State of California - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment
Let's go on another Pottery Road Trip! This time, we're headed to California. This lesson is a great way to teach your child some fun facts about the state. You can use the lesson as-is, or you can use it as a jumping off point. Have your child make a lapbook or write a report about California. Check out a biography of a famous person from California. Make a recipe from the state. There are all kinds of ways to use this lesson. However you use it, just have fun and enjoy learning with your kids.
California State Facts
State Abbreviation: CA
State Nickname: The Golden State
State Motto: “Eureka” – I have found it.
State Song: “I love you, California”
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Reptile: Desert Tortoise
State Flower: California Poppy
State Mammal: Grizzly Bear
State Mineral: Gold
As you can imagine, many famous people were born in a California.
Some Famous People from California:
Marilyn Monroe, actress
Shirley Temple, actress and singer
Julia Child, famous chef
Zac Efron, actor
Joe DiMaggio, baseball player
Jack London, author
Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse
George Lucas, creator of Star Wars
Sally Ride, first American female astronaut in space
The California gold rush began in 1848 and lasted until 1855. About 300,000 people went to California in search of gold.
Three out of the ten largest cities in America are in California. These include Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.
Fortune cookies were created in California.
The Barbie doll was made in California.
Blue jeans were created in California.
The world’s tallest tree is the General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park.
In honor of California, we are going to make a tree. For this, you will need a rolling pin and a piece of canvas or cloth to cover your table. The cloth will keep the clay from sticking to your table.