State of Hawaii - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment
Most of us will never travel to all 50 states, and chances are, this is one state we'll miss. Hawaii is a fascinating place that is much different than the continental US. Teach your child all about it with this easy lesson.
You can use this lesson as-is for an afternoon of fun, or you can expand on it. Check out books from the library, make special projects together, pretend to go surfing in your living room. Then, finish up your study of Hawaii with a fun pottery project.
However you use this lesson, have fun and explore with your child.
Hawaii State Facts
State Abbreviation: HI
State Nickname: The Aloha State
State Motto: "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono" - The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness
State Song: “Hawaii Ponoi” (meaning “Hawaii's Own”)
State Bird: Nene (The Hawaiian Goose)
State Tree: Kukui
State Flower: Hibiscus
State Mammal: Monk Seal
State Fish: Humuhumunukunuku apua'a (Easy for you to say!)
State Gem: Black Coral
Famous People Born in Hawaii:
Barack Obama, 44thUS President
Nicole Kidman, actress
Kelly Preston, actress
Bette Midler, singer/actress
Keanu Reeves, actor
Lou Diamond Phillips, actor
Hawaii is constantly increasing in land mass because of erupting volcanoes.
Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.
The only snake found in the wild in Hawaii is the tiny Hawaiian blind snake. (I’m beginning to like this place!)
Ancient Hawaiians believed the heavier a woman was, the more beautiful she was. (I’m really beginning to like this place…)
Captain Cook called Hawaii the “Sandwich Islands” after the Earl of Sandwich.
Hawaii is America’s youngest state. It became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
The “Happy Face Spider” lives in Hawaii. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a smiley face on its back.
We have to make it!
Start with a potato shape.
Squeeze it to make a "neck."
Make 8 worms that are about the same size.
Connect the legs.
If you don't know how to properly connect pieces of clay, visit my Hub:
- How to Use Real Clay
This is an explanation of the proper way to use "real" clay.