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South Carolina for Teachers and Travelers
Are you ready for great YouTube video clips, books, and free worksheets and lapbooks for teaching and/or learning about South Carolina? Whether you're planning a trip to South Carolina, learning or teaching about the state, or on the lookout for a way to "visit" South Carolina without paying for the plane ticket, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created while teaching about the fifty states. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .
Have You Visited South Carolina Yet?
What Makes South Carolina Unique: Historic Charleston
Charleston is the oldest city in South Carolina and is filled with colorful, well-preserved architectural structures including numerous historic homes, churches, naval and maritime sites, museums, and more. It is also known for contributing to the development of Jazz.
History of Charleston
Tour of Charleston
What Makes South Carolina Unique: Peaches
South Carolina is the 2nd largest producer of peaches, trailing behind California. Occasionally Georgia will also outproduce South Carolina.
What Makes South Carolina Unique: Myrtle Beach
Myrtle Beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Southeast.
Overview of Myrtle Beach (Commercial)
What Makes South Carolina Unique: Confederate History
South Carolina was the first state to succeed from the nation. Also, the first battle of the War of Northern Aggression (i.e. Civil War) occurred at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Today there are Confederate Veteran Monuments in almost every town.
Firing on Fort Sumter
Fort Sumter Reenactment
What Makes South Carolina Unique: Gingko Biloba trees
The largest Gingko Biloba tree farm in the world is located in Sumter, South Carolina. Gingko is used for medicinal purposes, particularly in enhancing memory.
South Carolina's Flag and State Quarter
South Carolina's flag has a long history dating back to South Carolina's colonial period. It began as a blue flag with a crescent and was designed in 1775 by Colonel William Moultrie to be used by the South Carolina troops during the American War for Independence. It was blue because the soldiers uniforms were blue, and the crescent came from the silver crescent some of the soldiers wore on the front of their caps. In 1861 the palmetto was added to the flag in remembrance of the palmettos logs that Moultrie and his men had laid over the sand walls of the fortress on Sullivan's Island. They survived the British cannonballs mainly because the palmettos sponginess.
The state quarter of South Carolina features the state symbols. The state bird (Carolina wren) is perched atop the state flower (yellow jessamine). The state tree (cabbage palmetto) sits in front of the state outline. It also includes the words, "The Palmetto State."
Our Favorite Children's Books on South Carolina
Favorite Picture Books on South Carolina
This discusses the history of South Carolina through the role of palmetto trees, which is quite fascinating. It was a bit too long for my toddler and preschooler (ages 2 and 4), but my boys (ages 6 and 9) enjoyed the book.
More Good Picture Book Options on South Carolina
P Is For Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet (Discover America State By State Alphabet Series) by Carol Crane tied for first place as our favorite picture book on South Carolina. This is part of a series on individual states that appeals to both younger and older children. Hermy the Hermit Crab Goes Shopping by Andrea Weathers is part of a cute series that follows Hermy the Hermit Crab as he travels through historic Charleston. My children really enjoyed this story as they learned about what they could see in historic Charleston. Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven won the Booklist Editor's Choice: Books for Youth Awards. It is about a grandmother teaching her granddaughter the art of weaving traditional sweetgrass baskets. Also look for The Story of the H. L. Hunley and Queenie's Coin by Fran Hawk, Joseph's Charleston Adventure by Laura Jenkins Thompson, Rosebud Roams Charleston by Sally Hughes Smith, The Mysterious Tail of a Charleston Cat: A Tour Guide for Children of All Ages by Ruth Paterson Chappell, Alfred Visits South Carolina by Elizabeth O'Neill, Chestnut by Constance W. McGeorge, Net Numbers: A South Carolina Number Book (Count Your Way Across the USA) by Carol Crane, The Pink House by Kate Salley Palmer, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina by Melinda Long.
Best Books for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers
This is a cute board book that gives a brief overview of the sites of South Carolina. Each page features a different location, activity, etc. and includes sweet illustrations. It includes Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, plantations, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and more.
If you are looking for books on South Carolina for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers, check out these titles:
Good Night Charleston (Good Night Our World) Board book by Mark Jasper
Little South Carolina (Little State) Board book by Carol Crane
S Is for South Carolina (State Alphabet Books) by E. J. Sullivan
The South Carolina Night Before Christmas by E. J. Sullivan
Chapter Books Related to South Carolina
This is the fictional diary written by a young freed slave girl from South Carolina in 1865.
Also look for:
Cast Two Shadows: The American Revolution in the South by Ann Rinaldi (304pp.)
The Keeping Room by Anna Myers (144pp.)
Secret Holes by Pansie Hart Flood (129 pp.)
The Hurricane Mystery (The Boxcar Children Mysteries, 54) by Gertrude Chandler Warner (128pp.)
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on South Carolina
Great Free Worksheets on South Carolina
50 States Lapbook provides free lapbook pages for all 50 states.
South Carolina State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about South Carolina. At the site, you'll also find helpful worksheets, links, & information.