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

Updated on March 10, 2014
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How to Use this Lesson

This lesson is a great way to learn about the state of Vermont. You can use it as-is and have a quick afternoon activity, or you can use it as a jumping-off point. Delve deeper by searching the internet for paintings by William Lamb Picknell. Listen to a recording of songs sung by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Paint a picture of red clover, Vermont’s state flower. Make ice cream together and learn about how Ben & Jerry's was created.

This lesson includes a few fun facts about the state, as well as a listing of some famous people born in Vermont. To finish it, there is a step-by-step pottery lesson, including photos. Have fun and learn together with your child!

The Flag of Vermont

Vermont State Facts

State Abbreviation: VT

Capital: Montpelier

State Nickname: Green Mountain State

State Motto: “Freedom and Unity”

State Song: “These Green Mountains”

State Bird: Hermit Thrush

State Tree: Sugar Maple

State Flower: Red Clover

State Insect: Honeybee

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

A Few Famous People Born in Vermont

Calvin Coolidge, 30th US President

Ezra Brainerd, Educator and Botanist

Chester Arthur, 21st US President

John Deere, Inventor and Founder of Deere & Co.

Kevin Lapage, Race Car Driver

William Lamb Picknell, Artist

Grace Potter, Singer

Hannah Teter, Olympic Medalist

Arthur E. Scott, Photographer

Fun Facts about Vermont

The state capital, Montpelier, has a population of less than 9,000 people. It’s the smallest capital city in the US.

President Calvin Coolidge was born in Vermont on July 4, 1872. He was the only US president to be born on the nation’s birthday.

Vermont was the last state to get a Wal-mart, and that did not happen until 1996.

The name “Vermont” means “Green Mountain.”

The first postage stamp was printed in Vermont.

The Boy Scouts were started in Barre, Vermont.

Montpelier is the largest producer of maple syrup in the US.

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was started in 1978 in Burlington, Vermont. The owners, Ben and Jerry, first met in 7th grade gym class as they were running.

Ben & Jerry’s gives the waste from their ice cream to local farmers to feed to their hogs. Rumor has it, the pigs like mint chocolate chip best.


For Vermont, we’re making an ice cream cone!

Start with Two Chunks of Clay

With half, make a potato shape.

Squeeze the potato to start a cone shape.

It should look sort of like this.

Stick your finger in the top of the "cone" shape to open it up.

Your cone should look sort of like this.

With the other half of the clay, make a ball.

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

Pinch the sides of the pot to open it up.

Use your fingers to shape the pot into an ice cream "scoop" shape.

If desired, use a skewer to draw a waffle design on the cone.

Put your scoop of ice cream on top of the cone. (Don't forget to scratch & wet the clay before attaching it.)

Feel free to add sprinkles and a cherry! I scream, you scream....

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