Thursday, March 27, 2014

Journey Across America: Tennessee

This post is part of a 50 state Journey Across America. For information on the basics of this project check out this post.

The Books:
We began by reading V is for Volunteer State and then Bean used the information she learned to make a notebook page for her United States scrapbook.

Then we read some Tennessee picture books: A Picture Book of Davy Crockett, Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier, Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett, and Daniel's Duck.

We also taught the kids about Tennessee using the Our United States of America: Catholic Social Studies textbook.

The Food:
It was impossible to not make the former official sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry, the Goo Goo Cluster, for our Tennessee state food. Invented in Nashville, the Goo Goo Cluster is the world's first ever combination candy bar. I thought about buying them online, but at $26.95 for 12, when we only needed 2, I opted to make them instead. We used a recipe from that omitted the carmel, but I thought it was close enough.

The Activity:
With Tennessee being home to "Music City, USA" (Nashville) I opted to share with the kids the rich music history that Tennessee holds. We listened to some country music (Bristol is the Birthplace of Country Music), some Elvis (Graceland, need I say more?), some Beale Street Blues (Memphis is the Birthplace of the Blues), and some clips of the Grand Ole Opry and Jubilee Singers.

Ohio is our next stop on our Journey Across America!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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