UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE CAN DO QUIZ
1. What states of the USA are not part of the mainland?
Hawaii & Alaska
Mexico & Canada
2. What are the three colours of the American flag?
Red, White and Blue
Pink, Purple and Yellow
Click or hover over a country name below to see it on the map.
DID YOU KNOW?
Located in the north west of the United States, the state of Alaska is separated from Russia by approximately 4 kilometres (2.48 miles) at its closest point. In the south, the state of Florida’s closest neighbours are the Caribbean countries of Cuba and The Bahamas.
DID YOU KNOW?
Washington in the District of Columbia (DC) has been the capital of the USA since 1800. It is home to the Capitol Building where Congress meet to discuss national policy and write the country’s laws.
DID YOU KNOW?
The climate is generally temperate. The vast size of the country means temperatures can vary in one region to another. Alaska has extremely cold, arctic conditions, while South Florida and Hawaii enjoy a tropical climate.
The USA has four seasons. Select from the boxes below to see New York in each season.
June to August
September to November
December to February
March to May
FAMOUS LANDMARKS OF USA
Statue of Liberty
Located on Liberty Island in New York Harbour, Liberty Enlightening the World is about the height of a 30 storey building. Gifted by France to the USA as a symbol of friendship and now recognised as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
Golden Gate Bridge
Connecting San Francisco with Marin County in Northern California, this suspension bridge spans the Golden Gate Strait over a distance of 1,280 metres (4,200 feet). It is painted ‘international orange’ to allow the bridge to be seen through the fog in the bay.
In the Black Hills of south western South Dakota, huge faces of the past Presidents, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt are carved into the side of Mount Rushmore.
Located in north western Arizona, the Colorado River runs through this red rock canyon. The US state of Rhode Island could fit within the Grand Canyon as it is so large.
NATIVE NORTH AMERICAN ANIMALS
Name the animal
Drag and drop the correct name onto the correct animal image
NATIONAL ANTHEM, FLAG AND CURRENCY
‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is the official national anthem
of the United States of America.
The flag of the United States of America is a symbol of unity, linking Americans from all states and territories. It is also known as the Star Spangled Banner, the Stars and Stripes and Old Glory.
In 1777, when the flag was first adopted, it had 13 stripes and 13 stars to reflect the 13 colonies that declared independence from England. From 1795 to 1818, after Kentucky and Vermont joined the Union, 2 more stars and stripes were added to the flag. In 1818, the flag was updated with the stripes reflecting the original 13 colonies and a star to represent each of the 50 states of America.
DID YOU KNOW?
The currency of America is known as the US dollar. There are 100 cents in one US dollar.
Coins include, a penny worth 1 cent, a nickel worth 5 cents, a dime worth 10 cents, a quarter worth 25 cents, a half dollar worth fifty cents and a silver dollar worth one dollar.
CAN DO KIDS BAND HIGHLIGHTS
Click on one of the Can Do Kids
to hear more about their experience in USA.
I enjoyed our time in the countryside as well as the cities. The USA is a large country with 50 states. The people have achieved a huge amount since they set up their own Government in 1789. I learned new musical skills in each of the areas we visited.
Learning new drum beats linked to latin, jazz and hip hop music has helped me a lot. The people that I met were friendly and willing to share ideas and skills. By following the music, I learned a lot of important history.
This was my first visit to the USA and I enjoyed meeting people with different musical interests. In particular, it was good to understand the music of the Native Americans and the distinctive styles of those in Hawaii. On my travels, I gained some great recipes.
The tour of the USA helped me understand the people. The visit to Washington DC was important. I also enjoyed following the trail westwards and seeing how the early settlers explored and exploited new areas. Our performance at Carnegie Hall was the highlight of my tour.
It was a pleasure to host our Can Do Kids Band visit to the USA. It provided me with the opportunity to see states of the USA that I had only heard about before. I enjoyed introducing such a wide range of music styles to the other band members, as we toured the country.