Welcome to Geography Club for the 2016-17 School Year!

Bonny Slope’s Geography Club is a voluntary student enrichment world geography program for 1st through 5th graders. Participating in Geography Club is voluntary. It’s a fun way to build a student’s knowledge of the greater world.
 
Studying the maps each month occurs at home and check days occur once a month during the school day.  No sign up is required.  All Bonny Slope students in grades 1-5 are members of Geography Club.
 
We need volunteers for check days!!
Check days are a lot fun.  Contact us if you are interested.
Geography Club Chairs, Mindy Poorman & Stacey Stefanelli
geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org

How Geography Club Works

Each month there is one map to study at home.  The countries on each map are grouped into five levels, with level 5 containing capitals.

Students may learn as many levels as they’d like, depending on his or her desire. It is recommended that students study their grade level distinction, which corresponds to their grade. For example, a first grader would study level one each month, while a third grader would learn the countries in levels one through three.
 
Each month on check day (during the regular school day) students will show volunteer checkers the locations of the countries they learned that month.  Every student has a passport waiting and students can participate at any point during the school year.

How to Get Study Maps

Please note the maps have not changed.  Reuse your maps from last year!!!
If you need new maps they can be printed at:
http://www.bonnyslopebsco.org/geography-club/
 
Be sure to print the “annual schedule” for your study list each month.  Print the “study map” and the “blank map” for each month as needed. In addition all nine maps for the entire year will be available in one Geography Club Map Packet that can found in the front office during the month of September.

Challenge Maps

Geography Club also offers third, fourth, and fifth graders a chance to take their geography lesson a step further with supplemental challenge maps. These map packets are also available on-line and in the front office during the month of September.
 
Challenge Maps
3rd Grade — Monuments & Landmarks
4th Grade — States & Capitols
5th Grade — Geographical Details (oceans, seas, deserts, mountains etc.)

Geography Club Raffle

The Geography Club raffle is a motivational event, with hopes of boosting student participation and excitement. For every level a child earns their name is entered into the raffle.  The more they learn, the more chances they earn!  Each winner walks home with a $5 gift card to a local toy or bookstore.

End of Year Awards

Class Distinction — completion of all nine maps at student’s grade level (For example, a first grader completing at least level one on every map; a fourth grader completing levels one through four on all nine maps).
 
Level Five Distinction — completion of all five levels on all nine maps.
 
Challenge Distinction — completion of all nine challenge maps for each grade level.

2016-17 Geography Club Check Day Schedule

Wednesday, September 28-- North & Central America
Wednesday, October 26-- Asia & Middle East Part 1
Wednesday, November 30-- Asia & the Middle East Part 2
Wednesday, December 14-- South America
Wednesday, January 25-- Africa Part 1
Wednesday, February 22—Africa Part 2
Wednesday, March 22—Europe Part 1
Wednesday, April 26—Europe Part 2
Wednesday, May 24—Australia & Oceania
Wednesday, May 31—Recheck Day

If you missed a month you can recheck on this day or any of the above regular check days. Note that these dates are also included on the BSCO calendar, which you can follow on your iOS, Android or desktop computer.

Questions?

If you have questions or are interested in the varied volunteer opportunities, please contact geoclub@bonnyslopebsco.org