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

Updated on March 18, 2014
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How to Use this Lesson

Pottery Road Trip lessons are a great way to enrich your child's learning. You can just list lesson as a quick afternoon activity. In that case, just follow it as-is and discover together with your child.

You can also use this as a starting point for a longer, more in-depth unit study. Check out a biography about Davie Crockett. LIsten to a CD of Elvis Presley's music. Research why Tennessee is called the Volunteer State. Check out a book about the raccoon, Tennessee's state animal, and see what you can learn.


No matter how you use this lesson, you and your child are sure to have a great time learning together!

Tennessee's State Flag

Tennessee State Facts

State Abbreviation: TN

Capital: Nashville

State Nickname: The Volunteer State

State Motto: “Agriculture and Commerce”

State Songs: “My Homeland Tennessee, The Tennessee Waltz, When It’s Iris Time in Tennessee, My Tennessee, Rocky Top, Tennessee, and the Pride of Tennessee”

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Tree: Tulip Poplar

State Flower: Iris

State Animal: Raccoon

Graceland, Elvis Presley's Home, Memphis, TN

Some Famous People Born in Tennessee

Al Gore, Former US Vice President

Jack Hanna, TV Personality, Zoologist

Admiral David Farragut, Officer in US Navy during Civil War

Pat Boone, Singer

Kenny Chesney, Singer

Anne Dallas Dudley, Leader in Women’s Suffrage Movement

Samuel L. Jackson, Actor

Elvis Presley, Singer

Dolly Parton, Singer

Cybill Shepherd, Actress

Sequoyah, Cherokee Indian, Inventor

Davy Crockett, Famous Frontiersman

Fun Facts about Tennessee

Tennessee is home to more than 3,800 caves.

The birthplace of country music is considered to be Bristol, TN.

The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville has the world’s longest running live radio show. They still broadcast Friday and Saturday night.

The only monument honoring both Union and Confederate soldiers is in Greeneville, TN.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is in Tennessee. The “smoke” that rises from the mountains is actually a mist that is released by the plants.

The 1982 World’s Fair was held in Knoxville.

Tennessee was the first state to be re-admitted to the union after the Civil War.

The worst earthquake in American history took place in Tennessee in 1811.

“Tennessee” comes from an Indian word, “Tana-see,” which means, “Meeting place.”

Elvis Presley’s home, Graceland, welcomes about 600,000 visitors a year.

Jonesborough is known as the oldest city in Tennessee. It hosts an annual storytelling festival.



For Tennessee, in honor of Nashville, let’s make a guitar!

Start with a chunk of clay and make it sort of potato shaped, like this.

Squeeze the clay toward the top to form the shape of the guitar.

It should look sort of like this.

With another piece of clay, make a worm to be the neck of the guitar. Attach it to the body. (Don't forget to scratch and wet.)

Shape the top of the neck to be the headstock.

Using a skewer or knife, form sound holes on the sides or in the middle.

Add a small piece of clay to be the bridge.

With another piece of clay, make a long, thin snake to make strings.

Flatten the strings a little and attach them to the guitar. Use the skewer to draw lines to represent the strings.

If desired, use a skewer to add a design.

Admire your six string!

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