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Why is Georgia so amazing?

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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 9.

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Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about Georgia? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Georgia, 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 .

What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park is the top tourist attraction in the state and is just outside Atlanta. Not only does it offer wonderful outdoor activities like hiking on nature trails and rope climbing, it also offers museums, a golf course, a shopping village, and more. The mountain has the world's largest high-relief sculpture, with the Confederate Civil War heroes Robert E. Lee, "Stonewall" Jackson and Jefferson Davis.

"Male whale shark at Georgia Aquarium" by Zac Wolf

"Male whale shark at Georgia Aquarium" by Zac Wolf

What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Georgia Aquarium

With over 10 million gallons of water and 120,000 fish, the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is the world’s largest aquarium. It is the only aquarium outside of Asia that owns a whale shark. Additional aquatic animals that can be seen at the aquarium include beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, walruses, manta rays, and many more.

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What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Coca-Cola

In 1886 Dr. John S. Pemberton of Atlanta, Georgia invented Coca-Cola. People come from around the world to visit The World of Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta where you can view the factory and vault that holds the top secret recipe. In addition, you can try numerous flavors of Coke from around the world.

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What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Vidalia Onions

Vidalia, Georgia is known for their sweet Vidalia onions, which have been produced since the 1930s. They have a sweet flavor because of the high amounts of sulfur in the soil. Every year Vidalia holds an Onion Festival to honor the sweet root vegetable. The Vidalia onion is Georgia's official state vegetable.


What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Civil War Heritage

Many sites and monuments across the state highlight the significant Confederate heritage of Georgia. One of the many sites, the Atlanta Cyclorama, includes a large panorama of the Battle of Atlanta, fought during the American Civil War/ War of Northern Aggression.

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Footage on Sherman's March to the Sea - Sherman is viewed as a hero in these video clips. Many people in Georgia view him otherwise.


What Makes Georgia so Amazing: Masters Golf Tournament

The Masters Golf Tournament is played every April in Augusta, Georgia. It is the first of the major championships to be played each year. The winner receives a green jacket, which he must return the next year.


Georgia's State Flag and Quarter

Georgia's state flag contains a ring of stars to show that it was one of the original Thirteen Colonies. Its arch and pillars represent the state's constitution and three branches of government: legislative, executive, and judicial. A colonial soldier protects the constitution. As the foundation to the government is the state motto: In God We Trust.

Georgia's state quarter features a large peach (the state fruit), sprigs from the Live Oak (the state tree), and the state motto.

Favorite Picture Books on Georgia

A Peck of Peaches: A Georgia Number Book (America by the Numbers) by Carol Crane is similar to the above book but it uses numbers rather than the alphabet to go through the main sites, history, and points of interest of the state.

How to Draw Georgia's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jennifer Quasha is a part of a wonderful series that combines state geography with art. Each page contains something about the state (a state artist, the state flag, bird, tree, capitol building, areas of interest, and animals.) A photograph will be included along with a brief explanation about that item. Then the page opposite of that includes step by step directions on how to draw that symbol or site. Even my 6 year old is able to follow the drawing directions, and I've been amazed at how well my 9 year old has been drawing each of the state flags as he follows the instructions in the book.

Alfred Visits Georgia by Elizabeth Oneill is a cute story about an elephant who visits the various historic landmarks and geographic sites of Georgia.

Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman is a fun book goes through the animals of the Okefenokee Swamp by following the rhyme of "Over in the Meadow."

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco is a true story about an African American Union soldier who saves another soldier, a white boy. They are captured and sent to prison in Georgia. It is at the prison where they become life-long friends.

Georgia Music by Helen V. Griffith is about a young girl who visits her grandfather in Georgia where they pass the time in the garden and playing the harmonica. The grandfather becomes ill and the granddaughter cheers him up with the harmonica.

Yumion Goes to the City by Rhonda Frost Kight is part of a series that was written by an elementary school teacher and mother who desired to teach children about her state. Each book follows a Vidalia onion names Yumion as he travels the state and visits its sites. This book follows him as he visits Atlanta. Also look for Sails, Pails, and Alligator Tales as he visits the Golden Isles and the Okeefenokee Swamp, and The Onion Ambassador.

Stitching Stars: The Story Quilts of Harriet Powers (African-American Artists and Artisans) by Mary E. Lyons is a longer book about a woman who was born into slavery and used her quilting to depict the Biblical events that were meaningful to her. The book shows her actual quilts.

And the Tide Comes In...: Exploring a Georgia Salt Marsh (Long Term Ecological Research) by Merryl Alber is a longer picture book about the ecosystem of the Georgia coastal salt marsh as told by a young girl who is showing the beauty of the marsh to her cousin.

Best Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

More Great Books for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies

Good Night Atlanta (Good Night Our World) Board book by Adam Gamble is an excellent board book that goes through the main sites of Atlanta.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Georgia (Twelve Days of Christmas, State By State) by Susan Rosson Spain is about a boy who spends Christmas in Georgia visiting the main sistes including the Appalachian Trail, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, and more.

Santa Is Coming to Georgia by Steve Smallman shows Santa as he visits some of the main sites of the state including the Georgia Aquarium, Pebble Hill Plantation, Stone Mountain, and many other sites.

A Halloween Scare in Georgia by Eric James goes through various monsters that appear on Halloween night in the state, such as the Okefenokee Swamp Monster.

The Georgia Night Before Christmas by E. J. Sullivan - changes the typical tale and tells it in a Georgia-type fashion with Santa driving a pick up truck, passing out bass fishing lures, and more.

Only the Names Remain: The Cherokees and The Trail of Tears by Alex W. Bealer (80 pages) tells the story of the Georgia Cherokee Indians as they were removed from their lands in Georgia and forced to relocated to Arkansas.

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor is about a girl living in Freedom, Georgia who wants to get noticed and wants to go to Disney World. She enters the school spelling bee, and the winner gets to go to Disney World.

One of the pages from my oldest son's notebook on Georgia

One of the pages from my oldest son's notebook on Georgia

Great Worksheets on Georgia That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States

All About Georgia provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Georgia.

Georgia Unit Study offers many helpful links and activity ideas about Georgia.

Georgia for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.

Lapbook for "Pink and Say" includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco.

Georgia State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Georgia. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.

Where is Atlanta, the capital of Georgia?

© 2012 Shannon

What do you think of first when you think of Georgia? - Or just let me know you dropped by. I LOVE getting feedback from you!

KimGiancaterino on May 12, 2012:

Thanks for featuring my Georgia quiz!

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