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

Updated on July 18, 2013
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Pottery Road Trip lessons are a fun way to learn a little bit about America while making a pottery project. Use these lessons as-is or use them as a starting point. From here, you can delve deeper by checking out library books, writing reports or doing more research about the state. You can make a lapbook about Iowa, or you can make a recipe from the state. These lessons are adaptable to fit your needs.

I've listed some fun facts about the state to help you get started. I've also included step-by-step photos of how to make a pottery project for the state of Iowa.

Iowa State Facts

State Abbreviation: IA

Capital: Des Moines

State Nickname: The Hawkeye State

State Motto: State “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain"

State Song: "The Song of Iowa”

State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch

State Tree: Oak

State Flower: Wild Rose

Famous People Born in Iowa:

Herbert Hoover, 31st US President

John Wayne, actor

Johnny Carson, late night host

Buffalo Bill Cody, actor, military leader

Shawn Johnson, gymnast

Ashton Kutcher, actor

Elijah Wood, actor

Fun Facts:

Quaker Oats is the largest cereal company in the world, and it is based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Iowa’s state borders are formed by the Missouri, Big Sioux and Mississippi Rivers.

Iowa means “Beautiful Land.”

John Wayne (birth name: Marion Robert Morrison) was born in Iowa. He was the son of a pharmacist and became a popular movie star.

FortAtkinson was the only fort ever built by the US government to protect one tribe of Indians from another tribe.

Winnebago campers and motor homes are from Winnebago County, Iowa.

For Iowa, we are going to make a bowl of oatmeal!

Start by making a ball of clay.


Start a pinch pot by pushing your thumb into the clay.


Begin pinching the clay with your thumb and index finger to open it up into a pot.


Begin pinching the clay with your thumb and index finger to open it up into a pot.

This is called making a pinch pot.
This is called making a pinch pot. | Source

Continue pinching until it is open like a bowl.


Wet your fingers and use the water to rub away any cracks.


Take another piece of clay and make a smaller ball.


With a fork, scratch up the top of the ball. This is going to be the oatmeal in your bowl.


Attach the "oatmeal" to the inside of the bowl.


With another piece of clay, make a worm.

This is really called a coil in pottery terminology.
This is really called a coil in pottery terminology. | Source

Pinch the end into a spoon shape.


Attach the spoon to the bowl.


Decorate your bowl however you want.

I wrote, "Eat Your Oatmeal." (I'm so original.)
I wrote, "Eat Your Oatmeal." (I'm so original.) | Source

Your breakfast is ready!



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