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#3500. Where's the Barbecue

Social Studies, level: Middle
Posted Sun Jun 26 20:14:02 PDT 2005 by Nena Barnett (
Laurens Middle School, Laurens, South Carolina
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Where's The Barbecue?
Nena Barnett
Laurens Middle School

This lesson is designed to help students identify the location of barbecue restaurants in the counties of South Carolina. This lesson can also be adapted to higher grade levels.

Connection to the Curriculum
This lesson is related to the barbecue regions map in South Carolina An Atlas. It can be connected to geography, social studies, language arts, math, science, and art.

South Carolina Social Studies content Standards
3-1.1 Identify on a map the location and characteristics of significant physical features of South
Carolina, including landforms; river systems such as the Pee Dee River Basin, the Santee
river Basin, the Edisto River Basin, and the Savannah river Basin; major cities; and
climate regions. (G).
3-2.4 Compare the culture, governance, and geographic location of different Native American
nations in South Carolina, including the three principal nations; Cherokee, Catawba, and Yemassee; that influenced the development of colonial South Carolina. (H.G.P.E.)

Social Studies Literacy Elements
F. Ask geographic questions: Where is it located? Why is it there? What is significant about
its location? How is its location related to that of other people, places, and environments?
G. Make and record observations about the physical and human characteristics of places.
H. Construct maps, graphs, tables, and diagrams to display social studies information.
I. Use maps to observe and interpret geographic information and relationships.
J. Demonstrate responsible citizenship within the school community and the local and the
national communities.

South Carolina Language Arts Standards
3-R1.14 Demonstrate the ability to use graphic representations such as charts, graphs, pictures,
and graphic organizers as information sources and as a means of organizing
information and events logically.
3-R1.16 Demonstrate the ability to compare and contrast the information, ideas, and elements
with in a single text; continue comparing and contrasting his or her findings on a
particular topic after having extracted that information from two or more pieces of
graphic or written material.
3-W1.6.1 Demonstrate the ability to write compositions, friendly letters, and expressive and
informational pieces; begin writing multiple-paragraph compositions.

South Carolina Math Standards
II.A.1 Give instructions (direction, distance, turns for moving from one location to another.
II.B.1 Specify locations on maps and grids using direction and distance.

South Carolina Science Standards
3.I.A.3 Measure: Use standard (U.S. customary and metric) to estimate and measure mass,
length, area, perimeter, volume, and temperature to the nearest whole unit (quantitative
3.I.A.4 Communicate: Use drawings, tables, graphs, written and oral language to describe objects
and explain ideas and actions.
3.I.A.5 Infer: Explain or interpret an observation based on data and prior knowledge.

South Carolina Visual Arts Standards
3.III Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas.

Grade Range
3rd grade

This is an introductory unit that could be adapted to other grade levels. It is written to last eight to ten days for fifty minute class periods.

South Carolina An Atlas
Counties and County Seats Map of South Carolina p. 2
Barbecue Regions Map of South Carolina p. 36
Letter paper
Bulletin board paper
Foam core board
Computer (Excel Program)
Graph Paper
History of barbecue history included from South Carolina: The Making of a Landscape
by Charles F. Kovacik and John J. Winberry
Additional information can be found on the following websites:
The History of Barbecue in the South
Regional Styles of Barbecue Sauces
Barbecue Listings
1. Students will use South Carolina An Atlas maps to locate where Barbecue Restaurants are
located in South Carolina.
2. Students will write letters and address envelops to Barbecue Restaurants in South Carolina.
3. Students will chart counties in the Barbecue Regions of South Carolina on their map.
4. Students will graph the distance from where they live to all the barbecue restaurants in South

Day 1
1. Begin lesson by asking students if they have eaten barbecue.
2. Read the History of Barbecue in the South and discuss the different types of barbecue.
Day 2
3. Students will create a list of barbecue restaurants in South Carolina by accessing the
Internet phone book. This will be a Computer Lab Day.
Day 3
4. Give students a counties map.
5. Students will chart which counties have barbecue restaurants on their map.
Day 4
6. Divide students into 4 groups and assign each group a barbecue region (Tomato,
Ketchup, Mustard, or Vinegar & Pepper).
7. Each group will write letters to the barbecue businesses in their areas asking for
information about their restaurant.
8. Mail letters and wait.
Days 5 & 6
9. While the class is waiting on their letters to come back, as a class, students will create
a large scale interactive replica of the Barbecue Regions Map on working bulletin board to chart where, how far, and what kind of barbecue is in which area.
10. Students will draw the state of South Carolina and its counties on a piece of foam
core board, color the barbecue regions (Tomato = peach, Ketchup = red,
Mustard = yellow, & Vinegar & Pepper = gray).
Days 7 & 8
11. When letters start coming back to them, students will chart on their maps where the
restaurants are located, and how far it is from where they live.
12. Students will chart the distance from where they live to the barbecue restaurants.
Days 9 & 10
13. After all the letters have returned and students have completed their graph charts,
they will enter the data into the Excel program and make a computerized chart. (Instructions are included)

Lesson Extensions
1. Compare and contrast barbecue from region to region.
2. Compare and contrast South Carolina Barbecue with another state's barbecue.
3. Bring in an owner of a barbecue restaurant to be a guest speaker.
4. Research and design a barbecue business.
5. Design a newspaper advertisement for your new Barbecue Business.
6. Design and create a brochure advertising your business to be placed at the Visitor Centers.

Teacher will assess students' writing skills.
Teacher will assess students' measuring skills.
Teacher will observe students working cooperative together.

Directions on how to make a chart on Excel
Directions on how to make a large scale interactive replica of the Barbecue Regions map.

Kovacik, Charles F. and Winberry, John J. South Carolina: The Making of a Landscape
University of South Carolina, 1989.
South Carolina An Atlas developed and published by South Carolina Geographic Alliance.
The History of Barbecue in the South
Regional Styles of Barbecue Sauces
Barbecue Listings