Autumn One – What is so special about the USA?

Welcome to Year Five.

This term we will be learning all about the United States of America.

There are lots of areas that you can research and explore.

Here are some starting points for discussion on our blog:

  • Why is America split into 50 smaller states?
  • What is the US constitution?
  • What is the highest mountain in the USA? What is the longest river in USA?
  • Why is the USA such a powerful country?
  • What do you know about the President of the United States? How is his role different to a UK Prime Minister?

Here is a video of former President Barack Obama accepting his new role in 2009. Why was this such a special moment in American history?

Watch here

Challenge! Test your US states knowledge in this map game: Play now



45 Responses

  • Harry WR says:

    Holly wood is in California and movie settings are normally found there, and California is a U.S. state in the Pacific Region of the United States.With 39.5 million residents, California is the most populous state in the United States and the third largest by area.

  • Harry WR says:

    In 1850, when California was admitted as the 31st state in the union, California was 29th most populous state (only Delaware and Florida had fewer people). In 1963, California became the most populous state in the United States by surpassing the New York state.

  • Declan says:

    The highest mountain in the USA is called Denali.This is the highest mountain in North America. It is very snowy and has five massive glaciers on its slopes, along with many icefalls. There are five major ridges that extend out from the summit and lots of rocky outcrops. Denali means the high one.

    • Miss Shaw says:

      Well done Dec, you have found lots of information about Mt. Denali. Did you know it used to be called Mount McKinley? Whereabouts in the USA is it located?

      • Declan says:

        No I didn’t know that it use to be called Mount McKinley.
        Mount McKinley or Denali is Located in the Alaska Range in the interior of the U.S. state of Alaska, Denali is the centrepiece of Denali National Park and Preserve.

  • Amelia says:

    5 facts about the USA

    America’s most popular team sport is American Football.
    Most tornadoes occur in America.
    Hawaii is one of the most recent states (joined in 1959)
    The city with the biggest population is New York of course, Los Angeles and Chicago.
    America has reached over 100 degrees!!

  • Mason says:

    Donald Trump is the 45th president of the united states. He was born June 14th , 1946in New York City. He first was famous for being a business man.

  • Ethan says:

    Florida is one of the most tornado states, with only Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma reporting more storms.

  • Dante says:

    Alaska is the biggest us state with an area of almost twice the size of Texas and is also the furthest state away from America and the other 49 states

  • Haris says:

    Here are some states in America: Utah,Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming. Did you know that USA is the third largest country in the whole world. In Utah there is the Great Salt Lake.

    • Miss Shaw says:

      Well remembered Haris – you could check out a song called ‘Nifty Fifty’ on Youtube to help you to learn all of the states! Which is the largest state and which is the smallest?

  • Oliver F says:

    On September 11,2001,19 sucicide bombers linked with the Islamic extremist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out the sucicide attacks against targets in the USA.Two planes were flown into the twin towers in New York City.A third plane hit the pentagon just outside of Washington DC and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania as a result of that

    • Miss Shaw says:

      Great research about an event that changed world history Oli. 9/11 was tragic, and we will never forget all of the innocent people who lost their lives. I always remind myself that sad events like these can also bring out the best in people – can you find any stories about people who acted in heroic ways during the attack?

  • Oliver F says:

    As a result of that 2,753 people were killed in the sucicide bombing

  • Oliver F says:

    Elvis Presley is one of the best singer of all time some of his best songs are suspicious minds,Burning love,Cant help falling in love and Its now or never.His nickname was the rock and roll king or king.He was born on 8th January 1935.
    ,Tupelo,Mississippi and died on 16th August 1977 Graceland,Memphis,Tennessee he died by Myocardial Infarction.

  • Aidan says:

    Donald trump is the 45 th and current president of the united state of America.Before entering politics,he was a business man and a television personality.he was born in New York.I don’t like him because he put a wall in Mexico and doesn’t treat fair the South American.

  • Declan says:

    Did you know that the Empire state building has one hundred and two floors which is equivalent to three hundred and eighty one meters and to the very top of the point is four hundred and forty meters.

  • Maryam says:

    Did you know that in 2010 Cadbury’s chocolate was bought by an American company called ‘Kraft Foods’? They also make Oreo biscuits.

  • Darcy says:

    A few facts about the usa:
    Countries with greater area than the U.S., such as Russia, have way too much unusable land.
    Size: It is the fourth-largest in area and third-largest in population.
    Guarded by two oceans nation to the north, the U.S. never had to worry about a major war on its borders.

  • Mason says:

    did you know that in New York there is a landmark called The Statue of Liberty, it stands at 93 m tall/ 20 stories high.

  • Ethan says:

    8.538 million people live in New York city compered to London which has a staggering 8,787,892 .I always thought that there were more people that lived in New York than London.

  • Rae says:

    Donald trump is very different to all the other presidents in my opinion he is really mean and selfish to a lot of black people . As well as mean Donald trump has built a wall to separate the black people now that is really really really mean.Why did people vote for him anyway he is not very nice to a lot of people.

  • Aaminah says:

    The longest river in the USA is the Mississippi River and the longest mountain range is the Rocky Mountains.There is also a few other rivers in the USA such as the Hudson River , the Colorado River , the Rio Grande River and the Ohio River.There are also some more Mountain ranges too such as the Appalations and the Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges.

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