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Situated in the southeastern United States, Tennessee was the 16th state to join the Union. The Volunteer State was admitted on June 1, 1796.
Spanish explorers were the first Europeans to arrive in Tennessee, but they didn't settle in the area. In the 1600's, French explorers established trading posts along the Cumberland River. The land eventually fell under British control after the French and Indian War and became a state after the American Revolution.
Tennessee joined other southern states in succeeding from the United States at the start of the Civil War, but it was the first to rejoin the U.S. after the war.
Tennessee is bordered by eight states: Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, and Arkansas.
The state is home to the Great Smoky Mountains, which include its highest point, Clingman's Dome. West of the Smoky Mountains lies the Cumberland Plateau. This area features Lookout Mountain. Standing atop the mountain, visitors can see seven states!
Although one wouldn't think of Tennessee being a place for major geological activity, in 1812 the state recorded the worst earthquake in the history of the continental U.S.!
Tennessee is probably best known for Music City, the state's capital, Nashville. The city is home to the Grand Ol' Opry, the oldest running radio show in the United States. The show has been on the air since 1925.
Tennessee is also famous for being the site of Elvis Presley's home, Graceland, located in the state's largest city, Memphis.
Use the following set of free printables to teach your children more about Tennessee.01of 10
Print the pdf: Tennessee Vocabulary Sheet
Introduce your students to the state of Tennessee with this vocabulary worksheet. Students should use the Internet or a reference book about Tennessee to discover how each of the people and places listed in the word bank are associated with the state.
Tennessee Word Search
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Students can review the people and places related to Tennessee as they look for each in this word search puzzle. Each of the words listed can be found among the jumbled letters in the puzzle.03of 10
Tennessee Crossword Puzzle
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Use this fun crossword puzzle as a stress-free way for kids to review the people and places of Tennessee. Each clue describes a word associated with the state.04of 10
Print the pdf: Tennessee Challenge
This Tennessee challenge activity can serve as a simple quiz to see how well your students remember the words related to the Volunteer State. Students should choose the correct answer from the multiple choice options following each description.05of 10
Tennessee Alphabet Activity
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Young students can practice their alphabetizing skills while reviewing the people and places associated with Tennessee. Each term from the word bank should be written in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.
For extra practice, you may wish to have older students alphabetize people by last name, writing them last name first/first name last.
Tennessee Draw and Write
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Let students express their creative and artistic sides by drawing a picture related to Tennessee and writing about their drawing.07of 10
Tennessee State Bird and Flower Coloring Page
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The Tennessee state bird is the mockingbird, a medium-sized, slender songbird. The mockingbird gets its name from its ability to mimic the sounds of other birds.
The mockingbird, which is the state bird of four other states, is grey-brown in color with white markings on its wings.
The iris is Tennessee's state flower. Irises grow in many colors. Purple is widely accepted to be the color of the state flower, although there has never been an official proclamation.
Tennessee Coloring Page - Skyline and Waterfront
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Tennessee's capital city, Nashville, sits on the Cumberland River. A 695-mile waterway, the Cumberland begins in Kentucky and loops through Tennessee before joining the Ohio River.09of 10
Tennessee Coloring Page - Capitol of Tennessee
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The Tennessee capital building, modeled after a Greek temple, was begun in 1845 and completed in 1859.10of 10
Tennessee State Map
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Students can complete their study of Tennessee by filling in this blank outline map of the state. Using an atlas or the internet, children should mark the location of the state capital, major cities and waterways, and other famous state landmarks.
Updated by Kris Bales