Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Where in the World? Wednesday



Welcome to our new meme! We are participating in several postcard exchanges this year and thought it might be nice to regularly share the cards we receive, as well as to have a place to keep all of the information we discover about each place we "visit."

If you would like to "travel" with us, feel free to check here every Wednesday for our latest virtual field trip. If you would like to link up and share your virtual travels, please be patient as I figure out how to make a button and do a linky so you can join us.

In the meantime, feel free to leave a comment with a link, so we can check out your fun learning adventures, too!!
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This week's destination: the lovely state of Delaware

Here is the postcard we received this week:




Tex was a bit thrown off by the Japanese on a card representing Delaware, but I explained that the folks who wrote the card are probably on a mission trip or temporarily stationed there, or perhaps they wanted to participate, even though they aren't in the states and just picked Delaware because it was available...Anyway, if you know the real reason, please leave a comment. He is very curious.

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Here's what we found out about Delaware today:

Delaware was the first state in the United States of America. It ratified the Constitution on December 7th, 1787.

Capital: Dover
Abbreviation: DE
Nickname: First State, Diamond State, Small Wonder
Land Area: 1,954 sq. miles

Motto: Liberty and Independence
Song: Our Delaware

Colors: Colonial Blue and Buff
Residents: Delawareans
Discovery: Henry Hudson in 1609

Flower: peach blossom
Herb: sweet golden rod
Bird: blue hen chicken
Tree: american holly
Insect: ladybug

Butterfly: tiger swallowtail
Marine Animal: horseshoe crab
Fish: weakfish
Beverage: milk
Mineral: sillimanite

Famous people from Delaware: George Read (signer of Declaration of Independence) and Howard Pyle (author and illustrator)
Famous facts about Delaware: During the Civil War, although a slave state, Delaware did not secede from the Union
Interesting landmarks in Delaware: Holy Trinity Church, circa 1698 oldest still-in-use Protestant church in the US
Find Fifty Fun Facts about Delaware at 50States.com
Find Fun Facts and Activities about Delaware at Enchanted Learning

Here's the State Flag of Delaware:  

 


Here is a map of Delaware:


And here are some maps you can print for a state notebook: a simple outline map from coloring castle, another simple outline map from eduplace, or you can also print a simple outline map here, with adjacent states; also print a map with a quiz from Enchanted Learning, label the major features of Delaware at Enchanted Learning, or Zoom in on Delaware and see the cities close up on this cool map.

Here are a few extra pictures of lovely Delaware:


Legislative Hall, Capitol Building
Dover
Dover, Delaware

Do you want to test your knowlege of the United States? You can play a game identifying the states and their capitals here at Owl and Mouse or here at Sheppard Software. If you do it every week, you will have them all down before you know it!

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Do you know anything interesting about Delaware that we missed? Please share by leaving a comment! Thanks!!
Please, join us next Wednesday for Where in the World? Wednesday.

We hope to see you then!

Blessings,

Heather and Tex


4 comments:

Vickie said...

Very cool! The kids have a joke about Delaware. What did Della wear? She wore a New Jersey :) We are studying Ancient Egypt right now but we did do part of the 50 states in chronological order last year. One state per week. Our favorite parts: dumb laws. Did you know in Delaware that it is a violation for any pilot or passenger to carry an ice-cream cone in his/her pocket while either flying or waiting to board the plane. OR Ugly men are not allowed to go out in public before darkness. I look forward to your weekly "trip".

God's Blessings and watch out for those dumb laws in your travels. But be careful when visiting us in Idaho and you plan on bringing me chocolate...it is against the law to bring less than 50 lbs of it :)

lexi said...

OH this sound like FUN!!! I got that postcard, and one from PA yesterday. I need to figure out what type of book we are going to make.

jlsgrant said...

Awesome post! What a great idea! I didn't make it in time for the state postcard swap, but I do get cards from other places thru postcrossing....hmmmm, sounds like a great project for the kids! ;)

Kelly said...

Sorry mine is late. Here's my post. http://walkinghomesk.blogspot.com/2010/10/state-by-state-delaware-and.html

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