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Страноведение. Урок-игра "The trip around the USA"


The trip around the USA”

Цель урока: систематизация и обобщение материала по теме: «The United States of America»



  • Закрепить лексические навыки по теме «The United States of America»;

  • Ориентация на формирование развития аудитивных навыков и умений;

  • Развитие неподготовленной монологической речи на основе прослушанного текста, на основе фоновых знаний по теме;

  • Понимание высказываний учителя и собеседника в различных ситуациях общения, в том числе при наличии незнакомых языковых средств;


  • Способствовать развитию мышления, догадки учащихся;

  • Способствовать развитию умений спонтанного говорения;

  • Развитие творческих способностей учащихся;

  • Способствовать умению анализировать;


  • Способствовать проявлению у учащихся интереса к стране изучаемого языка;

  • Способствовать осуществлению эстетического воспитание учеников;

  • Способствовать воспитанию любви к культуре и традициям страны изучаемого языка;

  • Способствовать повышению мотивации к изучению иностранного языка;

  • Способствовать воспитанию у учащихся внимательности;

  • Способствовать созданию условий для коммуникации и работы в команде;

Тип урока:  урок говорения и закрепления пройденного материала.

Оборудование:  карточки с заданиями, карта США, картинки достопримечательностей США, проектор, флаги.

Ход урока

  1. Вступительная часть.

  1. Представление команд и целей урока.

T. Hello everybody! I hope you are very well. You can see a map of the USA on the board and many beautiful pictures (video file). They are not new for you. For some time we have been learning many interesting things about the USA. You’ve got to know

that the USA is the richest and highly developed country in the world. It stretches from coast to coast. Today we’re going to concentrate on the different interesting facts about the USA. At today’s lesson we are going to sum up the results of our work during our trip.

For this purpose we need two teams. Each team consists of seven players and a captain. Each team has its own desk with a flag on it. The teams will be given tasks. If the player knows the answer the captain should raise the flag. Only then the player can answer. For each correct answer you’ll get two points and for an incorrect answer you’ll get one point. The jury will keep the score and define the winner of our game. Good luck and let’s start.

b. Введение в иноязычную среду.

T. In the past only the rich people travelled for pleasure and education. But recently travelling has become less expensive and people have more money to spend. These days more and more people go abroad on holiday. So, let’s organize a travel agency in our classroom.

c. Role-playing the situation. Домашнее задание.

T. Imagine that Mr and Mrs Ivanov have come to travel agency. They have 2 children of 6 and 13 years old. They’d like to arrange their holidays, have they got any attractive offers of them? — It’s of course. Disney World in Orlando, the state of Florida. It doesn’t need any recommendations, it’s a wonderful place for both children and adults. Who wants to be Mr. and Mrs. Ivanov? I believe two travel agents are going to offer such an attractive place.

  1. Основная часть урока.

We will travel from one station to another. Captains, please, introduce your teams. So let’s begin!

Station 1. Geography of the USA (See Card 1.)


  1. The Mississippi.

  2. The Pacific Ocean.

  1. Alaska.

  2. The Atlantic Ocean.

  3. Hawaii, Alaska.

  4. Mount McKinley, Alaska, 6,194 m.

  5. Death Valley, Nevada, California, 85 m below sea level.

  6. Yosemite Falls in Yellow Stone National Park.

  7. The Painted Desert, the Gila Desert.

  8. Most of the country has a humid continental climate.

  9. 265,455,000.

  10. The father of waters”.

  11. On the Niagara River.

  12. Oil, natural gas, coal, copper, gold, iron, lead, aluminum.

  13. the Mississippi, the Missouri, the Colorado, the Yukon, the Arkansas, the Rio Grande.

  14. Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Great Salt Lake.

  15. The Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Mountains, the Cascade Mountains, the Cordillera Mountains.

  16. Federal union of 50 states.

  17. The Potomac River.

  18. 3,717522 sq. miles.

  19. The Lake of the Woods.

  20. 6.

  21. More than 1 mln people.

  22. The Indian Ocean.

  23. The Cumbrian Mountains.

Station 2. History of the USA (See Card 2.)


    1. 1492.

    2. Indians.

    3. New World.

  1. Yankee.

  2. George Washington.

  3. Santa Maria”.

  4. The Bill of Rights.

  5. Abraham Lincoln.

  6. The Democratic Party, the Republican Party.

  7. The United States of America.

  8. The nation of immigrants”.

  9. To make laws.

  10. The Speaker.

  11. The Supreme Court.

  12. By the President.

  13. The House of Representatives and the Senate.

  14. Legislative, executive, judicial branches.

  15. 1776.

  16. 1620.

  17. 1789.

  18. 1600.

  19. 4 years.

  20. 100.

  21. 8 years.

  22. After Amerigo Vespucci.

Station 3. The states of the USA

Answer the questions and name of the state. (See Card 3)


  1. Minnesota.

  2. Michigan.

  3. Kansas.

  4. Illinois.

  5. Utah.

  6. Alaska.

  7. Delaware.

  8. Alaska.

  9. Minnesota.

  10. Kansas.

  11. Washington.

  12. Rhode Island.

  13. California.

  14. Florida.

  15. Arizona.

  16. Montana.

  17. Nevada.

  18. Hawaii.

  19. Mississippi.

  20. Louisiana.

  21. Texas.

  22. Georgia.

  23. In the Pacific Ocean.

  24. Spanish for red.

  25. Cotton State.

Station 4. The sights of the USA Answer the questions and name the famous sights. (See Cards 4, 5)

Keys (Card 4):

  1. In the White House.

  2. Disney World, Florida.

  3. New York.

  4. 102.

  5. The Willis Tower.

  6. 132.

  7. In New York.

  8. About 21 km.

  9. The White House.

  10. More than 30.

  11. 1600, Pennsylvania Avenue.

  12. 110.

  13. District of Columbia.

  14. Philadelphia.

  15. The French.

  16. The Capitol.

  17. The Niagara Falls, The Buffalo Museum of Science, The Buffalo Historical Museum and Zoological Gardens.

  18. Niagara Falls.

  19. The Washington Monument.

  20. San Francisco.

  21. 6800.

  22. Hollywood.

  23. 540.

  24. The Washington Monument.

  25. The Empire State Building.

Station 5. People of the USA (See Card 6.)


  1. Neil Armstrong, July 20, 1969, space system “Apollo”.

  2. Abraham Lincoln.

  3. Elvis Presley.

  4. Samuel Clemens.

  5. Edgar Poe.

  6. Alexander Bell.

  7. John Pemberton.

  8. George Washington.

  9. Louis Armstrong, Elvis Presley, Madonna, Michael Jackson.

  10. Betsy Ross.

  11. Elvis Presley.

  12. Barack Obama.

  13. Henry Ford.

  14. Martin Luther King.

  15. Thomas Jefferson.

  16. Margaret Mitchell.

  17. John Pemberton.

  18. George Washington.

  19. Clark Gable.

  20. Walt Disney.

  21. Stephen Spielberg.

  22. Mark Twain.

  23. John Kennedy.

  24. Thomas Alva Edison.

  25. Abraham Lincoln.

Station 6. Holidays and traditions of the USA (See Card 7.)


  1. On the 4th of July.

  2. New Year’s Day, Christmas, Independence Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day.

  3. In the month of November on the first Tuesday after the first Monday.

  4. Thanksgiving Day.

  5. Halloween.

  6. Eggs, Easter Rabbit.

  7. They believe that Santa Claus comes with a big bag of toys.

  1. Baseball.

  2. Potluck supper.

  3. Groundhog Day, Martin Luther King’s Day, St. Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, All Fools Day, Mother’s Day, Flag Day, Father’s Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, Election Day.

Station 7. Symbols of the USA (See Card 8.)


  1. 50.

  2. The Stars and the Stripes.

  3. The Declaration of Independence, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, the American eagle, the donkey and the elephant, Uncle Sam.

  4. The Stars and Stripes” — is the most popular. “Star Spangled Banner” Francis Scott Key, 1814, “Old Glory” — William Driver, 1824.

  5. Original colonies, which declared their independence from Great Britain.

  6. Red colour is for courage. White is for purity. Blue is for justice.

  7. It is called “Star-Spangled Banner”.

  8. It was written by the lawyer Francis Scott Key in 1814. Congress adopted it as the national anthem in 1931.

  9. In God We Trust”. It was adopted in 1956. You can see these words on all American paper bills.

  10. 50 states.

  11. Eagle.

  12. France, 1884.

  13. The bald eagle.

  14. The Statue of Liberty.

  15. The Elephant.

  16. The Donkey.

  17. 13.

  18. 13.

  19. 13.

Station 8. Cities of the USA (See Card 9.)


  1. Manhattan.

  2. Washington.

  3. San Francisco.

  4. The Big Apple”.

  5. New York.

  6. Los Angeles.

  7. New Amsterdam.

  8. San Francisco.

  9. Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Chicago, Philadelphia.

  10. San Francisco.

  11. Chicago.

  12. Boston.

  13. Atlanta.

  14. Buffalo.

  15. Philadelphia.

  16. Miami.

  17. The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels.

  18. Chicago.

  19. 8 mln people.

  20. 5.

  21. The Paris of the West.

  22. Juneau.

  23. Tallahassee.

  24. Dodge City.

  25. Salem.

Station 9. Education and Science (See Card10.)


    1. 1636.

    2. 77,000.

  1. 23,000.

  2. 3,500.

  3. Courses.

  4. From 6 to 18.

  5. It’s a combination of all the types of schools.

  6. They give students more freedom how and what to study.

  1. 2.

  2. SAT, ACT.

  3. Captain John Smith.

  4. Alexander Bell.

  5. Samuel Morse.

  1. 1916.

  2. Robert Jarvik.

  3. Benjamin Franklin.

III. Подведение итогов урока.

T. Let’s sum up the results of our trip. Our game is over. The final score is ... in favour of the team.

  • What have we done at the lesson?

  • Did you like this lesson?

  • Have you found new information?

Thank you very much for our cooperation. I hope that our lesson will help you in future and you will visit the USA. Maybe, our dreams come true one day.

Домашнее задание.

Our lesson comes to the end and your home assignment will be to prepare the report about the famous sights of the USA.


Geography of the USA

  1. What is the longest river in the USA?

  2. What is the ocean in the west of the USA?

  3. What territory belonged to Russia?

  4. What is the ocean in the east of the USA?

  5. What are two separated parts of the USA?

  6. What is the highest peak?

  7. What is the lowest point?

  8. What is the highest waterfall?

  9. What deserts are there in the USA?

  10. What is the climate of the USA?

  11. What is the population of the USA?

  12. How is the Mississippi called?

  13. Where are the Niagara Falls?

  14. What natural resources is the USA rich in?

  15. Name the longest rivers of the USA.

  16. What are the biggest lakes in the country?

  17. What mountains are there in the USA?

  18. What kind of state is the USA?

  19. What river is the capital of the USA situated?

  20. What is the total area of the USA?

  21. What is the longest lake in the USA?

  22. How many economical regions are there in the USA?

  23. How many Ukrainians live in the USA?

  24. What ocean doesn’t wash the USA?

  25. What mountains are not situated on the territory of the USA: the Cordilleras, the Rocky Mountains and the Cumbrian Mountains?


History of the USA

  1. When did Christopher Columbus discover America?

  2. Who were Native Americans?

  3. How did Europeans call America?

  4. How did Indians call Englishmen who came to America?

  5. Who was the first president of the USA?

  6. What was the name of the ship which brought the first immigrants to America?

  7. What is the most important part of the Constitution?

  8. What president made American slaves free?

  9. What are the main political parties in the USA?

  10. What is the official name of the country ?

  11. America is called the “melting pot” and ... .

  12. What is the main duty of Congress?

  13. Who is the chairman of the House of Representatives?

  14. What government body is at the head of the judicial branch?

  15. Who is the executive branch headed by?

  16. What does Congress consist of?

  17. What does the US government consist of?

  18. When did the America became independence?

  19. When did the ship “Mayflower” bring a group of English Protestants to America?

  20. When did George Washington became the President?

  21. When did settlers from England first come to America?

  22. How many years did the Civil War last in the USA?

  23. How many senators are there in the Senate?

  24. How many years did the War of Independence last?

  25. After whom was America called?


Answer the questions.

  1. What states in the USA is called “The Bread and Butter State”?

  2. What state of the USA is called “The Lake State”?

  3. What state of the USA is called “The Sunflower State”?

  4. What state of the USA is called “The Land of Lincoln”?

  5. What state of the USA is called “The Salt Lake State”?

  6. What state of the USA is called “The Great Land”?

  7. What state of the USA is called “The First State”?

  8. What is the biggest state in the USA?

  9. What state is famous for its 15,000 lakes?

  10. What state is midway between the oceans?

  11. What state is famous for aviation manufacture?

  12. What is the smallest state in the USA?

  13. What state of the USA is called “The Golden State”?

  14. What state of the USA is called “The Sunshine State”?

  15. What state of the USA is called “The Apache State”?

  16. What state of the USA is called “Treasure State”?

  17. What state of the USA is called “Silver State”?

  18. What state of the USA is situated on an island?

  19. What state of the USA is called “Magnolia State”?

  20. What state of the USA is called “The Child of Mississippi”?

  21. What state of the USA is called “The Lone Star State”?

  22. What state is home of the cotton gin machine?

  23. Where is Hawaii?

  24. What is the origin of the name of Colorado?

  25. What is the nickname of Alabama?


Answer the questions.

  1. Where does the president live and work?

  2. What place in the USA called “The Magic Kingdom”?

  3. Where is the Statue of Liberty situated?

  4. How many floors does the Empire State Building have?

  5. What is the tallest building in the USA?

  6. How many rooms are there in the White House?

  7. Where the main headquarters of the United I Nations?

  8. How long is Broadway?

  9. What is the oldest public building in Washington?

  10. How many theatres are there on Broadway?

  11. What is the address of the White House?

  12. How many floors does the Sears Tower have?

  13. Where is the Jefferson Memorial?

  14. Where is the oldest zoo in the USA?

  15. What is the Statue of Liberty by nationality?

  16. What is the tallest building in Washington?

  17. What are the most interesting places in Buffalo?

  18. What sight can be seen both, in Canada and the USA?

  19. Which of the buildings is called “The Pencil”?

  20. The Golden Gate Bridge is the symbol of ... .

  21. How many museums are there in the USA?

  22. ... is the motion picture capital of the world.

  23. The Capitol building contains ... rooms decorated with painting and statues.

  24. The building is 555 feet high...

  25. What is the highest skyscraper in New York?


Name the famous sights

  1. The Statue of Liberty

  2. The White House

  3. The Capitol

  4. The Pentagon

  5. The Washington Monument

  6. The Lincoln Memorial

  7. The Empire State Building

  8. The United Nations Building

  9. The Liberty Bell

  10. The Golden Gate Bridge

  11. The Grand Canyon

  12. The Niagara Falls

  13. The Buckingham Fountain

  14. The Yosemite Falls

  15. Disneyland

  16. The Yellowstone National Park

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People of the USA

  1. Who was the first American on the Moon?

  2. Who of American presidents had a nickname “Honest Abe”?

  3. Who was the “King of Rock and Roll”?

  4. What was Mark Twain’s real name?

  5. Who invented the modern detective story?

  6. Who invented the telephone?

  7. Who invented the Coca-Cola?

  8. Who was the leader of the American army in the Revolutionary War?

  9. What famous American singers do you know?

  10. Who made the first American flag?

  11. Who wrote the song “That’s all right, Mama”?

  12. Who is the current President of the USA?

  13. Who built the first car?

  14. Who fought against racial discrimination in the 1960s?

  15. Who wrote a large part of the Declaration of Independence?

  16. Who wrote the novel “Gone with the Wind”?

  17. Who invented the soft drink Coca-Cola?

  18. Who was the first American President?

  19. Who played the role of Rhett Butler in the screen version of the novel “Gone with the Wind”?

  20. Who created Donald Duck?

  21. Who is regarded as the most successful director in Hollywood today?

  22. Who created “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”?

  23. Who was the youngest American President?

  24. Who invented the light bulb?

  25. Who wrote the Emancipation Proclamation?


Holidays and traditions of the USA

1. When is Independence Day celebrated?

2. Name the national holidays.

3. When is the Election Day?

4. What holiday do American people celebrate on the fourth Thursday in November?

5. When do American children dress up in costumes, go from house and say: “Trick or treat!”

6. What food is traditional at Easter?

7. Why do American children hang up their stockings on Christmas Eve?

8. What is the national sport in the USA?

9. What do Americans have when some families get together?

10. What other holidays are celebrated in the USA?


Symbols of the USA

  1. What is the number of the stars on the American Flag?

  2. How is the American Flag called?

  3. What are the national symbols of the USA?

  4. What are other names of the USA national flag?

  5. What do 13 red and white stripes mean?

  6. What do colours of the American Flag symbolize?

  7. What is the National Anthem of the USA?

  8. What is the history of the National Anthem of the USA?

  9. What is the national motto of the USA?

  10. What do the stars on the American flag stand for?

  11. What is the main figure in the emblem of the USA?

  12. Which country gave the Statue of Liberty to America?

  13. What is the national symbol of the USA?

  14. What’s American symbol of Freedom?

  15. What is the symbol of the Republican Party?

  16. What is the symbol of the Democratic Party?

  17. How many stripes were there on the American flag originally?

  18. How many stars were there on the American flag originally?

  19. How many stripes are there on the US flag?


Cities of the USA

  1. The island in the centre of New York is called....

  2. What is the capital of the USA?

  3. What is the city where the Golden Gate is situated?

  4. New York is called ... .

  5. What is the largest city?

  6. In which city is Hollywood situated?

  7. What was the first name of New York?

  8. What city is called “the Paris of the West”?

  9. What are five largest cities in the USA?

  10. Which Californian city was destroyed by an earthquake?

  11. What city is called “Windy City”?

  12. What is the capital of Massachusetts?

  13. What is the capital of Georgia?

  14. What is the second largest city in New York State?

  15. What is the fourth largest city in the USA?

  16. What city is a world’s famous resort?

  17. What is the full name of Los Angeles?

  18. What is the nation’s second largest city?

  19. What is the population of New York?

  20. How many district does New York City consist?

  21. What is the nickname of San Francisco?

  22. What is the capital of Alaska?

  23. What is the capital of Florida?

  24. The cowboy capital of the world is ... .

  25. The capital of Oregon is ... .


Education and Science

  1. When was Harvard College founded?

  2. How many elementary schools are there in the USA?

  3. How many high schools are there in the USA?

  4. How many colleges and universities are there in the USA?

  5. What do local high schools offer to reflect students needs?

  6. How does the school age vary?

  7. What is the American high school?

  8. What are free schools?

  9. How many tests are there for students who wish to attend a college or university?

  10. What are they?

  11. Who wrote the first American book?

  12. Who invented the telephone?

  13. Who invented the telegraph?

  14. When did the Garret Morgan invent the traffic light?

  15. Who made the artificial heart?

  16. Who invented bifocal lenses for eyeglasses?

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