Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Where in the World? Wednesday

Welcome to Where in the World? Wednesday!

Thank you for joining us again on our trip around the
United States via postcards and the Internet.


Welcome to our tour of the charming state of Georgia!

Here are our postcards for the week:


Here are some facts about Georgia you might find interesting:

State Capital: Atlanta
State Motto: Wisdom, Justice and Moderation
State Nicknames: Empire State of the South, Peach State, Yankee Land of the South
Origin of Name: named after George II of England

State Tree: Live Oak
State Bird: Brown Thrasher
State Flower: Cherokee Rose
State Song: Georgia on my Mind

State Gemstone: Quartz
State Fruit: Peach
State Insect: Honeybee
State Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail

State Dance: Square Dance
State Crop: Peanut
State Shell: Knobbed Whelk
State Fossil: Shark Tooth

State Fish: Largemouth Bass
State Marine Mammal: Right Whale
State Possum (really!): Pogo Possum
State Reptile: Gopher Tortoise

State Wildflower: Azalea
State Game Bird: Bobwhite
Highest Point: Brasstown Bald - 4,784 feet (1,458 m) above sea level

Industries: paper, timber, agriculture
Main Tributaries: Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, Suwannee River
Other famous geographic features: Stone Mountain
Largest City: Atlanta

Famous people from Georgia: former President Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Sequoyah, Juliette Gordon Low, Ray Charles, Jasper Johns, Brenda Lee, Gladys Knight, Clarence Thomas, and Paula Deen.
Hey y'all, folks from Georgia are called Georgians.
Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and was admitted to the Union on January 2, 1788.

Here's a STATE INFORMATION SHEET you can print up for your kids to fill out. It incorporates some of the above info and spaces for drawings of the flag, flower, bird, and seal.

Check out this great site to see actual photos of many of the above state symbols. This is a good one.

A lovely coloring page for the Brown Thrasher and the Cherokee Rose can be found HERE. Your girls (especially) will enjoy this one.

 Much of this information was found on Enchanted Learning HERE.


Here is a map of Georgia.

A Georgia Map Printout and Quiz from Enchanted Learning is HERE.
A Label Me Georgia Map from Enchanted Learning is HERE.
An Outline Map of Georgia from Enchanted Learning is HERE.

Here is a Georgia's state flag:

Color a copy of the flag online HERE (or print it up).
Find the history of the flag of Georgia HERE.

Here is Georgia's state seal:
Further information on the state seal is HERE.

Here is Georgia's State Quarter:
Further information on the quarter is HERE.
A Georgia Quarter Observation Worksheet print out is HERE.

Here is the Georgia Stamp:
Further information on the stamp is HERE.



Here's a great collection of Georgia facts from the Kid's Corner at Explore Georgia.
Kids can find more fun facts about Georgia at Kids Connect.
Lots of good links to info and things to do at A-Z Kids Stuff.
Another list of facts from Apples4theTeacher.
Info and links from 50States.

Detailed information on the history of Georgia is HERE
at Thru the US 50.
Simpler information on the history of Georgia can be found HERE.
Start HERE to find out more information about Georgia's founder,
James Edward Oglethorpe.

Read an essay on the history of the Native Americans who
 inhabited Georgia through the early nineteenth-century HERE.
Information about the Trail of Tears is HERE and the
 Legend of the Cherokee Rose, the state flower.
Interested in the Cherokee people? Take language lessons HERE
(learn to count 1-5 in Lesson One).
View a Cherokee Storyteller relating the
Story of the Rattlesnake HERE.
Read some more Cherokee stories HERE.

An online word search with Georgia terms is HERE.
A printable Georgia acrostic poem worksheet is HERE.
A printable Georgia Word Jumble is HERE.
A printable Georgia Cities Word Search is HERE.
A nice alphabet coloring book (pictures for A-Z places in Athens, GA) is HERE.

A suggested Georgia reading list from Apples4theTeacher HERE.


Here's a beautiful picture of the state tree, the Live Oak, covered with the
characteristic Spanish moss hanging from its branches.

Atlanta is a bustling metropolis and was home to the 1996 Olympic Summer Games.


Georgia has numerous beautiful tributaries.

Visit Georgia and take a trip to popular Stone Mountain.

Hungry? You will be after seeing these pictures of juicy Georgia peaches!



Go HERE to check out a video of the top five things to see in Atlanta. A list of fifty things to do in Atlanta is HERE...and a list of free or inexpensive activities is HERE.

Then stop by the Georgia Aquarium HERE. Take a picturesque VIRTUAL TOUR (a bit hard to navigate, but pretty), then move on over HERE to see specific areas. Be sure to click on each area heading, and you will not only see information on the animals in the exhibits, but also have an opportunity to click on webcams for each of the tanks. Really cool! Check out videos taken at the aquarium that are posted on YouTube HERE. This last link leads you to a Teacher Page, with two links to teacher's plans for your visit. The topic is how animals meet their basic needs. On both sets of plans, the final page is a nice reproducible graphic organizer about being a "Sea Life Survivor." If you have younger ones, you might want to give this a try.

You can also visit the Atlanta Zoo. Start your tour with the interactive map. Then learn more about the animals that really interest you HERE and the plants scattered throughout the park HERE. These links are extensive and very informational. All include pictures. For a change of pace, check out the many fun crafts (such as a panda mask, etc.) and printable activities (such as a lemur crossword, etc.) HERE. Learn about the intersting history of the zoo HERE. Then before you leave, don't forget to check out the Panda Cam (M-F 10-5).

Visit Stone Mountain for many fun, family activities. See pictures of the attractions and descriptions HERE. Stone Mountain is one of the ten most visited paid attractions in the US.

Take a virtual tour of the Coca-Cola factory HERE.

A tour of Andersonville, the Civil War Prison Camp, as a tribute to all POWs, is available HERE.

Visit Westville, an 1850's Living History Museum near Lumpkin, GA. First, read the background history of Westville HERE, then go to THIS PAGE to view a large collection of videos that show various parts of the museum grounds and reenactments. It's great!


I am beat! That was a BUSY trip, with a LOT to do. I hope you found some things that added to your homeschooling this week. We sure did.

I hope you will be back next week to join us again.

If you post on any geographic topic at all, especially any of the fifty United States,
please link up with us below. We'd love to take a trip with you.

Blessings to all,




Elizabeth said...

WOW Heather, What an amazing post!! What amazing work you've put into it. Thank you for sharing it with us, I'll be sure to check back frequently. Following you now : )


Vickie said...

I don't know why, but who would have thought that the state dance is the Square Dance!!! For some reason, I figured that was a northern dance LOL Now the Virginia Reel.....LOL

Great post!!! Full of all kinds of info.

Anonymous said...

Awesome post! Love the peaches; We have a Tropic Beauty peach tree in our yard and they are so sweet and juicy! Great Job on this post.

Dawn said...

I forgot about this and need to join in!

And...I show you as following me on Google Friend Connect...I've changed where my blog is and would appreciate you following the new blog. It is Have a wonderfully blessed day!

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