Anna learns about a new game, "Catch Americana." She walks around the memorials to U.S. Presidents and learns fun facts by playing the game.
In this video, you can practice saying the new words and learn how to make recommendations using "should."
This video teaches about past tense contractions, like "didn't."
Anna: Hello from Washington, DC! This city has many monuments and memorials.
Anna: Today I am visiting the ones built in memory of our Presidents: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt.
Anna: I want to learn more about them.
Anna: Hey! Watch out!
Dan: Sorry! I didn't see you.
Anna: You were not looking. You should be more careful.
Dan: I know I should be more careful. But this game is really fun.
Anna: What kind of game?
Dan: You have to find things that aren't really there.
Anna: How can you find things that aren’t really there?
Dan: They're in your phone. See?
Anna: I see. It’s like a scavenger hunt.
Dan: That’s right!
Anna: I don’t have time for games. I want to learn about U.S. presidents.
Dan: Then you should play this game! When you find an American symbol, you win points and a Fun Fact about a U.S. President.
Anna: I have time for this game!
Dan: Here are the symbols that I caught: the Statue of Liberty for 20 points, Uncle Sam for 40 points and the American flag for 60 points.
Anna: What symbol are you looking for now?
Dan: I am looking for the bald eagle. That is 100 points! It should be near the Washington Monument.
Anna: This game is awesome.
Dan: You ought to buy the app right now. It’s called “Catch Americana.”
Anna: Got it. Catch Americana.
Anna: Thanks! Good luck!
Dan: Good luck to you too!
Anna: This is the Jefferson Memorial. I know that Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence! Now, where is that symbol?
Anna: Here it is! My first one. It’s an American flag! I won 60 points!
Anna: An American flag works well for Thomas Jefferson*. I see lots of American flags on Independence Day!
Anna: Where is my Jefferson Fun Fact?
Voice: In his lifetime, Thomas Jefferson wrote about 19,000 letters!
Anna: I did not know that. Where is the next symbol?
*See an explanation of this sentence in the Learning Strategy section.
In this lesson, Anna learns about a new video game. What games do you like to play? Write to us to tell us about the video games or other games you like. Send us an email or write in the Comments section.
Use the Activity Sheet to play a game that helps you practice talking about games, sports, and leisure activities.
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, Anna connects the picture of an American flag in her mind with President Thomas Jefferson. She sees the flag in the game and says,
"I know that Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence! Now, where is that symbol?"
"Here it is! My first one. It’s an American flag! I won 60 points! An American flag works well for Thomas Jefferson. I see lots of American flags on Independence Day!"
Anna is making associations between the flags and President Thomas Jefferson. What associations do you make when learning new things in English? Is there something in this lesson that you can associate with the new words? Maybe the association will help you remember them. Write to us in the Comments section or send us an email. Teachers, see the Lesson Plan for more details on teaching this strategy.
Check your understanding and practice your listening skills with this quiz.
Americana - n. things produced in the U.S. and thought to be typical of the U.S. or its culture
bald eagle - n. a very large bird of North America that has a white head and white tail feathers
build / built - v. to make (something) by putting together parts or materials
be careful! - an instruction to take care in a particular situation
catch/caught - v. to capture and not allow (a person, animal, or fish) to escape
Declaration of Independence - n. the statement adopted by the Second Continental Congress meeting at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 4, 1776. It said that the thirteen American colonies would not accept British rule
find / found - v. to get or discover something or someone that you are looking for
flag - n. a piece of cloth with a special design that is used as a symbol of a nation or group
Independence Day - n. July 4 celebrated as a legal holiday in the U.S. in honor of the day when the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776
memory - n. the power or process of remembering what has been learned
in memory of or in someone's memory - made or done to honor someone who has died
ought to - modal verb. used to say or suggest that something is the proper, reasonable, or best thing to do. It has the same meaning as should and is used in the same ways, but it is less common and somewhat more formal.
point - n. a unit that is used to score a game or contest
scavenger hunt - n. a game in which players try to find specified items within a particular period of time
should - v. used to say or suggest that something is the proper, reasonable, or best thing to do
Statue of Liberty - n. A large sculpture given to the United States from the people of France. It is a symbol of freedom and democracy.
symbol - n. an action, object, event, etc., that expresses or represents a particular idea or quality
Uncle Sam - n. A common symbol of the government of the United States.
Watch out! - phrasal verb. to be aware of something dangerous
American Presidents (Part One)
Thomas Jefferson - America’s 3rd president, Thomas Jefferson signed the Declaration of Independence on America’s birthday - the 4th of July. (The symbol for President Jefferson in the Catch Americana game is an American flag.)
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Each Let's Learn English lesson has an Activity Sheet for extra practice on your own or in the classroom. In this lesson, you can use it to practice talking about games, sports, and leisure activities.
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: Modals: should; ought to
Topics: Warnings: Be careful, Watch out; Recommending products, giving advice
Learning Strategy: Cooperate
Speaking & Pronunciation Focus: past tense contractions; Making recommendations using ‘should’
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