Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where in the World? Wednesday

Where in the World? Wednesday----New Jersey Edition

Thank you for joining us again on our trip around the United States via postcards and the internet.

This week's destination is New Jersey.

Here are our postcards for this week:

Here are some facts about New Jersey that you might find interesting:

State Capital: Trenton
State Motto: Liberty and Prosperity
State Nickname: The Garden State
Largest City: Newark
Origin of Name: Named by the Duke of York, brother of Charles II
Folks from New Jersey are called New Jerseyites
In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to ratify the U.S. Constitution and the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

State Tree: Red Oak
State Bird: Eastern Goldfinch
State Flower: Purple Violet
State Dinosaur: Hadrosaur
State Dance: Square Dance
State Fruit: Blueberry
State Insect: Honeybee
State Mammal: Horse
State Shell: Knobbed Whelk

Industries: farming, chemicals, pharmaceuticals,
tourism, petroleum-products
Famous historic events: Battle of Trenton, Battle of Monmouth, Battle of Princeton..."New Jersey was known as the "Pathway of the Revolution." Over 100 battles were fought on New Jersey soil."
Famous people from New Jersey: President Grover Cleveland, Aaron Burr, James Fenimore Cooper, Jerry lewis, Frank Sinatra, Meryl Streep, Judy Blume, Count Basise, Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Crane


Map of New Jersey:


Find another map and more information about New Jersey at Merriam-Webster's atlas HERE.

Find a simple map for filling in major cities and landmarks HERE.

A New Jersey map and quiz printout from Enchanted Learning can be printed up HERE.

A LABEL ME version of a New Jersy map is HERE, also from Enchanted Learning.

See a picture of the New Jersey state quarter HERE and learn about how they selected its theme.
Download a worksheet to go with the lesson abou the state quarter HERE.

The flag of New Jersey:

Color the flag of New Jersey on the worksheet found HERE.

The Seal of New Jersey:

Go HERE to view the state symbols of New Jersey.
Then go HERE to color a picture of them online.

Color a copy of the New Jersey stamp HERE.

A timeline of New Jersey history is available HERE.

Read a brief history of the state of New Jersey HERE.

A cartoon history of the explorers of Jew Jersey is available HERE.

Fun Facts about New HERE to go to a page with an archive of interesting articles about topics from Thomas Edison to Cranberries.

New Jersey is known for the many types of apples it produces. See a listing of the types grown in New Jersey HERE.

Buy a dozen apples of a type from New Jersey next time you go to the store, and try one of these recipes from New Jersey.


Here are some interesting places you can visit in New Jersey:

Visit New Jersey in the spring HERE
in the summer HERE
in the fall HERE
in the winter HERE.
Videos available on all pages.

Check out the information on Atlantic City HERE and watch many videos about various attractions in the area. We watched the first video which showed the boardwalks, and also how salt water taffy is made at Shriver's Candy.


See photos and read information about eleven of New Jersey's historic lighthouses HERE, especially the one in the Cape May community (the 2nd video, the one with the picture of the lighthouse, is a tour of the Cape May Lighthouse).

Washington Crossing Park, just eight miles noth of Trenton, is where the Continental Army landed after their historic river crossing. See a virtual tour and photo album HERE.

The Hermitage, a mid-18th century house visited by General Washington and his staff, has a video tour HERE.

Visit The Wildwoods, tagged as one of the 50 Best Authentic American Experiences by Time Magazine. Enjoy the music and check out the Photo Gallery HERE. Notice the Doo Wop stylin' of many buildings and businesses in the area HERE.

Allaire Village, a well-preserved 19th century historic iron-making town contains the following buildings: a general store, blacksmith shop, carpenter's shop, owner's house, foreman's house, church, and museum. Visit the link HERE to view some videos about what they have to offer. Allaire is supported by donations and volunteers, so if you live nearby, you can train to become a costumed interpreter. What fun!!

Read about Cranberry Bogs and the Cranberry Harvest HERE at Double Trouble State Park. Then make your own Cranberry scoop, and complete a word search.


Well, folks, that's all I have time for this week.
I hope you enjoyed our virtual tour of New Jersey. It looks like a great place to go on a family vacation.

If you found any more fun facts or interesting places in New Jersey you'd like to share, please feel free to leave a comment. If you posted about New Jersey on your blog, please also leave a comment or connect to us with the Mr. Linky below.

Thanks for joining us on our tour of the fifty states!



Beverly said...

What a great post! We just talked about New Jersey today. I found it interesting that the Statue of Liberty is actually in New Jersey, not New York.

Jodi said...

This is wonderful! We live in NJ. I'm bookmarking this post for future reference:) ~ Jodi from the TOS Crew

Anonymous said...

Hey! I finally got my post sorted out!! Tried the Linky above and got their "oops" message! I did Finland this week.

Anonymous said...

never mind that previous worked fine the second time i

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