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All of our Phase I (classroom/youth participant) winners have been notified and the last of the prizes are on their way. Our sincerest thanks to all teachers, youth administrators, students, and youth participants who worked so diligently on Treasure Hunt 7. Although Phase I has come to an end, the fun is not over…All Phase II (individual) participants have until August 15th to complete the TH7 chapters and be eligible for Phase II prizes. Remember, even if your child participated in Phase I, they can register as a Phase II participant (with parent permission) and play as an individual. The “Winners Page” will be updated soon! Until then, take a look at these photos of Bishop Woods Elementary students using their $1,000 Barnes&Noble gift card to sock their library:

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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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Congratulations to the Phase I Chapter 6 winners of Treasure Hunt Six: 9th grade Global Awareness students from Union County Early College High School! Each year, teacher Melissa Cook challenges her students to complete the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt. Though the students and subject matter may change, Melissa’s guidance seems to be paying off…students from Union County Early College High School have won a prize in each of the past five ThanksUSA Treasure Hunts! This year’s students have won a $1000 Barnes & Noble gift card to purchase supplies for their school. Mrs. Cook says, “Thanks again for a great treasure hunt! Students look forward to playing and it is an excellent opportunity to teach them more about our troops.” Thank you, Mrs. Cook, for making the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt such an exciting supplement to your curriculum and congratulations again!

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Bishop Woods Winners!

As the TH6 Chapter 1 winners, these Bishop Woods Elementary School students recently took a special trip to Barnes & Noble to purchase $1000 worth of books for their school! Pictured from left to right are Neftali Merino, Derek Gonzalez, Diamond Jackson, Wilmariz Vidro, Anayls Rivera. Not pictured, but equally important to the success of the Bishop Woods winners is Binisha Adhikari. Our sincerest congratulations again to Bishop Woods and our appreciation to Dr. Lowery for guiding their winning efforts!

Dr. Lowery reports that the children have a great time participating in the hunt and are excited learners. One student reports, “We are learning to be better readers and researchers – you have to read the clues looking for key words to search for just like when you read non-fiction and have to look for the main idea in a paragraph.” Well said!

We are quickly approaching the final Phase I deadline, Treasure Hunters! All school and youth groups need to complete the final 3 chapters of TH6 by May 19th to be eligible to win a $1000 Gift Card for supplies! Let’s take a closed look at a question from Chapter 6, U.S. Territories:

4. On April 17, 1900, this U.S. Navy Commander raised the American flag on Samoan soil and the territory of American Samoa was born:  IN JELLYBEAN FLIRT AN MINK

This clue gives us a specific date and location, so the answer should not be too hard to find. But just in case, here are some wonderful websites to explore and learn from:




I want all of our school and youth group registrants to be eligible to win. If there is a specific clue that just has you stumped, please leave a comment or send me an email at sherrykoch@thanksusa.org. Good Luck!

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The winners for Chapter 3 and Chapter 4 have been selected and I am in the process of verifying/notifying them now!  The final Phase I (school & youth group) Treasure Hunt Six deadline is May 19, 2011. To qualify for the final deadline, your school or youth group must successfully complete any of the final three chapters. As you progress through the hunt, the chapters (and clues) can get trickier, but don’t give up! We want your students to complete the hunt and I am here to help you do that. We have about nine weeks to complete the final three chapters, so I want to hear which clues are giving you the most difficulty.

If your class/group has already completed the entire hunt, please encourage your students to participate at home with their family members. Phase II of Treasure Hunt Six is for individual participants. The Phase II deadline for all chapters and the grand prize is August 15, 2011.

To help you get to the final Phase I deadline, let’s examine a clue from Chapter 5, National Parks:

2. The most visited unit of the national park system in 2009 wasn’t a national park but a parkway in North Carolina and Virginia named: _ _ _ _    _ _ _ _ _

There are several keywords int his clue, so you want to be very selective. Let me start by directing you to the best resource for this entire chapter: www.NPS.gov What better place to get reliable information than directly from the National Park Service?! When you visit the NPS website, look to the right on the home page and you will see a “search block” that will help you tremendously with this chapter – and maybe inspire your next vacation!

Here are a few additional hints about this particular clue:

Construction began in September 1935 at Cumberland Knob

This parkway connects the Great Smoky Mountain National Park to the Shenandoah National Park

Known as “America’s Favorite Drive”

Celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2010

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Congratulations to our latest TH5 Phase I winners! I hope all of the schools, classrooms and youth groups who participated during Phase I had a wonderful time exploring the history of our great nation. I’d like to introduce our Chapter 7 winners, students from Union County Early College High School:

Mrs. Cook’s Social Studies students have made the ThanksUSA Treasure Hunt an annual tradition and they’re efforts have certainly paid off. For correctly unlocking the treasure of chapter 7, U.S. Army, these bright students won a $1000 gift certificate to use at Barnes & Noble! Mrs. Cook says,  “We enjoyed playing the treasure hunt this school year. It has become a tradition at my school for ninth grade students. We play for several reasons:

1) to help bring awareness to the needs of military dependents
2) to learn more about United States History
3) to try to earn money to pay for student books and needs

We appreciate all that ThanksUSA does and hope there will be many more treasure hunts to come!”

Of course there will be more ThanksUSA Treasure Hunts!  In fact, on Sunday, June 6, ThanksUSA will premiere our Summer Snap-Shot…a series of weekly Americana clues for you to solve.  Each week, we will post a new clue on our website.  If you submit a correct answer by the following Saturday, you will be entered to win an iPod!  There will be a total of twelve weekly clues and if you correctly answer all twelve clues, you will be entered to win the summer Grand Prize – a Flip Video Camera!

So, where in America will you be travelling this summer?  Send us your Summer Snap-Shot and we’ll post it here and our Facebook Fan page.  Even if your family is planning a “staycation” this year, send us a photo – you might inspire someone to visit your city or state!

Still working on Phase I of TH5?  Let me know if you get stuck and we’ll cover the clue in an upcoming Treasure Hunt Five blog…just leave a comment below.  Good Hunting!

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Kwai Kwai Nedobak! Welcome back to the Treasure Hunt Five blog.  This week we’ll explore the Abnaki language to solve a clue from chapter 6, New Hampshire.  But first, I am pleased to introduce the Phase I winners of chapter 4, the Happy Homeschoolers/the Young family!  For successfully completing one of this years toughest chapters, the Youngs won a $1000 Walmart gift card to purchase school supplies.

Happy Homeschoolers

What a thrilling treasure hunt this has been! Our home school enjoyed learning all about MO, AL, NE and recycling. What a great way to learn about hydro-power dams! We are grateful to ThanksUSA for this opportunity to have fun while learning valuable facts about our country. Most importantly, we want to show our appreciation to all the military men and women and their families. Thank you for serving this great nation!  – Deborah Young, mother/teacher

Happy Homeschoolers, thank you for your kind words and congratulations on sticking with a very challenging chapter!  Your school/youth group can still be a winner…May 20 is the final Phase I deadline.  All school and youth groups who submit correct entries for chapters 5, 6, or 7, will be eligible to win!  Now let’s look at that language clue:

18.  Canobie (Lake) means this in the Abnaki language.

Every child loves to learn words in a new language…whether they’ve just discovered pig latin, hear cartoon characters speaking foreign languages, or meet someone who can speak a language different from their own.  Thanks to online dictionaries and translators, language barriers are much easier to overcome.  A suggested search for this clue may include:

Abnaki + translation + Canobie Lake

Don’t be surprised if your search engine suggests the spelling as Abenaki, or even Abenaqui…you should still find your translation quite easily.  You will probably stumble upon some great Native American websites as well.  Here are a few Abnaki sites that I found very educational:



I hope you have fun discovering the Abnaki tribe.  Until next week, Wli Nadialowôgan!

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