by Mia Bivaletz
On June 17th, Central School had their first ever 3rd grade Geography Bee. The Geo Bee focused on questions about the 50 states and was organized by Library Media Specialist Lindsay Chell. “One of my goals this year was to infuse more Social Studies into my library program when teaching research skills. I find that it piques students’ interest,” said Chell.
Students in the classes of Nicole Evins, Lyndsay Carroll and Lisa Scherzer, were divided into teams. For two months they ambitiously prepared in school, as well as at home. In order for the students to prepare, each group researched a state and created a multi-faceted presentation. Students learned state nicknames and capitals as well as many other facts that make the different states unique and special. Moving beyond memorization, students honed their skills in terms of research, teamwork, and cooperation. They also were able to develop in the areas of public speaking and positive sportsmanship.
In advance of the bee, Chell created a bank of questions by utilizing online encyclopedia entries in World Book Kids. This is a student-friendly resource used frequently throughout the Warren Township school district. The day of the competition, winning teams from each class participated in the finals. Principal Milita, teachers, and peers were in the audience, supporting the fifteen children as they listened intently to the questions, eager to reply! Chell asked, “This state has the only public diamond mine in the world. It is also the only state where diamonds can be found in the USA. What state is it?” You can ask a Central School 3rd grader today!
Warren Township Schools… Shining Brighter Every Day!