President Obama

Barack Obama became the 44th president of the United States of America yesterday, January 20, 2009. Our worksheet on the USA is a great school resource and exercise for students. I have also posted some useful links below with photos and more information for the classroom.

http://projects.nytimes.com/44th_president/inauguration
http://www.nytimes.com/ref/us/politics/2009_INAUGURATION_SS_index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/01/17/washington/20090117_ADDRESSES.html

The New President of the United States

January 20, 2009 is inauguration day for the new president of the United States, Barack Obama. To celebrate the inauguration we have created a nine page worksheet (1.0 MB) about the United States, perfect for school. If you want to learn more about the United States please consider our awarding winning Know Your USA software.

Page 1: Map of USA with Regions and States marked.
Page 2: Join the Dots maps of the USA.
Page 3: Map with each State name and the Capital.
Page 4: Name the States of the USA pop quiz worksheet.
Page 5: Blank Flag of the United States, great for colouring.
Page 6: Barack Obama factfile with colouring.
Page 7: Washington DC factfile with photos.
Page 8: Barack Obama factfile and photo.
Page 9: US Election Results worksheet, colour in the winner of each state.

This worksheet is perfect for printing and photocopying. It is a great introduction to the United States and excellent classroom activity for the inauguration.

Download Worksheet on the United States of America

We also have a free online quiz for testing your knowledge of each State in the United States. Play it online at our website. Remember that each aspect of the USA is covered in detail in our award winning Know Your USA software. You can also watch the YouTube Animaniacs cartoon clip we posted a few weeks ago, a quick way to introduce the United States to younger children.

The inauguration takes place at 12:00 in Washington DC (17:00 GMT) on Tuesday January 20, this is too late to watch in school, but our worksheet is perfect classwork or for home work exercise that evening.

2008 US Election

November 4th, 2008 is election day in the United States. To celebrate the election we have created a five page worksheet (0.6 MB) about the United States, perfect for school. If you want to learn more about the United States please consider our awarding winning Know Your USA software.

Page 1: Map of USA with Regions and States marked.
Page 2: Map with each State name and the Capital.
Page 3: Name the States of the USA pop quiz worksheet.
Page 4: Blank Flag of the United States, great for colouring.
Page 5: US Election Results worksheet, colour in the winner of each state.

This worksheet is perfect for printing and photocopying. It is a great introduction to the United States and excellent classroom activity for election week.

We also have a free online quiz for testing your knowledge of each State in the United States. Play it online at our website. Remember that each aspect of the USA is covered in detail in our award winning Know Your USA software. Also you can watch the YouTube Animaniacs cartoon clip we posted a few weeks ago too, quick way to introduce the United States to younger children.

To keep up-to-date with the election we recommend the IrishTimes.com or the NYTimes.com for the latest news and results. Some good mapping websites for the election include: electoral-vote.com and politicalmaps.org. Learn more about the candidates Obama and McCain at Wikipedia.

UPDATE: Obama Wins the 2008 US Presidential Election.
You can view the results on our blog or at the interactive maps available on-line at Yahoo.com, NYTimes and the IrishTimes.com

The Wall Street Journal Podcast

Know Your USA was featured in The E-Report on The Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing on Wednesday, 17 September podcast (click to listen).

I just want to thank the guys for the mention, I really appreciate it. If you haven’t already subscribed to the podcast you can do so through iTunes, it offers a great insight into the world of technology and I highly recommend it for everyone interested in technology.

Listen to the entire Wall Street Journal Podcast

 

Audio snippet from the podcast that features Know Your USA

The E-Report podcast is co-hosted by Tom Dziubek and Paul Herrmann. It’s tacked on to the end of the Late Day Tech Briefing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Animaniacs – US States and Capitols

The United States Presidential Elections are fast approaching, Know Your USA is a great way learn about the USA. A quick way to introduce students to the states and state capitals of the USA is through this Animaniacs cartoon.

This is a blast from the past, originally broadcast 15 years ago in 1993. You can purchase the Animaniacs box sets from Amazon.com

Know Your USA 1.5 Receives CTR Editor’s Choice Seal

Know Your USA 1.5 was reviewed in the September 2008 issue of Children’s Technology Review and received the Editor’s Choice Seal.

Version 1.5 [Know Your USA], released Summer of 2008, includes more content (60 photos, better maps of each state with more details, better puzzles, and a direct link to both Google Earth and the Wikipedia entry on the United States). With these new tweaks, the program provides a straightforward and effective way to practice geography facts by way of a series of lessons and timed quizzes.

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Know Your USA – School Library Journal

Know Your USA was reviewed in the June 2008 issue of the School Library Journal magazine. The School Library Journal has a circulation of 38,000 subscribers and over 100,000 readers. The review was based on version 1.0, so many of the new great features of version 1.5 were not covered, learn more. The entire review is below, you can read it on page 81 of the magazine too.

Know Your USA: Discover the Geography of the United States. CD-ROM. Systems: Win 98 & later. Prod. by Edware.

Gr 3 Up -Here’s a fun way to test your general knowledge of the 50 states including location, capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, and National Parks. The “Study” section provides basic information about each state such as the area, population, nickname, and other statistics. Political and physical maps are included. The major flaw is the direct link to Wikipedia when more information is desired since there is no guarantee that all the material provided on that site is reliable. In the “Teach” section, users take a quiz and if they give an incorrect response, they are first given a hint and if their response is incorrect again they are given the correct answer. In the quiz section, the player is given the state name and must click the correct state on the map. Hints are given until the state is identified correctly. This game may be accessed for free at knowyourusa.net/quiz. The “Examine” section presents a test on all the topics covered. User progress is tracked and stored in a database to monitor future progress. An additional purchase. -Lisa Hardey, Sprague High School, Salem, OR

Interested in reselling or distributing Know Your USA in North America, get in touch.

Super Tuesday

The nominee for each party will almost certainly be decided on Feb 05 which is called Super Tuesday in the United States. 24 of the 50 States will vote for the Democratic and Republication candidate for the 2008 presidential election.

This is a great time to use Know Your USA to learn all about each state of the USA along with lots of other topics. I would suggest that you visit the New York Times website on Wednesday morning for the latest information and results.