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State of Arizona - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment

Updated on July 12, 2013
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Arizona

Clay is a great medium to work with because it is very forgiving. If you mess up, you just squish it and start again!

In this lesson, we will learn a little bit about the great state of Arizona. Then, we will make a project related to the state. Feel free to adapt this lesson to make it work for you. It can be as easy or complex as you choose. Just read the facts and make the project or delve into the subject. Check out library books or do research online. Have your students see what other information they can find about Arizona. Make learning fun for your kids by incorporating this easy art project.

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ArizonaState Facts

State Abbreviation: AZ

Capital: Phoenix

State Nickname: Grand CanyonState

State Motto: “Ditat Deus” – God enriches.

State Song: “Arizona March Song”

State Bird: Cactus Wren

State Reptile: Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake

State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom

State Amphibian: Arizona Tree Frog

State Gemstone: Turquiose

State Fish: Arizona Trout


Some Famous People from Alabama:

Lynda Cater, Wonder Woman

Kerri Strug, Olympic gymnast

Erma Bombeck, author

Geronimo, Leader of the Chiricahua Apache who fought against the encroachment of European Settlers on Native American Lands. Hero of the Native American Fight for respect and independence.


Fun Facts:

In 1926, the Southern Pacific Railroad connected Arizona with the eastern states.

Arizona’s most abundant mineral is copper.

The amount of copper on the roof of the Capitol building is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.

Arizona is home of the Grand CanyonNational Park.

The Arizona trout is found only in Arizona.


For Arizona, we are going to make the Arizona Trout, also known as the Apache Trout.

First, make a very thick worm shape.

My hands are not really that old and wrinkled.  It's an optical illusion.
My hands are not really that old and wrinkled. It's an optical illusion. | Source

Next, shape one end to look pointy like a head.

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Squeeze the other end to shape a tail.

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Pinch the ends to make the tail shape.

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Add a triangle to be the top fin.

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Add two triangles to be the bottom fins.

 I should know the technical terms for these..What kind of homeschooler am I??
I should know the technical terms for these..What kind of homeschooler am I?? | Source

Draw eyes and a smile. You want a happy fish, right?

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Give the trout some dots. Otherwise, he won't know he's an Arizona trout.

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Admire your finished fish. Dry him or cook him if you want so you can paint him.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 years ago

      This is so cool. You have done a fine job. And it deserves my vote up +++. Shared and tweeted. I love Arizona for the beautiful things that are there. The desert can be an enlightening and rewarding place to visit, and maybe live. Thank you for sharing this information.

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      Al 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks so much!

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