Visit Louisiana Now: Louisiana for Teachers & Travelers
Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, video clips, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Louisiana? Included are links to wonderful worksheets, book suggestions for children, YouTube videos, DVD and CD recommendations, and more -- all related to the state of Louisiana! Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Louisiana, look no further!
Great Worksheets on Louisiana
All About Louisiana provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Louisiana.
Louisiana for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Unit Study on Louisiana offers cross curricular activities and book suggestions for Louisiana.
Lapbook on Crocodilians includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for crocodilians (alligators and crocodiles).
Louisiana State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Louisiana. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.
Our Favorite Picture Books on Louisiana
Also look for: "Alfred Visits Louisiana" by Elizabeth O'Neill, "The Story Of Ruby Bridges" by Robert Coles, "Goodnight NOLA" by Cornell P. Landry, "The Legend of Papa Noel: A Cajun Christmas Story" by Terri Hoover Dunham, "Goodnight Tigers" by Amanda F. Morgan, & "The Crawfish Family Band" by Todd-Michael St. Pierre.
This is my favorite series on individual states. Each page has a simple rhyme concerning the word starts with that letter and then includes a bit more about that particular regional animal, location, etc. It provides a wonderful overview of what makes each state unique. Both modern and historical aspects of the state are includes. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful!
This is a cute series about Gaston the Alligator who travels the state of Louisiana. This was our favorite one from the series. He visits a Mardi Gras parade (a family-friendly one). It does a wonderful job of including many Mardi Gras traditions.
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Mardi Gras
Most people associate Mardi Gras with wild parties in New Orleans, but Mardi Gras is actually celebrated throughout the state, and most of the parades are family-friendly events during which people on parade floats toss out "beads" (necklaces) and other items.
A Family-Friendly Video Clip of a Mardi Gras Parade
A Taste of Louisiana's Zydeco Music
The French Quarter in New Orleans
Best Books for Babies & Toddlers
Also look for the board books "Today Is Monday In Louisiana" by Johnette Downing, "Good Night New Orleans" by Adam Gamble, and "Hello New Orleans!" by Martha Zschock.
This sturdy board book has rhyming riddles to go through the state bird, tree, etc. It has beautiful illustrations that will capture the attention of even the youngest of listeners.
This is not a board book, but it is a sweet lullaby book that goes through some of the animals you would come across in a Louisiana bayou along with the noises they make. The text is short enough that even young listeners will be able to sit through the reading of this book and enjoy it.
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Antebellum Plantation Homes
Many Antebellum Plantation homes still exist throughout the state, and many of the historic homes offer daily tours.
Take a tour of Oak Alley Plantation Home
Good Chapter Books Related to Louisiana
Also look for "Swamp : Bayou Teche, Louisiana, 1851" by Kathleen Duey, "Ninth Ward" by Jewell Parker Rhodes, "The Freedom Maze" by Delia Sherman, "The Mystery at Alligator Swamp" (Boxcar Children Special) by Gertrude Chandler Warner, "The Secret of Laurel Oaks" by Lois Ruby, "Evangeline and The Acadians" by Robert Tallant (Landmark History series), "Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man" by Judith Bloom Fradin, and "Last Bus Out" by Beck McDowell.
Did you know that Laura Ingles Wilder's daughter, Rose, moved to Louisiana when she was 16? This series about Rose is the continuation of the Little House series all about Laura and Almanzo's daughter, Rose.
This is a coming-of-age chapter book set in the 1950's in a small town in Louisiana. The 12 year old girl learns to cope with parents with mental disabilities, the death of her grandmother, and more and she also learns about herself. It won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Lake Pontchartrain Causeway
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is the longest continuous bridge over water in the world. It connects Metairie with St. Tammany Parish and is 24 miles long.
Cajun Versions of Fairy Tales
These are all hilariously Cajun. Our favorite was Petit Rouge, but they are all delightfully fun and perfect for sharing the unique Cajun culture of Louisiana.
Also look for: "The Cajun Cornbread Boy" by Dianne De Las Casas, "Jacques and de Beanstalk" by Mike Artell, "Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella" by Sheila Hebert-Collins, "Blanchette et les Sept Petits Cajuns: A Cajun Snow White" by Sheila Hebert-Collins, "`T Pousette et `T Poulette: A Cajun Hansel and Gretel" by Sheila Hebert-Collins, "Jolie Blonde and the Three Heberts: A Cajun Twist to an Old Tale" by Sheila Hebert-Collins, "Cajun Night Before Christmas" by "Trosclair", and "The Talking Eggs" by Robert D. San Souci.
This is a Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood that takes place in a Louisiana Bayou and has an alligator instead of the wolf. It is written in a Cajun manner (the way some people in Louisiana really do still speak today), so simply reading the words is an educational experience as well.
This is the Louisiana version of "The Three Little Pigs" and again replaces the Big Bad Wolf with a Big Bad Alligator. It includes plenty of Louisiana-style humor.
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Animals of Louisiana
Louisiana swamps and bayous are home to many animals including alligators, nutria, alligator snapping turtles, pelicans, and many more!
Good picture books on animals of Louisiana
Also look for "Down in Louisiana" by Johnette Downing and "All About Alligators" by Jim Arnosky.
This is part of a cute series of stories feature characters which are all animals common to the Louisiana such as crawfish, raccoon, geckos, etc.
Fun clips on alligators in Louisiana
Hunting for nutria in Louisiana
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Pirate Jean Lafitte
Jean Lafitte, a pirate in Louisiana, assisted Andrew Jackson in defeating the British in the War of 1812. Later Jean Lafitte was forced out of Louisiana by the US Navy. There are rumors of Lafitte's buried treasure still hidden in the bayous.
Favorite Books on Jean Lafitte
Also look for these 2 picture books: "Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America" by Susan Goldman Rubin which is picture book that was perfect for my 6 & 9 year old sons. They loved that we were reading about a real pirate! "Jean Laffite and the Big Ol' Whale" by Frank G. Fox is a cute tall tale that includes Jean Lafitte, the Mississippi River, and Lake Pontchartrain.
My 9 year old son devoured this chapter book and couldn't put it down.
What Makes Louisiana Unique: The Food of Louisiana
Louisiana cuisine combines tastes of Creole, Cajun, and Southern cuisine.
Our Favorite Books on Food of Louisiana
Also look for "Chef Creole" by Johnette Downing, "Today Is Monday In Louisiana" by Johnette Downing, and "A Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale" by Candace Fleming. These are all pretty simple books but they include the names of the dishes unique to Louisiana.
This simple rhyming book describes what Grandma puts into her pot (shrimp, oysters, peppers, okra, etc.) as she prepares gumbo.
The Louisiana Way of Cooking is Quite Intriguing
What Makes Louisiana Unique: Napoleonic Code
Louisiana is the only state in the US that is still governed by the Napoleonic Code.
Where is Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana?
I've been to Louisiana. Have you visited Louisiana yet?
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