GETTING THE GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS STARTED:
THE ESSENTIALSOF GEOGRAPHY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
- A frame where you can slide swap the geography question of the week in and out easily (I print my questions at 85% to fit a 5×7 frame)
- Atlases that cover U.S. and world geography
- An box for students to submit their answers
- A display of the rules
THE EXTRAS OF GEOGRAPHY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
- Quotes encouraging students to learn about the world
- Postcards showing different places from around the world
- An up-to-date globe
- Photocopies of answer sheets if you want submissions to be more streamlined (included in the resource)
- Holder for weekly questions while not in use
- Stack of additional books showing engaging photographs from around the world
THE RULES OF GEOGRAPHY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
- All answers must be submitted by 8:00a.m. on Friday morning.
- Do not ask Google, Siri or Alexa
- You must include your name on your answer to receive credit
THE ROUTINE OF GEOGRAPHY QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
I introduce the new question on Fridays just before dismissal. I include their question in our weekly newsletter that goes home on Fridays too, since they are hard to remember. If you have a classroom website, or other forms of communication, it is a great way to get families involved.
I let students research their answers at home, or during any down time they might have in the classroom (e.g. if they finish their work early or we have indoor recess). All answers must be in by the following Friday morning. No student is forced to participate, but it is amazing how many do!
I do not give “rewards” to students who participate, but if they get the answer correct, they get to add a “Smart Thinking Marble” into our classroom marble jar. To learn more about our Bravery and Smart Thinking Marble Jar, you can read THIS POST.
I LOVE watching the collaboration, excitement, and learning that this simple activity creates. If you want to try this in your classroom and are looking for help getting started, check out my Geography Question of the Week resource HERE.
If you have any questions about this routine, or are looking for help adapting it to your classroom, leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help!
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