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Spelling Bee

Felix exitus! That's Latin for success or happy outcome! Students will have the chance to compete in classroom bees for a chance to participate in the school-wide spelling bee.  In-person/hybrid students will compete in oral classroom bees.  Virtual students may participate in a virtual bee through the Scripps testing platform. It will not be in an oral format. Classroom level bees (in person and virtual) will determine finalists and alternates for the school bee.


 Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow us to host our school spelling bee program. In mid to late January, we will hold a virtual school-wide bee. Our school champion will then move on to represent Prairie Star in the Johnson County regional spelling bee program, which also may include online tests in lieu of in-person spelling bee events. More information about how to register to participate in the online test will follow! In the meantime, students can begin using and studying bee resources. Study Packets are available for download.  Details will be provided for classroom bees and virtual bees as they become known.  


What is the origin of s-u-c-c-e-s-s?

You can find it by following these 11 tips along your way to spelling superstardom:


For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.

Keep a "great words" journal for every new and interesting word that you find.

Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day.

For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee.

Do like Akeelah did. Spell and jump rope!

Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words.

Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.

Read great books. You'll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.

Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.

Have a parent sign you up for a Word Club season pass. Word Club is a fun new way to study official Scripps National Spelling Bee study words online, with tests on both spelling and vocabulary! Click here to learn more. Contestants -- that's you! -- in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence. play against other spellers simple but fun to practice common words. Works on your typing skills too! Come in and buzz around our nest of word fun.Find out more about this year’s Spelling Bee or
take a turn at our daily Spelling Quiz.

National Geographic Bee

National Geographic Bee cancelled for 2020-2021


Time to brush up on your geography knowledge! The library has a selection of resources sure to inspire and enlighten you on display! Social Studies classrooms will hold the preliminary round before winter break to select finalists and alternates. The school-wide bee will take place January 8th beginning at 8:00 am in the library. Finalists and alternates will attend. Guests are invited to watch.


National Geographic Study Corner

Geography Bee resources


Introduction: Study geography with the goal to be a good geography guesser. Listen for clues in the questions in order to make your best educated guess. For example, you will not be asked to cite the exact elevation of a mountain, but you might be asked which of three mountain ranges has the highest average elevation, or which of three cities is near a specific mountain range. You might be asked to name the continent where a mountain range is found. Which continent might you guess if the name sounds like it is in Spanish? Probably not Asia! Using logic to reason out the answer will help you more than lots of memorized facts.

Step 1: Learn about the National Geographic Bee: Are you trying to convince your parents to give you more computer time? Show them this bee info page and ask for permission to play geography games! Every day you can take a new geobee quiz for practice. Studying geography for 20 minutes a day is better than studying just before the bee.

Step 2: Surround yourself with maps: Look for U.S. maps at the dollar store, or print them off the internet. Print blank maps off the National Geographic website and practice pointing and naming the state or country. Look at a map or atlas while you are playing geography games.

Step 3: Check out the National Geographic Study Corner: Ignore the stuff for teachers on the top left, but try ALL of the links on the bottom left of the page.

Step 4: Start with U.S. Geography: Develop a good mental map (a map in your head) of the United States by playing geospy. For example, if you are asked about a fruit that you know only grows in a very warm climate, you probably won’t guess North Dakota. Once you know the 50 states, learn the 13 provinces of Canada.

Step 5: More U.S. Geography: Play more U.S. geography games to learn lakes, rivers, mountains, port cities and state capitals. Learn about agriculture, natural vegetation, major industries, tourist and historical sites, national parks and population trends. Connect what you learn to your mental map. As you learn about the Mississippi River, for example, look at an atlas to think about which states and major cities are near. Can you close your eyes and picture the Mississippi River on your mental map of the United States?

Step 6: ­­­World Geography: Play world geography games to develop a good mental map of the continents and familiar countries of the world. Learn about landforms, climate, crops and natural vegetation, bodies of water, important cities, culture and religion, general latitude and longitude, and tourist and historical sites. Donate rice to countries in need with each correct answer at this site that focuses on world geography. Check out the library to find books about different countries around the world.

Step 7: Current Events: Read up on current events that relate to geography. This is especially important for you if your goal is to win the Anwatin geography bee and qualify for state competition. Reading a weekly news magazine is a good way to learn about current events.

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. Check out the GeoBee Challenge, with ten new questions each day, and GeoSpy, to test your map skills.