Posts Tagged ‘Treasure Hunt’

ThanksUSA co-founders, Rachel and Kelsi Okun, will be presented with the prestigious Jefferson Awards, the “Nobel Prize for public service,” on Tuesday, March 6th. The Okuns will join fellow honorees for the national awards ceremony to be held in New York. Read the press release below to learn more about this year’s honorees and their altruistic efforts. Updates will post to our Facebook page and we encourage you to visit www.jeffersonawards.org to learn more.

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! Just a reminder that we are currently in Phase I of TH7 which means that school and youth group participants are eligible for prizes. If you are the adult teacher or leader who registered the group, please make certain that all of the contact information is updated in your Treasure Hunt account profile – we need to be able to reach you if you win!!

Speaking of winning, the next Phase I deadline is March 15, 2012. Your school or youth group could win a $1000 gift certificate just for unlocking the treasure of Chapter 3, New Zealand, or Chapter 4, First Ladies. Let’s take a look at a clue from Chapter 3, New Zealand:

19. This “kiwi” grew up with many hardships, but looked upon them as a gift. With his inquiring mind, he captured the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. What is his last name?

So we’re looking for a New Zealand native, male, who won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. The spaces provided under the clue indicate that his last name contains ten letters. You’ll soon discover that there are two “kiwis” who have not only won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, but whose last names contain ten letters. You’ll have to take a closer look at the clue and learn a little more about each man to determine which one is the answer. Here are a few additional hints to help you along:

image from the Office of Science and Technology

** His complex study, research, and experimentation focus was introducing metallic conductivity to organic polymers (flexible plastic that can conduct electricity)

** He joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1955 and was serving UPenn as Blanchard Professor of Chemistry when he passed in 2007

** He received his Nobel Prize in 2000 along with fellow chemists, Heeger and Shirakawa


Once you have determined which scientific mind we are honoring, remember to locate your answer in the wordsearch to the left. I do hope that if you are a teacher or youth group leader that you will take the time to help your students learn about the subject matter in TH7…after all, you may be mentoring the next Nobel Prize winner!

Thank you to all who have been participating in TH7 and remember to tell your friends and family to play. We have some exciting bonuses in the works (more to come). Make sure to stay up to date by following us on Twitter and joining our Facebook page. Good Hunting!

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The first two winners of TH7, Phase I, have been selected! I will be announcing the names of our winning classrooms/youth groups shortly, so be sure to visit this blog and check out our Facebook page for updates.

The next Phase I entry deadline is March 15th. All classroom/youth group participants who submit correct entries for Chapter 3 and/or 4 will be eligible to win a $1,000 gift certificate to purchase supplies! New groups can still register and qualify for prizes…click here to register your group now.


Since the next entry deadline is approaching quickly, let’s take a closer look at a clue from Chapter 3, New Zealand:


3.  Tahi, rua, _____. What comes next int he Maori language?

ABC’s and 123’s…the essentials of education exist in every culture and introducing children to a foreign culture through language is both fun and engaging. If you are participating in TH7 with a school or youth group, challenge them to count higher in Maori or ask them to research the Maori language and learn a simple phrase. Afterall, He Taonga te Reo!

After you answer the clues in Chapter 3, don’t forget to locate and highlight your answer in the word search. This is a very large and busy word search…answers will be found forwards, backwards, up, down, and diagonally, so take your time! If you get stuck or need additional hints, leave a comment and I’ll help you through it.

Here are some additional resources for solving clues and unlocking the New Zealand treasure:

CIA World Factbook New Zealand – accurate and thorough information

www.newzealand.com/us/ – has a great interactive map so you can explore virtually

www.worldatlas.com – a lot of ads and may be too “busy” for younger children, but still contains accurate information

Your local library! –  even with the internet, our libraries are still a precious resource

As always, I wish you the best of luck and hope you have fun exploring New Zealand through TH7!



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This is it Phase I Treasure Hunters…the first TH7 deadline is Thursday, February 16th. One school/youth group winner will be randomly selected for each of the first two chapters. How can your classroom or youth group win? Simple…register for TH7 and submit correct answers for chapter 1, Taiwan or Chapter 2, Military Movies.  Let’s take a closer look at one more clue from Chapter 2, Military Movies:

NOT Matthew Broderick




15. Glory, a 1989 film, tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first official African-American units during the United STates Civil War. The story is told from the point of view of its commanding officer, played by Matthew Broderick. What is the name of this real-life officer?



It may seem simple and quick to just look up the answer to this question in a movie database, but I really do hope that you’ll take a little time to learn about the subject matter. Get to know more about the real-life person instead of just the dramatized character of the movie! Just in case you need a little more guidance, here are a few facts about the real-life man who we’re trying to identify:

*  Although he withdrew prior to graduation, he is memorialized in Harvard’s Memorial Hall listed with the class of 1860

* When he learned that his men were to be paid less than white soldiers, he led a boycott until the issue was resolved

* He was buried in a common grave with his soldiers…an act that was meant to be an insult. His family, however, accepted his eternal resting place with pride knowing that he would want to be buried with his brave soldiers

* The memorial of this leader with the 54th Regiment was built in Boston, 1897. A slightly different design of the memorial is displayed at the National Gallery of Art in D.C.

Next week we’ll start tackling clues from the third chapter of TH7, New Zealand. If there is a particular clue that you would like to see addressed here, please leave a comment. In the meantime, I wish everyone the best of luck with the first Phase I drawing…I’ll be speaking with winners this Friday!

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Welcome back Treasure Hunters! Can you believe it’s already February? In less than two weeks we will be drawing the first two Phase I winners of TH7. All school and youth group participants who submit correct answers to Chapter 1, Taiwan, or Chapter 2, Military Movies, will be eligible to win. This week, we’ll take a closer look at a clue from Chapter 2, Military Movies:

6. Comedian Robin Williams received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of this real-life Armed Forces Radio service disc-jockey in the movie Good Morning Vietnam.

First, let me state that I am not suggesting that your school or youth group watch an R rated film. There are plenty of resources available to research the question without actually viewing the movie. So, let’s look at some additional facts about the real-life man that we’re trying to identify:

** His broadcasting career began at the young age of 12 with the DuMont Television Network in Pittsburgh, PA

** He served as special assistant to the director of the POW/MIA office

** He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans Institute

Of course the movie character was just that…a character loosely based on the real-life person. I know that during my research of this clue I learned a lot about this patriotic man and his continued dedication to both our nation and his fellow veterans. I hope that your journey through TH7 brings you both entertainment and education.

If there are any particular clues that are giving you grief, don’t hesitate to ask for help. I know the deadline is approaching, but there is still time to register your school or youth group. Past winners include classrooms from public, private, and homeschools, as well as youth groups including after school programs and clubs. Participating in ThanksUSA’s Treasure Hunt Seven is a fun way to help your students learn to work together and share ideas while learning. Best of Luck!


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The Killer Angels (original cover art)


Welcome back Treasure Hunters! This week we’re going to shift our focus to the second chapter of ThanksUSA’s Treasure Hunt 7, Military Movies. I know that many of our school-aged participants may be a bit young to actually watch some of the material covered in chapter two, but I’m sure that their group leaders, teachers, and parents can help them solve this chapter without viewing the films. Let’s get some hints for solving one of our great clues from Chapter 2, Military Movies:


8. The 1993 film Gettysburg focuses on battle events as seen through the eyes of prominent members of Union and Confederate armies. The film was based on this author’s book, The Killer Angels.

I know, I know…the chapter is Military Movies and we want you to find the author of a book. Personally, I think you should always read the book before seeing the movie, but here are some additional clues for this question:

** Though awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1975, The Killer Angels has originally been rejected by 15 publishers

** This author’s son established an annual literary award in his honor that recognizes ‘Excellence in Civil Fiction’

** At various times, The Killer Angels has been required reading at many military academic institutions

** The author’s final novel, For Love of the Game, was published posthumously and also made it to the big screen

The first Phase I deadline for TH7 is February 16th. All school/youth group participants who submit correct answers for Chapter 1, Taiwan, or Chapter 2, Military Movies, will qualify for the first prize drawing.

We’ll continue to focus our attention on Military Movies leading up to our first deadline. But…if you ever need assistance with any of the TH7 clues, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send a direct email to sherrykoch@thanksusa.org Good Hunting!!

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This is it Treasure Hunters…the final deadline for Summer Stories is tonight. One winner will be drawn from the correct Week 10 entries and 1 lucky participant will win the Summer Stories grand prize – a Kindle! Remember, you can revisit the clues from previous weeks in order to qualify for the grand prize, so login and submit your answers now!

Congratulations to our Week 9 winner, Daphne Leigh who says, “I have been playing ThanksUSA for so long I can’t even remember when I started.  It’s a fun way to learn about our history and a  challenge to what I remember and what I have to seek out each week.”

Daphne Leigh and her beautiful family

Thanks for playing Daphne! Good luck to you and all of our TH6 and Summer Stories participants. All players, please take a moment to verify the contact information in your profile…if you win a prize, I need to be able to reach you!!

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