I created Mad Geography many years ago for my 2nd grade class. I wanted my children to learn the Continents and Oceans of the world. Over the years I’ve added more and more tests including the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, and South and Central America. I hope you find these tests helpful in your own classroom.
These Mad Geography Tests are configured in sets, first by region and eventually proceeding to the whole United States. In each 10 region set, Test A allows students to learn where each State is located. The names are fully provided and students are only required to match the names to their correct location. Tests B-D then re-arranges the number identifiers on each test so mastery of location is assured, but it also removes 2-3 State names each test so that students must generate them from memory. Test D is considered the blind test. Students are required to identify the location of all the States in that region as well as generate all the names and spellings themselves. Students move onto the next region and follow the same pattern. There are also review tests for learned regions, the west half and east half of the United States, where students must identify all 20 states and spellings correctly. Once all regions have been learned, students take a whole 50 state test eventually leading them to the blind test. Upon completion of Test F, students receive a certificate stating that they have learned all the state Capitals in the United States. ©2000 by Paula King