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Home School Life Journal ........... Ceramics by Katie Bergenholtz
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Geography Album: Tennessee, The Volunteer State; Back Home Again

We noticed that Tennessee is bordered by eight states, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Virginia, tying with Missouri for the most bordering states! 
 Our first Postcard-Geography album page was of our home state, Maryland. We have made our way through all 50 states (plus Washington DC) now, ending with Tennessee, the state we now call home. We have made a full circle.
 In addition to the postcards from The Fantastic Five...
we added snippets from all the places we have been since we have been here.
Since we have already made salt dough maps, I decided to do something different this time. We made an edible map with sugar cookie dough!
First we traced the map of Tennessee, using Parchment paper like tracing paper. 
Then we began adding sugar cookie dough to the Parchment paper, keeping the dough in the lines.
We carved out the rivers with a toothpick and added blue sugar sprinkles in the grooves. We made peaks of mountains with more cookie dough and added brown sprinkles and green sugar sprinkles to the mountains. (Sorry I forgot to get a picture of the finished map.) They had to pay very close attention to the maps to get the placement of the rivers and mountains just right. They also added some colorful sprinkles for the capital of Tennessee, Nashville, and for where we are living now, in East Tennessee.
One suggestion I would make is to make eggless cookie dough (I suggest this one because it it thicker than most eggless cookie doughs, that tend to be more dip-like) so you can eat it raw, because if you use regular cookie dough and bake it, you lose all of your efforts and get an odd looking blob. Good tasting blob, but blob none-the-less.

" When Govenor Brown called for 2,800 Tennesseans to fight in the Mexican war in 1847 and more than 30,000 volunteered, Tennessee earned the nickname "The Volunteer State." Discover Tennessee's nautral wonders and fascinating history. "V is for Volunteer" stimulates children to learn about their state through familiar Tennessee icons such as the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland. And lifelong Tennesseans will enjoy reading about the Jubilee singers and W.C. Handy."-Book Description at Amazon
We have read them all!
" As elementary students grasp the concept and visual of 30 purple passion flowers, they'll also learn that the passion flower is the state wildflower and that Native Americans in Tennessee used the plants to help heal cuts and bruises. Numbers throughout the book are explained with a simple rhyme for younger children and are accompanied by detailed expository text for older learners." -Book Description at Amazon
And now we have learned about, completed hands-on projects and made pages for all 50 states and Washington, DC! Thank you, everyone who helped us with this project and sent us postcards of your lovely state.
We still would like to add postcards to our album for these states:
If you live in any of these states and would like to help us with this project, please leave a comment on how I can get in touch with you. Thank you!



  1. What fun to make an edible - sugar cookie version - complete with sprinkles. Wonderful!

  2. WoW! I love all that you did on TN we started a 50 state study last year but didnt make it that far, I guess we will pick it up again this year. Following you now I would love for you to follow back if you like :)

  3. Tennessee the BEST state in the Union! ;0)

  4. One of my friends told me that if you partially freeze the dough after forming the shape they'll hold the shape better when cooking.

    I, however, would say EAT THAT COOKIE DOUGH!

  5. Ticia's right about freezing the dough - it might have held more, but even so, it's a very nice project, and I imagine most of the learning had already taken place by the time the dough went into the oven. They did a great job.

    1. You are so right! It didn't matter whether the dough was baked or whether they ate it in a raw version. They had already learned the physical geography.

  6. I have so enjoyed following along with your State Study Phyllis. I love that you started where you were and ended where you are now. Love the Tenn cookie dough map. What a wonderful experience for your kiddos, something they will never forget.

  7. Hi Phyllis! I love your cookie dough maps! I think my kids learned so much from doing those. Definitely more than with the typical salt maps - but those are fun, too. Thanks for giving me the link and credit!

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