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

Updated on July 15, 2013
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Pottery Road Trip!

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Georgia on My Mind

This lesson is from my curriculum series, Pottery Road Trip. These were lessons I created to teach elementary aged students more about the United States. I have listed state facts about Georgia. You can use this lesson as a quick afternoon activity, or you can use it to introduce a unit study. Read the state facts, find Georgia on a map and do research about Georgia.

You can adapt this lesson to work for any age. For younger children, print color sheets about Georgia or have them make a lapbook. For older children, have them read a biography of a famous person from Georgia and write a report. Above all, have fun while learning about Georgia.

See my hubs for other state lessons.


Georgia State Facts

State Abbreviation: GA

Capital: Atlanta

State Nickname: The Peach State

State Motto: “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation”

State Song: “Georgia on My Mind”

State Bird: Brown Thrasher

State Tree: Live Oak

State Flower: Cherokee Rose

State Insect: Honey Bee

State Reptile: Gopher Tortoise

State Fish: Large Mouth Bass


Famous People Born in Georgia:

Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the US

Jeff Foxworthy, ”You Might Be a Redneck”

Margaret Mitchell, Author of Gone with the Wind

Martin Luther King Jr, Civil Rights Leader

Julia Roberts, actress

Ryan Seacrest, host


Fun Facts:

St. Mary’s, Georgia is the second oldest city in America.

Georgia was named for King George II of England.

Georgia is the number one producer of the three P’s: peanuts, peaches and pecans.

Coca Cola was invented in Georgia.


For the Peach State, we will make peaches.

How you make a peach depends on whether you are kiln-firing the project or not. If you are not kiln-firing it, just make a ball big enough to be a peach. However, for kiln fired projects, you can't have a solid piece of clay that thick. (Or you risk an explosion.) Instead, follow these directions:
(Even if you aren't kiln firing, it might be more fun to follow these instructions anyway as it makes the project a little more complicated.)

First, make two small balls that are the same size.

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Make pinch pots. Do this by first sticking your thumb in each ball.

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Next, pinch the clay to open it up into a small pot shape.

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Make both pots the same size.

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Stuff some newspaper or a paper towel in the pots to keep them from collapsing. If you are kiln-firing, the newspaper will fire away in the kiln. If you aren'

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Put the two pots together and begin sealing the edges. Remember, if you are kiln firing, you need to attach the clay properly.

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Wet your fingers and smooth the seams. (With polymer clay, leave out the water.)

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If you are kiln firing, make a hole somewhere in the peach so steam can escape. Otherwise, you are creating a little clay bomb.

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Use the stick to make a line in the peach. My family calls this the butt. I don't know the technical term.

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Form a stem and a leaf by pinching small pieces of clay and attach them to the peach. Now you have a finished peach!

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