Delaware Lesson and Classroom Resources
Are you looking for fun worksheets, books, video clips, and activity ideas for teaching and/or learning about Delaware? Included are links to our favorite worksheets and lapbook pages, book suggestions for children, points of interest, and YouTube video clips -- all related to the state of Delaware! These are the resources we found most helpful while completely a unit study of the individual states of the United States. Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on Delaware, 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 .
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What Makes This State Unique: DuPont and Gunpowder
DuPont began as a manufacturer of gunpowder. They continued manufacturing various products and developed neoprene, nylon, teflon, and many other polymers. DuPont continues to be a major manufacturer in Delaware.
History Matters: Hagley Powder Yard
What Makes This State Unique: The First Log Cabins
In the mid-1600's Finnish settlers built the first log cabins in America in Delaware. One of these log cabins is on display at the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover.
What Makes This State Unique: Horseshoe Crabs
In May horseshoe crabs gather along the Delaware Bay shore to spawn. The horseshoe crab's existence is closely tied to the red knot, which is a long-distance migratory shorebirds, that feeds on the horseshoe crab's eggs.
Delaware's State Flag
The colors of Delaware's state flag resemble the colors of General George Washington's uniform. The coat of arms contains a farmer and a soldier along with items representing Delaware's historic agriculture: a sheaf of wheat, an ear of corn, and an ox.
Delaware's State Quarter
Delaware's state quarter features Caesar Rodney on horseback as he is riding to Philadelphia to cast the determining vote for Delaware to agree to declare its independence from England in 1776.
Our Favorite Children's Books on Delaware
Our Favorite Picture Book on Delaware
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!
Our Favorite Picture Books on Horseshoe Crabs
This is a nice picture book about how various animals feed off of the eggs of horseshoe crabs. It takes place on the coast of Delaware. It does show the horseshoe crabs mating and also mentions that they are prehistoric animals. Otherwise, this is a great book that my children (ages 2-9) enjoyed.
More Good Picture Books Related to Delaware
Caesar Rodney's Ride: The Story of an American Patriot by Jan Cheripko tells the true story of Caesar Rodney, who traveled to Philadelphia (despite his struggle with cancer) to cast the determining vote for Delaware to agree to declare its independence from England in 1776. Because of this he was not able to go to England to receive medical care that may have successfully treated his cancer. This book shows how our founding fathers were brave and made many sacrifices for our freedom. I highly recommend this book!
Into Enchanted Woods (Winterthur Book for Children) by Jennifer Bryant is about two children who venture into a fairy tale while on a walk to find blueberries Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library in Delaware.
Red Knot: A Shorebird's Incredible Journey by Nancy Carol Willis tells the story of the amazing journey of the red knot as it migrates and briefly lands along the Delaware Bay each year.
Crab Moon (Read and Wonder) by Ruth Horowitz is about a boy who rescues horseshoe crabs by flipping them back over on the beach. It does mention "millions of years" but is a nice story otherwise.
When the Shadbush Blooms by Carla Messinger is about two generations of Lenape Indians (also known as the Delaware Indians), a modern Lenape and a traditional Lenape. This shows how their ways of life and traditions have changed over time but have also stayed very similar. It also includes Lenape vocabulary.
Red Bird by Barbara Mitchell Katie is about a modern Nanticoke girl who lives in the city and goes with her family to an annual powwow near Millboro, Delaware.
The Legend of the Cranberry: A Paleo-Indian Tale by Ellin Greene is a Lenape, or Delaware, Indian legend, about how a mastodon brings the tribe the cranberry.
How to Draw Delaware's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Jennifer Quasha - We loved this 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. The pictures you can see next to the section on worksheets and lapbook pages on Delaware were drawn by my son using the steps from this book.
Our Favorite Board Book for Babies, Toddlers, or Preschoolers
If you have a toddler or baby, this 20 page board book is a great option. It has sweet illustrations and gives a nice overview of the state. It includes a nice illustration and brief sentence about the lighthouses, Delaware River, Delaware Bay, Brandywine Zoo, and more.
Good Chapter Books Related to Delaware
Moon of Two Dark Horses by Sally M. Keehn (240 pages) is about a Delaware Indian boy and a British settler boy who become friends but then are separated during the American War for Independence. They must both determine where their loyalty lies.
A Light in the Storm: The Civil War Diary of Amelia Martin, Fenwick Island, Delaware 1861 (Dear America Series) by Karen Hesse (176 pages) follows a fifteen year old Union girl living in the divided state of Delaware during the first year of the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression while her parent's marriage becomes divided over the war as well. She eventually falls in love with a Union soldier.
Reaching Tidewater: Life on the Delaware Canal by Noreen F. Moore (92 pages) takes place in 1862, just before the Civil War/War of Northern Aggression and follows a girl and her family who take a trip down the Delaware Canal to tidewater at Bristol. There is discussion between the old ways (mules) and new ways (trains).
Gunpowder (Inventions That Shaped the World) by Trudi Strain Trueit (80 pages) can be included because the DuPont family, with roots deep in the state of Delaware, were major manufacturers of gunpowder.
Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on Delaware
Great Worksheets on Delaware That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States
All About Delaware provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about Delaware.
Delaware for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.
Lapbook Pages for Delaware includes free lapbook pages for Delaware and the 49 other states.
Delaware State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about Delaware. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.