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

Updated on July 18, 2013
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Did you know that Kentucky Fried Chicken came from Indiana? It's true, sort of! Learn about that and other fun facts of Indiana. Use this lesson to teach your child about the geography and history of Indiana, all while you make a little pottery.

These lessons are designed to help you teach your child about the United States. They can learn a little bit of history and a little bit of geography while making a fun pottery project. This lesson has been prepared for use in a homeschooling situation or as a summer enrichment project.

You can use the lesson as-is, or you can use it as a starting point. For Indiana, read a biography of a famous person who was born in Indiana. You can cook a recipe from the state. You can make a tourism poster about Indianapolis. The possibilities are endless!

After you learn about the state, make a fun pottery project.

Indiana State Facts

State Abbreviation: IN

Capital: Indianapolis

State Nickname: The Hoosier State

State Motto: “The Crossroads of America”

State Song: "On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away," by Paul Dresser

State Bird: Cardinal

State Tree: Tulip Tree

State Flower: Peony

Famous People Born in Indiana:

David Letterman, Late Night Host

Shelley Long, Actress

Larry Bird, Basketball Player

Jim Davis, Creator of “Garfield”

James Dean, Actor

Colonel Harland Sanders, Founder of KFC

Michael Jackson, Singer

Fun Facts:

Abraham Lincoln moved to Indiana when he was 7. He lived most of his childhood there.

The first professional baseball game was played in Fort Wayne in 1871.

Santa Claus, Indiana receives over half a million letters each Christmas.

“Indiana” means “Land of the Indians.”

In 1862, the rapid-fire machine gun was invented by Richard Gatling of Indianapolis.

Marcella Gruelle, who created the Raggedy Ann doll in 1914, was from Indianapolis.

In honor of Colonel Sanders, let's sculpt a fried chicken leg!

First, start with a ball.

Make the ball into a potato shape.

With another piece of clay, make a coil (a worm) that is about 3 inches long.

Connect the worm to the potato. If the worm is too long, you can always break off some.

Make a small ball.

Push your thumb into the ball to make a mini pinch-pot.

Attach the little pot to the top of the worm to make this look like a drumstick.

Pinch the "meat" on the chicken leg to give it some texture.

It looks almost finger-lickin' good! Almost.



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