What is so amazing about Connecticut?
Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbook pages, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about Connecticut? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Connecticut, look no further! This is part of a series of pages I created while teaching about the fifty states. You can find the links for my pages for each of the 50 states at Teaching the 50 States of America .
I've been to Connecticut. Have you?
Fun Tidbit About Connecticut: The First Hamburgers
Louis' Lunch in New Haven claims to be the first restaurant to serve hamburgers. Supposedly in 1900, a businessman asked for his lunch to go, so Louis quickly placed ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast. The American hamburger was born!
Fun Tidbit About Connecticut: The USS Nautilus
The USS Nautilus, the first nuclear-powered submarine, was built in Groton, Connecticut in 1954. It broke many records and helped to develop more modern submarines. It was decommissioned in 1980 and now serves as a popular tourist destination in its hometown of Groton.
My children were fascinated by watching video clips of the USS Nautilus.
Fun Tidbit About Connecticut: PEZ Candy
PEZ Candy, which was originally introduced in Austria, began being produced in Orange, Connecticut in 1973. Visiting the Pez Visitor Center and taking a factory tour is a popular destination among tourists.
It is fascinating to watch how the Pez candy is manufactured!
Fun Tidbit About Connecticut: Chrysanthemums
Because of the many Chrysanthemums grown in Bristol, Connecticut, the city calls itself "Mum City of the USA." In the mid-1980s over 80,000 mum plants were produced in Bristol; however, production has now stopped. Bristol still hosts an annual Bristol Mum Festival to commemorate the chrysanthemums.
Connecticut's State Flag
Connecticut's state flag contains a shield which originated from the seal of Saybrook Colony, founded by John Winthrop, the Younger, which was later purchased by the Connecticut Colony. They reduced the number of purple grapevines from fifteen to three in order to represent the three oldest settlements in the colony. On the banner "He who transplanted still sustains" written in Latin, which is a variation of what was written on the Saybrook Colony seal.
Our Favorite Children's Books on Connecticut
Our Favorite Picture Books on Connecticut
This is my favorite series on individual states. Each page has a simple rhyme concerning the word starts with that letter and then includes a bit more about that particular regional animal, location, etc. It provides a wonderful overview of what makes each state unique. Both modern and historical aspects of the state are includes. Plus, the illustrations are beautiful!
Rachel's Home on Bear Mountain: A Story About Connecticut (Fact & Fable: State Stories 3) by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann is about a bird who lives on Bear Mountain and discovers the many wonders of the state.
Ferryboat by Betsy Maestro describes what it is like to ride the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry in Connecticut.
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage by Pegi Deitz Shea is based on the true story of two sisters in Connecticut who fought for women's suffrage and fought against what they deemed as taxation without representation.
The Spinner's Daughter by Amy Littlesugar does a good job of sharing the Puritan history of Connecticut when it was a colony as a story is told of a young Puritan girl who receives a doll from a local Native American. This toy causes quite a stir among the Puritan group as they believe it will lead her into a habit of idleness.
Connecticut's Sights and Symbols (Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jennifer Quasha is part of a wonderful series that combines state geography with art. Each page contains something about the state (a state artist, the state flag, bird, tree, capitol building, areas of interest, and animals.) A photograph will be included along with a brief explanation about that item. Then the page opposite of that includes step by step directions on how to draw that symbol or site. Even my 6 year old is able to follow the drawing directions, and I've been amazed at how well my 9 year old has been drawing each of the state flags as he follows the instructions in the book.
Our Favorite Board Book for Babies, Toddlers, or Preschoolers
This is a great book if you have a baby or toddler! It's a sturdy 20 page board-book that highlights the fun places you can visit in Connecticut.
Chapter Books That Take Place in Connecticut
(256 pages) This classic chapter book is about a sixteen year old girl who moves from Barbados to the Connecticut Colony in 1687. She is forced to make drastic changes to adapt to the strict puritan way of life. Meanwhile, she befriends a widow who has been deemed a witch. She learns many life lessons including the need to look at both sides of a story. This was Newbery Medal winner.
More Chapter Books That Take Place in Connecticut
Windcatcher by Avi (129 pages) - An 11 year old boy visits his grandmother in Connecticut and learns about an old shipwreck. He uses his sailboat to explore the Connecticut shores, gets lost in a storm, is captured by villains, and more during his search for the lost shipwreck and its treasure.
We Were There on the Nautilus (We were there books, 35) by Robert N. Webb (178 pages) places fictional characters into the historic events related to the Nautilus and its many adventures. My oldest son (age 9) loves this series!
26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie dePaola (80 pages) is a humorous autobiographical story of Tomie dePaola's life, mainly in 1938, as he grew up in Meriden, Connecticut. This book won a Newbery Honor Award.
Flood Friday by Lois Lenski (114 pages) is based on the real flood that occurred in 1955 in Connecticut and tells the story of a girl and her neighbors as they work together to get through this event.
The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh (64 pages) is a shorter chapter book. It is based on the true story of an 8 year old girl who travels to New Milford, Connecticut in 1707. She is left by herself in the woods and is helped by local Native Americans. This book won a Newbery Honor Award.
Flight into Spring (Living History Library) by Bianca Bradbury (190 pages) tells the story of a Southern girl who marries a Federal soldier from New England. She must adjust to a completely different way of life in Connecticut. This does a good job of comparing the cultures of the North and South during the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression period.
The Moffats by Eleanor Estes (210 pages) is the first book in a cute series that is contains stories and events based on the author's own life growing up in West Haven, Connecticut.
A Little Maid of Old Connecticut by Alice Curtis (188 pages) is the story of a girl in Connecticut in 1776 as she secretly delivers a message to the American Army.
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Connecticut
Great Worksheets on Connecticut
All About Connecticut provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Connecticut.
Connecticut for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Lapbook Pages for Connecticut offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for Connecticut and the other 49 states.
Connecticut State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Connecticut. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.
More of Our Favorite Video Clips Giving an Overview of the History of the State
History Channel: States: Connecticut starts at 9:07.
Connecticut's State Capitol: Home to History
Connecticut in 1947
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