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The State of North Carolina

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  • Timeline

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

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The State of North Carolina

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

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

  • History: In 1775, North Carolina was the first state to vote for independence during the Continental Congress. In 1789, North Carolina became the twelfth state of the Union. In 1861, North Carolina seceded from the Union to join the Confederacy but rejoined the Union in 1868.
  • Statehood: 12th State - November 21, 1789
  • Name Origin: Taken from Carolus, the Latin word for Charles, and named after England's King Charles I.
  • Size: 53,821 sq. miles (#28 of 50 states)
  • Population: 9,848,060 (#10 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Raleigh
  • Border States: Georgia; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia
  • Presidents Born in the State: James Knox Polk; Andrew Johnson
  • Agriculture Exports: Hogs; Chickens (Broilers); Turkeys; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Tobacco; Cotton.
  • Industry: Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense; Automotive, Truck and Heavy Equipment; Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Life Sciences; Energy; Information and Communications Technology
  • Attractions: The Biltmore Estate; Battleship North Carolina; Morehead Planetarium and Science Center; Linville Gorge and Falls; Chimney Rock State Forest; Grandfather Mountain; North Carolina Aquarium and Zoo; Outer Banks; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Old Cardinal Gem Mine
  • Colleges and Universities: UNC Chapel Hill; NC State; Duke University; East Carolina University; Wake Forest University; INC Greensboro; Appalachian State University; Elon University
  • Professional Sports: Carolina Hurricanes (NHL); Carolina Panthers (NFL)
  • Flag: Left bar is blue with the letter N and C separated by a white star. A ribbon reads "May 20th, 1775" and "April 12th, 1776." The right majority of the flag has upper red stripe and lower white stripe to represent the equal parts of the Union.
  • Flower: Dogwood
  • Tree: Longleaf Pine
  • Animal: Gray Squirrel
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Nickname: Old North State; Tar Heel State
  • Motto: "Esse Quam Videri" meaning "To be rather than to seem."
  • Song: "The Old North State"

Opening Discussion

Discuss the following:

  • What do you already know about North Carolina (history, attractions, exports and fun facts)?
  • In your opinion, what is North Carolina most well known for?
  • What states does North Carolina border?
  • What is the climate and geography of North Carolina?
  • What would you like to know about North Carolina?
  • How could you learn more about North Carolina?
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 or discussion.

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  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Mind Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

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

  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline of North Carolina's state history.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Discuss the following:

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

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  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

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

  • History: In 1775, North Carolina was the first state to vote for independence during the Continental Congress. In 1789, North Carolina became the twelfth state of the Union. In 1861, North Carolina seceded from the Union to join the Confederacy but rejoined the Union in 1868.
  • Statehood: 12th State - November 21, 1789
  • Name Origin: Taken from Carolus, the Latin word for Charles, and named after England's King Charles I.
  • Size: 53,821 sq. miles (#28 of 50 states)
  • Population: 9,848,060 (#10 of 50 states)
  • Capital: Raleigh
  • Border States: Georgia; South Carolina; Tennessee; Virginia
  • Presidents Born in the State: James Knox Polk; Andrew Johnson
  • Flag: Left bar is blue with the letter N and C separated by a white star. A ribbon reads "May 20th, 1775" and "April 12th, 1776." The right majority of the flag has upper red stripe and lower white stripe to represent the equal parts of the Union.
  • Flower: Dogwood
  • Tree: Longleaf Pine
  • Animal: Gray Squirrel
  • Bird: Cardinal
  • Nickname: Old North State; Tar Heel State
  • Motto: "Esse Quam Videri" meaning "To be rather than to seem."
  • Song: "The Old North State"

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 North Carolina 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: Hogs; Chickens (Broilers); Turkeys; Greenhouse and Nursery Products; Tobacco; Cotton.
  • Industry: Aerospace, Aviation, and Defense; Automotive, Truck and Heavy Equipment; Biotechnology, Pharmaceuticals, and Life Sciences; Energy; Information and Communications Technology

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 North Carolina 3 Attractions & Destinations

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

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

  • Attractions: The Biltmore Estate; Battleship North Carolina; Morehead Planetarium and Science Center; Linville Gorge and Falls; Chimney Rock State Forest; Grandfather Mountain; North Carolina Aquarium and Zoo; Outer Banks; NASCAR Hall of Fame; Old Cardinal Gem Mine
  • Colleges and Universities: UNC Chapel Hill; NC State; Duke University; East Carolina University; Wake Forest University; INC Greensboro; Appalachian State University; Elon University
  • Professional Sports: Carolina Hurricanes (NHL); Carolina Panthers (NFL)

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.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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