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New Jersey for Travelers and Teachers

Updated on December 30, 2015
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I am a Christian. I was an 8th-grade American History teacher. I am currently a freelance writer, public speaker, & homeschooling mom of 8.

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Are you looking for fun worksheets and lapbooks, children's books, and YouTube video clips for teaching and/or learning about New Jersey? Whether you're a school teacher, homeschooling parent, involved parent, librarian, lifelong learner, or a student searching for ideas and books on New Jersey, 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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Salt Water Taffy
Salt Water Taffy | Source

What Makes This State Special: Atlantic City

Saltwater Taffy was invented in Atlantic City after a candy store "got soaked by ocean water." Atlantic City also claims to have the longest boardwalk in the world, and each year it hosts the Miss America pageant.

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Image credit: http://gobigorgohomeblog.com/187

What Makes This State Special: Menlo Park

New Jersey is home to the world's largest light bulb, a memorial found the Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park water tower. It was at laboratory at Menlo Park that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, phonograph (a record player), & motion picture projector. The world's largest light bulb happens to be only a few miles from the world's largest water sphere tower.

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What Makes This State Special: The Birthplace of Modern Paleontology

John Hopkin's discovery of an almost complete Hadrosaurus in 1838 near Haddonfield led New Jersey to become known as the birthplace of modern paleontology.

New Jersey state quarter
New Jersey state quarter | Source

New Jersey's State Flag and State Quarter

New Jersey's state flag features a shield with three plows and the horse's head represent the state's tradition of agriculture. The helmet shows that the state governs itself. The two women represent the goddesses Liberty (who is holding a liberty staff and cap) and Ceres, the goddess of Agriculture (who is holding a cornucopia). The year 1776 is when New Jersey declared its independence from England.

New Jersey's state quarter features Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Our Favorite Children's Books on New Jersey

Our Favorite Picture Book on New Jersey

G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet (Discover America State by State)
G is for Garden State: A New Jersey Alphabet (Discover America State by State)

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!

 
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The Legend of the Cape May Diamond (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Trinka Hakes Noble - All images are from amazon.com.Celebrating New Jersey: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Jane Kurtz and C.B. CangaThe Sand Lady: A Cape May Tale by Corrine M. LitzenbergHow to Draw New Jersey's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. MisAbigail Takes the Wheel (I Can Read Chapter Books) by Avi The Twelve Days of Christmas in New Jersey (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Margaret WoollattPeople of Twelve Thousand Winters (Tales of the World) by Trinka Hakes Noble
The Legend of the Cape May Diamond (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Trinka Hakes Noble - All images are from amazon.com.
The Legend of the Cape May Diamond (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Trinka Hakes Noble - All images are from amazon.com.
Celebrating New Jersey: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Jane Kurtz and C.B. Canga
Celebrating New Jersey: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Jane Kurtz and C.B. Canga
The Sand Lady: A Cape May Tale by Corrine M. Litzenberg
The Sand Lady: A Cape May Tale by Corrine M. Litzenberg
How to Draw New Jersey's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis
How to Draw New Jersey's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis
Abigail Takes the Wheel (I Can Read Chapter Books) by Avi
Abigail Takes the Wheel (I Can Read Chapter Books) by Avi
The Twelve Days of Christmas in New Jersey (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Margaret Woollatt
The Twelve Days of Christmas in New Jersey (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Margaret Woollatt
People of Twelve Thousand Winters (Tales of the World) by Trinka Hakes Noble
People of Twelve Thousand Winters (Tales of the World) by Trinka Hakes Noble

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The Legend of the Cape May Diamond (Myths, Legends, Fairy and Folktales) by Trinka Hakes Noble tells the legend behind Cape May diamonds, which are actually crystal clear quartz stones that can be found along the New Jersey shore, particular around the Cape May area.

Celebrating New Jersey: 50 States to Celebrate (Green Light Readers Level 3) by Jane Kurtz and C.B. Canga is part of a fun reader series that follows a teacher as he takes his students to visit the main sites of each state. In this book they travel to the Jersey Shore in Atlantic City, Cape May, and numerous historic sites and landmarks.

The Sand Lady: A Cape May Tale by Corrine M. Litzenberg is a cute story about a child who is playing on the beach in Cape May when her sand creation comes to life and takes her back to 1912. It is a good way to introduce the history of the area.

How to Draw New Jersey's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) by Melody S. Mis is part of a great 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.

Abigail Takes the Wheel (I Can Read Chapter Books) by Avi takes place in the late 1800's in New Jersey. It is about a girl and her brother who daily travel with their father on a boat from Old Port, NJ. One day when they are in the harbor of New York City the girl must take the wheel and steer her father's boat.

The Twelve Days of Christmas in New Jersey (The Twelve Days of Christmas in America) by Margaret Woollatt is a fun way to introduce the history and facts about New Jersey.

People of Twelve Thousand Winters (Tales of the World) by Trinka Hakes Noble is about a Lenni Lenape boy who takes care of his cousin who has disabilities. One day his father tells him he must leave for warrior school. He struggles with what to do with his cousin.

Our Favorite Board Books for Preschoolers, Toddlers, and Babies

Good Night New Jersey (Good Night Our World)
Good Night New Jersey (Good Night Our World)

We love this simple board book series that covers the main tourist attractions, landmarks, and history of each state. This book includes the Camden Aquarium, Jersey shore, and more.

 
Little New Jersey (Little State) Board book by Trinka Hakes Noble - Image is from amazon.com
Little New Jersey (Little State) Board book by Trinka Hakes Noble - Image is from amazon.com

More Good Board Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Little New Jersey (Little State) Board book by Trinka Hakes Noble uses rhymes and riddles to go through New Jersey's state flower, bird, trees, etc.

Count To Sleep New Jersey Board book by Adam Gamble goes through the numbers 1 to 10 using pictures of New Jersey's landmarks (Jersey shore, boardwalks, etc.) as illustrations.

123 New Jersey (Cool Counting Books) Board book by Puck counts from 1 to 10 and includes illustrations from various sites around the state including the Camden Aquarium, George Washington Bridge, Jersey Shore, and more.

Good Chapter Book Related to New Jersey

Back in Time with Thomas Edison:Qwerty Stevens Adventures
Back in Time with Thomas Edison:Qwerty Stevens Adventures

(208 pages) This is about two teenagers who live in West Orange, NJ. The boy comes across a box that contains a time machine invented by Thomas Edison. They of course test out the machine and are transported back in time to Thomas Edison's lab.

 
I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis - Image is from amazon.com
I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis - Image is from amazon.com

More Good Chapter Books Related to New Jersey

I Survived: The Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis (112 pages) is based on the real shark attacks that took place in Springfield, NJ in 1916. In the story a 10 year old boy is almost attacked by a shark, though only person believes him. Soon the town finds out he was telling the truth.

Wizard of Menlo Park, New Jersey (Just in Time) by Carol Lynch Williams (152 pages) is about two children who are taken back in time to 1879 using a time machine invented by Thomas Edison.

Our Favorite Free Worksheets and Lapbook Pages on New Jersey

Great Worksheets and Lapbooks on New Jersey That We Used When Creating Notebooks on Individual States

All About New Jersey provides great links to printable worksheets, book suggestions, and activity ideas about New Jersey.

New Jersey for Teachers includes wonderful printable worksheets, activity ideas, and book suggestions.

Lapbook for "Owl Moon" offers free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "Owl Moon" by Jane Yolen.

Lapbook for "The Ballot Box Battle" includes free lapbook pages and activity ideas for "The Ballot Box Battle" by Emily Arnold McCully.

New Jersey State Facts & Trivia lists numerous points of interest about New Jersey. The site also includes a number of helpful worksheets, links, and information.

More of Our Favorite Family-Friendly Video Clips Giving an Overview of the State

Our Favorite Video on New Jersey: History Channel's Documentary on States

Where is Trenton, the capital of New Jersey?

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Trenton, New Jersey:
Trenton, NJ, USA

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