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

Updated on July 12, 2013
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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

Capital: Denver

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

Fun Facts:

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.

 Yes, I know there is an easier way to make two pieces of a bun, but it's fun to cut stuff.
Yes, I know there is an easier way to make two pieces of a bun, but it's fun to cut stuff. | Source

Here's what the bun will look like after it's cut.


Now, make another ball and squish it to be the patty.

Wow.  I really need a manicure.
Wow. I really need a manicure. | Source

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


Add sesame seeds.


Order up!

Tasting not recommended. :-)
Tasting not recommended. :-) | Source


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