State of Colorado - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment
Did you know the world's first rodeo was held in Colorado? Learn this and other fun facts as you and your child study the state together. In this lesson, you can learn more about Colorado.
Pottery Road Trip lessons are a great way to teach your child about the states. This lesson is focused on Colorado. I've listed some interesting facts about the state, and I gave a list of famous people born there.
You can use this lesson how you would like to. Use it as-is as a quick afternoon activity, or delve deeper to create more learning opportunities. You can check out books about famous people from the state, or you can study bighorn sheep. Make a lapbook or write a book report. The possibilities are endless! However you choose to use the lesson, just have fun and enjoy learning with your child.
Colorado State Facts
State Abbreviation: CO
State Nickname: CentennialState
State Motto: "Nil sine Numine" - Nothing Without Providence
State Song: “Where Columbines Grow”
State Bird: Lark Buntin
State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce
State Flower: Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Mammal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
State Gemstone: Aquamarine
Famous People Born in Colorado:
Tim Allen, actor
Bill Murray, actor
Earl W. Bascom, artist (Sculptor known as “Cowboy of Cowboy Artists”)
Amy Van Dyken, Olympic swimmer
Jessica Biel, actress
The United States Air Force Academy is in Colorado Springs.
“Colorado” means “colored red.”
The US Federal Government owns more than 1/3 of the land in Colorado.
Katherine Lee Bates wrote “American the Beautiful” after being inspired by the view at Pikes Peak.
The world’s first rodeo was held in Deer Trail, CO in 1869.
The cheeseburger was invented in Denver. Louis Ballast received the trademark for the name “cheeseburger” in 1935.
On that note, what can be make but a cheeseburger? I’ll give you the simple version, but you can go crazy with this and add kinds of fun toppings to your clay-burger.
First, start with a chunk of clay, make a ball and cut it in half.
Here's what the bun will look like after it's cut.
Now, make another ball and squish it to be the patty.
Make another ball and make it thin to be the cheese. Use your fingers to shape the edges into a square.
Assemble your burger.
You should have 2 bun pieces, 1 patty and 1 piece of cheese. You could also make bacon, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, jalapenos, mushrooms, etc. Imagine the fun
This Hub will show you how to attach pieces of clay properly.
- How to Use Real Clay
This is an explanation of the proper way to use "real" clay.