you can still catch up! Just be sure to include which month you are making up for when you submit the results. 

Due to Covid-19, there will be no trophies or pizza parties at the end of the year, however, there will be individual prizes given to those who complete all levels every month of the school year. Participation is optional, but highly encouraged since it is the primary way that elementary age students learn about geography at Bethany. Have a great year!

Three basic things to know about Geoquest

1) What is GeoQuest?
GeoQuest is a PTO funded, parent-run geography program at Bethany that has been designed to allow all students the opportunity to learn geography. Kindergarten through 3rd grade study maps of independent countries throughout the world. The 4th and 5th graders focus on US states and capitals as well as Canadian provinces/territories and capitals. Student participation is voluntary, but highly encouraged since this is the primary way students at Bethany learn about geography. There are typically 5 levels of study. We ask that you and your student decide how many levels to attempt and then study those levels. Students will then be tested on the material once per month.

2) How does GeoQuest work?
Every month, parents will print their student’s new study map (or review maps online with student). Grades K-3 study international maps. Grades 4 and 5 study US states/capitals and Canadian provinces/territories/capitals. Students study at home with family and friends. Then on “Quiz Day,” (any day during the month), parents will quiz students by asking them to point on a blank map and identify where each country or state can be found. Grades 4 and 5 will also state the name of the capital. The student will earn points toward an individual prize.

3) What is the “Continent Challenge” (aka: “Wonders”)?
The Continent Challenge allows students who have already mastered all 5 levels of study the opportunity to build on their knowledge. There are up to six “Wonders of the World” or “Landmarks” for all grades. These are pictures with small descriptions of famous places from the area of study for that month. The student will need to identify the pictures by name and location (Kinders only need to identify the picture by name).
 
See below for more information about GeoQuest. If you have any further questions, please contact the GeoQuest chair at geoquest@bspto.org  

The full GeoQuest parent info letter

Maps

September
K-3North and Central America
G4-5:  Western US

October
K-3Middle East and part 1 of Asia
G4-5US Mountain Region

November
K-3Asia Part 2
G4-5Midwest US

December
K-3South America
G4-5Southern US

January
K-3North Africa
G4-5US New England

February
K-3Southern Africa
G4-5Canada Part 1

March
K-3Northern Europe
G4-5Canada Part 2

April
K-3Southern Europe

May
K-3Australia and Oceania

Geography Quest is a specially designed geography-learning tool for Bethany students. K-3rd grade students learn the world’s independent countries by continent, the same way that the Beaverton School District teaches all 6th graders. Students in 4th and 5th grade learn the names of the US States and their capitals along with Canadian provinces.  For a bonus, a list World Wonders or Landmarks is also included.

The map packet includes a labeled map, blank study map and a list of names to be learned. The names are sorted into 5 levels. It is up to you and your child to determine how many levels to learn.  For any who master all 5 levels, a list of world wonders or landmarks is also included as a bonus.

Studying the maps each month occurs at home. There may be some studying during Technology through fun, interactive games or in the school library via books.

Each month on Quiz Day students will show a volunteer what they learned. The students will be given a blank map, then asked to point at each country, state, or province as the volunteer reads the name.  After identifying a state they will be asked the capital.   For the World Wonders or Landmarks, the Volunteer will point at the picture and ask for the name.  Volunteers are parents who encourage all students to the best of their ability.

Support GeoQuest!

We need lots of volunteers on Quiz Day.   GeoQuest quiz days are usually the last instructional Wednesday of the month from 8:10-10:50am.  Check the calendar for exact dates.  And if your kiddo has one of the early lunches you can hang around and join them for lunch.

GeoQuest welcomes:

  • Parents and guardians
  • Grandparents, older siblings, aunts and uncles, family friends

Learning resources

Help your child get prepared for GeoQuest Quiz Day. Practice with your child at home – a few minutes a couple times a week is all you need.

There are many ways to help kids learn such as:

Points System

  • Each child (Grades K-5) will have the opportunity to earn points for their classroom.
  • The classroom with the most points for the month will get the grade-level trophy.
  • Children will only compete with their grade level.
  • The classroom that earns the trophy the most often will get a pizza party at the end of the
    year.
  • Those students that get at least 6 points individually on each quiz will get a prize at the end of the year.
  • (Any make up tests will be added to the individuals score not the classroom score.)

Point System Breakdown:
1—attending GeoQuest and try to learn the countries.
2—attending and passing Level 1
3—attending and passing Level 1,2
4—attending and passing Level 1,2,3
5—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4
6—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4,5
7—attending and passing Level 1,2,3,4,5, and WONDERS OF THE WORLD

If you have any further questions about GeoQuest please contact our GeoQuest lead at geoquest@bspto.org.