Picture of Akhil Rekulapelli and Ameya Mujumdar shaking hands in front of Soledad O'Brien during the final round of the 2014 Geo Bee

Akhil Rekulapelli and Ameya Mujumdar shake hands in front of Soledad O'Brien during the final round of the 2014 Geo Bee.

Photograph by National Geographic Studio

What's the best way for students to prepare for the Bee? Here are some tips from the National Geographic Bee Official Study Guide:

Getting Geographic Activities: Teachers can use these activities in the classroom to prepare students for the bee!

• Investigating the School Neighborhood

Exploring Landscapes Beneath the Oceans

Reading Highway Maps

Creating a State Postcard

Constructing/Interpreting Climate Graphs

Geography in the News

Investigating Big Cats at Risk

Comparing Density and Distribution

Constructing 3-Dimensional Maps

Understanding Time Zones

Constructing and Interpreting Population Pyramids

Tracing Migration Routes

Locating Highest U.S. Elevations

Interpreting “Earth at Night” Images

Mapping Global Urbanization

Tracking Violent Storms

Exploring Diffusion in Your Community

A to Z Geo-Scavenger Hunt

• Get the Necessary Tools: A good, up-to-date world map, atlas, and geography reference book are your best study tools, along with blank outline maps with which to practice locating places.

• Learn Map Terminology: Understanding what you're looking at and correctly reading labels and coordinates on a map are essential.

• Understand the Interconnectedness of Geography: Subdivisions of geography, such as physical features, climate, and culture, are all influenced by each other. Once you understand this, it will be easier to categorize and remember information about countries and regions.

• Follow Current Events: News items regarding political upheavals, international agreements, and discoveries are fair game for Bee questions, so make sure you are an informed citizen of the world. See our National Geographic News site for recent stories.

• Analyze the Questions: Visit our Sample Questions page to see the types of questions asked in the Bee and to learn how you can look for clues within the questions to help you figure out the right answers.

•Keep Geography Fun: There are many games you can play to help study for the Bee.

Quiz a Day

GeoBee Challenge

Weird But True

Animal Jam

The Ultimate US Road Trip

Quiz Whiz

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Winners' Video

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    2014 State Winners

    Fifty-four of the nation’s brightest young geography whiz kids will gather in Washington, D.C., from May 19 to 21 to take part in the 26th annual National Geographic Bee.

For Teachers and Parents

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    How Schools Register

    Learn more about the new online registration process for qualifying schools: U.S. schools with any grade 4-8.

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    Rules

    Every competition has rules—read ours, then let the fun begin!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Wondering how to register for the Bee or how to prepare? Our "Frequently Asked Questions" have the answers!

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    Study Corner

    What's the best way for students to prepare for the Bee? Here are some tips from the National Geographic Bee.

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    Sample Questions

    Answer sample questions from the National Geographic Bee, and get ideas on how to look for clues within the questions that can help you figure out the right answers.

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    Bee Study Shop

    The latest from the National Geographic Store will help you prepare for the Bee.

Student Activities

Teachers can use these activities in the classroom to prepare students for the bee!

  • Photo: Map of the world showing areas of freshwater

    Geo-Scavenger Hunt

    Simply memorizing terms and place locations can be tedious and even boring. One solution is to make the task fun with an atlas-based scavenger game.

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    Exploring Diffusion

    The movement of people, goods, or ideas from one place to another is a process known as diffusion, which plays an important role in shaping the characteristics of where we live.

  • Photo: Infared satellite image of hurricane Rita

    Tracking Violent Storms

    Springtime brings the possibility of extreme weather, including violent thunderstorms and tornadoes.

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