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Pre-Opening Activity

Famous Americans


1. This person's last name starts with a "C." He sailed to North America in 1492, while looking for a route to Asia. What was his name? _______________________

2. This person's last name starts with a "V." He sailed to the Americas and was the first person to realize that Americas were separate from Asia. What was his name? _______________________

3. This word starts with a "P." This group of people sailed to Plymouth Rock in 1600 and settled in the New World. What was their name? _______________________

4. This person's last name starts with a "W." He was a Revolutionary War hero and the first president of the United States. What was his name? _______________________

5. This person's last name starts with an "A." He was the second president of the United States. What was his name? _______________________

6. This person's last name starts with a "J." He wrote the Declaration of Independence and served as the third president of the United States. What was his name? _______________________

7. This person's last name starts with an "F." He was a statesman, writer, printer, and inventor (among his inventions was the lightning rod). What was his name? _______________________

8. This phrase starts with an "L." These two people explored the American West, traveling from Missouri to the Pacific Ocean (in what is now Oregon). What were their names? _______________________

9. This person's name starts with an "S." She guided the two explorers in the last question through Indian territory while carrying her infant son. What was her name? ____________________

10. This person's last name starts with an "L." He was the 16th president of the USA and abolished slavery in the United States. What was his name? _______________________

11. This person's last name starts with an "S." He was a great Sioux Indian chief and the last chief to surrender to the U.S. Government. What was his name? _______________________

12. This person's last name starts with an "E." He was an inventor who revolutionized our lives by improving the light bulb and inventing many other things. What was his name? _______________________

13. This person's last name starts with an "A." She dedicated her life to obtain women's rights, including the right to vote. What was her name? _______________________

14. This person's last name starts with a "K." He was a champion for racial equality in the USA. What was his name? _______________________

15. This person's last name starts with an "A." He was the first person to walk on the moon. What is his name?

1. Christopher Columbus; 2. Amerigo Vespucci; 3. Pilgrims; 4. George Washington; 5. John Adams; 6. Thomas Jefferson; 7. Benjamin Franklin; 8. Lewis and Clark; 9. Sacajawea; 10. Abraham Lincoln; 11. Sitting Bull; 12. Thomas Edison; 13. Susan B. Anthony; 14. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; 15. Neil Armstrong.