Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Booking Across the USA: Pennsylvania

I am excited to be a part of the second Booking Across the USA project. I am representing Pennsylvania. Thank you to Jodie from Growing Book By Book for initiating this project. How cool is it to get a glimpse into each state and also walk away with tons of activities to use when learning about the states. You can check out all of the participating blogs by going to the landing page on Jodie’s blog HERE.  You can also enter to win a set of all the books used by the bloggers for this project.

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania and actually grew up around the good ol' groundhog himself: Punxsutawney Phil!!!

Here is a collage of all of the Phil statues that are scattered around the town.
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For this project, Blue Apple Books graciously donated books to all the participants to use as a guide for our project. Since, Pennsylvania is located in the Northeastern part of the United States, I received the Northeast book.

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Pennsylvania is known as “The Keystone State.” Our capital is Harrisburg. One very important city in Pennsylvania is Philadelphia. It was in Philly, short for Philadelphia, that the Declaration of Independence was signed, where Besty Ross made the first American flag, and where the first public zoo was located.

While reading the book page about Pennsylvania, and looking at the pictures, I was curious as to why The Slinky Factory was listed. Come to find out, Pennsylvania is the home of the Slinky Factory that actually made the very first slinky. I was so amazed at this and couldn’t believe that I learned something about our state that I didn’t know. I have been to Hollidaysburg, where the Slinky Factory is located, and never once knew this about the town. One can never be too old to keep learning.
I created a small pack that you can use when learning about Pennsylvania. You can check it out by clicking on the picture below. In this pack you will find 2 graphic organizers to help you teach/learn about Pennsylvania, 2 fact sheets that lists various important facts about the state, and an interactive notebook activity that focuses on all of the very important landmarks in the state.


Thanks so much for stopping by and catching a glimpse into Pennsylvania. I hope this freebie activity pack is useful for you when teaching/learning about Pennsylvania.  I would love to have you follow along with more for more exciting adventures in teaching. You can follow FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM (@mynotsoelementarylife), BLOGLOVIN, and PINTEREST.