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Are you for great children's books, YouTube video clips, free worksheets and lapbooks, and points of interest for teaching and/or learning about Tennessee? Here you will find my favorite picks we used while studying the individual fifty states of America. 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 Tennessee Amazing: The Music
Tennessee is known for its music. Nashville is the capital of country music with its Grand Ole Opry. Memphis is the birthplace of the blues, and Elvis Presley and B.B. King both became famous in Memphis.
What Makes Tennessee Amazing: The Great Smoky Mountains
The the most visited national park in America is Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It is known for black bear sightings, beautiful wildflowers, and rustic scenery.
What Makes Tennessee Amazing: The Legendary Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett, born in Tennessee in 1786, is a favorite folk hero and frontiersman. He served as a scout, soldier, representative in the House of Representatives before eventually dying at the Alamo.
What Makes Tennessee Amazing: The Parthenon...in Nashville
Would you like to visit the Greek Parthenon, but you don't want to pay for a ticket to Greece? You can instead visit the full-scale reconstruction of the Greek Parthenon that is located in Nashville.
What Makes Tennessee Amazing: The Cotton Market
The world's largest cotton market is located in Memphis. The Memphis Cotton Exchange was founded in 1874. The original building now houses a cotton museum.
Our Favorite Picture Books on Tennessee
Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs is a fun tall tale of the Great Smoky Mountains region that has gorgeous folk art illustrations that perfectly compliment the story. It is also a Caldecott Honor Book.
A Band of Angels by Deborah Hopkinson is based on Ella Sheppard Moore and the Nashville Jubilee Singers who popularized many spiritual songs such as "Go Down, Moses" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" shortly after the Civil War.
Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton is an autobiography snippet of Dolly Parton's childhood. It is basically the lyrics to her song but it has a wonderful message about gratitude and a loving family.
Pardon Me is that the Chattanooga Choo-Choo? by Ellen Eady gives a good tour of Chattanooga as it follows a mouse throughout the city as he searches for the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills takes place in the mountains of Tennessee. A poor young girl wears a coat made from patchwork rags to school after her coal-mining father passes away. Initially the school children taunt her because of her coat, but she is resilient and captures their admiration by sharing stories about each of the quilt rags.
Count on Us: A Tennessee Number Book (America by the Numbers) by Michael Shoulders is similar to V is for Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet, but it uses numbers rather than the alphabet as its theme.
Alfred Visits Tennessee by Elizabeth Oneill is about an elephant who travels throughout the state visiting its main sites.
T Is for Tennessee (State Alphabet Books) by E. J. Sullivan goes through various aspects of the state by using the alphabet as a theme.
Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford is a wonderful picture book biography about Sequoyah of the Cherokee Nation who lived in Tennessee in the 1820s and was forced to leave.
Tennessee's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by J. Katlin and Melody S. Mis is 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.
Our Favorite Picture Books on Davy Crockett
Best Board Book for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and/or Babies
Chapter Books Related to Tennessee
Thunder on the Tennessee by G. Clifton Wisler (160 pages) is about a boy who fights with his father while defending Tennessee against the Yankees during the Civil War. He soon realizes the horrors of war.
Cold in Summer by Tracy Barrett (208 pages) is about a girl who is sad about having to move to a small town in Tennessee. She befriends a strangely dressed young girl who may be girl who had been lost in the town 150 years ago.
Sweet By and By by Patricia Hermes takes place during World War II. An 11 year old girl living with her aged grandmother in the mountains of Tennessee visits other families who might adopt her after her grandmother passes away.
Goin' Someplace Special Lapbook offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissak. This book takes place in Nashville.
Tennessee State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Tennessee. At the site, you'll also find helpful worksheets, links, & information.
Good Overview of Tennessee
When searching out YouTube video clips that provided helpful information about Tennessee and were completely child-friendly, these were our favorites.
History Channel: States: Tennessee starts at 9:29.
What first comes to mind when you think of Tennessee? - Or just let me know you dropped by. I LOVE getting feedback from you!
Shannon (author) from Florida on October 02, 2012:
@VspaBotanicals: Thank you so much!
VspaBotanicals on October 02, 2012:
Very nice lens!