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