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

Updated on February 19, 2014
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How to Use This Lesson

This study of New Hampshire includes fun facts about the state. It also includes a fun pottery project related to the state. Use this lesson to learn a little history, a little geography and a little pottery. It’s a great way to get your kids involved in Social Studies!

Read about the revolutionary war, cook fish and chips for dinner or plant a ladybug garden. These are all ways to further explore New Hampshire.

New Hampshire's State Flag

New Hampshire State Facts

State Abbreviation: NH

Capital: Concord

State Nickname: The Granite State

State Motto: “Live Free or Die”

State Song: “Old New Hampshire”

State Bird: Purple Finch

State Tree: White Birch

State Flower: Purple Lilac

State Fruit: Pumpkin

Jackson Covered Bridge, Jackson, NH

A Few Famous People Born in New Hampshire

Carlton Fisk, Baseball Player

Bode Miller, Skier

Christa McAuliffe, First Teacher in Space

Adam Sandler, Actor

Seth Meyers, Comedian

Steven Tyler, Musician

Earl Tupper, Inventor of Tupperware

Fun Facts About the State

New Hampshire was the first colony to declare independence from England.

The first potato ever planted in the US was planted in Londonberry Common Field.

In 1833, the first free public library in the United States was established in Peterborough.

Alexandria was the birthplace of Luther C. Ladd, the first enlisted soldier to lose his life in the Civil War.

New Hampshire's state motto is "Live Free or Die". The motto comes from a statement written by the Revolutionary General John Stark, hero of the Battle of Bennington.

Captain John Smith named New Hampshire after the town of Hampshire, England.

Levi Hutchins of Concord invented the first alarm clock in 1787.

New Hampshire designated the ladybug (also called ladybird or lady beetle) as the official state insect in 1977.

For New Hampshire, let’s make ladybugs!

Start with a chunk of clay.

Make a ball.

Put your thumb in the ball to start a pinch pot.

Pinch the sides of the ball all the way around to open it up into a pot.

With another piece of clay, make a small ball.

Turn the pinch pot over and attach the small ball to be the head. (Be sure to scratch and wet the clay.)

Attach two small worms to be antennae. (Be sure to scratch and wet.)

Give your bug a face using a skewer to draw.

You can add a ball for the nose if you want.

Make 6 or 7 small balls to be dots.

Attach the dots by scratching, wetting and then pushing them on to flatten them.

Draw a line down the back to make the wings.

Now your ladybug is complete!

Turn her around so you can admire your work.


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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Very interesting and thanks for sharing.