Georgia is called the Peach State for a very good reason. Some of the world’s best peaches are grown there.

Georgia is a southeastern state that has beaches on the Atlantic Ocean. The state has lots of productive farmland and beautiful wooded mountains. 

Native American cultures inhabited the area that we now know as Georgia for thousands of years before Hernando de Soto became the first European to explore the area in 1540. Georgia was the 4th state to join the Union in 1776 and the 5th to join the Confederacy in 1861.

The biggest city in the state is Atlanta, which also happens to be the state capital. Atlanta ranks among the top ten most populous metropolitan areas in the United States. 

Atlanta is home of the Georgia Aquarium and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, which is dedicated to the Civil Right’s leader’s life and times.

Four Interesting Cities in Georgia

  • The city of Savannah, Georgia is famed for its 18th- and 19th-century architecture.
  • Augusta, Georgia is the home of the Masters golf tournament, which happens to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world.
  • Athens, Georgia is home to The University of Georgia, a public research university founded way back in 1785. That makes it one of the oldest public universities in the United States.
  • The tiny town of Plains Georgia is the birthplace and hometown of Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States.
More Fun Facts

Fact #1The soft drink Coca Cola, was invented at a drugstore in Columbus, Georgia in 1886. A man named John Pemberton created the formula for the soft drink that is still a worldwide favorite toady. 

Fact #2The Georgia Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the world. It is home to hundreds of species and thousands of fish and aquatic animals, all of which live in more than 10 million gallons of fresh and saltwater.

Fact #3Atlanta was the only city in North American destroyed as an act of war. It happened during the Civil War when Union forces burnt most of the city to the ground. After the fire, only 400 buildings survived.

Fact #4Georgia has 159 counties, which means that it has more counties than any other state east of the Mississippi.

Fact #5: Stone Mountain, near Atlanta, is one of the largest single masses of exposed granite in the world. And, carved into Stone Mountain is one the world’s largest sculptures. that huge sculpture depicts figures from the Confederacy. 

Q and A
Just for fun, see if you can answer these questions.
What is the capital of Georgia? Is it Athens, Savannah, Atlanta, or Augusta?

Atlanta is the capital of Georgia.

Georgia has beaches on which ocean? Is it the Atlantic, the Pacific, or the Gulf of Mexico.

It’s the Atlantic Ocean.

What famous soft drink was invented in Georgia?


What is Georgia's nickname?

The Peach State.

Write Your Own Story

If you have time, you can write a story of your own.

Here are a couple of story ideas you can choose from.

Idea #1: You can write a brief story about some of the cool things you learned about Georgia.


Idea #2: Imagine you could talk to the man who invented Coca-Cola. What questions would you ask him? Write a story about your imaginary interview: the questions you might ask and the answers you think he might give.

To help you write a great story, we have some helpful hints and timely tips.

Today's Ryder Riddle

Here's a riddle for you:

What's the most famous fish at the Georgia Aquarium?

The starfish.

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