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The State of Georgia

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  • Timeline

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings U.S. geography to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Georgia
Pixton Lesson Plan on The State of Georgia

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The State of Georgia

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: Savannah, Georgia was first settled by a group of British debtors led by English philanthropist James E. Oglethorpe in 1733. In 1742, Oglethorpe defeated the Spanish on St. Simons Island to end Spanish claims over Georgia territory. Georgia was one of the most prosperous colonies so it was heavily divided between Loyalists and Patriots during the Revolution. After four years of British occupation in Savannah, most Georgians became Patriots. In 1788, Georgia became the first southern state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • Statehood: 4th State - January 2, 1788
  • Name Origin: Named for King George II of England
  • Size: 59,441 sq. miles (#24 of 50 states)
  • Population: 9,992,167 (#8 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Atlanta
  • Border States: Alabama; Florida; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee
  • Presidents Born in the State: Jimmy Carter
  • Agriculture Exports: Chickens (Broilers); Cotton; Peanuts; Chicken Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Plants; Cattle; Rye; Spring Onions; Dairy Products; Pecans; Corn; Blueberries; Peaches; Watermelon
  • Industry: Agriculture; Film; Energy (Lumber and Pulpwood); Automative; Tourism
  • Attractions: Okefenokee Swamp; MLK Jr. National Historic Site; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; Jekyll Island; Chattahoochee National Forest; Forsyth Park; Ocmulgee National Monument; Callaway Gardens; Piedmont Park; Savannah Historic District; Stone Mountain
  • Colleges and Universities: University of Georgia; Georgia State University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Emory University; Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Professional Sports: Atlanta Falcons (NFL); Atlanta Hawks (NBA); Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
  • Flag: Three red and white stripes and the state coat of arms and thirteen stars on the blue upper left corner; The seal's three pillars supporting an arch represent the three branches of government; A man with a drawn sword defends the Constitution (wisdom, justice, and moderation); Adopted May 8, 2003.
  • Flower: Cherokee Rose
  • Tree: Southern Live Oak
  • Animal: White-Tailed Deer
  • Bird: Brown Thrasher
  • Nickname: The Peach State
  • Motto: "Wisdom, Justice and Moderation"
  • Song: "Georgia on My Mind"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about Georgia (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is Georgia most well known for?
  • What states does Georgia border?
  • Does Georgia have oceans and/or mountains?
  • What is the climate in Georgia?
  • What would you like to know about Georgia?
  • How could you learn more about Georgia?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    State Fun Facts

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Economy: Agriculture and Industry

    Complete after class discussion.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Attractions & Destinations

    Complete after class brainstorm and discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster of the Georgia state flag and/or a map of Georgia that includes major sights and attractions.

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Mind Map to advertise one college or university in Georgia.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Character Map for the most famous historical figure from Georgia.

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of Georgia's state history.

  • Extension / Modification
    Storyboard (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Storyboard to analyze the lyrics of a Georgia song.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

  • Why did Georgia become a state?
  • What are the main components of Georgia's economy?
  • Why is Georgia important to the United States?
  • What makes Georgia unique or different than other states?
  • In your opinion, what state is Georgia most similar to and why?
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Pixton Activity: The State of Georgia 1 State Fun Facts

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the following information or have students complete a research project.

  • History: Savannah, Georgia was first settled by a group of British debtors led by English philanthropist James E. Oglethorpe in 1733. In 1742, Oglethorpe defeated the Spanish on St. Simons Island to end Spanish claims over Georgia territory. Georgia was one of the most prosperous colonies so it was heavily divided between Loyalists and Patriots during the Revolution. After four years of British occupation in Savannah, most Georgians became Patriots. In 1788, Georgia became the first southern state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • Statehood: 4th State - January 2, 1788
  • Name Origin: Named for King George II of England
  • Size: 59,441 sq. miles (#24 of 50 states)
  • Population: 9,992,167 (#8 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Atlanta
  • Border States: Alabama; Florida; North Carolina; South Carolina; Tennessee
  • Presidents Born in the State: Jimmy Carter
  • Flag: Three red and white stripes and the state coat of arms and thirteen stars on the blue upper left corner; The seal's three pillars supporting an arch represent the three branches of government; A man with a drawn sword defends the Constitution (wisdom, justice, and moderation); Adopted May 8, 2003.
  • Flower: Cherokee Rose
  • Tree: Southern Live Oak
  • Animal: White-Tailed Deer
  • Bird: Brown Thrasher
  • Nickname: The Peach State
  • Motto: "Wisdom, Justice and Moderation"
  • Song: "Georgia on My Mind"

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four fun facts or symbols of the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Georgia 2 Economy: Agriculture and Industry

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the main components of the state's economy or have students complete a research project.

  • Agriculture Products: Chickens (Broilers); Cotton; Peanuts; Chicken Eggs; Greenhouse and Nursery Plants; Cattle; Rye; Spring Onions; Dairy Products; Pecans; Corn; Blueberries; Peaches; Watermelon
  • Industry: Agriculture; Film; Energy (Lumber and Pulpwood); Automative; Tourism

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least five major industries and/or agricultural products of the state's economy:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: The State of Georgia 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the state's top attractions or have students complete a research project.

  • Attractions: Okefenokee Swamp; MLK Jr. National Historic Site; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; Jekyll Island; Chattahoochee National Forest; Forsyth Park; Ocmulgee National Monument; Callaway Gardens; Piedmont Park; Savannah Historic District; Stone Mountain
  • Colleges and Universities: University of Georgia; Georgia State University; Georgia Institute of Technology; Emory University; Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Professional Sports: Atlanta Falcons (NFL); Atlanta Hawks (NBA); Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)

Instructions

Create a Storyboard or Mind Map to illustrate at least four main attractions or destinations in the state:

  • Include an appropriate title for each panel.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.
  • Write an appropriate description for each panel.

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