Learning About South Carolina: A Literature-Based Tour of the 50 States

I’ve realized that, although I have a number of unit studies focused on various countries, I don’t have many resources for learning about the fifty states- even though I live in the United States. So this is one of a series that includes geography unit study resources for learning about the fifty states. You can find the landing page with all the studies currently available here.
What can you do with these studies? Create a geography notebook! Each state resource page is going to include an at-a-glance look at the state, fun facts about the state, printables focused on the state, learning activities about the state, and books about the state. You can also find free notebooking pages that kids can use as you cover the information about each state. By the time you’ve completed each study, kids will have a great US geography notebook to show what they’ve learned.
In this study, we’re diving in for a look at my home state- South Carolina!
Literature-based learning about South Carolina

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Books About South Carolina:

Good Night South Carolina

South Carolina: The Palmetto State 

Net Numbers: A South Carolina Number Book 

A Primary Source History of the Colony of South Carolina (Primary Sources of the Thirteen Colonies and the Lost Colony)

The South Carolina Colony 

P is for Palmetto: A South Carolina State Alphabet

South Carolina: What’s So Great About This State?

The South Carolina Colony

Exploring the South Carolina Colony

South Carolina at a Glance:

Capitol: Columbia
State Bird: Carolina Wren
State Tree: Palmetto Tree
State Mottoes: Animis opibusque parati(Prepared in mind and resources) and Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)
State Flag:

South Carolina Fun Facts:


  • South Carolina became a state in 1788. It was the 8th state in the union.
  • South Carolina is nicknamed “The Palmetto State.”
  • South Carolina was named for King Charles 1 of England.
  • Fort Sumter, in Charleston harbor of the coast of South Carolina, was the beginning site of the Civil War. It began when the Union army fired on Fort Sumter.
  • Andrew Jackson, the 7th US president, was born in South Carolina.
  • South Carolina’s Grand Strand- the Atlantic coastline- stretches for 60 miles and is one of the United States’ most popular tourist destinations.
  • Charleston was the first city in South Carolina and is the second largest.
  • Columbia, South Carolina’s capitol is the largest city in the state.

Things to Do and Places to Go In South Carolina:

Myrtle Beach is a popular tourist destination along the SC coast. There are golf courses, amusement parks, shopping, and more. And, of course, the swimming and fun of the playing at the ocean is always there.
Charleston is a charming, historic town. There are plenty of museums to enjoy as you learn the history of the city. There’s shopping and restaurants in plenty. And Charleston has Folly Beach, a fun beach destination.
Columbia is the state capitol and offers many things to do. There is a state museum, a children’s museum, a zoo, the state houses to tour, and more.
Kiawah Island and other smaller islands surrounding it are popular resorts. There are beaches, golf, hiking and other activities and the beautiful resorts on the islands.

More South Carolina Resources

This site has word searches and poetry activity sheets.

Enchanted Learning has a whole page of state facts and printables. (Some printables require you to be a member, but there are many free printables also.)

National Geographic Kids has some great facts about and photos of South Carolina.

Ducksters has a great page of South Carolina information.

This Homeschool Pop video gives kids lots of information about South Carolina and its history.

Learning Games for Kids has a great Palmetto State Games page with a number of interactive South Carolina-themed games for kids.

A to Z Kids Stuff has a South Carolina page with lots of facts, links, and a video.

Mr.Donn.org has South Caroling lesson plans for teachers as well as links to games and information for kids.

You can find a South Carolina page on the 50States.com site with a great list of facts, including links you can follow for more information.

The Awesome America site has South Carolina information, including state facts and history.

You can learn more about South Carolina and listen to its state song in this awesome online music course from Music in Our Homeschool- State Songs of the 50 U.S. States.

Literature-based study of South Carolina

And that’s a look at the state of South Carolina. Don’t forget to check out the other state resources available here. And pick up your free notebooking pages here. You can print these out for each state you study!

US State notebooking pages

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