Louisiana-Facts & Information

Little Read 2016

Louisiana-Facts & Information: Curricular Activities

Use the information in this Smore for your curricular activities.

Choice 1

Compare 1915 to 2015 streets, cars, way of life, prices, food, and more. Have students work in pairs, teams, and small groups to display price comparisons. For example the chart may include the price of bread (Bread: 1915 7cents 2015 $1.99).

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Choice 2

Have students find a Cajun or Creole recipe and have them compare it to the videos below.

Choice 3

Find a Cajun/Creole restaurant on-line and download the menu and have students role play ordering their Louisiana meal. Students will need to add up their bill, pay, and make change.


Choice 4

Find a Cajun/Creole restaurant or parent with Cajun/Creole ties, invite them to your school, and sample authentic Cajun/Creole food.

History of Louisiana

Louisiana is located above the Gulf of Mexico at the mouth of the Mississippi River. It is bordered by Arkansas to the north, Mississippi to the east and Texas to the west. Louisiana was originally colonized by the French during the 18th century. In 1803 it became a U.S. territory through the Louisiana Purchase and was admitted to the union in 1812. The capital of Louisiana is Baton Rouge.

Interesting Facts

    • Nickname: Pelican State
    • State Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
    • State Flower: Magnolia
    • State Tree: Bald Cypress

  • New Orleans is a port city in Louisiana , which is famous for its unique cuisine, jazz, and Mardi Gras festival.
  • On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit southeastern Louisiana as a Category 3 storm. It was the most destructive natural disasters in U.S. history. There were over 1,800 deaths-over 1,500 of which in Louisiana-the damages were close to $100 billion dollars.
  • There are two prominent ethnic groups in Louisiana-Cajuns and Creoles. The Cajuns are descendants of a French-speaking group of Acadians from Canada. The Creoles are people with a mixed French, Spanish, Caribbean, African, and/or Indian background.
  • http://www.history.com/topics/us-states/louisiana

Louisiana Foods

There are two types of food in Louisiana-Creole and Cajun. Creole food, like its people, is a blend of French, Spanish, Native American, and African Traditions. Cajun: Cajun cuisine is a simpler, more rustic style of food. Often entire meals are made in one pot.

Sample Foods:

  • Gumbo
  • Jambalaya
  • Crawfish Broil
  • Red Beans & Rice
Crawfish Boil: A Backyard Feast in the Louisiana Bayou
How to Make Cajun Gumbo : Cajun Food Recipes