Activity 1 – Your Town and Area
By Holly S. and Ashley M.
Cactus Canyon Junior High rests in the small town of Apache Junction in Arizona. Apache Junction is a fairly small town with lots of local shops. Apache Junction, also referred to as AJ, was named for the junction of Apache Trail and U.S. Highway 60. Our town has a library where citizens like to spend time and a pool by our junior high and high school that students and their families spend most of their summer at.
Activity 2 – Five places to visit in Arizona
By Maranda B. and Jackie B.
One of America’s most famous attractions, the Grand Canyon is a huge canyon carved over several million years by the Colorado River. Visitors can enjoy adventurous activities such as hiking, mountain biking, rafting, fishing, and helicopter tours. Visitors can also walk out on the glass-bottomed floor of the Skywalk to see views of the canyon. Many say it was an unforgettable experience.
Famous for its red sandstone formations, the town of Sedona one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona because it offers so much to see and do. Sedona also offers many man-made attractions that range from wineries to spiritual retreats, museums, art galleries and world-class performance theaters. With its beautiful landscapes and state parks, Sedona has many fun activities such as hiking, mountain biking, fishing, camping, horse riding and bird watching as well as golf, tennis and scenic drives.
Havasu Falls is voted as one of the Grand Canyon’s most photographed attractions. Hady cottonwood trees and picnic tables surround the waterfall where visitors can relax and have a picnic. The experience of getting to the the fall is as fantastic as the waterfall itself. To get there, It’s an 8 mile (13 km) hike, helicopter ride or horse ride into the Supai village.
Saguaro National Park
More than 91,000 acres of the Sonoran desert in Tucson, the Saguaro National Park protects the the giant saguaro cactus. Although the cacti are a sight to hold on to, the national park offers much more than that like prehistoric petroglyphs, historic sites and wildlife viewing. Within the vast mountain ranges of the park, there a number of activities available like scenic drives, hiking, biking and picnicking.
The Hoover Dam sits on the border between Arizona and Nevada on the Colorado River. A major tourist attraction, the Hoover Dam is a massive, concrete dam that was constructed during the Great Depression to control flooding, produce electricity and provided irrigated water. People can learn about the dam in the visitor center and there is guided tours where they can take an elevator ride in the canyon wall and see the power plant and generators. The nearby Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, offers spectacular views of the area.
The United States is an admirable country because of its freedom, opportunities, and ability to speak as you please. Our government allows us to have a freedom of speech, get an education, and do as we please as long as we know the consequences.
In America, freedom is a big thing. We have freedom for many things such as speech, press, assembly, petition and more. Freedom allows us to do things that other countries may not.
Being able to speak what you think is a great thing. Citizens in the United States are able to speak their opinions – good or bad. The things that are not acceptable are things like threats of violence or harassment which is understandable to keep everybody relatively safe.
Unlike some countries, the children in America usually attend school from about kindergarten to 12th grade, with college following afterwards. Children and young adults are able to learn and be educated so they can be successful in life ahead. This is important because having the capability to work and know things is crucial to provide for a family and earn good money.
As you can see, America is a country full of opportunities and potential. Our children learn and grow in a free environment. They become adults with jobs and families that are being provided for by people with hard working jobs and income. Americans can speak freely with no worries and express their religions, beliefs, and much more.
Activity 6 -Is there a song or music that typifies your country?
By Holly S. and Ashley M.
“… I thank God for my life and for the stars and stripes, may freedom forever fly, let it ring, salute the ones who died the ones who gave their lives so we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love,”
This verse of the song Chicken Fried by The Zac Brown Band really brings out the patriotic side of our nation, how we are thankful for the soldiers that fight for our nation and the our freedom that we are fortunate to have. This song truly represents our nation and all the little things that are enjoyed pastimes in America.
“ Well, I was raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia pine and that’s home you know, sweet tea, pecan pie, and homemade wine where the peaches grow..”
Although not all of America was raised the same way it’s how most of us view the American Dream growing up in the South, but that’s also another unique trait of our nation is that our diversity of how we were raised or the environment we grew up it brings our nation closer and a much stronger nation.
Activity 7 – Famous U.S. Landmarks
Activity 8 – A-Z Slideshow of U.S. States