A fortnightly quiz that focuses on current world news from a geographic perspective. The quiz is designed to suit the UK National Curriculum at the upper primary/lower secondary level with questions based on world news with a strong focus on Europe, North and South America, Russia, Africa and Asia as well as the cities and counties of the United Kingdom. Quiz is published to the TES website every second Sunday of the school year.
The quiz is made up of five mapping questions plus fifteen multiple choice questions + answers.
The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes. The quiz is coloured but will photocopy well as b/w. The quiz is a PDF that you can download and print for your classes.
A separate answer file is included, answers are on the second page of the file that is not displayed on the TES website (so students can’t do a search of the TES website to find the answers!).
How are schools using Geography in the News?
As a quiz that can be completed in as little as 6 minutes.
As homework exercises that students can research the answers from a range of news websites.
Weekly group competitions within the class over a term or the year.
Weekly school geography competitions to promote the subject.
As a discussion starter.
In whatever way Geography in the News is being used it has been seen to engage students in Geography and improve their geographic knowledge by taking them beyond the classroom.
Comments from teachers using the quiz:
“… I have received only positive feedback from my Geography teachers. The students look forward to it each week and it has motivated them to become more aware of world events and current affairs. It doesn’t take too long before they make an effort to watch the news in order to win the title of Geo Hero for the week”
“Fantastic idea. My students have become so engaged with world news and learning how geography is applied in the real world”.
Geography in the News … a great way to engage your students with the world of Geography outside the classroom!
A weekly Australian version of the quiz is available by subscription via my website at www.geographyfocus.com.