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What is the Potpourri Civics Challenge?

The challenge is designed for students, grades 3 – HS. Students log in to NewzBrain and take a timed 20-question multiple choice test. The test is taken any time between Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Students have a goal to reach a benchmark score to qualify for state and national listings and qualify for an honor awards: President's Award, Patriotism Award, Freedom Award and Mr. News Owl's Honors Award.
  • Potpourri is a new, dynamic way to stress Civics Education - a fun competition in the school.
  • Students play on school tech or personal devices. Real time results make it fun!!
  • Teacerhs / GT / SS coordinators will play also, as it is important that teachers take the same module as the students.
  • Potpourri is a 20-multiple choice quiz. Quiz time is 5-8 minutes. A Perfect Potpourri Score is 400 points.
  • A new challenge begins every Monday morning, Grade levels have benchmark scores for success.
  • Real-time results by Grade Level. Students love classroom, school, state and national rankings. Immediately!
  • Students in your school/disctrict will be connected playing the same weekly event.
  • Rules are firmly established for validity; teachers are asked to monitor that students are following the Game Rules.

For GT teachers who travel the district, a wonderful thing is that you do not have to be with the students for them to play. Teachers get notifications after one of your students plays Potpourri and you get their score! This is great for teachers who have limited time with students each week, but want to add innovations.


What else do I get when ordering the Potpourri Civics Challenge?

  • Students Speak - The Students Speak section is to express thoughts on the NewzBrain Weekly Discussion Questions.
  • State Knowledge - The State Knowledge section is where students are asked to review and/or relearn their state knowledge.
    • Enter your State Leaders
    • State History (State Bird, Flower, etc.)

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National Weekly Potpourri 8-Minute Civics Challenge

The challenge is designed for students, grades 3 – HS. Students log in to NewzBrain and take a timed 20-question multiple choice test. The test is taken any time between Monday morning and Friday afternoon. Students have a goal to reach a benchmark score to qualify for state and national listings and qualify for an honor awards: President's Award, Patriotism Award, Freedom Award and Mr. News Owl's Honors Award.

  • Each player is allowed one test per week. The testing period is Monday-Friday.
  • The test is 20 multiple choice questions with a 30-second timer for each answer.
  • A perfect score is 400 points. (5) questions are worth 30 points, (5) questions are worth 10 points and (10) questions are worth 20 points.
  • When you are finished your score goes to your teacher/coach or sponsor.


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The Students Speak section is to express thoughts on the NewzBrain Weekly Discussion Questions.

An added feature allows the teacher to publish writings to the main NewzBrain site or send the writings back to the student to correct.
Students Speak
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The State Knowledge section is where students are asked to review and/or relearn their state knowledge.

  • State Leaders
  • History
  • Geography

NewzBrain acknowledges that state history, geography and politics are taught in certain grades. NewzBrain asks students of all grades to review state knowledge every year!