The Global Passport Program at Genesee Hill Elementary School is designed to familiarize students with global geography knowledge. A student who completes all 5 levels of the program during their time at Genesee Hill will be able to identify the following:
- 133 Countries
- 3 Geographic Coordinates
- 7 Continents
- 9 Landscape Features (Mountains/Deserts)
- 50 States
- 33 World Capital Cities
- 39 Bodies of Water
These baseline geography skills will be critical to students in their future education and life pursuits, as our world becomes more interdependent.
What does my child need to do?
Students in grades 1 – 5 will receive a map from their teacher each month. Each month focuses on a different part of the world. Students will study the maps and be tested on their ability to locate countries, lakes, rivers, mountains, etc. at the end of each month.
What level should my child study?
There are 5 levels on each monthly map. The goal of each student is to pass the level of their corresponding grade. However, students are welcome to study and test at a higher level as a challenge activity.
1st Grade: Pass Level 1
2nd Grade: Pass Level 2
3rd Grade: Pass Level 3
4th Grade: Pass Level 4
5th Grade: Pass Level 5
How are students tested?
When being tested, the student will be asked “Show me (name of country).” The student will point to the country on a blank map. The student needs to identify each country listed for that month based on the level they wish to achieve. For level 5 the student must pronounce the city when given the prompt, “Tell me the capital of (name of country).”
To successfully pass Levels 1, 2 or 3, the student needs to identify all countries at the level they wish to achieve, missing only 1 cumulatively. To successfully pass Level 4 or 5, the student must identify all countries in all levels and the capital cities, missing only 2 cumulatively.
Are there any incentives?
Any student that passes Level 3 or higher will earn a bookmark on that testing day. Any student who passes Level 5 all year will earn a T-Shirt in June. Any student who learns all 50 states in December will also earn a reward.
Who tests the students?
Volunteers are the key to success! Volunteers test the students each month. We will provide training for testers, so consider signing up to help out even if you haven’t before.
If you are interested in volunteering one time, every month or occasionally, you may email one of the Global Passport Chairs:
- Karen Kasameyer (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Casie LaBella (email@example.com)
- Suzanne Eiler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shelley Kestner (email@example.com)
- Robin Lutton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
You may also sign up directly at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/
When and where are the tests held?
Students are tested in their Learning Commons the 3rd Friday of each month. The exact test dates are below along with a link to the study materials.
|September||Friday, September 28||September Passport Level 5|
|October||Friday, October 19||October Passport Lvl 5|
|November||Friday, November 16||November Passport Lvl 5|
|December||Friday, December 14||December Passport Lvl 1-3
December Passport Lvl 4-5
*Please note students must study and pass both maps in order to pass level 5.
|January||Friday, January 18||January Passport Lvl 5|
|February||Friday, February 15||CANCELLED|
|March||Friday, March 22||February Passport Lvl 5|
|April||Friday, April 19||April Passport Lvl 5|
|May||Friday, May 24||May Passport Lvl 5|