Geo Bee Questions for Pre-K through Fourth Grades

Pre-K and Kindergarten:

1. Know the difference between a map and a globe.

2. Know these places and be able to identify them on a map or globe:
A. Kentucky  (or your state)
B. United States
C. North Pole
D. South Pole
E. Tropics (Equatorial area)

3. Be able to identify the following (point to a picture of it):

A. River - a body of water that flows over land in a long channel. Major rivers have many tributary streams and rivers flowing into them.

B. Lake - a large, inland body of water, completely surrounded by land. Lakes are larger than ponds.

C. Ocean - the entire body of salt water that covers nearly 3/4 of the earth’s surface. Any of five separate oceans: Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, Antarctic (Great Southern).

D. Mountain - a rugged, upthrust mass of rock that looms high above the surrounding land. Much larger than a hill.

E. Volcano - an opening, or vent, in the earth’s crust through which ashes, hot gases, and lava may erupt.

F. Forest - a region thickly covered with trees and abundant underbrush.

G. Waterfall - a stream that flows over the edge of a cliff. May be large and dramatic (high) or small and splashing.

4. Know that the poles are cold and the tropics are hot and we are in between.
First Grade:

1. Know the material for pre-K/K, as well as the following:

2. Be able to point to these places on a map or globe:

A. Tennessee
B. Ohio
C. Ohio River
D. Mississippi River
E. Great Lakes
F. Florida
G. Texas
H. California
I. Mexico
J. Canada
K. Alaska
L. Hawaii
M. Pacific Ocean
N. Atlantic Ocean
O. North America
P. South America

3. Be able to identify (point to a picture of) the following:

A. Glacier - a great mass of ice slowly sliding down a mountain slope or through a valley. Glaciers are slowly moving rivers of ice.

B. Sea - a large body of salt water that is smaller than an ocean. Sea and ocean are terms often used interchangeably to refer to great bodies of salt water. Examples of seas in Europe: Black Sea, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Ionian Sea, etc.

C. Geyser - a naturally hot, or geothermal, spring that shoots scalding water and steam high into the air. The water is heated underground through volcanic activity.

D. Continent - one of seven great masses of land on earth. The continents are North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Antarctica.

4. Know that Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky.

5. Know that the full name of our country is the United States of America

Second Grade:

1. Know all information for pre-K through first grade, plus the following:

2. Be able to point to the following places on a map or globe:

A. Missouri
B. West Virginia
C. Virginia
D. Indiana
E. Illinois
F. Australia
G. Brazil
H. Russia
I. China
J. Appalachian Mountains
K. Antarctica
L. Africa
M. Washington, D.C.

3. Be able to identify (point to a picture of) the following:

A. Dune - a mound or ridge of loose sand shaped by blowing winds. Dunes are found both in deserts and along seashores.

B. Marsh - a low, spongy wetland covered with thick, healthy growths of tall grasses and reeds.

C. Rapids - a stretch of a stream or river where the fast-moving current crashes against the rocks and boulders in its path. Seething, foaming rapids are sometimes called white water.

D. Bay - a small area of sea or lake partly enclosed by dry land. Some deep, sheltered bays may be used as harbors.

E. Highland - a mountainous or hilly region that stands above the surrounding landscape.

F. Lowland - just the opposite of a highland. It is a low, flat area of land. May be lower than the surrounding landscape, overall.

G. Hill - an elevated, rounded bit of land. Lower and smaller than a mountain.

H. Iceberg - a large chunk of floating ice that has broken off from a glacier. About 9/10 of an iceberg floats beneath the water.

4. Know that the three primary languages spoken on the continent of North America are English, Spanish and French.

5. What are the five geographical regions of the state of Kentucky? Eastern Mountains and Coalfields; Bluegrass; Pennroyal; Western Coal Fields; Jackson Purchase.

6. Through what geographical area did the first explorers enter Kentucky by land? Cumberland Gap

7. What three major types of herd animals roamed Kentucky at the time the first explorers entered? Bison, Elk and Deer
Third Grade:

1. Know all information for pre-K through second grade, plus the following:

2. Be able to name these places on a map or globe:

A. All seven continents (Asia, Africa, Antarctica, North America, South America, Australia, Europe)

B. All five oceans (Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, Indian, Great Southern or Antarctic)

C. Southeastern Region States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia

D. New York

E. Spain

F. France

G. Britain

H. Italy

I. Germany

J. Name the Great Lakes: Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, Superior

K. Colorado River

L. Rio Grande River

M. Mediterranean Sea

N. Swiss Alps

O. Europe

P. Asia

Q. Louisville, Kentucky

R. Los Angeles, CA

S. Salt Lake City, Utah

T. New York City

U. Columbia River

V. Great Salt Lake

W. Grand Canyon

X. Mt. St. Helens

3. Be able to name the following items when shown a picture of them:

A. Peninsula - a large piece of land that juts far out into the water and is almost surrounded by water (except for one side). Florida is a long peninsula.

B. Prairie - vast, open plains covered with natural grasses in the American Southwest. In other parts of the world grasslands are known by other names, such as savannas, pampas, plains, veldts, or steppes.

C. Beach - the sandy or rocky land at the edge of an ocean, sea or lake. Beaches are part of the coastline or seashore.

D. Desert - a very dry and desolate land that receives little or no rainfall. Most deserts are covered with rocks and stones. Only 1/5 of all deserts are covered with sand.

4. Know the directions North, South, East and West and how to find them on a map.

5. Know that lower elevations are warmer, in general, than higher elevations.

6. What is the name of the large natural lake on Kentucky’s border that was created by an earthquake in 1811-12? Reelfoot Lake

7. What animal provided a major source of meat for early settlers in Kentucky? Black Bear

8. What four major rivers form the majority of the border for the state of Kentucky? The Ohio, Mississippi, Big Sandy and Tug Fork

9. Which border of Kentucky is NOT composed of a river? The southern border, with Tennessee

10. What are the seven states that border Kentucky? Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri

11. On what river is the capital city of Frankfort, Kentucky built? The Kentucky

Fourth Grade:

1. Know all material for pre-K through third grade, plus the following:

2. Be able to name these places on a map or globe:

A. Minnesota
B. Michigan (both upper and lower peninsulas)
C. Wisconsin
D. Missouri
E. India
F. Japan
G. Yellowstone River
H. Missouri River
I. Gulf of Mexico
J. Indian Ocean
K. London, England
L. Moscow, Russia
M. Tokyo, Japan

3. Be able to name these when shown a picture:

A. Lagoon - shallow pools or bodies of sea water, often surrounded by coral reefs and/or small tropical islands.

B. Plateau - a large, highland plain that rises sharply above the surrounding land. Also may be called a tableland in some areas.

C. Tundra - a huge, treeless plain bordering the Arctic Ocean. Also, Alpine tundras are found on mountain slopes at altitudes where trees cannot grow.

D. Cave - a hollow, underground chamber. Usually has at least one opening in the side of a hill or mountain. A cavern is a large cave or a series of connected caves.

E. Cliff - a sheer, steep face of rock or earth that drops off a long distance.

F. Continental Divide - long mountain ridgelines that determine the directions a continent’s rivers will flow. In North and South America, rivers west of the Great Divide flow into the Pacific Ocean and rivers to the east flow into the Atlantic.

4. Be comfortable reading map key symbols and using them to identify points on a map.

5. Be able to name the seven Central American States: Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (be able to point to Central American on a map or globe).

6. What is the largest island in the world? Greenland

7. To what continent does Greenland belong? North America

8. To what continent does Iceland belong? Europe

9. Is there a land mass at the North Pole? NO, there is only frozen ocean.

10. At which pole may penguins be found? The South Pole, or Antarctica.

11. Which of the United States is most famous for growing pineapple? Hawaii

12. Which of the United States is most famous for growing potatoes? Idaho

13. Which of the United States is most famous for growing peaches? Georgia

14. In what state is Niagara Falls located? New York

15. In what state is Mt. McKinley located? Alaska

16. Through what state does the San Andreas Fault run? California

17. What were two natural resources of Kentucky’s Eastern Mountains and Coalfields Region that
would not be exploited until the 1800 and 1900's? Timber and coal.

18. What man-made lake in Kentucky is one of the largest in the United States? Kentucky Lake

19. What is the name of the large cave system found in Kentucky, thought to be one of the largest in the world? Mammoth Cave

20. What is the highest point in the state of Kentucky? Black Mountain, at 4,139 ft. above sea level.

21. In what cardinal order was Kentucky admitted to the nation as a state? 15th

22. What countries attempted to entice Kentucky to join with them, rather than with the new American nation? England and Spain
23. Where was the bloodiest battle of the Civil War fought in Kentucky? At Perryville

24. Was Kentucky a free or slave state up to and throughout the Civil War? Kentucky was a slave state, with Lexington as a primary market for the sale of slaves to states further south.
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