Louisiana, once a huge wilderness explored by Lewis and Clark, is now a state full of culture, traditions, and food that well known throughout the United States.

US Geography Louisiana

Louisiana was so much fun to study! It could be we had such a great time because our study lined up perfectly with Mardi Gras this year. What fun to end our study with a real live Mardi Gras parade!

1. P is for Pelican by Anita C. Prieto

I love these books. They are amazing. The girls clamor for them every Monday when we begin a new state study. If you like these, be sure to check out the free teacher guides!

We have also enjoyed the board books by Sleeping Bear Press. Little Louisiana is full of riddles and information on the state. I bet your big kids will like them too!

US Geography Louisiana Parade

2. Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras was our big event for Louisiana. Not studying Louisiana around Mardi Gras? Pretend!

I myself have never celebrated Mardi Gras or Lent. We all really enjoyed learning about these traditions from Mardi Gras: A Cajun Country Celebration by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith. I loved the way that Mardi Gras was not just explained, but shown through photographs. The history and lesser known traditions were very interesting!

There are a ton of Mardi Gras resources for kids. Below are a few I liked.

3. King Cake

As we began to tell other moms how much fun we were having studding Louisiana and participating in some of the Mardi Gras activities, I was informed that we HAD to have King Cake. Now, I don’t usually shy away from baking, but we were so busy…

US Geography Louisiana King Cake

Imagine my surprise to learn that I could pick one up at the store! If it is the wrong time of year for you, try one of these recipes. Don’t forget the baby!

US Geography Louisiana Mardi Gras

4. Lewis and Clark

Louisiana is the perfect time during our US Geography tour to do a little mini unit study on Lewis and Clark. Lewis and Clark explored more than just present day Louisiana. The whole Louisiana purchase needed mapping and exploring!

Here are some great books to get you started!

Fun map activity – A great way to visualize the journey of Lewis and Clark.

National Geographic interactive game – This game was a lot of fun! A choose your own adventure and learn along the way sort of game.

5. Pelican

Louisiana is the Pelican state. Did you know they live on every continent except Antarctica? For your bird lovers, spend some time looking into this large, interesting looking bird.

Books

Activities

6. Louisiana Food

Besides our King Cake for the Mardi Gras festivities, we enjoyed Red Beans and Rice for our dinner. Some other Louisiana Food ideas and resources are listed below.

7. Swamp People

When Swamp People first came out, my children where hooked. We watched it at Grandma’s house. The next day, the pretend play centered on reenactment. One child would perch on the couch and pretend to shoot the “alligator”, then haul it into the “boat.” It was hilarious. And because they were so cute, I continue to let them watch it.

Besides the entertainment factor, I think it is a great way to show a different culture within our country. While there are some rough spots, for the most part family is shown in a positive light. I love the expressions when they realize that the frogs they are catching are not just for fun, but food. Priceless.

Swamp People can be found on Netflix. There are also full episodes on The History Channel show page.

When you are done, just for fun, make Alligator Pie!

8. Louisiana Hurricanes

Hurricanes on the gulf are destructive and sometimes devastating. This is a great time for a mini unit on extreme weather, namely hurricanes.

I hope you have enjoyed our tour of Louisiana.

Be sure to check out our Louisiana State Scrapbooking Page! You can download it by clicking here.

US Geography Louisiana Scrapbooking Page

How is your US Geography tour going?

Jessica Lawton

Contributor at pambarnhill.com
Jessica Lawton is a homeschool mom to five fantastically fabulous children. Her hobbies include book collecting, knitting, reading, and birdwatching. While teacher or writer were never on her list of Things to Be When I Grow Up, she curiously finds herself doing both, and enjoying it. This only strengthens her firmly held belief that God has better plans for us than we have for ourselves.

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