Geography Awareness Week

Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to the importance of geographic understanding.

View the Geo Quiz Scoreboard

Statewide Activities

WIGA Geography Quiz

Have your students compete in a statewide contest with online quizzes  – complete with a leaderboard!  The leaderboard will be split between two grade divisions: 5-8 and 9-12. You will receive a personalized classroom link on Quia and get daily quizzes comprised of 10 multiple choice questions and have a time limit of 10 minutes.  The top students at the end of the week will receive prizes from the Wisconsin Geographic Alliance!

Interested in participating?  Sign up your class by clicking the registration button above! After you register we will contact you with confirmation of your registration. We will also ask you to submit a roster of your class so we can track progress for each student. More details will be in your confirmation email.

View the Geo Week Quiz Scoreboard (updated daily during the quiz).

GAW in the News

Wisconsin State Journal (11/15/15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Blitz

Encourage students to post to social media something about Wisconsin Geography using the hashtag #wigeo for chances to win prizes!  This could include information about Wisconsin’s landforms or famous cultural sites, pictures showcasing our state, their favorite vacation spot or even their community.

 

National Activities

National Geographic hosts a suite of resources all about geography as a field and discipline, and even more tips and tools to plan your own GeoWeek celebrations!  Read more about the history and purpose behind Geography Awareness Week. Below are some quick links to get you started (click to visit page).

Discover materials created by National Geographic for Geography Awareness Week (including an archive that has materials going back to 2000!)

Discover materials created by National Geographic for Geography Awareness Week (including an archive that has materials going back to 2000!)

From online interactive mapping modules to ideas for a geography-rich classroom, find lessons, activities, and games to help enhance your geography curriculum!

From online interactive mapping modules to ideas for a geography-rich classroom, find lessons, activities, and games to help enhance your geography curriculum!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start by learning about geography and why it is important

Start by learning about geography and why it is important

Find professional learning resources to help you learn geography

Find professional learning resources to help you learn geography