50 State Study: Tennessee

Tennessee was one of those states where I had lots of ideas, but none of them worked quite right……..  Sigh.

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What all is in here:

Swamp Angel (Tarnation hit the stars and looked like this)- This is a super cute tall tale, and I’m always a sucker for tall tales.  I look forward to Montana when we get to read about her further adventures.

 

Sequoyah– The man who brought writing to the Cherokee people.  You can see our plan for this on the lower left hand side.  This activity was really a bit over my kids, but it was a good stretch for them.

 

Andrew Jackson– I still find this president amusing.  I don’t know why.  I got to bring him up again when we got to Louisiana, that was fun.

 

Luck with Potatoes– Another Tennessee tall tale, or maybe this author just made it up, either way it’s a fun story about a farmer who has some bad luck until he plants potatoes.  I highly recommend this book if your kid likes silly books.

 

Tennessee State Symbols– Princess was happy because they have a state horse.

 

Casey Jones– This was one I knew the name, but didn’t know too much about this real life hero.  That’s always a fun surprise for me to discover something I didn’t know too much about.

 

Done, but not included in the lapbook, which I guess is really more of a notebook.

Davy Crockett peg dolls–  I found a great book for this, and I really wanted to make coon skin caps, but wasn’t sure how to do that in a way that made sense with 6 other kids there, and that could be completed in a timely manner.

 

So the Davy Crockett peg doll was born.  He’s kinda disturbing.

 

 

Banjo Granny– the world’s cutest book, and each time we looked at the illustrations we found more in it.

 

Afterwards we made a banjo for our dolls with a popsicle stick and some brown card stock.  Very fun and very popular.

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So any suggestions of things I could have added?  Or ways to do this better?  I always like to add in people’s suggestions for when I write about this over at ABC & 123.  There were a few things I didn’t have the right books for, but over all it was a fun idea.

I’m gonna link this over at All Things Beautiful and her geography/history link up.

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6 thoughts on “50 State Study: Tennessee

  1. From someone born (and living) in Tennessee, I have to say you left out country music! 😉 TN is known the world over for “country music” or rather Nashville is. We have been to China 3 times now and no matter the city, when people ask “where from?” and we say “Nashville” they say “Country music?” Yep.

    We are actually not in Nashville but people everywhere have heard of it.

    Here is a great website too that you might find useful for your children:

    http://www.tnhistoryforkids.org/

    And another link to the Opry, which is the pinnacle of country music to most. Hope this helps!

    http://www.opry.com/about/History.html

  2. I had wanted to share about country music and the Opry, but never found a good book or age appropriate activity for it. Thanks for sharing those sites with me.

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