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Lesson 26: This Game Is Fun!


Anna plays the game "Catch Americana" and learns more about U.S. Presidents. She also learns to watch where she walks!


Learn to pronounce the new words for this lesson. Find out more about the U.S. Presidents and the symbols in the game Anna and Dan play in the video. You can also learn another way to warn someone of danger.


Use this video to learn about how people say "ought to" in fast speech.


Anna: This is the Roosevelt Memorial. Where is the symbol?
Anna remembers that Dan said: You have to find things that aren't really there. ... When you find an American symbol, you win points and a Fun Fact about a U.S. President.
Anna: Yay! I found Uncle Sam and I won another 40 points! What is the Fun Fact?
Voice: Franklin Roosevelt was the first to fly in a plane as president!
Anna: I didn't know that. This is a really beautiful memorial.
Anna: This is the Lincoln Memorial! Where is the symbol?
Anna: I found it! The Statue of Liberty! Please give me my Fun Fact.
Voice: Abraham Lincoln was a great wrestler!
Anna: I didn't know that. Lincoln wanted freedom for all people. So, the Statue of Liberty works well.
Anna: And I won 20 points! Time to find the next symbol.
Dan: Hey! Look out!
Anna: Sorry. Hey, it's you! Now, I should be more careful.
Dan: That’s okay.
Anna: This game is a lot of fun. Hey, what’s your name?
Dan: Dan. What’s yours?
Anna: Anna.
Dan: Like Americana!
Anna: Yeah, I guess so.
Dan: Did you find any symbols?
Anna: Yes, I found three and won 120 points!
Dan: Me too. But, did you find the bald eagle?
Anna: No. Did you?
Dan: No. First one to find it wins?
Dan: Anna, look out for that tree!
Anna: I learned a lot about presidents with this game. But I ought to be more careful. Until next time …!


Are there any memorials to famous leaders in your town or in your country? Tell us about them. Do you admire the leader? Write to us by email or in the Comments section.

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Activity Sheet Lesson 26

Activity Sheet Lesson 26

Learning Strategy

Learning Strategies are the thoughts and actions that help make learning easier or more effective.

The learning strategy for this lesson is Make Associations. When we think of connections between things we are making associations.

In this lesson, Dan makes an association to help himself remember Anna's name. After Anna tells him her name, he says, "Like Americana!" The name "Anna" sounds like the end of the word "Americana" to Dan.

Can you find another example of making associations in the conversation? Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.


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New Words

(air)plane - n. a vehicle that has wings and an engine and can carry people or things in the air
fly - v. to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft
freedom - n. the power to do what you want to do or the ability to move or act freely
Look out - phrasal verb. used to tell someone to be aware of something dangerous
wrestler - n. someone who competes in the sport of wrestling
yay - interjection.used to express joy, approval, or excitement

American Presidents and Symbols (Part Two)

Abraham Lincoln:
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

America's 16th President, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It said the 3 million enslaved people in the South were free. They could enjoy some kinds of freedom after the end of the American Civil War.
(President Lincoln's symbol in the Catch Americana game is the Statue of Liberty.) Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

America's 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was president from March 4, 1933 – April 12, 1945. He was the only President elected to four terms, and the only paralyzed President. FDR led the United States through World War Two. (President Roosevelt's symbol in the Catch Americana game is Uncle Sam. The Uncle Sam symbol called many American men to join the U.S. Army to fight in the World Wars. Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam

George Washington
George Washington

George Washington

George Washington was the first President of the United States, from 1789 to 1797. He was a strong leader for America. The bald eagle is the national bird of the United States. People think of the eagle as strong and powerful.


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Lesson 26 Lesson Plan

Lesson 26 Lesson Plan

See the Lesson Plan for this lesson for ideas and more teaching resources. Send us an email if you have comments on this course or questions.

Grammar focus: modal "ought to;" irregular past tense verbs

Topics: U.S. Presidents; Americana symbols

Learning Strategy: Make Associations

Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: Pronouncing "ought to" in fast speech; Giving warnings with the expression "look out;" Symbols associated with American Presidents


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